OfficeMax Reviews

Updated 14 April 2015
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Pros
  • Work-life balance and time-off policies used to be pretty fair (in 33 reviews)

  • Had a reasonably flexible schedule if you knew what you were doing (in 41 reviews)

Cons
  • Currently Office Depot merger has created a big loss of jobs for many OfficeMax employees (in 47 reviews)

  • During that period the number of upper management roles continued to grow (in 40 reviews)

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  1. Flexible and Fun

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at OfficeMax part-time

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible Schedules
    Fun, relaxed work environment

    Cons

    Hardly any full-time positions
    Not many advancement opportunities

  2. One big happy family. Minus one.

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    Current Employee - Impress Supervisor
    Current Employee - Impress Supervisor

    I have been working at OfficeMax full-time (more than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Everyone is great and positive. It's a really fun environment. We all constantly joked around and made sure to help each other wherever possible. It's a fairly flexible job with very understanding management. I was promoted 5 times in a year and a half.

    Cons

    The store manager. That's it. That's the con. He's extremely lacking in every way imaginable. Every time he is in, the joking stops and you can see morale and productivity go down.

    Advice to Management

    Put a better store manager in place, it would stop the *extremely* high turnover that is just getting worse. This store is down to 12 employees including the 4 managers. And those numbers are just going down.

  3. BitterSweet

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Columbia, SC (US)
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Columbia, SC (US)

    I worked at OfficeMax

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

    Pros

    Wonder Coworkers and management! Great working conditions. Nice work atmosphere , everyone helps everyone

    Cons

    Rude customers. But that's expected when you work in retail. And the pay rate . It's nice for college students but not a lot even if you're full time

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work :)

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  5. Customer Service Representative

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at OfficeMax part-time (more than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Good work team. Great and healthy environment to work.

    Cons

    Not enough opportunities to full time jobs

  6. My experience at office max was fine and is the reason i was there 12 and a half years

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    Former Employee - Delivery Driver in Carlstadt, NJ (US)
    Former Employee - Delivery Driver in Carlstadt, NJ (US)

    I worked at OfficeMax

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

    Pros

    unfortunately office max is now office Depot but after the merger the Depot people seemed pretty fair and as far as office max they were very fair to their employees

    Cons

    Some down sides were at least towards the end way too much micro managed issues some not even having to do with transportation

    Advice to Management

    Now that in house fleet drivers are mostly gone and you are now using private contractors just be ready for unhappy customers for we as in house fleet drivers were more professional and prompt and much more customer related than the people you are now using

  7. It was great just need to promote your employees and guide them so they can move up.

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate-cashier in Austin, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Sales Associate-cashier in Austin, TX (US)

    I worked at OfficeMax part-time

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

    Pros

    Knowledge, easy, fun, discounts and hours

    Cons

    Not being able to make closing announcements

  8. Good place to work for a first job.

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Manteca, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Manteca, CA (US)

    I worked at OfficeMax part-time (less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Easy work environment. Fun employee appreciation days. Good experience working with all types of customers. Decent shift times.

    Cons

    Managers did not take time to make schedule enough in advance. Sometimes you would find out your Sunday shift on Thursday or Friday.

    Advice to Management

    Try to give employees further notice on schedule. Unfortunately my store manager hated giving 10 minute breaks so he always made employee's feel bad about taking breaks allowed to them.

  9. Enjoyed my years at OfficeMax until merger with Office Depot

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Naperville, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Naperville, IL (US)

    I worked at OfficeMax

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

    Pros

    Happy with compensation
    Great people to work with in IT

    Cons

    OfficeMax headquarters will be shutting down in 2015; with Staples interested, future is uncertain for Office Depot as well.

    Advice to Management

    Merger could have been handled much better; we were told it would be a "merger of equals" for almost a year, but it didn't seem that way when final decisions were made.

  10. I worked at an OfficeMax before the merger with Office Depot; I've worked with the company for a little over two years.

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    Current Employee - Customer Experience Manager in Nashville, TN (US)
    Current Employee - Customer Experience Manager in Nashville, TN (US)

    I have been working at OfficeMax full-time (more than a year)

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

    Pros

    Coworkers are great, some managers are excellent. As retail jobs go, it's a more relaxed environment and a generally positive atmosphere. Customer interaction can be very fun and rewarding.

    Cons

    It's retail - opportunities for growth are naturally limited; training is often hard to complete because of time constraints. Corporate doesn't seem to be very organized; pay isn't great. Merger made things extremely complicated.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate with employees as much as possible.

  11. Corporate Accounting Department

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at OfficeMax full-time (more than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    The collaborative work environment let's you speak your opinion without fear of being shot down. The teamwork environment was excellent.

    Cons

    The work-life balance was good for most weeks but quite demanding the week of the accounting close. Also, budget season can be very demanding.

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