OfficeMax Reviews

Updated 29 September, 2014
Updated 29 September, 2014
1,005 Reviews
2.8
1,005 Reviews
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Roland Smith
109 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • In my group they understand work life balance (in 29 reviews)

  • I worked at OfficeMax to get through college so the flexible schedule of retail worked for me (in 39 reviews)


Cons
  • Naperville HQ closing as position relocate to new Office Depot Office Max HR in Boca Raton (in 41 reviews)

  • During that period the number of upper management roles continued to grow (in 37 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    So far so good

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at OfficeMax

    Pros

    Co-workers make it an amazing place to work

    Cons

    I feel like sometime there is no direction, and we are always recreating the wheel when developing a new process. We don't try to fix the current process.

    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    All about politics and "CYA"

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at OfficeMax

    Pros

    Not a difficult job and generally not too demanding.

    Cons

    Management is solely concerned with how they appear to their next level of management. You are 100% on your own, and if something blows up they are pros at knowing exactly how to deflect while throwing you in the fire. If this means stretching truths and even lying, then that's what they will do.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look up the word RESPECT in a dictionary

  3.  

    Bad Company

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

    I worked at OfficeMax part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    -Flexible scheduling
    -Was trained and mentored by a very good manager, who then went on to another job after working there for a few years.

    Cons

    -Low pay
    -high turnover
    -low employee morale
    -expected a lot of work for little in return
    -low staff, not enough people to help the customers
    -the culture was bad

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    hire more employees and actually promote good employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    A decent interim employer, but don't stick around.

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    Former Employee - Sales Specialist
    Former Employee - Sales Specialist

    I worked at OfficeMax full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Expectations are fairly clear.

    Working atmosphere was surprisingly good.

    Cons

    Opportunities for advancement, and compensation for experience are sorely lacking.

    Management is fairly confusing, many conflicting personalities.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    My experience was a great learning tool for me to reach my goals

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager  in  Charlotte Amalie (Virgin Islands (US))
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in Charlotte Amalie (Virgin Islands (US))

    I have been working at OfficeMax full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great teamwork environment, opportunities to earn extra money on top of my pay

    Cons

    No chance for advancement due to the company merger with Office Depot

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No comment

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    It kept money in my pocket when I was in college!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Associate - Office Max  in  Milwaukee, WI (US)
    Former Employee - Sales Associate - Office Max in Milwaukee, WI (US)

    I worked at OfficeMax part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Decent pay for the little work that I was required to do.
    Easy job if you are a people person.
    Ability to be promoted easily in downtown location.
    Flexible scheduling
    Youll get to meet most of the businesses downtown

    Cons

    Jealous co-workers ( They always gossip)
    No organization due to the fact that we basically had no store manager.
    Split in the employees and you must choose a "side" to join or youll be an outcast. (Its like dealing with children)
    Workload unevenly distributed
    Feels like you and the store are going no where!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire new management!

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Good starting job for Sales/Customer Service

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Associate - Office Max  in  Vallejo, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Sales Associate - Office Max in Vallejo, CA (US)

    I have been working at OfficeMax part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    constant customer service, you get a foreground of sales and what it initials. Stepping stone for other jobs. Hours were good, just know that it is part time so your not going to get major hours. BUT the hours i got were about 50 hours every check. So job wise it was stable. I didn't slack off. When you slack, you aren't seen as a priority. You want them to notice when your working or not. What i mean is that you want to be known as "one of the good ones" that they always want working because your so good at your job

    Cons

    Management wasn't stable, always changed managers. Within almost the first year, i am at my third manager. Good guy, very friendly. Works with you if your in school.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be confident in sales, push yourself , be self motivated and don't doubt yourself. Sales is just the way you word things. Just keep having perseverance, its a learning process! Always have to start somewhere!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Sales Consultant

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    Former Employee - Sales Consultant  in  Akron, OH (US)
    Former Employee - Sales Consultant in Akron, OH (US)

    I worked at OfficeMax part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    -Due to the recent merger a lot of new technology is on the way
    -Complete overhaul of company values
    -Definitely more customer oriented after merger
    -The spiffs were pretty useless, but could add a few dollars per week

    Cons

    -Obviously can get busy
    -Poor technology

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue pleasing the customer and they will keep coming back.

    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Must make your DM your best friend!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Store Manager  in  Chillicothe, OH (US)
    Former Employee - Store Manager in Chillicothe, OH (US)

    I worked at OfficeMax full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Even as a Store Manager you man earn commissions on sales and services.

    Cons

    If you are thinking about taking one of their stores, go visit first. Make sure it is not a crap hole from front to back. With the payroll you are allotted, it will take you more than a year to fix it all.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Office max

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    Former Employee - Cashier  in  Elmont, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Cashier in Elmont, NY (US)

    I worked at OfficeMax part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great co workers, discount was ok.

    Cons

    Insensitive managers, no consideration at all that I was going to school while making schedule

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