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United Stationers Deerfield Reviews

Updated October 24, 2017
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  1. "Great company, great people, bad senior management."

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    Former Employee - Credit Department in Deerfield, IL
    Former Employee - Credit Department in Deerfield, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at United Stationers full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great salary. Great benefits. Great culture. Great co-workers. Challenging job. Challenging and wonderful customer base. Wonderful facility and great location.

    Cons

    Senior management doesn’t listen to concerns. Good employees are discouraged from voicing concerns in fear of retaliation from management. HR is no help to employees who bring concerns to their attention as they do not investigate claims and allow retaliation to occur. This inactivity by HR tends to lower morale.

    Advice to Management

    Be more open. Be more transparent. Be more social.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "A/R Credit"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Deerfield, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Deerfield, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Generally a stable work environment

    Cons

    Extremely "Clicky". Company continues to acquire smaller companies, more work, same pay.

    Advice to Management

    Stop spending money on buying up new companies, start showing your associates some love with merit increases.

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Human Resources"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Deerfield, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Deerfield, IL
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at United Stationers full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    They are a purpose driven company which meant something to me, and still means a lot to some of their employees

    Cons

    As soon as CT started, the new HR leader, the company went down hill. It stopped caring for each other and everyone had to only care about themselves. HR became a horrible place to be.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the two top leaders within HR and hire people who not only care about the business, but care about the associates. That has been forgotten in the organization.


  4. Helpful (4)

    "don't work here"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Deerfield, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Deerfield, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at United Stationers full-time

    Pros

    If there were any, I'd tell you.

    Cons

    Wipe out upper elite and start over. Self seeking egoists whose only concern is their pay and bonuses at the cost of hard working staff who are easily discarded.

    Advice to Management

    wake up or what you have will soon be gone. You need to be humbled and realize once staff is gone, the ones you so easily discard, the company will fall and then how will you get your money, your god?


  5. "Great growth and career opportunities!"

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    Current Employee - Human Resources Manager in Deerfield, IL
    Current Employee - Human Resources Manager in Deerfield, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at United Stationers full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Great career growth opportunities
    - Team oriented environment
    - Great corporate growth strategy
    - Great Senior Leadership Team

    Cons

    - Conservative corporate culture
    - Salaries are middle of the road

    Advice to Management

    - Develop formalized career paths
    - Implement development plans in the performance review process
    - Grow employment brand


  6. "Great Company, Does Not Value Talent"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Deerfield, IL
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Deerfield, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at United Stationers as a contractor (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great People, The Culture is Growing a lot, Senior management is easily accessible, Marketing Department needs an overhaul

    Cons

    They don't seem to truly appreciate talent, employees or loyalty, constant hiring freezes and layoffs, Promises are constantly broken

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate the employees you have instead of lying to them about advancement opportunities repeatedly.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Dept Manager"

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    Current Employee - Department Operations Manager in Deerfield, IL
    Current Employee - Department Operations Manager in Deerfield, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at United Stationers full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    It is a large stable company with opportunities if you are willing to move.

    Cons

    Pay is mediocre and benefits are decent. Senior Leadership has lost focus on the front line workers and focused on shareholders

    Advice to Management

    Give back to the people that do the work and you will be more in return.

  8. "Great company with exposure to many parts of the business."

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    Current Employee - Pricing Manager in Deerfield, IL
    Current Employee - Pricing Manager in Deerfield, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at United Stationers (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    A leader in business product distribution. Strong management and positive team environment.

    Cons

    Inconsistent titles amongst each department. No gym or subsidized memberships.

    Advice to Management

    Advance our work from home policy.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Stay away"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Deerfield, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Deerfield, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at United Stationers full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits. Some managers are great while others are just horrible. Nice corporate headquarters building with a large atrium. Some departments allow associates to work from home one day per week.

    Cons

    No long term vision for the company. Constantly being pulled to work on competing and conflicting priorities. Management told associates working on their corporate transformation that working on the transformation project would be good for their careers. They then let many team members go before the project was complete. Morale at the company is at an all time low. Executive turnover has been very high. More than 4 CFOs, 2 CIOs and 3 CEOs in 10 years.....

    Advice to Management

    Stop promoting yourselves and making your lives very cushy on the backs of lower level associates who feel the day to day brunt of the annual Q1 layoffs with no more than an average 2% annual raise and no appreciation shown.


  10. "Good company, forward looking, industry leader"

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    Former Employee - Director In Finance Function in Deerfield, IL
    Former Employee - Director In Finance Function in Deerfield, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Constant growth and expansion into new business lines through acquisition.
    Business changes keep job interesting and fresh.
    Good benefits
    Activities of United Foundation are fun, and offer chance to use your time, talents and treasures to support charitable causes..

    Cons

    Finance under resourced for special project work that is expected to be completed in addition to regular role.
    Many lateral moves in finance, but very difficult to move up to higher level role
    Low margin business means that costs are tightly controlled.

    Advice to Management

    Provide adequate resources to Finance area for special projects. People want to do a good job and need to make difficult choices between work and family life. Continue to invest in higher margin businesses.


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