Newell Rubbermaid

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Newell Rubbermaid Reviews in Atlanta, GA

Updated October 26, 2014
Updated October 26, 2014
316 Reviews
3.4
316 Reviews
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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 25 reviews)

  • Great people to work with, good products with strong brand names (in 21 reviews)


Cons
  • The company is flexible but with fewer people doing more the work life balance has taken its toll (in 21 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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Really Good People, mostly disfunctional

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with and good brands with some good products

    Cons

    The health benefits are not good and a career path is fuzzy at best unless you are "in"

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let's work to retain good employees. Aside from the people who were forced to leave, there have been some very talented people walk out the door. There are a combined few hundred years of knowledge walking out the door.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    “It's a decent company to work for”

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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.  

    Enjoy the opportunities, but don't plan to retire here

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Quality Engineering Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Quality Engineering Manager in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    Great opportunities globally, for growth and experience, and it is strongly encouraged to consider various opportunities. In addition, there really are some great synergistic opportunities between brands and locations that will help expand one's sphere of influence. In a very real sense, employee's are encouraged to spread their wings and see how high they can fly. The pay is pretty good too, and the significant management bonus is always welcome, come late Winter!

    Cons

    It's a marketing company. Manufacturing is not the ROI champion, and overall, it's a dynamic numbers game. I love what Mike has been doing, but he is doing some major restructuring of the corporation. The result is layoffs among the manufacturing and support folks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be honest

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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