Newell Rubbermaid Reviews

Updated June 29, 2015
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Newell Rubbermaid President and Chief Executive Officer Michael B. Polk
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 (1)

    Great

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

    I worked at Newell Rubbermaid

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

    Pros

    Great people and great company. I only wish I could have continued working with the people

    Cons

    The people can be very conceited at times. There is no communication

    Newell Rubbermaid Response

    Jun 30, 2015 – Talent Brand Manager

    Thank you for your review.


  2. Seniority is out

    • 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 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Employee purchases are good deal.

    Cons

    Seniority is only for a select few

    Newell Rubbermaid Response

    Jun 23, 2015 – Talent Brand Manager

    Thank you for your review.


  3. Associate Trade Marketing Manager

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Trade Marketing Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Associate Trade Marketing Manager in Atlanta, GA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    job flexibility-work/life balance, good peer set

    Cons

    lack of training, lack of upward movement within the company

    Newell Rubbermaid Response

    May 22, 2015 – Talent Brand Manager

    Thank you for your review! We encourage you to discuss training and development opportunities with your manager and/or Human Resources Business Partner.


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  5. Helpful (5)

    fast pace changing culture

    • 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 (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    NWL is a big company that acts like a small one. They try hard to engage their employees. It operates globally and if you are willing to live and work outside the US they willmgivevyou that opportunity.

    Cons

    CEO has brought in a new culture that is less open and honest than what was previously there. This is causing a changing of the guard and many outstanding people are leaving the organization. I am afraid this will catch up with the company and cause things to go south quickly

    Advice to Management

    Look at yourself and make some changes to realign you values and the way you operate quickly or you will find yourselves leading from the front and nobody following

    Newell Rubbermaid Response

    May 12, 2015 – Talent Brand Manager

    Thank you for your review. Culture and values are an important part of who we are and we appreciate your feedback.


  6. Great place to work, but...

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity for gaining experience with multiple products

    Cons

    The structure is primarily 2 silos - development and delivery - and metrics sometimes are misaligned.

    Advice to Management

    Ensure metrics do not conflict at the top level.

    Newell Rubbermaid Response

    Jul 22, 2014 – Talent Brand Manager

    Thank you for your review!


  7. Helpful (2)

    Improvement is Imminent but...

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

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

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Polk has got this company headed in the right direction. His business strategy is VERY sound. And' he's building a performance culture. You'll be challenged to deliver, but when you deliver, generally you are rewarded. Yes we are allowed to wear jeans, but laid back is hardly how I would describe it. We have fun, but we work hard. The other good thing about Newell right now is that because it went from kinda-cushy-it-doesn't-really-matter-if-you-deliver to we're-going-to-push-you-and-stretch-you-and-you-damn-well-better-deliver there is a fair degree of turnover. But turnover creates opportunity. And if you don't mind working hard, and you buy into the culture, this is a GREAT place to learn and advance your career.

    Cons

    I'm going to give it to you straight. When I started working here in 2010, this was a GREAT company to work for...FROM AN EMPLOYEE PERSPECTIVE. Work life balance was best in class. Leadership cared about you. Pay was okay to average, but people were happy. We left on Fridays at 1 p.m. all the time. If I recall correctly 70+% of people would recommend it to a friend. Today, it's still a good company to work for. However if you are looking for work life balance, I think you should look somewhere else. I've seen this company stripped down and reorganized. People work HARD. My teammates put in about 50-60 hours a week. The pay is competitive, but not great. I believe the corporate directive is to align pay with the median salary range at similar companies. But hey, why not sign on for a four year hitch, learn what you can and then take you new skill set to greener pastures? And for what it's worth that "Improvement is Imminent" post smacks of Recruiter-Posting-As-Employee...

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing, just watch those turnover metrics...

    Newell Rubbermaid Response

    Jul 1, 2014 – Talent Brand Manager

    Thank you for your review and feedback! Our leadership and engagement teams are focused on building an "I want to work here" culture. We are listening to employees and welcome additional feedback ... More


  8. Great learning opportunity if you survive the culture!

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

    I worked 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

    Good pay, modern facility w/ great amenities (daycare, gym, cafe, free beverages, covered parking), consistent roll-out of processes and initiatives across the organization, looks good on the resume thus good launching pad for next career opportunity.

    Cons

    Unclear expectations, manage up mentality AKA sink or swim, although the company seems to be making strides for parents they seem to prefer young adults without children, diversity program is fairly new and seems to be a facade for consumers (we employ the type of customers we serve), benefits are expensive, limited product discounts, corporate culture.

    Advice to Management

    Re-evaluate culture and help employees thrive through more robust avenues to better understand and navigate corporate politics. Put a system in place ensuring those in leadership positions, more specifically manage people, know how to manage and their performance is evaluated by direct reports.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Really Good People, mostly disfunctional

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

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

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with and good brands with some good products

    Cons

    The health benefits are not good and a career path is fuzzy at best unless you are "in"

    Advice to Management

    Let's work to retain good employees. Aside from the people who were forced to leave, there have been some very talented people walk out the door. There are a combined few hundred years of knowledge walking out the door.


  10. “It's a decent company to work for”

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible schedule for work hours. Fair salary

    Cons

    Unorganized as a whole company


  11. Unsure future

    • 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 5 years)

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

    Pros

    A decent number of good people still work here. Constant restructure/ people leaving opens opportunities for those remaining if you can hang through the changes. Leadership has a clear vision.

    Cons

    Constant changes is causing the company to loose a lot of talent. The ELT doesn't care about employees. It is only about making the numbers and there is little support to help the businesses grow.

    Advice to Management

    Move to Atlanta since you're making everyone else move there.



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