Newell Rubbermaid Reviews

Updated August 26, 2015
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  1. great company

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    really great benefits and opport.

    Cons

    a lot of change really quick

    Advice to Management

    good job

    Newell Rubbermaid Response

    Jun 5, 2015 – Talent Brand Manager

    Thank you for your review!


  2. Helpful (1)

    Newell

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good people and managers encourage training opportunities.

    Cons

    High turnover in some positions which requires more work for other job functions

    Newell Rubbermaid Response

    May 29, 2015 – Talent Brand Manager

    Thank you for your review.


  3. Helpful (10)

    Don't .

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    What everyone says is true - the people you work with every day are great, but that alone is not enough to keep you excited, engaged and wanting to show up to work every day. The Atlanta campus is beautiful. The building has great amenities, but those are slowly starting to disappear. The daycare, which was once subsidized by the company will no longer be subsidized and there is always a litany of rumors about which benefit is going to go away next.

    Cons

    Employees who lived through the multiple Project Renewals were proud to be a part of the Newell family, but as Polk's new leadership team was introduced, things began to change. First, they aren't leaders. They are dictators (with the CFO being an exception). The way they "lead" does not foster collaboration, build trust, or inspire people to do their best work. There is an insane amount of inequality among the functions. Some functions are holding champagne breakfasts while others claim that there is no budget for big initiatives much less a team breakfast. Other leaders tout that there are career opportunities "thanks to all of the people who are quitting." Really?! It's pathetic. People initiatives are a huge joke, thanks to the CHRO. She has done more harm to Polk's brand than anything else. No one, especially in HR, trusts her or feels as if the people are important to the organization. The fact that the CEO continues to turn a blind-eye to the havoc that she is creating is disappointing. So many things have been promised to the organization in vain - from a new recognition program and global guidelines on flexible work environments to more meaningful learning and development opportunities - it's all a joke. But there's always an excuse and it's always someone else's fault. The CHRO can't seem to see her own role in the destruction of morale, the breakdown of trust and the increased numbers of disengaged employees. Executives continue to delude themselves with the story of why people are leaving: "People don't like change." "People aren't bought into the agenda we are driving." Wake up. Employees don't sign up for a company like Newell if they can't handle change. Employees don't want to work at a place like Newell if they can't handle deadlines, making tough decisions or driving for great results. People are leaving Newell because they aren't trusted to make decisions. People are leaving Newell because they want to be treated like adults and like intelligent, creative and productive members of a team. People are leaving Newell because there is no sense of team, unless you count how people bond through their shared bad experiences or through being treated like abused children from the highest levels of management. People are tired of the lies, the smoke and mirrors, the beat downs and most of all for no longer having the ability to speak up or contribute in a meaningful way. People are leaving across all levels of the organization, and those who are staying do so for a variety of reasons, but many are hoping to just ride it out by keeping their heads low.

    Advice to Management

    Be honest. Treat people with respect and like they have a brain.

    Newell Rubbermaid Response

    Jun 30, 2015 – Talent Brand Manager

    Thank you for your review.


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  5. Intern

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very fun ace to work, young, lots of opportunities for development and moving up. Decent pay, 40 hour work week

    Cons

    I wish that the people here worked a little harder and were more committed to changing the industry and changing the world rather than just making the company a little better

    Advice to Management

    You could try and shape the company to be more focused on constant improvement and really grow the business to be more innovative

    Newell Rubbermaid Response

    May 26, 2015 – Talent Brand Manager

    Thank you for your review. We appreciate your feedback and encourage you to partner with your manager to better understand the company/business strategy. We'd also love to hear your ideas for ... More


  6. Helpful (13)

    Brand Marketing Is A Mess x2

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Brand Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Brand Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Newell Rubbermaid full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Very well known brands that have great business growth opportunities.

    Cons

    Executive leadership (primarily the CMO) is completely out of touch with the businesses. The process dictates that CMO must see all consumer facing material, for all brands, for all customers, no matter how big or small the investment. You can imagine how frurstrating it is to accomplish things in a timely manner (you don't). There is also zero collaboration between functional leadership and effective cross-functional team leadership is pretty much nonexistent. There is extreme misalignment for objectives across sales, trade, and brand marketing --which is creating a stalemate on almost every project and drives an incredible amount of employee turnover. The high turnover rate exacerbates the leadership, process, and structural issues and results in long hours, low fulfillment, and little actual productivity. Data manipulation runs rampant globally and budgeting & invoicing policies are legally questionable when compared to SOX requirements.

    Advice to Management

    I have zero faith in current leadership at the Executive or VP level to address any real issues within the organization. The CMO is over his head and should be outed immediately.

    Newell Rubbermaid Response

    Jun 17, 2015 – Talent Brand Manager

    Thank you for your review. We have shared your feedback with our leadership team.


  7. Overall

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Newell Rubbermaid full-time

    Pros

    Great company for growth, willing to work with people that they feel have potential

    Cons

    Rough to work in downsizing environment without good communication, but was able to make it through.

    Newell Rubbermaid Response

    May 20, 2015 – Talent Brand Manager

    Thank you for your review. We wish you the best of luck and hope you'll keep Newell Rubbermaid in mind for future career opportunities.


  8. Helpful (2)

    Management stinks. Co workers are good people

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Maintenance Troubleshooter in Winchester, VA
    Current Employee - Maintenance Troubleshooter in Winchester, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Been a steady job. Has paid the bills for me for this long. The absolute best part of this job is your co workers

    Cons

    Never have parts to work with. Communications throughout the business is horrible and pay is to low. The benefits are horrible

    Advice to Management

    Straighten up or your going to be outing luck when all your hourly and skilled professions find better jobs. You can't keep people as it is now

    Newell Rubbermaid Response

    May 29, 2015 – Talent Brand Manager

    Thank you for your review. We will share this feedback with the team in Winchester and encourage you to reach out to your local HR contact to share additional feedback and ideas for improvement.


  9. Helpful (4)

    Supply chain

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Huntersville, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Huntersville, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Use to be leader in NPD

    Cons

    Now leader is how to improve bottom line with zero ideas on top line

    Newell Rubbermaid Response

    May 20, 2015 – Talent Brand Manager

    Thank you for your review.


  10. Helpful (8)

    Absolute worst company that I've ever worked for

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Newell Rubbermaid full-time

    Pros

    It's a steady job and many of my coworkers are nice people

    Cons

    The culture is terrible. There is no trust of employees to make decision. Hierarchy is law at Newell. Absolutely no work life balance. The new 'flexible hours' thing is a scam. You can't really have flexible hours The location is horrible. The criteria for me to be promoted is outside of what I'm allowed to do within my role

    Advice to Management

    There's really no point in giving advice. In a few years, the C suite will have taken their money and left, not caring that they played a major role in making countless people miserable at work

    Newell Rubbermaid Response

    Jun 16, 2015 – Talent Brand Manager

    Thank you for your review.


  11. Forklift Operator

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Forklift Operator in Toledo, OH
    Current Employee - Forklift Operator in Toledo, OH

    I have been working at Newell Rubbermaid full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits, good work life balance. Management is accessible. Pay is average for the position, with plenty of overtime

    Cons

    Mandatory overtime is inconsistent, hours are inconsistent. Management often implements ideas against advice of people on the floor, leading to problems.

    Newell Rubbermaid Response

    May 20, 2015 – Talent Brand Manager

    Thank you for your review. We encourage you to continue to share your ideas for process improvement with your manager and leaders.



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