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On average, employees at School Specialty give their company a 3.4 rating out of 5.0 - which is 11% lower than the average rating for all companies on CareerBliss. The happiest School Specialty employees are Account Managers submitting an average rating of 2.7.

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3.4
Average Rating
(based on 9 School Specialty Review Ratings)
Company Culture 3.2
Growth Opportunities 2.8
People You Work With 3.9
Person You Work For 3.1
Rewards You Receive 3.3
Support You Get 3.2
Way You Work 3.4
Work Setting 3.9

14 School Specialty Company Reviews and Ratings Browse School Specialty Reviews by Job Title →

Account Manager
Posted 2 years ago in San Diego, CA

What do you like about working at School Specialty?

"The everyday support staff and the extensive line of k-12 products"

Do you have any tips for others interviewing with this company?

"In a few short words... Politely thank the recruiter or hiring manager then ask them why there are so many pathetic and consistently horrible reviews all over the internet for this company... Wait for answer then go home and keep looking for another sales position."

What don't you like about working at School Specialty?

"Its a bad place to work to advance any sales career. You can and are terminated without cause under the guise of at will and given no notice, no reason, no nothing for your unjustified termination! I would discourage any qualified sales professional to seriously consider passing on a job offer with this company-- dont get desperate to work for this company... There is so much better out there."

What suggestions do you have for management?

"Take lots and lots of advanced management courses -- just because you have CEO after your name doesnt mean you know squat about running a company and especially in the case of School Specialty-- how to work with people! Get a clue or sink with your outdated, antiquated ship!"

Person You Work For 1 / 5 People You Work With 2 / 5 Work Setting 5 / 5
Support You Get 1 / 5 Rewards You Receive 2 / 5 Growth Opportunities 1 / 5
Company Culture 1 / 5 Way You Work 1 / 5
Communications Specialist
Posted 2 years ago in Greenville, WI

What do you like about working at School Specialty?

"The company was very good to me, providing many growth opportunities and allowing me to work from home for the last five years."

Do you have any tips for others interviewing with this company?

"Research the educational market and their vast line of brands."

What don't you like about working at School Specialty?

"Towards the end of my career the company focused less on the talent they had employed and lost track of where the success came from."

What suggestions do you have for management?

"Return the focus to the people who do the work and do it well, and stick to a plan for awhile before changing tracks."

Person You Work For 5 / 5 People You Work With 5 / 5 Work Setting 5 / 5
Support You Get 5 / 5 Rewards You Receive 5 / 5 Growth Opportunities 5 / 5
Company Culture 4 / 5 Way You Work 5 / 5

Company-Industry Rating Comparison

3.4
School Specialty (14)

5.0 Highest Rated in this Industry is PostcardMania (6)
2.0 Lowest Rated in this Industry is Wave2Wave Communications (8)
3.5 Average of All Companies in this Industry (7,146)
Account Manager
Posted 2 years ago in California City, CA

"Do not work here if you're in sales and want to be a success"

What do you like about working at School Specialty?

"The employees are wonderful and the products which assist educators at the K-12 leval"

Do you have any tips for others interviewing with this company?

"If you are in sales and dont care about reaching your personal best professinally , then yes go ahead and apply to this company run fully on mediocrity by the clueless management. Otherwise look elsewhere. You can absolutely do better."

What don't you like about working at School Specialty?

"Horrible leadership, lack of direction from middle and upper management, mantatory furloughs, no formal training for sales reps, ability to grow and think about new and exciting ways to grow your tertitory is not part of the management culture and highly discouraged. Overall a very negative place for a sales professional who cares about working at his/her maximum potential."

What suggestions do you have for management?

