United Stationers
3.0 of 5 52 reviews
www.unitedstationers.com Deerfield, IL 5000+ Employees

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Updated Jul 04, 2014

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United Stationers President and CEO P. Cody Phipps

P. Cody Phipps

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52% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Just OK - Need to get with the times

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsCoworkers are good to work with

    ConsWill not invest in technology... annual "merit" increases are a joke

    Advice to Senior ManagementInvest in your people

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great Company

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsFlexible to needs, lots of opportunities, office being resigned with associates in mind. HR willing to listen to associates, not an automated phone service

    ConsYou might not like an ever changing environment. Some turnover issues in some departments, but most are moving forward.

    Advice to Senior ManagementReact to associate feedback

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great work/life balance; ability to grow your career in several different directions within the company

    IT Analyst (Former Employee)
    Deerfield, IL (US)

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

    ConsSome people tend to stay too long in the same position

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Ambiguity is the Rule

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Deerfield, IL (US)

    ProsPay and benefits were pretty good, and there are some good managers at mid-level. Lucky employees end up with one of these good leaders.

    ConsEven 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    anonymous?

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prostremendous record of success in market

    Constop heavy structure and recent history of takeaways

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Be ready to work

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat Pay
    Ok Benefits
    Great Co-workers
    Wonderful opportunities if you are in sales or marketing management

    ConsToo many political competing agendas at the top
    Its the Titanic - hard to get things done, not flexible enough
    Ops jobs are thankless for the lower positions, ok for sups and management
    Lack of diversity at the top

    Advice to Senior ManagementLoosen the reigns and trust your associates to make the right decisions for United and the customer. Having to negotiate through a complicated approval matrix of individuals that are tough to track down makes it hard to get things done. I hope your fix that.

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    Snake Pit

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementLeave the IT work to IT pros, not people with a subscription to Wired magazine

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    Good work, mediocre pay

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsFast paced environment
    Good company infrastructure

    ConsHard to move up
    New hire pay is subpar

    Advice to Senior ManagementRethink your pay structure

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    company has lots of crimes being committed by employees

    Warehouse Associate (Former Employee)
    North Sacramento, CA (US)

    Proscommunication by management and supervisors

    Consproblem solving between management and supervisors

    Advice to Senior Managementnone

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Big company

    Social Media Manager (Former Employee)
    Deerfield, IL (US)

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

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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