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Updated Jul 15, 2014
NewPage – Miamisburg – “NewPage corp HQ”

All Employees Current Employees Only

2.5 39 reviews

50% Approve of the CEO

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George F. Martin

(24 ratings)

24% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Experience as an employee progressively got worse after leveraged takeover by Cerberus.

    Sales (Former Employee)

    ProsDecent and hardworking people.
    Above average paper machines for North America.
    A couple proprietary products.

    ConsManagement in over their heads and lack the vision for and industry in decline.
    Bankruptcy, high debt load, not market driven, inconsistent market directives.
    Weak marketing endeavors

    Advice to Senior ManagementSpend more time out of Miamisburg, listen to your customers, look for opportunities not being met by your competitors.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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

    General Manager At A Manufacturing Site (Current Employee)

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

    ConsThe 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 Senior ManagementSenior leadership doesn't take advice.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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

    Account Executive (Former Employee)

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

    ConsSLT 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 Senior ManagementAbove 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!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Very poor leadership. It is driven by fear and hoarding of information.

    IT (Current Employee)

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

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementRemember 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    its a sinking ship

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Pros- can build experience to move to better companies
    - pay is industry average
    - room to move up since retired workers are not often replaced.

    Cons- Horrible communication between corporate and each mill.
    - Constant salary freeze... I had to threaten to leave twice to get pay increases and they told me not to tell anyone.
    - CEO is one of the worst of all time.
    -They only care about their bottom line. If they can save a penney in the long term and leave thousands of people out of work they would.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou may as well find another job because you've already ran this company into the ground... Ethics mean nothing to the NewPage SLT.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    good people in a company with an overwhelming debt burden - needs ownership / financing changes

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Prosprofessional challenges, opportunities to provide leadership, committed workforce, smart people, slow industry but fast paced organization,

    Conspay freezes, hiring freezes, constant cut backs due to large bond payments, selling key assets to generate cash flow now for bond holders because a private equity firm fully leveraged the company, several sites generating good cash flow but not enough for 100% financing of high yield bonds

    Advice to Senior Managementrestructure or sell viable mills - do not sell the pieces, that does not create value.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Decent pay, but not a rewarding work environment.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsDecent pay, good coworkers, challenging work, decent training for us, average benefits. Other than that, there is not much good to say.

    ConsVery bleak industry to work in. Company is poorly run and will probably file for bankruptcy soon. Most people are treated like numbers.

    Advice to Senior ManagementInstead of shutting down mills and ruining so many communities, maybe you should not dirve away all of our best customers.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Company stuck in the 80s

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat talent in the company, Salaries at par with the competition, Great learning opportunity if beginning a career, can get various certifications

    ConsBlame someone attitude, no talent retention strategy, very weak senior management leadership, extremely bureaucratic company with most middle managers extremely insecure

    Advice to Senior ManagementRecognize and appreciate genuine talent in the company, Be more innovative, remove the multiple levels of management, bring more diversity to the company

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great company in limiting industry that lacks innovation.

    Customer Service Manager (Current Employee)

    ProsTalent of People. General tenure of employees; low turnover historically

    ConsFinancial strength and stability. Mature market with no company innovation.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGather direct unbiased feedback from not just direct reports.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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