Newell Rubbermaid

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Newell Rubbermaid Reviews

Updated October 13, 2014
Updated October 13, 2014
297 Reviews
3.3
297 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 21 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. 4 people found this helpful  

    Engineering Manager

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    Former Employee - Engineering Manager in Oakbrook Terrace, IL
    Former Employee - Engineering Manager in Oakbrook Terrace, IL

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

    Pros

    Iconic brands. I got to work with some fabulous people, most of which were laid off.

    Cons

    No stability, short sights plans except to make each quarter for the street and pay huge bonuses to leadership. I worked here 7 years and saw 5 ground up reorganizations. Staff turns were likely in excess of 50% per annum. People with more than 19 years tenure were routinely laid off. Nothing you could do made you safe from the perpetual re-org axe. I wasted my time and talents here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    What you do for the company is not worth the bonus you pay yourselves. The short term thinking will eventually leave you with nothing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Newell Rubbermaid Response

    Jul 22, 2014Talent Brand Manager

    Thank you for your feedback. We wish you the best of luck with your future endeavors!

  2.  

    Global company , great people to work with

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Newell Rubbermaid full-time

    Pros

    People, global opportunities, good compensation

    Cons

    High turnover, low employee morale

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Newell Rubbermaid Response

    May 23, 2014Campus Recruiter

    Thank you for your review! Change is always hard, but we are excited to hear that our leadership team is focused on building an "I want to work here" culture. Over the next several months, you'll ... More

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    No room for advancement or training working for people who do far less work than their subordinates.

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    Former Employee - Assembly Worker in Winchester, VA
    Former Employee - Assembly Worker in Winchester, VA

    I worked at Newell Rubbermaid as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    The only pro to working here was the steady paycheck and abundance of chance for overtime.

    Cons

    The lack of respect for employees is one of the biggest drawback to working here. You are treated as an expendable asset and nothing more. Quotas are expected to be met, even when it's impossible. For example, when a safety meeting takes up an hour or more of the morning work time, you are still expected to meet the quota for 6 hours in 5.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat employees with more respect and understand that if you use up work time for meetings, the quota should be reduced.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Newell Rubbermaid Response

    May 23, 2014Campus Recruiter

    Thank you for your opinion. We appreciate your feedback and will share with our engagement teams. We wish you all the best!

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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Used to be a great company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    you can learn a lot here,

    Cons

    pushing older employees out by overworking them and then replacing them with younger talented but inexperienced less paid people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop trying to make the company look attractive to shareholders by cutting SG&A. Grow the TOP LINE

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    What's the plan?

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    Current Employee - Marketing in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Marketing in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Newell Rubbermaid full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great people, hard workers. Many opportunities.

    Cons

    Management talks about being transparent but there always seems to be an air of "now what?" That has taken a toll on the culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate on a more detailed level. Rebuild the culture so people want to be there.

    Newell Rubbermaid Response

    May 23, 2014Campus Recruiter

    Thank you for your review! This is helpful feedback and we'll share with our engagement team. This is an exciting time to be a part of our company and we want you to continue to be a part of it!

  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Growing Experience

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    Current Employee - Sourcing Intern in Huntersville, NC
    Current Employee - Sourcing Intern in Huntersville, NC

    I have been working at Newell Rubbermaid as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Lots of professional and skill training opportunities.
    A very team oriented work environment.
    Autonomy was encouraged and in brainstorming and VA/VE events there was truly an atmosphere of no bad ideas.

    Cons

    A lot corporate reorganization and upheaval.
    Had issues with finding the right people to contact at various plants.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make the current reorg changes concrete and let the system grow from there. It's hard to be 100% productive when there's constant moving and everything seems to be in flux.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    The only thing constant is change!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    -The people- teeming with genuinely good people
    -The opportunity- very entrepreneurial culture, lots of opportunity to step up and own high level projects. Plenty of room to grow with the ever-changing environment
    -The facilities- beautiful place to work, great cafe and gym

    Cons

    The downside to an ever-changing environment is the lack of process, thus lots of room for confusion and frustration. It seems like the moment you feel like you know what you're doing, leadership shakes it up again. There are pros/cons to this, but they are certainly developing "dynamic" skill sets in those who stick around!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    While it's wonderful to have a "one-newell" story, it'd be nice to hear how leadership is addressing key differences between the businesses. One peanut-butter spread method won't work in the short-term. I'm sure they've thought this out, but communicating it to us will let us know that they get it. If we know that they understand our unique challenges, we can trust them more as leaders!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    Depressing

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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 8 years)

    Pros

    The money is decent
    Well known company
    Great cafeteria, gym and employee store

    Cons

    Self-esteem constantly assaulted
    Demotions to save costs
    Morale in finance was at its worst
    Work life balance is terrible
    Except to work mandatory weekends and health care coverage was lousy
    Employees treated poorly and management is insensitive
    Never had an opportunity to take vacation
    I hated the job, it was a terrible company to work for. hated it

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat employees well

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Newell Rubbermaid Response

    May 23, 2014Campus Recruiter

    Thank you for your opinion. We always appreciate feedback from former employees and hope to utilize it to make NWL an even better place to work. Best of luck with your future endeavors.

  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    The people really make a difference!

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    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 3 years)

    Pros

    Newell Rubbermaid is a great place to work. Everyone is hard-working, friendly and really care about each other. The facilities and amenities are top notch! It would take alot for me to leave the company.

    Cons

    Like many companies, we have been going through restructuring for the past couple of years which can get exhausting. We are moving in the right strategic direction, but need to focus on our people again.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be transparent and understand our business before making "strategic decisions". It comes across as unorganized.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Too Much Change!!!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Newell Rubbermaid

    Pros

    Decent pay and good work/life balance.

    Cons

    I've worked here for many years and the change never stops. Every time the organization gets settled, another drastic wave of changes happens to throw everything off again.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Decide on one thing and stick with it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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