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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Run for the boarder"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Finance in Deerfield, IL
    Current Employee - Finance in Deerfield, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some Discount on school supplies

    Cons

    25 cent raise every year

    Advice to Management

    Micro management


  2. Helpful (1)

    "company has lots of crimes being committed by employees"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Warehouse Associate in North Sacramento, CA
    Former Employee - Warehouse Associate in North Sacramento, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    communication by management and supervisors

    Cons

    problem solving between management and supervisors

    Advice to Management

    none

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Snake Pit"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Stable company but mismanaged by people with no background in area they oversee

    Cons

    Mismanaged, people with no IT background making decisions about things at great expense in terms of productivity

    Advice to Management

    Leave the IT work to IT pros, not people with a subscription to Wired magazine


  4. Helpful (4)

    "Horrible Company to Work For. Run The Other Way."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Deerfield, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Deerfield, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at United Stationers full-time

    Pros

    Good coworkers
    Good vacation and sick days off

    Cons

    Upper management has no idea how to run their department or manage employees.
    Managers, VP's and Directors lack people skills..
    A LOT of corporate politics.
    Upper management will lie to your face.
    Management will make promises but nothing will ever follow through. They will lie to you to buy more time so they don't have to follow through on the promise.
    Work from home policy is a company wide policy but it all depends on your manager if they will allow it. It varies from person to person.
    Managers and VP's will NOT promote from within the company even if you have 5, 10 or 15 years of experience. They prefer to hire their relative, friend or a previous coworker from their old jobs to fill new positions.
    Many old employees who have been with the company for 15, 20 or 30 years refuse to except change and have been in the same position all their life. They refuse to leave even if they have been demoted..
    HR department is a joke. It is very difficult to get hold of someone in HR to answer your questions or address concerns. it takes days if not weeks to get a face -to-face meeting with someone in HR.
    Don't expect an orientation when you are hired. You'll meet someone from HR that you've never heard of and they will give you a very ugly mug, have you sign a few pieces documents and off you go. You'll be lucky if someone from your department will meet you and bring you to your department.
    Lack of communication within various departments.
    This industry is declining and they have no solid future plan on how to survive.
    if you suggest changes the upper management is willing to listen but that's where it stops. Nothing ever gets done.
    No sense of belonging to a department. Everyone does their own thing.
    There aren't any perks such as Christmas party or summer picnic. This depends on your manager whether they want to have a party or not.

    Advice to Management

    Promote from within the company.
    Stop favoritism with employees.
    Hire good managers and VP's based on experience and not based on your relationship with the person.
    Take action against manager, VP's and Directors if constant complaints are made against them.
    Create a corporate culture.
    Hire young and talented people with experience.
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  5. Helpful (2)

    "WORST COMPANY EVER"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some people are nice..... I guess.....? I don't know, i'm really grasping at straws here....

    Cons

    EVERYTHING. The pay is crap- they give 5 cent raises and tell you it's more than other people got in your department. They are laying off a bunch of people but they need help transitioning the company so they are holding everyone's severance ransom so you literally have no choice but to be their work horse if you want that money. You also have to sign a non-compete so not only are they screwing you by laying you off but you can't even work in the same field you have knowledge in or they will cut off your severance. Supervisors are horrible; they are the first ones to gossip about everything and everyone but then you'll get called into HR and they scold you like you're the bad guy. One supervisor got fired for asking a subordinate to lie for her. It really doesn't matter since they are closing a bunch of branches. They absolutely pick and choose their favorites, but in the end they all stab each other in the back anyway.

    Advice to Management

    There's so much office politics going on because you don't have good leaders. You hire a bunch of immature people who act like work is high school and spend more time creating drama and gossiping than actually working.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Stay away"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "don't work here"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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?

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Order Picker"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Order Picker in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Order Picker in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Pay and benefits were ok

    Cons

    Had just started in May 2015. Fired in July because I was involved in accident leaving work. Exceeded 1.5 attendance points. Don't care about employees well being

    Advice to Management

    Be more compassionate towards employees when something unexpected happens like a car accident and dont be so quick to fire a person thats making every effort to get to work and you stipl deduct attendance points from them and fire them. Essendant in Houston


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Data Integrity Analyst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Data Integrity Analyst in Buffalo Grove, IL
    Former Employee - Data Integrity Analyst in Buffalo Grove, IL
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at United Stationers (More than a year)

    Pros

    There wasn't anything I was satisfied with the job.

    Cons

    Management does not provide enough training for you to do your job.
    Managers show strong bias opinions and show favorites among the team.
    Managers do not stand behind their own decision.
    Unable to fully trust anyone there. Always need to be extremely careful.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "One review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in City of Industry, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in City of Industry, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    their involvement in the community

    Cons

    poor work-life balance and disrespect between associates ignored by management

    Advice to Management

    It is important that associates feel repected in the workplace.


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