Newell Rubbermaid

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Newell Rubbermaid Reviews in Atlanta, GA

Updated September 15, 2014
Updated September 15, 2014
316 Reviews
3.3
316 Reviews
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Newell Rubbermaid President and Chief Executive Officer Michael B. Polk
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Company believes in work-life balance and the people there are great to work with (in 25 reviews)

  • Great people to work with, good products with strong brand names (in 21 reviews)


Cons
  • The company is flexible but with fewer people doing more the work life balance has taken its toll (in 21 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. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good goes bad

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

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

    Pros

    Good working environment; Perks, onsite cafe and gym; flexible hours, friendly coworkers.

    Cons

    Too much changes in the last couple of years and still changing, benefits/pays are good for senior leaders but not so good in general. Relationship is way better than performance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of your good employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Newell Rubbermaid Response

    Oct 1, 2014Talent Brand Manager

    Thank you for your review! We wish you the best of luck and hope you'll keep us in mind for future career opportunities.

  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    What's the plan?

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

    I have been working at Newell Rubbermaid full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great people, hard workers. Many opportunities.

    Cons

    Management talks about being transparent but there always seems to be an air of "now what?" That has taken a toll on the culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate on a more detailed level. Rebuild the culture so people want to be there.

    Newell Rubbermaid Response

    May 23, 2014Campus Recruiter

    Thank you for your review! This is helpful feedback and we'll share with our engagement team. This is an exciting time to be a part of our company and we want you to continue to be a part of it!

  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Hostile Work Environment

    • 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 (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good facilities and work/life balance

    Cons

    Extremely hostile environment with in-fighting and finger-pointing between teams. Holding cell for Unilever flunkies, promised unearned promotions at Newell. Only the thick-skinned need apply. Very limited career development potential.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest money in recruiting best in class employees and leadership, instead of picking up leadership at a discount. Require that leadership report into HQ in order to fully grasp the problems and voids with the current structure.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    fantastic experience until Polk arrived

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

    I worked at Newell Rubbermaid full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    There is opportunity to work on great brands with some wonderful people. The amount of knowledge in the Atlanta office will blow your mind.

    Cons

    Lack of strategy and funding caused unnecessary stress. Brands like Sharpie are given all of the funding while smaller brands are left to languish

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have a strategy

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 7 people found this helpful  

    Started out good, but ended at an all time low.

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

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

    Pros

    Good benefits
    Good people to work with on project teams

    Cons

    Frequent leadership changes at all levels have really hurt Newell. There is no real, clear direction from the top down, and the information that does come down is lacking at best.
    No one in any of the divisions feels like they have any stake in the game anymore, all marketing decisions, and brand decisions are being made from the CEO and friends desks in Atlanta. The divisions are just doing what they are being told which is killing all moral in all brands.

    Polk, Jones and Davies are creating silos for each discipline. Relocating all of design in one city, Kalamazoo (30 minutes away from Jones new house) and all of marketing in two other cities, Atlanta and Charlotte.
    Engineering will be relocated next, but it will unfortunately be oversees. This will devastate new product development - don't expect any game changing patents from Newell until they realize the flaws in this new system and co-locate the disciplines that work on product lines together. No high tech video meeting can compete with real face to face brainstorming. Newell even sold off the one company that made video meeting equipment (Mimio) because it doesn't work well enough.

    Newell is so short on design experience now that most of the existing talent (out of 100 designers about 20 have said 'yes'), has left they are promoting all the previously unemployed entry level Masco people one or more notches beyond their experience level. People who have never managed anyone before are suddenly covering large teams and their inexperience is showing. The new hires will have to learn their new brands and industry on the fly because no one is left to teach them.

    The 'idea' of the design center is an interesting idea, but the corporate leadership team has forgotten to look at how everyday product develop life will go one when team members are all in different locations. This was done 100% for one man and his friends from Whirlpool and Masco to have new jobs. You can tell by how they communicate details and timing, they have no real idea what is going on, which is probably why this idea didn't do so well at CJ's last couple of places of employment.

    Leadership will say how great this new change is and how it will help "unlock the growth potential of Newell" But ask anyone left in marketing, engineering, sales, channel, sourcing, operations, are all worried that this new regime, will kill all new product development in all brands.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change is good when the entire plan has been thought out and communicated to everyone. It is obvious that this plan hasn't been vetted, you're just shooting from the hip. I can't deny the stock hasn't gone up, but at what cost, loss of great talented people, low company moral, people that don't trust the people they work for? Go back to how things were and just fix the areas that needed improvement.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Too many decisions being made by new managers that are not aware of the current situation

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

    I have been working at Newell Rubbermaid full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Compensation & benefits are good, but that has recently been affected as well.

    Cons

    Important decisions being made by new management that are unaware of the specifics.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Designers Beware

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

    I have been working at Newell Rubbermaid full-time

    Pros

    The people that I work with, including my manager and my team, are great. The portfolio of brands is really great especially if you are able to transfer internally from one division to another. The amenities in the Atlanta office are nice - Starbucks, cafeteria, gym, daycare.

    Cons

    Career progression seems to rocket for some and stagnate for many others. It seems more about who has taken you under your wing rather than just merit and hard work. It can be quite political here.

    Designers be careful about joining. Though effort is being made to become a design-led company, this effort is going to be a long work in progress. Ask for the position/level of compensation you need because Newell has not been good to designers historically; few to no promotions.

    The morale is really low due to major change management, and the culture just isn't like it was in the past.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Transparent and effective communication would be a good starting point to building trust with employees. Business can be more than just financials - it has been proven that putting forth effort to build a strong culture with good morale makes employees more productive and willing to put in more time, ultimately leading to a better business. Pay attention to the softer side of business.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to excel if you don't mind playing a cut-throat corporate game and taking advantage of others.

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

    I have been working at Newell Rubbermaid full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good benefits
    Nice work environment (corporate headquarters)
    OK company discount
    Competitive environment

    Cons

    High turnover
    Employee unrest and dissatisfaction is common
    Dog eat dog culture
    Lack of respect from management
    Secretive and elitist management styles are common
    Lack of team collaboration

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lacks candid communication and human-to-human interactions. Instead, bus-throwing and backstabbing excelerate people through the ranks. Hard work and positive results play a distant second to politics.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    It used to be great

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

    I have been working at Newell Rubbermaid (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    It's a very youthful company. There are a lot of great people there. The cafeteria is really nice.

    Cons

    Unrealistic expectations from upper levels. Absolute scope creep on every single project. People are miserable and leaving in droves. Terrible health plan.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find a way to avoid all the last minute changes. Pay reasonable salaries. Find a way to ensure your employees are actually happy and maybe they'll stick around.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not sure what to say.....mass exodus

    • 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

    Pros

    Used to be innovative, interesting, collaborative and fun at the Corporate Headquarters. They overpay and provided career opportunities.

    Cons

    Mass exodus due to failure of senior management team. Too many people now only in it for themselves - and typically those without the skills necessary to do their jobs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Really look at your people and weed out the poor performers or those without leadership capabilities (of course, that will be difficult since it starts at the top and trickles down - I'm sure they all stick together).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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