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United Stationers Reviews

Updated December 11, 2016
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  1. "Great work/life balance; ability to grow your career in several different directions within the company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Analyst in Deerfield, IL
    Former Employee - IT Analyst in Deerfield, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work/life balance
    Great, dedicated workforce
    Training
    Fair compensation
    Communication about direction business is going

    Cons

    Some people tend to stay too long in the same position


  2. Helpful (5)

    "Ambiguity is the Rule"

    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
    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.


  3. 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


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  5. 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


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Big company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Social Media Manager in Deerfield, IL
    Former Employee - Social Media Manager in Deerfield, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at United Stationers full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Benefits are a huge plus. Good working environment. Great people.

    Cons

    Cube farm. It's such a big and slow moving company, it's hard to move up "the ladder" quickly, or even get projects completed (and on your resume).

    Advice to Management

    Many are there to "rest and vest." Need to look into improving the company culture forward.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "An okay company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Warehouse Worker in Cranbury, NJ
    Current Employee - Warehouse Worker in Cranbury, NJ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Relatively good pay.
    Company gives back to the community

    Cons

    No work-life balance
    Company doesn't care much about the welfare of employees

    Advice to Management

    Management needs extensive training on human relations and a better knowledge of what needs to be done. At times, some of the managers look lost and out of place.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Overall, United is a good place to work with fair people in upper management."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Prefer Not to Answer in Deerfield, IL
    Former Employee - Prefer Not to Answer in Deerfield, IL
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people I worked with tended to be friendly for the most part and I didn't experience a whole lot of big egos that are prevalent in so many office environments.

    Cons

    There wasn't a whole lot of opportunity for growth here unless you were in specific departments. The company was very compartmentalized and didn't have a lot off communication across departments. There were major disconnects between Product Management/Merchandising, Transportation, and Inventory Management with little to no collaboration between them. This lead to a lot of confusion and frustration. As an earlier reviewer had written, "all the talent has left" was somewhat true as a statement unfortunately. Many of the new hires coming on had little to no experience in the office supply world and made a lot of poor business decisions.

    Advice to Management

    There needs to be more transparency across the various departments and more collaboration amongst them, especially when major decisions that affect multiples areas are the business are involved. This will help strengthen the company rather than cause resentments and good people to leave the company.


  9. Helpful (1)

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

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


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Nice Place To Work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Dealer Services in Deerfield, IL
    Former Employee - Dealer Services in Deerfield, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    They believe in fostering a family working working environment, they often promote from within, willing to provide or offer training resources to enhance ones career track, lots of headquarter resources to refer to when needed,

    Cons

    Not enough positions available at the entry level, because the job is so well liked, older employees are reluctant to retire from senior positions, which limits advancement opportunities, A hard company to get into because no one wants to leave.

    Advice to Management

    Listen


  11. Helpful (1)

    "It's OK - If you have the right Director"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Tries to do the right thing by it's employees if you are in the right group.

    Cons

    Company is a little dysfunctional and does not understand shipping/receiving and customer service

    Advice to Management

    Figure out what the customer wants/expects and make it happen. Policies are written to protect internal processes first and not satisfy the customer.


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