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Newell Rubbermaid President and Chief Executive Officer Michael B. Polk
Michael B. Polk
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    Oh Newell....

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
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    I worked at Newell Rubbermaid full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    HQ is a beautiful building (although they are moving to an older smaller building at the end of the year). We have an internal Starbucks, a Cafe (that is going away with the new move), Company store (also going away), on site gym (oh yeah, that's going away as well), and great people who work here...(although most are leaving or have left)...

    Cons

    - Most of the pros will be gone. So consider those cons. - Restructuring every 3 months (even if it is not company wide, it will be within your team, segment, or specifically your role) - As a result of restructuring, there is no development or the reward of seeing all of your hard work through to completion. Most of us have had 8 or more managers within a 24 month span. My co-worker is on his 4th manager and just hit his 12 months with the company. I have had 11 and have been with Newell for less than 5 years. - Also if you're lucky enough to NOT have a constant change in management, then you will likely experience a change in roles or responsibilities. In 1 year, my department has changed 4x. - While the company is really trying (and FINALLY) implementing some pretty cool initiatives, unfortunately they have done it during a time where people can't really utilize them. The training opportunities are great, but there's no time to take them because we're working. Working from home is lovely, but only if your manager is not the type who feels that work is only being done if you're in the office. We used to have team events, happy hours, team building, etc, but with the pressure to save $xx million, they have literally taken all of the money and opportunities away. So when you come to work, expect to work and nothing else - especially when we move to the new building. My advice to you, wait to join until after the dust has fully settled, unless you like high stress and confusion.

    Advice to Management

    We all truly love Newell and want to see the company succeed, but we also want to love where we work and come to work HAPPY. Stop focusing on the big payout that comes if we raise the stock and help Mr. Polk look good. Unless he plans to renew his contract and stay longer, the company should focus on longevity, not just the $avings for 2015.


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