NewPage Reviews

Updated August 28, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    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
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  2. Avoid at all costs.

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    Former Employee - Management in Miamisburg, OH
    Former Employee - Management in Miamisburg, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at NewPage full-time (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 Management

    Resign before you run the place bankrupt again.


  3. Helpful (2)

    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
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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


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  5. The NewPage experiment is over

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    Former Employee - IT Management
    Former Employee - IT Management
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Somewhat decent Salary and benefits.

    Cons

    Finally NewPage is no more, purchased by Verso. Upper management allowed self serving managers to terminate older CPI employees to make room for their cronies. What a disgrace NewPage was. They tried to prove they could run a company after they were released by Mead Westvaco. They failed miserably. Too bad so many were hurt by the incompetence.

    Advice to Management

    Why give advice. They listen to nobody, unless it lines their pockets.


  6. its a sinking ship

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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


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

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    Current Employee - IT
    Current Employee - IT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  8. 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
    Doesn't Recommend

    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 Management

    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!


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

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    Former Employee - Sales
    Former Employee - Sales
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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


  10. Helpful (1)

    Senior leadership lacks

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miamisburg, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miamisburg, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    strong in thei industry. Devoted to being the best they can be. Opportunity to improve professsional competence. Many highly visible positions.

    Cons

    Senior leadership in my area was not strong enough. They had theknowledge, but not the decision making abilities to help the company/

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the people in the trenches when it comes to decisions that will affect large groups of the company.


  11. NewPage, Big Fish in a Shrinking Pond

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miamisburg, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miamisburg, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    NewPage paper mills are first class. The distribution network is customer focused and responsive. Headquarter facilities, benefit package and community involvement paint a very positive image for NewPage in the Dayton area.

    Cons

    Senior management appears to struggle with the realities of people issues. Denying people issues rather than addressing them will eventually lead to a "what happened?" day. The commodity paper market is shrinking and many doubt that it will ever return.

    Advice to Management

    Senior management should avoid the trap of listening to the loudest voice and direct their attention to meaningful results. They sometimes come from those that quietly give security to the business through consistent, accurate work.



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