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  1. 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.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Content"

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    Current Employee - Route Driver in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Route Driver in Columbus, OH
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Not a bad driving job, and you're home everyday. The benefits are also pretty good, considering how much you only have to pay

    Cons

    You can never get a straight answer. You have to stay on top of management to get your answers and also, never assume anything there

    Advice to Management

    Do your job and take responsibility, don't blame others.

  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 (1)

    "United Stationers Review"

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    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at United Stationers full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good products and team work within each section of the company. Branch and field are great to work with and email.

    Cons

    People really only care about themselves and working by themselves. No one relies on looking for interactive and innovative resources.

    Advice to Management

    When you hire someone, let them make their own decisions as you are hiring skilled and abled people who want to do good and make money for the company.


  5. Helpful (6)

    "Company doesn't value their employees"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at United Stationers full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Overtime allowed for some employees. Pay ok if you've been there a while. Decent hours, no weekends.

    Cons

    No appreciation for employees no matter how above and beyond they go. Devoted, loyal, long term employees let go while less qualified still have jobs. Manager has no clue what their employees job entails. Decisions made by upper management without feedback from people who do the job everyday. Definite favoritism shown.

    Advice to Management

    Rethink recent changes to certain laid off staff. These employees knew what they were doing.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Transformation Time: You're in for a wild ride"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at United Stationers full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great work/life balance. Many great people. Company is going through a transformation -- things are extremely rough at times but leadership team seems to believe we will come out stronger in the end.

    Cons

    Managerial style differs from dept to dept--some have work from home but some don't. Lots of turnover in select departments. Lots of new managers in some areas, leaving a lot of confused and directionless employees. Oftentimes -- too many chiefs and not enough Indians. Company dreams big but is yet to walk in their footsteps. Too often there are budget cuts, layoffs, spending restrictions which is generally pretty demotivating. Extremely small raises, low single-digit, and you're told that it's "better than others" in your dept.

    Advice to Management

    Hire good managers who will inspire, encourage, and help their teams grow personally/professionally. Weed out those who are complacent -- they're a contributing factor as to why so many people are drowning. Look closely at turnover rates dept-by-dept, including those who move to other depts -- you will see a clear trend.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "The BLack Hole!"

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    Former Employee - Distribution Worker in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Distribution Worker in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great Benefits, PTO, you practically have to fire yourself.

    Cons

    They believe that because the benefits a great that it's okay to pay low pay rates. There is no room to grow especially if you are good in a specifi area. Many of the good positions are held by employees who have been there 15-30plus (this is over 30 positions) and you have to wait until they retire to get anythig close. However, In spite of the lack of growth and low compensation it easy to get comfortable with stability and great benefits...Dont get stuck!

    Advice to Management

    Pay your employees more!

  8. Helpful (5)

    "Ambiguity is the Rule"

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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

    I worked at United Stationers full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Pay and benefits were pretty good, and there are some good managers at mid-level. Lucky employees end up with one of these good leaders.

    Cons

    Even in smaller departments, ambiguity and conflicting priorities rule the day. It's easy to flounder for a long, long time waiting to get clear direction, but taking initiative to lead or decide is politically dangerous.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "-"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Close to home- short commute

    Cons

    Too loud. Not enough resources


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Opportunities for growth did not exsist outside of lead or supervisor roles."

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    Former Employee - Customer Care Representative in Suwanee, GA
    Former Employee - Customer Care Representative in Suwanee, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Round table and focus group discussions to improve business processes and communication.

    Cons

    Offsite management of local supervisors promoted bias treatment, low accountablity, and high tolerance for low morale.

    Advice to Management

    On site management of supervisors is a must. A supervisor training program should be implemented to ensure certain skill sets equal or exceed those they are leading.


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