Newell Rubbermaid

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Newell Rubbermaid Reviews in Atlanta, GA

Updated October 26, 2014
Updated October 26, 2014
300 Reviews
3.3
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Newell Rubbermaid President and Chief Executive Officer Michael B. Polk
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Company believes in work-life balance and the people there are great to work with (in 23 reviews)

  • Great people to work with, good products with strong brand names (in 19 reviews)


Cons
  • The company is flexible but with fewer people doing more the work life balance has taken its toll (in 19 reviews)

  • There's a pretty decent changeover rate in upper management - some are great, some not so great (in 11 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great people, no work/life balance

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Newell Rubbermaid full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    I love the team that I work with and I do have some flexibility with my work schedule which is a huge plus.

    Cons

    Benefits are awful and I definitely do not have work/life balance in my job. A co worker of mine said she was spoken to from HR that she will have to start putting in OT on the weekend. It is expected that you will work after hours at Newell especially now. Newell is cramming over a decade of work into 2 years and the employees are paying the price, royally.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    “It's a decent company to work for”

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior R&D Engineer in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Senior R&D Engineer in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Newell Rubbermaid full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flexible schedule for work hours. Fair salary

    Cons

    Unorganized as a whole company

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Unsure future

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Newell Rubbermaid full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    A decent number of good people still work here. Constant restructure/ people leaving opens opportunities for those remaining if you can hang through the changes. Leadership has a clear vision.

    Cons

    Constant changes is causing the company to loose a lot of talent. The ELT doesn't care about employees. It is only about making the numbers and there is little support to help the businesses grow.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Move to Atlanta since you're making everyone else move there.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fun while it lasted

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Newell Rubbermaid part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great benefits, strong commitment to keeping employees ahead of the curve, numerous opportunities to learn new skills, really great resources, good company discount. The employees are wonderful - people find things to be passionate about, and it shows in the way they speak of their businesses.

    Cons

    High employee turnover rate, lots of uncertainty due to restructuring, which seems to have been ongoing for past few years.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Disappointed. Company has lost a lot of good and loyal employees over the past couple of years.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Newell Rubbermaid full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Large company with strong brands

    Cons

    Terrible employee culture! The leadership has changed and is only focused on driving stock prices up! Give employees a chance to learn and accept a change before making more changes as you loose the support and benefits for change. Unless you have a manager that believes in career development, no chance of getting promoted unless your manager is a "favorite" from leadership.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start promoting employees that work hard and earn it rather then promoting on favoritism. Stop being part of the problem and be part of the solution!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7.  

    Interesting ride so far.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Newell Rubbermaid full-time

    Pros

    Great work/life balance and perks like Employee Store & gym on site. Great training programs. Company has gone through a major restructure, going from a cluster of holding companies to one centralized Newell. To say that the past 2 years have been challenging would be an understatement, but the worst seems to be over. We're poised to blossom as One Newell, but only cautiously optimistic as the next few months will be difficult, with people moving to their respective functional regions or leaving the company.

    Cons

    The restructure created a lot of different campuses, geographically dividing functions that are intimately intertwined (Marketing in ATL & Graphics in Michigan, R&D in ATL & ID in Michigan etc...). Immediate future could be very frustrating in terms of how to collaborate, communication, information gathering, role clarifications. Also, if you join as a core function team member, you'll have a pretty well laid out career path if you perform (i.e., Marketing, finance). If you join as a supporting character, the map is not so well defined and there's not much of a ladder to climb (i.e., Quality, materials, lab technicians, fashion, etc...). I have received great reviews, am very well compensated for what I do, but feel a bit stagnant and bored due to lack of advancement opportunities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This is a new structure, granted, but you must be feeling the 'you vs us' atmosphere. That wall is pretty thick in all townhall meetings. Break that barrier and have informal conversations with the folks working in the trenches that are working so hard everyday to deliver your objectives and your Growth Game Plan. Also, sometimes, you have to think 'inside of the box' - there are plenty of super talents in the organizations. You do not have to outsource everything.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    It was a great learning environment.

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    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Newell Rubbermaid full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Always looking at best practices and driving technology. Great opportunity to learn and gain expertise. Work/ life balance and culture are fantastic. People here love being here and believe in the products they sell.

    Cons

    Several departments across too many business groups have undergone changes too fast and have left employees nervous and uncertain about the direction and future of the company. Over the past 4 years the company may have become too lean and lost some of it's strategic edge as business units do not all go to market the same way yet were aligned together to streamline functions that do not drive sales.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Instead of alignment of business units by common theme of product offerings align business units by how the products are purchased by consumers.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Creative Team Member

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Newell Rubbermaid full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    New office space with gym, cafeteria and good meeting spaces

    Cons

    Salary not dependent on performance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More transparency in goals, decision making and roadmap

  10.  

    not an enjoyable place to work currently but potential exists

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    Current Employee - Director in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Director in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Newell Rubbermaid full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    - competitive compensation
    - strong brands
    - financially stable

    Cons

    - dynamic organization structure
    - limited job security
    - disengaged workforce

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stabilize the organization structure as quickly as possible.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 7 people found this helpful  

    Started out good, but ended at an all time low.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Industrial Designer in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Senior Industrial Designer in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Newell Rubbermaid full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits
    Good people to work with on project teams

    Cons

    Frequent leadership changes at all levels have really hurt Newell. There is no real, clear direction from the top down, and the information that does come down is lacking at best.
    No one in any of the divisions feels like they have any stake in the game anymore, all marketing decisions, and brand decisions are being made from the CEO and friends desks in Atlanta. The divisions are just doing what they are being told which is killing all moral in all brands.

    Polk, Jones and Davies are creating silos for each discipline. Relocating all of design in one city, Kalamazoo (30 minutes away from Jones new house) and all of marketing in two other cities, Atlanta and Charlotte.
    Engineering will be relocated next, but it will unfortunately be oversees. This will devastate new product development - don't expect any game changing patents from Newell until they realize the flaws in this new system and co-locate the disciplines that work on product lines together. No high tech video meeting can compete with real face to face brainstorming. Newell even sold off the one company that made video meeting equipment (Mimio) because it doesn't work well enough.

    Newell is so short on design experience now that most of the existing talent (out of 100 designers about 20 have said 'yes'), has left they are promoting all the previously unemployed entry level Masco people one or more notches beyond their experience level. People who have never managed anyone before are suddenly covering large teams and their inexperience is showing. The new hires will have to learn their new brands and industry on the fly because no one is left to teach them.

    The 'idea' of the design center is an interesting idea, but the corporate leadership team has forgotten to look at how everyday product develop life will go one when team members are all in different locations. This was done 100% for one man and his friends from Whirlpool and Masco to have new jobs. You can tell by how they communicate details and timing, they have no real idea what is going on, which is probably why this idea didn't do so well at CJ's last couple of places of employment.

    Leadership will say how great this new change is and how it will help "unlock the growth potential of Newell" But ask anyone left in marketing, engineering, sales, channel, sourcing, operations, are all worried that this new regime, will kill all new product development in all brands.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change is good when the entire plan has been thought out and communicated to everyone. It is obvious that this plan hasn't been vetted, you're just shooting from the hip. I can't deny the stock hasn't gone up, but at what cost, loss of great talented people, low company moral, people that don't trust the people they work for? Go back to how things were and just fix the areas that needed improvement.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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