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United Stationers Reviews

Updated 8 April 2015
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United Stationers President and CEO P. Cody Phipps
P. Cody Phipps
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Pros
  • Company is very supportive of work/life balance (in 4 reviews)

  • job was close to home with good pay & good benefits (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • Whether you get to work from home depends on your director/VP - some get 2 days some get 0 (in 3 reviews)

  • poor work-life balance and disrespect between associates ignored by management (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Good company, forward looking, industry leader

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director In Finance Function in Deerfield, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Director In Finance Function in Deerfield, IL (US)

    I worked at United Stationers

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    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.

  2. Decent

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at United Stationers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Family Enviorment everybody cool Nice pay

    Cons

    They dont hire reliable people, average shift should be at least 8 people usually

  3. Helpful (2)

    It is a good company to work for.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Distribution Associate in Tukwila, WA (US)
    Former Employee - Distribution Associate in Tukwila, WA (US)

    I worked at United Stationers

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The coworkers were very friendly and the managers were very hands on, If needed they jumped in to help on the line.

    Cons

    A 8 hour day is not the norm more like 10 or sometimes 11 hours in a shift.

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  5. I enjoyed my time working for United Stationers, but unfortunately my position was eliminated in a restructuring.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Able to develop relationships with many functional groups

    Cons

    Decision making concentrated with Senior Management

    Advice to Management

    Allocate the current resources to support the growth drivers in the business.

  6. My review

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at United Stationers

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Company-wide job opportunities
    Pay
    Local managers great to work with and for.

    Cons

    Company going through lots of change/restructuring
    Stability
    Someone needs to leave or you need to relocate to advance
    Values have declined over last 2 years

    Advice to Management

    Keep valuable employees.

  7. Management is hit or miss, some are OK and some are terrible. A lot of managers in cushy roles not contributing.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at United Stationers

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Very laid back atmosphere, pay is OK. Work can be interesting.

    Cons

    Too much cronyism, people who are lazy

    Advice to Management

    Fire half your managers.

  8. good company, branching out and diversifying

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great people, benefits and work life balance. Opportunities to advance.

    Cons

    workforce reductions about every other year hinder morale.

    Advice to Management

    consider getting to know what people actually do for the company, visit the DC's more frequently.

  9. Nice place to work.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Care Representative in Orchard Park, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Customer Care Representative in Orchard Park, NY (US)

    I worked at United Stationers

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great Monday through Friday schedule. It was great not working weekends ever. It was nice to "turn off the job" the moment I walked out each night. I made many great friends.

    Cons

    This could be very monotonous work at times. Call center environment at its core. Not everyone in same position/title held to equal standards. Like any company, there were plenty of office politics, but this place seemed to have pockets where "who you know" was more important than how hard you worked.

    Advice to Management

    Avoid cursing/vulgarity during team meetings (may not apply to all teams, just the one I was on).

  10. Best company to work for!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at United Stationers

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great management, good work/life balance

    Cons

    Commute to work is long

    Advice to Management

    NA

  11. WORST COMPANY EVER

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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.

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