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Good place gone terribly bad.

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Former Employee - Manager  in  Elmhurst, IL
Former Employee - Manager in Elmhurst, IL

I worked at The Chamberlain Group full-time for more than 5 years

Pros

Pay is decent, but only after bonuses are paid (if you're a manager and above). Lots of free food on the counters - leftovers from the daily lunch meetings. If you like meetings, you will be in them constantly. Free Arlington Park Racecourse tickets.

Cons

Toxic culture where negativity and hating all ideas and people is nurtured and rewarded. This used to be a good place to work - one where you felt your coworkers were pulling on the same side of the rope to accomplish goals. However, after the Newell Rubbermaid throngs started sieging the castle, the culture has disintegrated into a backstabbing, negative melee.

Direction constantly changes yet is rarely communicated in a timely manner. New Product quarterly meetings take on an abusive quality to them as senior leadership essentially shoots at the feet of the presenters to watch them dance and are sometimes quite literally driven to tears.

If you are new and/or from Newell or Black and Decker, you are safe from tribal. However, if you've worked there more than a few years, you are labeled as old and unwilling to change. The truth is, many people that worked there prior to the current CEO craved change and welcomed it, but were labeled right off the bat by the army of incoming Newellies.

Sales meetings are nothing more than a 4-day homage to the order takers in the field, culminating with a senior staff member making many off-colored and slurred remarks to the often-stunned audience, who are forced to stand, clap, sit and repeat more than 3 dozen times in an evening.

Work-life balance is terrible. Many senior staff members take it upon themselves to send barely-legible emails at all hours of the night and weekends with unreasonable requests. The stress level for the average employee is through the roof, as you are constantly kept on-edge. It seems the more abusive a manager is to his/her employees, the more awards he/she will be presented with.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

None. I haven't worked at Newell Rubbermaid so my advice would not be welcome. It's a shame, though, as waves of good, loyal employees have been quitting.

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good company but management level needs to grow up and act like adults

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    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager

    I have been working at The Chamberlain Group full-time

    Pros

    Great energy to innovate and introduce change, good compensation and good people to work with (at working level)

    Small company feel, if you like to be involved in moving projects along and getting things done, you can easily plug in and get going

    Company does a nice job of celebrating small wins and does a good job of holding events to foster social ties amongst employees. Keep it up

    Cons

    Culture clash in office is apparent. Senior leadership is 3 levels deep of ex Newell Rubbermaid people which limits growth opportunities for those 'not in the club'. Older management team of Chamberlain sales culture is full of little children in adult bodies. Both cultures first instinct when things hit a speed bump is blame and throwing people under the bus. I am disappointed when people in leadership positions of both cultures find it appropriate and at times, amusing, to publicly tell others about individuals performance and/or job security. Grow up

    There is a lot of positive change and momentum that is underway and needs to be further supported. Many people working towards that change are smart and hard working and just need some more coaching and mentorship, not blame games.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Act like a leader when times are good and bad. There are times when tough love is needed and appropriate, but embarrassing and scapegoating others is not 'leadership'

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Great place to work, learn, and contribute to the success of the organization.

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    Current Employee - Manager  in  Elmhurst, IL
    Current Employee - Manager in Elmhurst, IL

    I have been working at The Chamberlain Group full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Excellent opportunities for employees to roll-up-their-sleeves and make a difference; excellent potential for career development.

    Based on the strategic direction and quality of leadership and employees, I expect Chamberlain - an already extremely successful company - to grow dramatically over the next few years with the launch of exciting new products and an increasingly global presence.

    Cons

    Chamberlain is going through a period of growth and transition. These changes, however, simply mean opportunities for self-starting, results-focused employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you're doing. Continue to lead the company's expansion into new markets and maintain your emphasis on new product development.

    Also, continue to set expectations high and push for greater levels of quality and productivity.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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