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Very poorly run company at the corporate (senior leadership) level.

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - General Manager At A Manufacturing Site
Current Employee - General Manager At A Manufacturing Site

I have been working at NewPage

Pros

Some sites offer outstanding career development opportunities.
Some sites have excellent management teams.
Excellent opportunity to work across departmental boundaries.

Cons

The company filed bankruptcy in September 2011.
In the absence of significant change at the senior management level, this corporation will continue to wither and die. Very poor decisions have been made regarding capital investment and market share vs. net selling price.
Compensation increases and retirement benefits (of any sort) are non-existent.
No honest information is disseminated to the sites from senior management. "Town Hall Meetings" at the manufacturing sites typically draw less than 5% of the workforce since none of the information shared is honest or believable.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Senior leadership doesn't take advice.

Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

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    SLT thinks very highly of themselves, has very low opinion of sales team, highly political culture

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Executive
    Former Employee - Account Executive

    I worked at NewPage

    Pros

    Overall compensation and benefits package are competitive with the industry and very fair. Broad product line which is easy to sell.

    Cons

    SLT has no discernable strategy and history of flip-flops from one extreme to the other. One Quarter it's all about volume, the next it's all about margin. SLT has an extremely high opinion about themselves yet hold the rest of the organization, especially the sales group in low regard. As a result It's common for managers to do their subordinates jobs for them or limit their power to the point where they have to ask for permission to make routine decisions. Middle management runs scared for their jobs and are largely ineffective. Very bureaucratic culture which prides itself on being data driven, yet the company's performance over the past few years has been horrendous.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Above all, humble yourselves! Lead by example and take public ownership and responsibility for your actions and decisions. Get out of the office and make it a priority to spend some time on the street with your sales people and the customers. Understand that your employees feel disenfranchised and disconnected and resolve to do something about it!

    Doesn't Recommend
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    Very poor leadership. It is driven by fear and hoarding of information.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT
    Current Employee - IT

    I have been working at NewPage

    Pros

    Fairly competitive pay. Good chance to get IT certifications. Talented people that get it done despite poor leadership.

    Cons

    Leadership in IT is managed through fear. Information is not shared in a effective manner. The IT business is driven by the outsourcer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember that the mills are the business. Too many yesman in HQ. SLT has been caught lying in the town hall sessions this year. It's too late to get back respect from people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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