The Chamberlain Group

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The Chamberlain Group Reviews

Updated September 8, 2014
Updated September 8, 2014
46 Reviews
2.7
46 Reviews
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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Truly an Excellent & Innovative Company!!

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

    I have been working at The Chamberlain Group full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    I have seen a lot of terrible reviews on here and to me it sounds like the angry old employees got a little upset with change! This company is heading in an incredible direction with new innovations, products, etc. Don't let these reviews fool you. Chamberlain is an awesome place to work and they will do whatever they can to make their employees happy!!!!!

    Work/Life Balance, Pay is excellent, Vacation, Benefits, and 401k is outstanding! Company takes pride in their employees, you can get what you ask for, plenty of opportunity for career progression/growth. Can apply to other areas in the company if a job becomes available.

    Cons

    No cons I can think of and I truly mean that.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the value you have in your employees! That's a great quality to have!!!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Constant learning

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Elmhurst, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Elmhurst, NY

    I have been working at The Chamberlain Group full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Quality product, ethical behavior, great location

    Cons

    Change w/o continuity, no brand

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reduce the bloat in Engineering

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Catch 22/You Can't Have it Both Ways

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Chamberlain Group full-time for more than 5 years

    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
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Worst 8 months of my life!!!!

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    Former Employee - Customer Service  in  Elmhurst, IL
    Former Employee - Customer Service in Elmhurst, IL

    I worked at The Chamberlain Group full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    I met some really great people that I still consider friends. Close to home. Fired me without making a scene and let me finish out the work week

    Cons

    Hated every single second I worked there. The supervisor is a child and was part of the clique.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit hiring friends and family which just promotes the favoritism

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Addison DC was a good place to work

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    Former Employee - Warehouse Manager  in  Addison, IL
    Former Employee - Warehouse Manager in Addison, IL

    I worked at The Chamberlain Group full-time for more than 5 years

    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
  7. 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

    I have been working at The Chamberlain Group full-time for more than a year

    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
  8. 5 people found this helpful  

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

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    Current Employee - IT Professional  in  Elmhurst, IL
    Current Employee - IT Professional in Elmhurst, IL

    I have been working at The Chamberlain Group full-time for more than 10 years

    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
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    No career advancement for senior roles

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Elmhurst, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Elmhurst, IL

    I worked at The Chamberlain Group full-time for more than 5 years

    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
  10. 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

    I have been working at The Chamberlain Group full-time for less than a year

    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
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Leave before it gets worse!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Manager  in  Elmhurst, IL
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Elmhurst, IL

    I have been working at The Chamberlain Group full-time for more than 5 years

    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

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