NewPage Reviews

Updated March 18, 2015
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  1. 1 person found this helpful

    Senior leadership lacks

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miamisburg, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miamisburg, OH

    I worked at NewPage

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  2. NewPage will emerge in a strong position after Chapter 11

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    Current Employee - Human Resources
    Current Employee - Human Resources

    I have been working at NewPage full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great six sigma culture that drives improvement and change as well as strong emphasis on customer satisfaction. Employee morale is positive as NewPage continues to meet sales and profit goals, receive bonus payouts, and maintain market share. NewPage has a consistent practice of promoting from within.

    Cons

    The recession made it really hard to invest in employee development for from 2009 to 2011.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Expand college recruiting and employment development programs so that more supervisory/management positions at the mills can be filled internally.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. Overall a good company to work for.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at NewPage

    Pros

    Close-knit organization. A real can-do attitude about everything. Works hard to communicate and do the right thing. Awesome treatment of military vets. Multiple mills provides variety of culture and landscape.

    Cons

    Short term focus causes conflicting goals with no sense for what is most important. The result is too many initiatives and not enough time to do a good job at any of them. No work-life balance. Candor is often requested but not always valued.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus and deprioritize. You're burning out the good folks because you want everything at once. Temper new ideas against initiatives whose value depends on getting them completed before you take on more work.

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

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    Current Employee - General Manager At A Manufacturing Site
    Current Employee - General Manager At A Manufacturing Site

    I have been working at NewPage

    Pros

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

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    Senior leadership doesn't take advice.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. good people in a company with an overwhelming debt burden - needs ownership / financing changes

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at NewPage

    Pros

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

    Cons

    pay 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 ManagementAdvice

    restructure or sell viable mills - do not sell the pieces, that does not create value.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11. Decent pay, but not a rewarding work environment.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at NewPage

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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