Newell Rubbermaid Reviews

Updated June 16, 2015
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Newell Rubbermaid President and Chief Executive Officer Michael B. Polk
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Pros
  • The hours are good for work / life balance (in 25 reviews)

  • Great people to work with across different departments (in 21 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance was best in class (in 21 reviews)

  • Not many to report other then upper management listen to employees ideas a little more (in 11 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (11)

    Brand Marketing Is A Mess x2

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Brand Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Brand Manager in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Newell Rubbermaid full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Very well known brands that have great business growth opportunities.

    Cons

    Executive leadership (primarily the CMO) is completely out of touch with the businesses. The process dictates that CMO must see all consumer facing material, for all brands, for all customers, no matter how big or small the investment. You can imagine how frurstrating it is to accomplish things in a timely manner (you don't). There is also zero collaboration between functional leadership and effective cross-functional team leadership is pretty much nonexistent. There is extreme misalignment for objectives across sales, trade, and brand marketing --which is creating a stalemate on almost every project and drives an incredible amount of employee turnover. The high turnover rate exacerbates the leadership, process, and structural issues and results in long hours, low fulfillment, and little actual productivity. Data manipulation runs rampant globally and budgeting & invoicing policies are legally questionable when compared to SOX requirements.

    Advice to Management

    I have zero faith in current leadership at the Executive or VP level to address any real issues within the organization. The CMO is over his head and should be outed immediately.

    Newell Rubbermaid Response

    Jun 17, 2015 – Talent Brand Manager

    Thank you for your review. We have shared your feedback with our leadership team.


  2. Helpful (7)

    Absolute worst company that I've ever worked for

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Newell Rubbermaid full-time

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

    Pros

    It's a steady job and many of my coworkers are nice people

    Cons

    The culture is terrible. There is no trust of employees to make decision. Hierarchy is law at Newell. Absolutely no work life balance. The new 'flexible hours' thing is a scam. You can't really have flexible hours The location is horrible. The criteria for me to be promoted is outside of what I'm allowed to do within my role

    Advice to Management

    There's really no point in giving advice. In a few years, the C suite will have taken their money and left, not caring that they played a major role in making countless people miserable at work

    Newell Rubbermaid Response

    Jun 16, 2015 – Talent Brand Manager

    Thank you for your review.


  3. Helpful (12)

    Brand Marketing Is A Mess

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director Brand Marketing in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Director Brand Marketing in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Newell Rubbermaid full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Some great brands and lots of potential to grow the business.

    Cons

    Out of touch CMO who is inflexible and does not take the time or have the interest in really learning the business and is generally out of his depth. No credibility in the results reported on how well advertising and brand growth is truly doing - data manipulation is rampant. No collaboration encouraged from marketing leadership to effectively work with other functions in the company. Far too much cronyism with former Unilever employees which is killing the fabric of the brand marketing function.

    Advice to Management

    Newell's Board of Directors appear to only be looking at quarterly results and are sleepwalking through all of the growing issues in Brand Marketing. I have no faith the CEO has the courage or conviction to face these and other issues on the brand marketing side and effectively deal with them.

    Newell Rubbermaid Response

    May 20, 2015 – Talent Brand Manager

    Thank you for your review. We will be sure to share with our leadership team.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    Ever Changing with Very Poor Leadership!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Global Sourcing Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Senior Global Sourcing Manager in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Newell Rubbermaid full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Good brands, hard working people

    Cons

    - Very poor leadership - Poor culture - Political with who you know vs. what you know - No career development, simply reactive to issues, not strategic and no growth planning - This is a holding company not New product / innovation company.

    Advice to Management

    Sell company to a bigger CPG group like P&G, Stanley etc...The board look short term (3yrs) vs. long term

    Newell Rubbermaid Response

    Apr 16, 2015 – Talent Brand Manager

    Thank you for your review.


  6. Helpful (3)

    Interesting Job Location Posts

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Industrial Designer in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Industrial Designer in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Newell Rubbermaid

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

    Pros

    Starbucks in the corporate office.

    Cons

    Interesting how Newell moved all their designers to Kalamazoo Michigan, yet continues to still post design job openings in cities that don't have design anymore, like Chicago and Atlanta.

    Newell Rubbermaid Response

    Mar 25, 2015 – Talent Brand Manager

    Thank you for your review.


  7. Helpful (6)

    Depressing

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Newell Rubbermaid full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The money is decent Well known company Great cafeteria, gym and employee store

    Cons

    Self-esteem constantly assaulted Demotions to save costs Morale in finance was at its worst Work life balance is terrible Except to work mandatory weekends and health care coverage was lousy Employees treated poorly and management is insensitive Never had an opportunity to take vacation I hated the job, it was a terrible company to work for. hated it

    Advice to Management

    Treat employees well

    Newell Rubbermaid Response

    May 23, 2014 – Campus Recruiter

    Thank you for your opinion. We always appreciate feedback from former employees and hope to utilize it to make NWL an even better place to work. Best of luck with your future endeavors.


  8. Disappointed. Company has lost a lot of good and loyal employees over the past couple of years.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Newell Rubbermaid full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Large company with strong brands

    Cons

    Terrible employee culture! The leadership has changed and is only focused on driving stock prices up! Give employees a chance to learn and accept a change before making more changes as you loose the support and benefits for change. Unless you have a manager that believes in career development, no chance of getting promoted unless your manager is a "favorite" from leadership.

    Advice to Management

    Start promoting employees that work hard and earn it rather then promoting on favoritism. Stop being part of the problem and be part of the solution!


  9. Helpful (2)

    Worst experience ever in Internal Audit

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Audit Analyst in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Audit Analyst in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Newell Rubbermaid full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    gym, cafeteria, and company products

    Cons

    Internal Audit Department is a little kingdom of the VP. He has his "own" policies for his team members, applies rules differently if you are a YES person to what he says, That explains why he has had a turnover of 15-20 employees in his department in the last 4 years.

    Advice to Management

    Check what happens in those little "kingdoms" and take appropriate actions


  10. Helpful (4)

    Forever and ever changing company without a clear direction

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Newell Rubbermaid full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Nice office Gym on-site Cafeteria Employee store International ops

    Cons

    Company is doing lay-offs in the next 3 years. Shutting down US ops and In Europe to ship them to 3rd world countries. Leadership asks employees to save 50 million dollars in 3 years while de CEO took a bonus during his first year which only were 6 months of 25 million dollars!

    Advice to Management

    Lead by example


  11. Helpful (1)

    Bloated with PC folks, good ole boys and marketing teams.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Newell Rubbermaid full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    You are allowed to go home at some point in the night.

    Cons

    Low pay, terrible upper management, product pipelines are very weak. Very dark place to work.

    Advice to Management

    Upper management wouldn't listen to any advice but if they did I would recommend they resign and get out of the way of progress. Too many managers afraid for their job so they promote milk toast yes people with not an original idea in their wildest dreams.



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