OfficeMax Reviews

Updated 26 August 2014
Updated 26 August 2014
994 Reviews

2.8
994 Reviews
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Roland Smith
105 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • The work-life balance changed with the season (in 25 reviews)

  • Most of the associates that you work with are fun to work around (in 15 reviews)


Cons
  • Naperville HQ closing as position relocate to new Office Depot Office Max HR in Boca Raton (in 38 reviews)

  • During that period the number of upper management roles continued to grow (in 36 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great company culture and experience

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  Naperville, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Naperville, IL (US)

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

    Pros

    I was straight out of school and they hired me, i learned a lot and gained invaluable experience. some pros are that they have awesome lunch and learns for you to work on your soft skills, they have an open door policy and very transparent upper management.

    Cons

    Theres not really anywhere to go "up the ladder" your either developer, lead developer or Manager.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    It was great while it last until I moved!!!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assistant Store Manager  in  Rochester, MN (US)
    Former Employee - Assistant Store Manager in Rochester, MN (US)

    I worked at OfficeMax full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great team we had at the store. The department supervisors under me were great. I was a great leader for my sales team. I even played a roll as one of the top 3 sellers for maxassurance even if I was the Asst Store Manager. I did work a lot of PM shifts as it was part of my job roll. Didn't mind it but time to time of would do a mid shift and really liked that. I was pretty tight with my PM crew after the store slow down we would go out back smoke some cigs. Even did that few times with the store manager.

    Cons

    Our Store Manager at the time was a good guy to work for. But he would get very upset at times and had anger issues. Thank god I was mostly on his good side. But time to time he would have high expectations of me and if I were to not follow thru I was made to come in on my off day to fix something as he had to much dignity not to fix a mistake if it weren't his. Yes, I was micromanaged most of the time you can say 95% of the time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My first advice is Ok so a Store Manager works 5 days a week maybe 8 to 9 hour days. Every Tuesday my Store Manager had office day. Which was a waste of time I think. Come in casual clothing out of uniform and sit in the office for your shift. I will be honest he never did a full 8 or 9 hour those Tuesday's. At times asked me hey I'm going to leave early so soon as you get in I will be leaving. Most of that office stuff can be done in few hours you don't need a full day and I'm sure other Store Managers would leave bit early on there Office Day's during the week. My Advice take that away from them!!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Good company and culture with Sam and Ravi as leaders

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager  in  Naperville, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Manager in Naperville, IL (US)

    I worked at OfficeMax full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity to advance. Benefits were average. Great culture with relaxed atmosphere.

    Cons

    Industry is struggling so making the numbers was tough. There were years without pay increases to conserve cash.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Merger communication to associates was not accurate as a result many associates are suffering. Leadership spoke about selecting the best systems, best process and best people to represent the new organization. If that was true, many were confused how the company could select the ODP home grown legacy systems (many, many applicants with bridging data) to represent the future verse a scale-able robust system like SAP which as the primary system at OMX. Leadership knew everything was going south but played the game to keep the OMX associates from jumping ship. I hope they enjoy ODP Google mail over OMX Outlook that they transitioned to.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Import Specialist  in  Naperville, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Import Specialist in Naperville, IL (US)

    I worked at OfficeMax full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Opportunity to advance if you perform well, coworkers are movitated and have passion about work. Good work/Life balance.

    Cons

    Merger with Office Depot and HQ is now in Boca Raton FL

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    compensation

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Your success depends on management at each store.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Print Services Associate
    Former Employee - Print Services Associate

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

    Pros

    Good variety of duties and, overall, good folks to work with.

    Cons

    Professionalism of management at stores varies considerably. At one store, management is generally quite good. At another, quite poor.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good management - Respects individuals for their contributions.
    Poor management - Repressive and short-sited.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    A long road with a bad ending.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Store Manager  in  Naperville, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Store Manager in Naperville, IL (US)

    I have been working at OfficeMax full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Working hours, People you work with in store.

    Cons

    To many changing ideas. Too much time spent changing things not enough focusing on the customer.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    New Job

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Sales Consultant-Store Operations
    Current Employee - Senior Sales Consultant-Store Operations

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

    Pros

    Compensation, work life balance, jod opportunities.

    Cons

    It is retail. No retail job is perfect.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to take care of employees at the store level.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    It is a good company to work for with an interesting atmosphere.

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

    I have been working at OfficeMax part-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Flexible scheduling for those in high school and college as well as chances to transfer if need be.

    Cons

    It is not a place for those who get stressed out easily. There is also little recognition for those who have been there for more than just a few years.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    It was a fun place to work

    Former Employee - Sales Associate  in  Temple, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Temple, TX (US)

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

    Pros

    Good Staff and fun work place

    Cons

    Everyone is in a rush

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    Great company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous  in  Northridge, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Northridge, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Friendly environment would recommen to other to work here

    Cons

    As we know retail will always have it's ups and downs , great costumers and bad ..

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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