Newell Rubbermaid
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www.newellrubbermaid.com Atlanta, GA 5000+ Employees

Newell Rubbermaid Reviews

Updated Jun 10, 2014
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3.1 272 reviews

                             

64% Approve of the CEO

Newell Rubbermaid President and Chief Executive Officer Michael B. Polk

Michael B. Polk

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56% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Engineering Manager (Former Employee)
    Oakbrook Terrace, IL

    ProsIconic brands. I got to work with some fabulous people, most of which were laid off.

    ConsNo stability, short sights plans except to make each quarter for the street and pay huge bonuses to leadership. I worked here 7 years and saw 5 ground up reorganizations. Staff turns were likely in excess of 50% per annum. People with more than 19 years tenure were routinely laid off. Nothing you could do made you safe from the perpetual re-org axe. I wasted my time and talents here.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWhat you do for the company is not worth the bonus you pay yourselves. The short term thinking will eventually leave you with nothing.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Depressing

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Atlanta, GA

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

    ConsSelf-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 Senior ManagementTreat employees well

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Atlanta, GA

    ProsLarge company with strong brands

    ConsTerrible 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 Senior ManagementStart 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!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    “Exciting company for a design career” = Total lie

    Senior Designer (Former Employee)
    Huntersville, NC

    ProsYou will a lot of good people who become good friends.

    ConsAny positive reviews on the Design Center move to Kalamzoo Michigan, are absolutely written by executives who have the luxury of keeping their jobs with out actually having to move to Kalamazoo. The rest of the designers in the company were forced with moving to Kalamazoo, with no guarantee on what their positions would be or even their future in the company would be. Designers had to agree to a two year stint, with no guarantee that Newell wouldn't restructure again and you'd be out of a job, stuck in a place you didn't want to be in the first place, with getting back to an area you wanted to be on your own dime.

     Current designers were required to interview for "promotion" jobs, if they were lucky to find the job posting online. Most job openings were already slatted to friends of the new higher ups.

    This is not the place for Designers, trust me. This review has nothing to do with being bitter, just frustrated to see the lies coming from Newell about this move, trying to make designers who left, look bad for not drinking the kool-aid. Look at how many job positing's have gone up on Core77, or Indeed for designers in the past several months. If this these reviews were from a few bitter designers, they wouldn't have needed to pretty much rehire the entire design group, both Graphics and Industrial.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Company which has lost its way.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsSalary was good so long as you didn't mention the elephant in the room.

    ConsEquipment and tooling left to rot under leaking roof, Production efficiency on key product line is less than 50% but celebrated ny management when reported at 65%.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe honest with yourself about the state of operations and stop glassing over things with slick media releases.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Was a complete mistake

    Sales (Former Employee)

    ProsSome good people worked in the office I worked in and the offices I visited.

    ConsI don't know where to begin. I took a position with Newell from another company and moved for the job and then a few months later was laid off due to restructure, the companies 4th in 2 years. Nearly everyone I worked with across a vast spectrum of positions and levels were also worried about there jobs. The business itself is being run into the ground by the new leadership team. No one I met felt comfortable making decisions without worrying that their job would be on the line. The place is a total mess right now and I wouldn't consider going there until things have settled down at least a year.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop watering down all your brands for short term gains. It's clear to people inside you are just propping up the stock price so you can move onto bigger and better things.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Terrible business model

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsCo-workers are awesome.
    Employee resource groups are so great and they need to be at all companies.

    ConsNewell Rubbermaid does these quarterly "pull aheads" which basically take sales from the upcoming quarter by incentivising customers with a discount to pull volume into the current quarter. These are done on a large scale (10-100 million dollars) and have been going on for at least 2 years. Our CEO then says we are growing even though the growth is not real. I understand the concept behind the business practice and I'm not against it on an "as needed basis" but this is now part of the regular business cadence and doesn't appear to be slowing.

    Advice to Senior ManagementResign. No investor should put a cent into this company until they can get off this "pull ahead" drug and actually get into a cadence of delivery and you are not the people who will get us there. I put my money where my mouth is and pulled all 401K and personal investments in NWL.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Supply Chain (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat Brands of the company
    Good Career Opportunities

    ConsNO Work/Life Balance
    Unrealistic expectations

    Advice to Senior ManagementPromote creativity and appreciate it.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Worst experience ever in Internal Audit

    Audit Analyst (Current Employee)
    Atlanta, GA

    Prosgym, cafeteria, and company products

    ConsInternal 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 Senior ManagementCheck what happens in those little "kingdoms" and take appropriate actions

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Worst Professional Experience of My Career

    Brand Management (Former Employee)
    Oak Brook, IL

    ProsIt's truly hard to think of any; could potentially use it as a stepping stone to get a bigger-sounding title than you had at your previous company which could pay off down the road

    Cons- Restructuring and layoffs are basically a way of life
    - Because of that everyone is essentially miserable and clings to their chairs out of fear that they'll be next
    - The most overtly political, process burdened and narrow-minded organization you could ever imagine
    - Their are so many layers of management, to get anything done and/or approved is like playing a game of Frogger where you have to wonder which level of management will eventually kill your idea
    - Benefits (particularly health care) are almost laughable

    Advice to Senior Management- Mike Polk's "latest, greatest" plan to "save" Newell Rubbermaid will fail like the 10-15 plans that have come before it. Company needs to be broken up. If it was as easy as making it mini-Unilever that would have been done by now

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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