NewPage Reviews

Updated August 4, 2014
Updated August 4, 2014
40 Reviews

2.7
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  1.  

    Not a financially sound company

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at NewPage full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The company has good benefits and respectable salaries and bonuses for management employees. There are opportunities for advancement if you know the right people.

    Cons

    Financially, the company is not sound, and the paper industry is a declining market. Senior management has made many decisions that have hindered the progress of the company for the long-term.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Implementing programs that are very costly such as Manufacturing Excellence, only to then implement edicts that cut maintenance costs to the bone (which are directly conflicting with the ME processes) as a short-term cost saving initiative, will put the company backwards, not forward in the long-term. It is very demoralizing to employees when these decisions are made at the top level.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Long Hours

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at NewPage

    Pros

    Compensation was Ok Old leaderhip

    Cons

    No Advancement very much who you know there

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in the mills The place is falling apart

  3.  

    Business has serious issues

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Rumford, ME
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rumford, ME

    I worked at NewPage full-time

    Pros

    The job pays really well, and the benefits are very good. Most people like the shifts - 12hr rotating shifts for production, M-Th for maintenance, M-F for management/engineering.

    Cons

    Upper management is absent. Middle management is dysfunctional as it tries to fill the vacuum: rude, disorganized, unprofessional, confused. Front line managers are unsupported, generally good at what they do, but leaving in droves. Hourly workers are completely disenfranchised. Layoffs are common, and the uncertainty creates a poisonous atmosphere. Workers are old, and they care less about the mill and more about getting to retirement; and younger workers are jaded by the recurring layoffs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Require mid/upper management to treat all employees with respect; putting up posters about ethics is no replacement for actually acting ethically. The people they disparage have the power to undercut your profitability, and some of them do so. But some of them make decisions that save thousands of dollars every day, even though they know you don't care that they make those efforts. Respect that.

    Require HR to understand law and contracts, and to make clear, informed decisions. They're responsible for people's livelihoods, and they don't seem to know what they're doing most of the time.

    Be visible, vocal, honest, and predictable. Make strategic decisions that imply that you are planning for the mill's long-term health, rather than that you are preparing to cut and run.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5.  

    Good company but bad industry

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    Former Employee - Finace Process Optimization Analyst  in  Miamisburg, OH
    Former Employee - Finace Process Optimization Analyst in Miamisburg, OH

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

    Pros

    Most of the employees are great to work with. SAP is the ERP and I enjoyed working on it.

    Cons

    Just got out of bankruptcy and are laying off 2 to 3 employees a week at the corporate headquarters. Expenses have been minimized.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more transparent with the plans for the company and its employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Almost always in the dark

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Wisconsin Rapids, WI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wisconsin Rapids, WI

    I worked at NewPage

    Pros

    Straightforward, aggressive business philosophy
    Salaries very competitive
    Some very good and capable people in middle management

    Cons

    Very poor communications - information is power and many don't want to share.
    You're on your own - sink or swim - little to no mentoring and goals are not clear.
    They have something called 360 Degree Review, which is no more than a method for others in the company to criticize you and do so anonymously. What a morale killer!

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Company going down hill.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at NewPage

    Pros

    Good pay for the area, but in a more competetive market, it is not a good place to work.

    Cons

    Benifits slashed, no raises in 3 years, bullying management that hire incompetents.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This WAS a great gcomapny when it was Mead. Nothing but down hill since.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    NewPage, Big Fish in a Shrinking Pond

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Miamisburg, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miamisburg, OH

    I worked at NewPage

    Pros

    NewPage paper mills are first class. The distribution network is customer focused and responsive. Headquarter facilities, benefit package and community involvement paint a very positive image for NewPage in the Dayton area.

    Cons

    Senior management appears to struggle with the realities of people issues. Denying people issues rather than addressing them will eventually lead to a "what happened?" day. The commodity paper market is shrinking and many doubt that it will ever return.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior management should avoid the trap of listening to the loudest voice and direct their attention to meaningful results. They sometimes come from those that quietly give security to the business through consistent, accurate work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Senior leadership lacks

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Miamisburg, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miamisburg, OH

    I worked at NewPage

    Pros

    strong in thei industry. Devoted to being the best they can be. Opportunity to improve professsional competence. Many highly visible positions.

    Cons

    Senior leadership in my area was not strong enough. They had theknowledge, but not the decision making abilities to help the company/

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the people in the trenches when it comes to decisions that will affect large groups of the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Very poorly run company at the corporate (senior leadership) level.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - General Manager At A Manufacturing Site
    Current Employee - General Manager At A Manufacturing Site

    I have been working at NewPage

    Pros

    Some sites offer outstanding career development opportunities.
    Some sites have excellent management teams.
    Excellent opportunity to work across departmental boundaries.

    Cons

    The company filed bankruptcy in September 2011.
    In the absence of significant change at the senior management level, this corporation will continue to wither and die. Very poor decisions have been made regarding capital investment and market share vs. net selling price.
    Compensation increases and retirement benefits (of any sort) are non-existent.
    No honest information is disseminated to the sites from senior management. "Town Hall Meetings" at the manufacturing sites typically draw less than 5% of the workforce since none of the information shared is honest or believable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior leadership doesn't take advice.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    good people in a company with an overwhelming debt burden - needs ownership / financing changes

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at NewPage

    Pros

    professional challenges, opportunities to provide leadership, committed workforce, smart people, slow industry but fast paced organization,

    Cons

    pay freezes, hiring freezes, constant cut backs due to large bond payments, selling key assets to generate cash flow now for bond holders because a private equity firm fully leveraged the company, several sites generating good cash flow but not enough for 100% financing of high yield bonds

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    restructure or sell viable mills - do not sell the pieces, that does not create value.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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