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United Stationers Reviews

Updated October 24, 2017
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  1. Helpful (6)

    "Company doesn't value their employees"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "don't work here"

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    • 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?

  3. "Great growth and career opportunities!"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  4. "Great culture & respect for employees"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    This is a great company to work for and I'd recommend it to a friend looking for a job. Need... twenty .....words .....there!

    Cons

    Flex time policy is a bit restrictive. Not sure why i'm being required to hit a twenty word minimum but this is how i'm going to get there!


  5. "Process improvemnt"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    industry leader, motivating leaders, loyal work force

    Cons

    hard to improve old habits

    Advice to Management

    IT folks are mostly older generation. need new talent, new ideas: work from home policies, new softwares...


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

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Dept Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    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. Helpful (3)

    "Stay away"

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    • 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.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Extremely tough company to work for."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    You will learn to sell many different products and with a lot of responsibility. Outside sales your will work on your own with input from management on how to grow territory.

    Cons

    This company does not look as their associate as an asset just but just as a tool to progress the company line. The upper management does not take or seems to be interested in comments from the field and lower positions as how to make the company better, just the corporate bottom line. They infer all the time that your job is on the line.

    Advice to Management

    Please listen to your employees you have one of the best sales forces and back up staff in the industry. Accountability is good, but understand that it is not always the employee that is at fault and they are other forces that lead to lower than expected productivity and their jobs should not be always on the line. Try to be more understanding that is the moral and right thing to do.


  10. Helpful (1)

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

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    • Senior Management
    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.


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