Newell Rubbermaid

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Newell Rubbermaid Reviews in Atlanta, GA

Updated May 19, 2014
Updated May 19, 2014
296 Reviews
3.3
296 Reviews
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Newell Rubbermaid President and Chief Executive Officer Michael B. Polk
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132 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Company believes in work-life balance and the people there are great to work with (in 20 reviews)

  • Great people to work with, good products with strong brand names (in 19 reviews)


Cons
  • The company is flexible but with fewer people doing more the work life balance has taken its toll (in 19 reviews)

  • There's a pretty decent changeover rate in upper management - some are great, some not so great (in 11 reviews)

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Depressing

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

    I worked at Newell Rubbermaid full-time for more than 8 years

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Treat employees well

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Newell Rubbermaid Response

    May 23, 2014Campus 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.

  2.  

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

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

    I worked at Newell Rubbermaid full-time for more than 5 years

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Worst experience ever in Internal Audit

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

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    Forever and ever changing company without a clear direction

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

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Lead by example

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

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

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

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    I had a great experience while working at Newell Rubbermaid.

    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - ADM  in  Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - ADM in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Newell Rubbermaid full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Beautiful Corporate office offering wonderful amenities - on site gym, on site daycare, great cafeteria with many food choices offered, company store where you can purchase products are half off retail, free products when you participate in a focus group, Starbucks Cafe on site , not to mention free coffee and sodas on every floor!

    Cons

    Company is very pollitical. How far you get depends on who you know and socialize with. Process for employees and managers to complete performance appraisals is extremely labor intensive. It can be hard to find a good balance between work and personal life because of all the demands.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Come down from your Ivory Tower and get to know your employees.

  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Barely an OK place to work...seems to be going down-hill.

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

    I have been working at Newell Rubbermaid

    Pros

    Varies depending on manager and business unit. Overall, there's not a lot of positive comments.

    Cons

    Layoffs/Cutbacks to the point of not being able to do your job well.
    Lack of raises and bad HR policies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Realize your people are what makes your company succeed and treat them like it. Laying off someone and having the person next to them do both jobs with no incentives isn't going to help Newell Rubbermaid succeed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    Middle and lower level managers are inconsistent and/or weak and have poor people skills.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Accountant  in  Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Accountant in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Newell Rubbermaid

    Pros

    The corporate headquarters is a great environment to work in, a brand new building with awesome facilities: excellent cafeteria, Starbuck's, company store, on-site gym, free parking, etc. The building contains state of the art conference facilities, as well, and the work spaces are open architecture - everyone is in cubicles with a plethora of conference rooms. The centralization of the business unit headquarters functions also promotes cross fertilization of ideas and personnel within the company. The company is also an excellent place to start your career. i met some wonderful people here and made some great friends.

    Cons

    Corporate policies are not applied consistently to all employees; some managers play favorites and have a double standard for their direct reports. Because of the open architecture layout this behavior is readily apparent to other managers, as well as H.R. - yet nothing is done. In my experience management does not really care about subordinates. Again, in my experience, the workload managers expect associates to bear destroys any possibility of a healthy work/life balance; sixty to eighty work weeks are routine to common - respectively. I found there was no comp time for some salaried exempt employees; instead, management required the use of vacation time for personal employee business (physician and dental care, home repairs, legal assistance, etc. The corporate culture is one of competition vs. collaboration and command vs. coaching and can be extremely rude; it does not encourage process ownership, personal responsibility or an entrepreneurial spirit. Health care benefits are extremely poor and sick time policies are unevenly applied and burdensome. Because many employees fear retaliation many do not participate in employee feedback surveys. This fear of retaliation, and the perception H.R. will not act, also prevents many employees from approaching H.R. as well. Depending on business unit and/or department, an employee's initial job training can range from non-existent to incredibly through.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To fully grasp the magnitude of internal problems I suggest an annual employee feedback survey which does not ask for any employee identification questions, like: department, history, job, etc. Also, I suggest the institution of 360 degree feedback as part of the evaluation process for all personnel. Finally, I suggest one of senior management's reporting inputs be a Cost of Turnover Report.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Overly political conglomeration of unrelated companies with no real sense of identity. The

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

    I have been working at Newell Rubbermaid

    Pros

    Discounts on products, and nice offices

    Cons

    Culture: Newell is entirely too political. Since the company grew through acquisition no one identity has been established. Therefore the environment is overly political.

    Benefits: The benefits here are not good, and a company of this size should be ashamed with the health insurance options offered. Additionally the company is very "old school" with no real progressive programs offered.

    Training: The training at this company is virtually non-existent. Don't get me wrong they offer training classes but you could get more from just reading the slide decks.

    Structure: The number of VP's at this company is staggering. Every GBU has a finance team, a sales team, a marketing team, a supply chain and logistics team etc......Every VP gets a company car, an exorbitant salary, and ridiculously large bonus structure. This is great if you are one of the hundreds of VPs. However if the company leaned out it could operate much more efficiently

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a clue, this isn't Black and Decker, this isn't P&G, this isn't Coke/Pepsi where most of you came from. This is Newell and unfortunately it retains terrible characteristics of the company's you all came from.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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