Newell Rubbermaid

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Newell Rubbermaid Reviews

Updated October 13, 2014
Updated October 13, 2014
298 Reviews
3.3
298 Reviews
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Newell Rubbermaid President and Chief Executive Officer Michael B. Polk
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133 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Company believes in work-life balance and the people there are great to work with (in 22 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. 4 people found this helpful  

    Management was Clueless

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

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

    Pros

    Summer Friday's, work life balance, autonomy running your business, great place to start to learn brand management without an MBA

    Cons

    Lack of rotations on teams, very little promotions, low salary compared to other companies, constant reorg, no real understanding of what it takes to be competitive within the categories the brands are playing in

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Talk to your lower level employees more to get a better understanding of the employee engagement, VPs are typically clueless.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person 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.

  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great products, great people, volatile environment.

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

    I worked at Newell Rubbermaid full-time

    Pros

    Relatively flat organizations within the Newell Rubbermaid family of products resulting in easy access to executives. The company's Growth Game Plan is billed as a long-term plan for sustained growth and investment in the company's vast array of brands. Managers and above are granted a lot of autonomy and are expected to know their business and defend their business decisions.

    Cons

    Employee engagement is at an all time low. NR is an organization in perpetual transition - a serial restructurer. The execution of the Growth Game Plan has resulted in a continuing series of company layoffs, sometimes referred to as "renewals" The constant threat of executives deciding to layoff associates has led to a steady flow of associates deciding to leave on their own (self-renewal). There is rarely a going away party for departing associates anymore because there are just too many people leaving.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Expend more resources supporting & developing employees' abilities to run the businesses and consistently reward their loyalty. When all the people that do all the work are gone; there will be no more work that gets done.

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Newell Rubbermaid Response

    Jul 28, 2014Talent Brand Manager

    Thank you for your review. We are focusing on building an "I want to work here" culture and our leadership team is listening to the voice of our employees. We wish you the best of luck and hope ... More

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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    Constantly "managing up" takes one's eye off doing meaningful work and making continuous improvements.

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

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

    Pros

    OK salary, product range to be proud of. Some company store benefits.

    Cons

    Leadership with blinders on. Delivery of shareholder value is (of course) important, but so is employee well being. It's a disruptive and fragmented environment where much time is spent convincing leaders that you're doing good work ONLY so that THEY can convince THIER leaders of the same thing. Not an environment conducive to a results oriented mindset. Unless you don't mind working towards meaningless results.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember that people matter. Listen to what they have to say. Be willing to expose your flaws to them and occasionally admit that you need to build trust in order to lead effectively.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Newell Rubbermaid Response

    Jul 22, 2014Talent Brand Manager

    Thank you for your review. We appreciate your feedback and will share with our leadership teams. Best of luck with your future endeavors!

  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    too many changes

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

    I worked at Newell Rubbermaid

    Pros

    many different businesses, well known brands, career opportunities in different functions. the different company units seem to have strong subcultures, and there is strong departmental identity. Company is attempting to move towards a more global approach and CPG culture vs. sales oriented company. Company has a great company store and good perks for employees. People seem really nice and fun to work with.

    Cons

    too many changes with attempt to centralize businesses, salary is not competitive compared to other CPGs. too much work for few people, resulting in low morale. no good training principles and processes vs.. traditional CPGs. Aiming to become a traditional CPG too fast without creating a culture that is UNIQUE to Newell Rubbermaid. You cannot be Kraft and/or now even become a MINI-Unilever. It is essential to know where you came from and establish your future based on the learnings of the past and the present instead of adopting foreign processes that many not work with the peculiarities of Newell Rubbermaid.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    find your core purpose and build your growth plan based on that unique purpose vs. trying to impose processes and principles from other CPGs. you don't want to have a whole new senior management in a few years trying to recreate the wheel.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Newell Rubbermaid Response

    Jul 22, 2014Talent Brand Manager

    Thank you for your feedback. We will share with our leadership teams and wish you the best of luck with your future endeavors.

  7. 5 people found this helpful  

    Politics are more important than solving the problem

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Middle Manager
    Former Employee - Middle Manager

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

    Pros

    Plenty of things to work on to improve. Many of their core products are household names like Sharpie markers and Rubbermaid containers so brand recognition is strong.

    Cons

    Leadership is often a revolving door of politicians that are in it to make a splash in the short term and then exit before their impact of their poor decisions can fully develop. It is a highly matrixed organization that makes it easy for people to "hide". Real accountability is something that is hard to pin on upper managers. Responsibility is often assigned without the required authority to actually make the required changes to fix things. Finance/Accounting types have the most authority, even when they don't understand the business they are trying to control. Marketing/Sales teams are very green and act more like sorority/frat members than marketing/sales professionals.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Company values need to be more than a plaque hanging on a wall in the Atlanta HQ palace. They have to be lived by senior leaders who walk-the-talk and hold everyone accountable from the top down. Having some integrity, humility and demonstrated servant leadership would go a long way here. Having a Vision that can survive beyond the next quarterly stock report would also help provide stability and create a platform for true progress and continuous improvement. Of course that takes some dedication, courage and selflessness which was problematic when I worked there.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Newell Rubbermaid Response

    Jul 22, 2014Talent Brand Manager

    Thank you for your review.

  8.  

    No room for advancement or training working for people who do far less work than their subordinates.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assembly Worker in Winchester, VA
    Former Employee - Assembly Worker in Winchester, VA

    I worked at Newell Rubbermaid as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    The only pro to working here was the steady paycheck and abundance of chance for overtime.

    Cons

    The lack of respect for employees is one of the biggest drawback to working here. You are treated as an expendable asset and nothing more. Quotas are expected to be met, even when it's impossible. For example, when a safety meeting takes up an hour or more of the morning work time, you are still expected to meet the quota for 6 hours in 5.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat employees with more respect and understand that if you use up work time for meetings, the quota should be reduced.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Newell Rubbermaid Response

    May 23, 2014Campus Recruiter

    Thank you for your opinion. We appreciate your feedback and will share with our engagement teams. We wish you all the best!

  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Used to be a great company

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

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

    Pros

    you can learn a lot here,

    Cons

    pushing older employees out by overworking them and then replacing them with younger talented but inexperienced less paid people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop trying to make the company look attractive to shareholders by cutting SG&A. Grow the TOP LINE

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 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!

  11. 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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