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39 English questions out of 39

9 December 2019

What is health insurance like at OfficeMax?

Pros

relatively low-stress compared to other retail environments discount

Cons

relative to similar positions in my region of the united states, i'm being underpaid by at least 8k/year, even accounting for a lack of paid management experience and being an external hire. also, HSA instead of an actual health insurance program with a lot of fine print that essentially translates to me being better off private-paying. granted, i'm speaking from my experiences so far at a specific store in no particular order: my boss advised me to play mind games with an associate instead of interacting with them like a normal human being over an "incident" (strong word) i forgot immediately after it happened. just generally, has a huge thing for blaming other people when things go sour and kinda seems to be projecting his own insecurities and flaws onto others. possibly a bit misogynistic given his comments about my female coworkers, so i'm sure he's assigned a "female" stereotype to me by now (it'll come out eventually). a general lack of support and training after my two-week course in the district's training store - in fact, even though i have been with the company for a short amount of time i am under the impression that my boss is of the opinion that i should have learned everything by now, despite giving me very few tools to get up to speed short of me asking directly. being sold on the position by claiming that they were looking for "new ideas." so far, nothing meaningful is being changed, for all the talk of "working on it." i was also lied to about associates being cross-trained to all departments, given that only four people can actually flex between front-end and copy/print related to being misled about expectations, the goal posts are always shifting when it comes to task management. i have yet to see another manager or senior employee be pulled aside and lectured for any minor mistakes, even though one of my fellow managers has been bypassing tech service requirements because she doesn't like the current sop for work orders? hello? mostly i feel like a glorified associate. color me shocked upon learning that when my boss took over the store one of my predecessors lined up a job and quit, and then the one after was only here a few months before they also left for a different job. here's hoping i'll be out soon as well.

Advice to Management

if everyone else sucks at their job no matter who you hire for it, maybe it's time to rip the actual problem out by the roots

also, HSA instead of an actual health insurance program with a lot of fine print that essentially translates to me being better off private

9 December 2019

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1 November 2019

Does OfficeMax offer sponsored degrees?

Pros

Great for students while in college, flexible scheduling

Cons

Customers can be difficult, no benefits, low pay

Customers can be difficult, no benefits, low pay

1 November 2019

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27 January 2020

Does OfficeMax offer unlimited holiday?

Pros

Great benefits, paid time off, flexible hours

Cons

The pay itself is not that great

Great benefits, paid time off, flexible hours

27 January 2020

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9 December 2019

Does OfficeMax offer healthcare cash plans?

Pros

relatively low-stress compared to other retail environments discount

Cons

relative to similar positions in my region of the united states, i'm being underpaid by at least 8k/year, even accounting for a lack of paid management experience and being an external hire. also, HSA instead of an actual health insurance program with a lot of fine print that essentially translates to me being better off private-paying. granted, i'm speaking from my experiences so far at a specific store in no particular order: my boss advised me to play mind games with an associate instead of interacting with them like a normal human being over an "incident" (strong word) i forgot immediately after it happened. just generally, has a huge thing for blaming other people when things go sour and kinda seems to be projecting his own insecurities and flaws onto others. possibly a bit misogynistic given his comments about my female coworkers, so i'm sure he's assigned a "female" stereotype to me by now (it'll come out eventually). a general lack of support and training after my two-week course in the district's training store - in fact, even though i have been with the company for a short amount of time i am under the impression that my boss is of the opinion that i should have learned everything by now, despite giving me very few tools to get up to speed short of me asking directly. being sold on the position by claiming that they were looking for "new ideas." so far, nothing meaningful is being changed, for all the talk of "working on it." i was also lied to about associates being cross-trained to all departments, given that only four people can actually flex between front-end and copy/print related to being misled about expectations, the goal posts are always shifting when it comes to task management. i have yet to see another manager or senior employee be pulled aside and lectured for any minor mistakes, even though one of my fellow managers has been bypassing tech service requirements because she doesn't like the current sop for work orders? hello? mostly i feel like a glorified associate. color me shocked upon learning that when my boss took over the store one of my predecessors lined up a job and quit, and then the one after was only here a few months before they also left for a different job. here's hoping i'll be out soon as well.

Advice to Management

if everyone else sucks at their job no matter who you hire for it, maybe it's time to rip the actual problem out by the roots

also, HSA instead of an actual health insurance program with a lot of fine print that essentially translates to me being better off private

9 December 2019

See answer

23 June 2021

Does OfficeMax offer relocation assistance?

Pros

Great opportunity for growth and to move up in the company. Lots of quarters bonuses.

Cons

Competitive field. Hard work, not great benefits package.

Hard work, not great benefits package.

23 June 2021

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