NewPage Reviews

Updated August 4, 2014
Updated August 4, 2014
40 Reviews
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  1.  

    If you are desperate enough to work here, GO IN WITH AN EXIT STRATEGY IN MIND

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Biron, WI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Biron, WI

    I worked at NewPage full-time

    Pros

    The central Wisconsin mill locations were formerly Consolidated Papers and were known for their innovation and product quality. In addition, the mills were upgraded with the latest technologies so people could innovate. Those days are well behind them after the Stora Enso and subsequent NewPage acquisitions. I hope there's enough of Consolidated left after the debacle of NewPage that they can thrive in the future when unfettered by NewPage.

    Cons

    The Miamisburg Senior Leaders are arrogant and narcissistic. They came into this acquisition thinking they could do a quick flip and make lots of $$$, then got caught in the market and their own arrogance of not understanding the customers and markets. The central Wisconsin locations have multiple unions, with poor labor contracts. The contracts blanket the mill locations, so change is difficult. Management is unsupported by local HR, who have low skill levels and appear to only be concerned about themselves.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let's not waste our time, they are too arrogant to heed any advice.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Avoid at all costs.

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    Former Employee - Management  in  Miamisburg, OH
    Former Employee - Management in Miamisburg, OH

    I worked at NewPage full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    CO-workers
    wages
    benefits
    local management is very knowlegeable and strong but hands are tied by self serving upper mgt.

    Cons

    NewPage purchased StoraEnso in 2008. Their management is arrogant and self serving. They have hidden agenda and flat out lie to employees. Most of those working their like the $$ but hate the company.

    They went bankrupt in 2011 and treated many long time employees poorly. They are cutthroat.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Resign before you run the place bankrupt again.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Terrible

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Rumford, ME
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rumford, ME

    I worked at NewPage full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good pay for the region.
    Decent work life balance

    Cons

    Murky standards by which your performance is measured.
    No empowerment - very much a "yes-man" work environment
    Terrible management. Its Comprised of individuals who either due to lack of interpersonal skills or of mobility ( deep roots in the area) cannot leave. They seem angry a lot of the time, lack vision, bitter and just generally unhappy. In turn this leads to a toxic work environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Empower your employees. Many on the ground level are extremely hard working, talented people who if given the chance can come up with idea to save the company a lot of money.
    Live up to your corporate creed of "Candid Communication" instead of creating an atmosphere where honest communication is discouraged.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Experience as an employee progressively got worse after leveraged takeover by Cerberus.

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    Former Employee - Sales
    Former Employee - Sales

    I worked at NewPage

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Management 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

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

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    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
  7.  

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

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    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
  8.  

    its a sinking ship

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at NewPage

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Reality does not agree with all of the pretty mission statements on the walls

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    Former Employee - Process Engineer  in  Wisconsin Rapids, WI
    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Wisconsin Rapids, WI

    I worked at NewPage

    Pros

    The mills have very good people who work hard to do the right thing. Very strong technical capabilities in the field.

    Cons

    Senior leadership has very strong opinions on what it takes to run the business and squashes dissenting view-points. Not the open environment that they profess. You'll get whacked for speaking truth to power.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop managing by lists. Take the ISO-9000 approach and identify what's important, what processes deliver these results, and focus on the people and requirement of the processes. Stop trying to manage activities from headquarters.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Not a financially sound company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at NewPage full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The company has good benefits and respectable salaries and bonuses for management employees. There are opportunities for advancement if you know the right people.

    Cons

    Financially, the company is not sound, and the paper industry is a declining market. Senior management has made many decisions that have hindered the progress of the company for the long-term.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Implementing programs that are very costly such as Manufacturing Excellence, only to then implement edicts that cut maintenance costs to the bone (which are directly conflicting with the ME processes) as a short-term cost saving initiative, will put the company backwards, not forward in the long-term. It is very demoralizing to employees when these decisions are made at the top level.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Long Hours

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at NewPage

    Pros

    Compensation was Ok Old leaderhip

    Cons

    No Advancement very much who you know there

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in the mills The place is falling apart

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