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

NewPage – Miamisburg – “NewPage corp HQ”
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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
39 Employee Reviews
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    If you are desperate enough to work here, GO IN WITH AN EXIT STRATEGY IN MIND

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Biron, WI

    ProsThe 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.

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Avoid at all costs.

    Management (Former Employee) Miamisburg, OH

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

    ConsNewPage 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 Senior ManagementResign before you run the place bankrupt again.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Terrible

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Rumford, ME

    ProsGood pay for the region.
    Decent work life balance

    ConsMurky 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 Senior ManagementEmpower 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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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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    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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    Reality does not agree with all of the pretty mission statements on the walls

    Process Engineer (Former Employee) Wisconsin Rapids, WI

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

    ConsSenior 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 Senior ManagementStop 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

     

    Long Hours

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsCompensation was Ok Old leaderhip

    ConsNo Advancement very much who you know there

    Advice to Senior ManagementInvest in the mills The place is falling apart

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    Business has serious issues

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Rumford, ME

    ProsThe job pays really well, and the benefits are very good. Most people like the shifts - 12hr rotating shifts for production, M-Th for maintenance, M-F for management/engineering.

    ConsUpper management is absent. Middle management is dysfunctional as it tries to fill the vacuum: rude, disorganized, unprofessional, confused. Front line managers are unsupported, generally good at what they do, but leaving in droves. Hourly workers are completely disenfranchised. Layoffs are common, and the uncertainty creates a poisonous atmosphere. Workers are old, and they care less about the mill and more about getting to retirement; and younger workers are jaded by the recurring layoffs.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRequire mid/upper management to treat all employees with respect; putting up posters about ethics is no replacement for actually acting ethically. The people they disparage have the power to undercut your profitability, and some of them do so. But some of them make decisions that save thousands of dollars every day, even though they know you don't care that they make those efforts. Respect that.

    Require HR to understand law and contracts, and to make clear, informed decisions. They're responsible for people's livelihoods, and they don't seem to know what they're doing most of the time.

    Be visible, vocal, honest, and predictable. Make strategic decisions that imply that you are planning for the mill's long-term health, rather than that you are preparing to cut and run.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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