"Read the comments from my post and orhers on this Board and take action -- prioritize your greatest assest... The sales force"

Person You Work For 1 / 5 People You Work With 4 / 5 Work Setting 1 / 5
Support You Get 2 / 5 Rewards You Receive 2 / 5 Growth Opportunities 1 / 5
Company Culture 4 / 5 Way You Work 1 / 5
Account Specialist
Posted 2 years ago
Person You Work For 1.2 / 5 People You Work With 2 / 5 Work Setting 3 / 5
Support You Get 1 / 5 Rewards You Receive 1 / 5 Growth Opportunities 1.1 / 5
Company Culture 3 / 5 Way You Work 4 / 5

Average School Specialty Ratings in the Past 2 Years

Year Salary
2011 $3
2012 $2
Director of Production
Posted 3 years ago in Bellingham, WA
Person You Work For 4.3 / 5 People You Work With 4.7 / 5 Work Setting 4 / 5
Support You Get 4.8 / 5 Rewards You Receive 3.9 / 5 Growth Opportunities 4.8 / 5
Company Culture 4.6 / 5 Way You Work 4.3 / 5
Windows Infrastructure Support Engineer
Posted 3 years ago
Person You Work For 3.9 / 5 People You Work With 3.8 / 5 Work Setting 3.9 / 5
Support You Get 4 / 5 Rewards You Receive 4 / 5 Growth Opportunities 3.9 / 5
Company Culture 3.9 / 5 Way You Work 3.9 / 5
Account Manager
Posted 3 years ago in Savannah, GA
Person You Work For 3.9 / 5 People You Work With 4.9 / 5 Work Setting 4.9 / 5
Support You Get 4 / 5 Rewards You Receive 3.6 / 5 Growth Opportunities 3 / 5
Company Culture 1.1 / 5 Way You Work 4.4 / 5
Account Manager
Posted 3 years ago
Person You Work For 2.9 / 5 People You Work With 4.8 / 5 Work Setting 4.8 / 5
Support You Get 3 / 5 Rewards You Receive 4 / 5 Growth Opportunities 2.2 / 5
Company Culture 3 / 5 Way You Work 3.1 / 5
Intern
Posted 3 years ago in Mount Joy, PA
Person You Work For 4.3 / 5 People You Work With 4 / 5 Work Setting 3.9 / 5
Support You Get 4.3 / 5 Rewards You Receive 4.1 / 5 Growth Opportunities 3.5 / 5
Company Culture 4.2 / 5 Way You Work 4.2 / 5
Key Account Manager
Posted 4 years ago in Los Angeles, CA

"Based on my first 2 1/2 years there"

What do you like about working at School Specialty?

"The flexibility. I pretty much controlled my own hours. I enjoyed my customers and meeting new people. My home office"

What don't you like about working at School Specialty?

"My last manager and last regional manager"

What suggestions do you have for management?

"Know the business!!!"

Image Coordinator
Posted 4 years ago

"Great Internship"

What do you like about working at School Specialty?

"They let me design my first cover for a published book and my first interactive cd to go along with my first published book"

Do you have any tips for others interviewing with this company?

"be good at what you do"

What don't you like about working at School Specialty?

"nothing really"

Anonymous Employee
Posted 5 years ago in Huntington Beach, CA

"It was fun while it lasted."

What do you like about working at School Specialty?

"Initially, the camaraderie but that changed with the turnover in the years to come. It was a tight team and ship until management kept playing darts and changing things."

Do you have any tips for others interviewing with this company?

"It will either make or break you on independence of working your own territory. Have discipline or don't do it, you'll waste the company's and your time."

What don't you like about working at School Specialty?

"The radical management direction changes."

What suggestions do you have for management?

"For any company, listen to the sales people, they are on the streets talking."

Regional Manager
Posted 5 years ago in Irvine, CA

"A job, not a career."

What do you like about working at School Specialty?

"The products. An excellent line of quality school products. Some not so great, but you need these for the bargain only buyers."

Do you have any tips for others interviewing with this company?

"A good job if you are desperate for a job. But keep hunting for something better. You will not be treated well here."

What don't you like about working at School Specialty?

"They are constantly changing management. District and Regional Managers have an extremely short life span."

What suggestions do you have for management?

"Allow them to manage. Management is micro managed from above and are a figure head only."

Educational Sales Consultant
Posted 5 years ago

"Great Career"

What do you like about working at School Specialty?

"Working with teachers and students. Presenting semiars and teaching."

What don't you like about working at School Specialty?

"Price was a big issue for schools"

What suggestions do you have for management?

"lower cost plain planner."

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