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. 7 people found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Worst experience ever in Internal Audit

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Audit Analyst in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Audit Analyst in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    gym, cafeteria, and company products

    Cons

    Internal Audit Department is a little kingdom of the VP. He has his "own" policies for his team members, applies rules differently if you are a YES person to what he says, That explains why he has had a turnover of 15-20 employees in his department in the last 4 years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Check what happens in those little "kingdoms" and take appropriate actions

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    fantastic experience until Polk arrived

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

    I worked at Newell Rubbermaid full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    There is opportunity to work on great brands with some wonderful people. The amount of knowledge in the Atlanta office will blow your mind.

    Cons

    Lack of strategy and funding caused unnecessary stress. Brands like Sharpie are given all of the funding while smaller brands are left to languish

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have a strategy

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    I am a supply chain leader at Newell, responsible for planning $200 million worth of inventory.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Supply Chain Leader in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Supply Chain Leader in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    Atlanta headquarters building is great. I work with a talented, friendly group of people. My career has advanced quickly in the six years since I've been with the company.

    Cons

    Newell is going through a restructuring that is two years old now, with no end in sight. Lots of layoffs. Atmosphere of uncertainty pervades day-to-day operations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get comfortable being uncomfortable.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Overall a good work environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - SAP Lead Analyst in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - SAP Lead Analyst in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    Newell is a medium sized company where you feel like you can make an impact. You are close enough to executive leadership that your voice can be heard if you so desire. We are making some changes to our organizational structure which I believe will help the company be very successful in the long term.

    Cons

    Recent org changes can be challenging and frustrating for the employees. Often work of two or three people now falls to one individual. I would wait to make a move to this company until after things settle down. Perhaps in 6 months.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When making significant people and organization changes, lavish overpriced meetings in exotic locations in the months following is an inappropriate use of the company's money.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Inclusive Culture

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 3 years)

    Pros

    The culture promotes working with other functional groups to gain and leverage knowledge to accomplish goals.

    Cons

    Company is growth by acquisition, so there is a lot of culture change and transformation that occors regularly

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to communicate a clear vision for each division and empower associates to move toward it

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Look elsewhere

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 3 years)

    Pros

    salary good, office is beautiful

    Cons

    morale is horrible and management constantly changes direction

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Too many decisions being made by new managers that are not aware of the current situation

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director Supply Chain in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Director Supply Chain in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    Compensation & benefits are good, but that has recently been affected as well.

    Cons

    Important decisions being made by new management that are unaware of the specifics.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Designers Beware

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Designer in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Designer in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Newell Rubbermaid full-time

    Pros

    The people that I work with, including my manager and my team, are great. The portfolio of brands is really great especially if you are able to transfer internally from one division to another. The amenities in the Atlanta office are nice - Starbucks, cafeteria, gym, daycare.

    Cons

    Career progression seems to rocket for some and stagnate for many others. It seems more about who has taken you under your wing rather than just merit and hard work. It can be quite political here.

    Designers be careful about joining. Though effort is being made to become a design-led company, this effort is going to be a long work in progress. Ask for the position/level of compensation you need because Newell has not been good to designers historically; few to no promotions.

    The morale is really low due to major change management, and the culture just isn't like it was in the past.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Transparent and effective communication would be a good starting point to building trust with employees. Business can be more than just financials - it has been proven that putting forth effort to build a strong culture with good morale makes employees more productive and willing to put in more time, ultimately leading to a better business. Pay attention to the softer side of business.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Fantastic place to start a career

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

    I worked at Newell Rubbermaid full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great people, good culture at some brands, growth opportunities

    Cons

    Constantly restructuring, low salaries compared to the industry

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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