Newell Rubbermaid Reviews

Updated June 18, 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 (2)

    It depends on which organization you support - be wary

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Senior Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - IT Senior Manager in Atlanta, GA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Atlanta office has great facilities and generally smart hard-working people. Sales, mktg, prod dev are king

    Cons

    Execs have no respect for people, crappy vacation policy, terrible performance mgmt process. Daily heroics expected, understaffed.

    Advice to Management

    Don't keep promoting people who don't treat their teams with respect or actually know how to manage a team. Your people are burned out too

    Newell Rubbermaid Response

    Jun 23, 2015Talent Brand Manager

    Thank you for your review.


  2. Helpful (6)

    Global Manager

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Global Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Global Manager in Atlanta, GA

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

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

    Pros

    - Good pay, but not great.
    - People are fantastic.
    - Great facilities.
    - Good IT
    - Flexibility to work remotely sometimes.
    - No longer top heavy.
    - Centralized mentality.
    - Open door policy.
    - Culturally diverse.
    - Employee Discounts

    Cons

    - Growth Game Plan works but the way it's being rolled out is burning out your people.
    - In my department since February we've had folks leaving and no replacements hired.
    - Was an office in Manhattan really needed when the company is in cost cutting mode?
    - Consultants everywhere and while some are there to truly help us, some are there because management doesn't trust its people and they act that way.
    - No clear career path and career discussions and few and far between.
    - Calibration sessions are far from fair and balanced.
    - Centralized mentality is there but the support to make it happen is not. Management will support those initiatives in the areas where it's noticeable, but in the smaller areas the support is non existent.
    - Huge turnover in HR
    - Putting a position out for hire takes forever.
    - Certain business segments still act superior to others and are given a longer leash by upper management which gets on the way of centralization once again.
    - Company stopped to the company wide employee engagement survey once they started seeing the results dip.

    Advice to Management

    - Company used to be top heavy and had locations everywhere to accommodate those high level people.
    - You started shrinking the footprint and focusing on centralization but not we're increasing the number of locations again. Do we really need offices in Chicago, Huntersville, Kalamazoo and NYC? Make Atlanta your true headquarters and close the rest and focus on improving your DCs and rewarding your people.
    - Have the courage to face the results of the engagement survey.
    - Wall St loves the company but employees who used to love it, today are stressed, work life balance is off balance and people are looking to leave.
    - You have to treat your people better.
    - And stop taking two steps forward and one step back in terms of the direction of the company.
    - It has been a revolving door of C level and VP level executives, think about what that does to your people.

    Newell Rubbermaid Response

    Apr 30, 2015Talent Brand Manager

    Thank you for your review. We appreciate your feedback and will be sure to share with our leadership teams.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Senior Trade Marketing Manager

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Trade Marketing in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Trade Marketing in Atlanta, GA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Compensation: base salary + bonus

    Cons

    lack of process, structure, long term planning, insights based decision making

    Advice to Management

    leverage insights to drive fact based selling. develop aligned incentives among functions.

    Newell Rubbermaid Response

    Apr 24, 2015Talent Brand Manager

    Thank you for your review.


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  5. Helpful (4)

    This place is full of hypocrisy

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Really nice co-workers
    Facilities- gym, cafe, overall office is open
    Multiple-brands

    Cons

    HR and Middle mgt give mixed information- there are rules only when it suits them
    Middle mgt- I feel like Upper Mgt is competent and entry-level hires are driven and ready to perform... middle mgt falls way short- especially when it comes to leadership skills and enabling those beneath you

    Multiple brands- every time you get a new role, you're 95% starting over... the amount of knowledge and history of our brands that we've lost in the past 3 years is actually insane. This isn't P&G, the benefits of owning multiple brands gets lost when they're isn't any synchronicity.

    The previous model of acquiring brands that completely owned their markets but have no commonalities is the reality we're living in now- we're killing their equity quickly.

    Advice to Management

    When the people below you look good, you look good. Insecurity breeds a bitter culture that'll spread like wildfire, take a look at our engagement scores for instance.

    Newell Rubbermaid Response

    Apr 8, 2015Talent Brand Manager

    Thank you for your review. We will share with leadership and encourage you to continue to share your feedback, so that we can help create an I want to work here culture.


  6. Helpful (3)

    Good goes bad

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    Take care of your good employees.

    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.


  7. Helpful (2)

    What's the plan?

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    • Senior Management
    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 Management

    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!


  8. Helpful (5)

    Hostile Work Environment

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    • 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 3 years)

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

    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 Management

    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.


  9. Helpful (2)

    fantastic experience until Polk arrived

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

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

    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 Management

    Have a strategy


  10. Helpful (7)

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

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

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

    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 Management

    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.


  11. Helpful (2)

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

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

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

    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.



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