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The Chamberlain Group Reviews

Updated August 11, 2014
Updated August 11, 2014
43 Reviews

2.5
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    Catch 22/You Can't Have it Both Ways

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    There are still opportunities here to contribute and help the company grow and continue to be the industry leader. The marketplace continues to change and it is exciting to be part of an organization that can potentially adapt to it.

    Certainly, the challenges include the integration of the new leadership that was so desperately desired with the old culture that was very unwilling to change from what they were doing the past decades. Well friends, the Salad Days are over. Welcome to the post-Recession era. You can't keep doing the same thing and expecting different results. There is now some actual direction in place, though very fragmented at times, but still some formalized plans to follow to achieve results vs. the past when dictatorial know everything leadership wielded its iron fist.

    Cons

    Finger pointing everywhere. Older management continues to undermine and be resistant to change while still trying to act as the hammer. CEO and band of face men from the outside who roam (and get hired!) from company to company continue to bite off more than they can chew and then disregard the after effects as part of doing business leaving a trail of death and destruction in their rear view mirror as they plot their next stop in corporate America. To many chiefs calling the shots and being allowed to offer their input in areas where they have no responsibility nor experience. The entire working atmosphere is purely subjective vs. one based on insights and research.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Draw the lines or responsibility and accountability in the sand for everyone to see. Keep those from meddling in other's business so that good and effective work can be done. Stop the carpet-bombing cultural practice of ELT members going into various mid management offices and telling various individuals to do something and then turn around tell another group something that could be seen as different causing nothing but confusion and crisis.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Addison DC was a good place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Warehouse Manager  in  Addison, IL
    Former Employee - Warehouse Manager in Addison, IL

    Pros

    Compensation was good for the work done

    Cons

    Warehouse was dirty and hot.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Care for your employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Profitable company. But little intensive to improve

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    Current Employee - Senior Design Engineer  in  Elmhurst, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Design Engineer in Elmhurst, IL

    Pros

    Little chance of layoffs. They do a decent job of recognizing talent in most cases. The pay is very good for the area

    Cons

    Poor quality throughout the company, very few new designs in the companies 50 years. Manager to employee ration is is very top heavy. Problems in the company are very well known but never make it to the upper echelons of the management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    What if Rubbermaid decided to make garage door openers...

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - IT Professional  in  Elmhurst, IL
    Current Employee - IT Professional in Elmhurst, IL

    Pros

    Great people who care and want to make the best products for our customers. Investments are never an issue here...money is available.

    Cons

    CEO talks a great story, but is airing nothing but boring repeats now. If your resume says Newel/Rubbermaid your guaranteed high pay and 3+ years of your laurels carrying you. If your in enough meetings with the CEO you will learn he respects nobody and has neutered his leadership team. Talented people are leaving by the droves, but it does not really matter because the remaining leaders are blissfully ignorant. If you think this review sounds harsh...its not. If people said how this company really operates, 60 minutes would want to do a story.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hey Ownership...wake up. I think you should start asking some questions of people. ELT you need to start showing some backbone...your staff would love to see you fight back for what is right at least once.

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

    Not all is as written by disgruntled employees

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Elmhurst, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Elmhurst, IL

    Pros

    This is a company going through change. Change that is required to take the company to the next level and achieve the goals & objectives that the senior leadership has established. If you are a high drive, leader, change agent, accountable employee - then this is the place for you!

    Cons

    That you have to read the negative reviews on here that have been posted by disgruntled employees that most likely have been fired or left because they were written up and didn't like it. All is not as it is made out to be on here. Most people are not jumping ship voluntarily. Those that are not performing, have issues knowing how to do their job, getting along with their fellow employees are not being sheltered and are being let go. Nothing different than most well-run companies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the great leadership, motivation to do your best, drive for results and lead the change that is needed.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    No career advancement for senior roles

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Elmhurst, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Elmhurst, IL

    Pros

    good salary, healthcare benefits, 401K, and wellness programs.

    Cons

    Unless you are from Newell Rubbermaid or a man - forget being able to get promoted into a senior role. A overwhelming majority of the ELT, VP roles are male and from Newell Rubbermaid.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn how to handle women and look beyond the boys Newell network

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Leave before it gets worse!

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    Current Employee - Sales Manager  in  Elmhurst, IL
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Elmhurst, IL

    Pros

    Historically quality products, formerly a great place to work with strong ethical values.

    Cons

    New CEO & friends care only for their personal success ( clique), not the long term success if the company. Qualified new hires leave in about one year. Products now made in China without innovative patents, rush to market is the new "trend."

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a quality New Product Development Team! Family should consider a CEO with a history at Chamberlain, not the outside.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Completely dysfunctional with a work load that sucks the life out of you.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing  in  Elmhurst, IL
    Current Employee - Marketing in Elmhurst, IL

    Pros

    Pay is above average and there are some good people. Healthcare benefits are not the best but not the worst. A sad commentary that these are the only Pros. They definitely do not out weigh the environment that is around you every day.

    Cons

    With all the new people because of high turn over, no one knows the right process to get work done. A typical work day consists of trying to figure out who does what and then trying to get an answer. This happens multiple times for every project so good luck having a feeling of accomplishment. Long days, every day are required since it takes twice as long as necessary to move forward. When you finally do move forward, senior management will decree a change in scope and it is time to start over.
    Also, beware of the high school clicks - a couple of the Directors think they are "the cool ones" and anyone that disagrees with their opinions should be ostracized.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a look at the environment being created by the Director level and above and make some changes. There is more to a book than its cover. Stop rewarding abusive behavior and maybe people will stop jumping ship.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Calling all former Newell Rubbermaid employees -- we've got a job for you!!!

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales and Marketing  in  Elmhurst, IL
    Current Employee - Sales and Marketing in Elmhurst, IL

    Pros

    Management turnover has facilitated higher salaries in the past couple of years. Elmhurst is a nice place to work in the West suburbs.

    Cons

    Senior leadership gave up on training current employees on "The Newell Way" in 2013, and decided to populate its senior ranks with former Newell employees. It's too bad, because the Newell model proved to be a failure in the last decade, and Chamberlain is now deploying it badly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Eliminate the public floggings meetings in NPD, Operations, and S&OP where you call absolutely everyone together for hours on-end to watch their peers get broadsided by senior leadership. Middle managers have defensive and uninspired by the behavior they see in their bosses.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Status Quo

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    excellent benefits
    great 401k contributions, affordable health insurance, work life balance

    Cons

    lack of employee development
    lack of career path

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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