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Pros
  • Work/life balance is important to the company (in 3 reviews)

  • There are folks that have worked here from the Mead, Westvaco and Consolidated days and that passion runs deep (in 2 reviews)

Cons
  • The mill is huge and very old so it can be hard as a first time engineering intern to get a grasp on the entire process (in 5 reviews)

  • The largest player in an enormous "dying" industry (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "You are a number, not an employee"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Pricing Analyst in Norcross, GA
    Former Employee - Pricing Analyst in Norcross, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at NewPage full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Very few. Decent benefits package.

    Cons

    Highly political environment, promotions based on politics & relationships, not merit or skill set. Average compensation with no cost of living increases. Company carries a heavy debt load. Constant mergers and buy outs make stability nonexistent. Management will throw subordinates under the bus in a heart beat to protect themselves. Disagreement with the party line, even if you can back up your statements with hard numbers and facts, may get you terminated. I witnessed this happen to several people.

    Advice to Management

    Get politics and nepotism out of the office. Foster a culture of constructive criticism, and encourage people to present new ideas or approaches instead of quashing them out of hand.


  2. "Not a financially sound company"

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

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

    Pros

    The company has good benefits and respectable salaries and bonuses for management employees. There are opportunities for advancement if you know the right people.

    Cons

    Financially, the company is not sound, and the paper industry is a declining market. Senior management has made many decisions that have hindered the progress of the company for the long-term.

    Advice to Management

    Implementing programs that are very costly such as Manufacturing Excellence, only to then implement edicts that cut maintenance costs to the bone (which are directly conflicting with the ME processes) as a short-term cost saving initiative, will put the company backwards, not forward in the long-term. It is very demoralizing to employees when these decisions are made at the top level.


  3. "Long Hours"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Compensation was Ok Old leaderhip

    Cons

    No Advancement very much who you know there

    Advice to Management

    Invest in the mills The place is falling apart


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  5. "Business has serious issues"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rumford, ME
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rumford, ME
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at NewPage full-time

    Pros

    The job pays really well, and the benefits are very good. Most people like the shifts - 12hr rotating shifts for production, M-Th for maintenance, M-F for management/engineering.

    Cons

    Upper management is absent. Middle management is dysfunctional as it tries to fill the vacuum: rude, disorganized, unprofessional, confused. Front line managers are unsupported, generally good at what they do, but leaving in droves. Hourly workers are completely disenfranchised. Layoffs are common, and the uncertainty creates a poisonous atmosphere. Workers are old, and they care less about the mill and more about getting to retirement; and younger workers are jaded by the recurring layoffs.

    Advice to Management

    Require mid/upper management to treat all employees with respect; putting up posters about ethics is no replacement for actually acting ethically. The people they disparage have the power to undercut your profitability, and some of them do so. But some of them make decisions that save thousands of dollars every day, even though they know you don't care that they make those efforts. Respect that.

    Require HR to understand law and contracts, and to make clear, informed decisions. They're responsible for people's livelihoods, and they don't seem to know what they're doing most of the time.

    Be visible, vocal, honest, and predictable. Make strategic decisions that imply that you are planning for the mill's long-term health, rather than that you are preparing to cut and run.


  6. "Good company but bad industry"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Finace Process Optimization Analyst in Miamisburg, OH
    Former Employee - Finace Process Optimization Analyst in Miamisburg, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at NewPage full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Most of the employees are great to work with. SAP is the ERP and I enjoyed working on it.

    Cons

    Just got out of bankruptcy and are laying off 2 to 3 employees a week at the corporate headquarters. Expenses have been minimized.

    Advice to Management

    Be more transparent with the plans for the company and its employees.


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    "Almost always in the dark"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wisconsin Rapids, WI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wisconsin Rapids, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Straightforward, aggressive business philosophy
    Salaries very competitive
    Some very good and capable people in middle management

    Cons

    Very poor communications - information is power and many don't want to share.
    You're on your own - sink or swim - little to no mentoring and goals are not clear.
    They have something called 360 Degree Review, which is no more than a method for others in the company to criticize you and do so anonymously. What a morale killer!


  8. "Company going down hill."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay for the area, but in a more competetive market, it is not a good place to work.

    Cons

    Benifits slashed, no raises in 3 years, bullying management that hire incompetents.

    Advice to Management

    This WAS a great gcomapny when it was Mead. Nothing but down hill since.


  9. "NewPage, Big Fish in a Shrinking Pond"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miamisburg, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miamisburg, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    NewPage paper mills are first class. The distribution network is customer focused and responsive. Headquarter facilities, benefit package and community involvement paint a very positive image for NewPage in the Dayton area.

    Cons

    Senior management appears to struggle with the realities of people issues. Denying people issues rather than addressing them will eventually lead to a "what happened?" day. The commodity paper market is shrinking and many doubt that it will ever return.

    Advice to Management

    Senior management should avoid the trap of listening to the loudest voice and direct their attention to meaningful results. They sometimes come from those that quietly give security to the business through consistent, accurate work.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Senior leadership lacks"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miamisburg, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miamisburg, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    strong in thei industry. Devoted to being the best they can be. Opportunity to improve professsional competence. Many highly visible positions.

    Cons

    Senior leadership in my area was not strong enough. They had theknowledge, but not the decision making abilities to help the company/

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the people in the trenches when it comes to decisions that will affect large groups of the company.


  11. "Very poorly run company at the corporate (senior leadership) level."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - General Manager At A Manufacturing Site
    Current Employee - General Manager At A Manufacturing Site
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Some sites offer outstanding career development opportunities.
    Some sites have excellent management teams.
    Excellent opportunity to work across departmental boundaries.

    Cons

    The company filed bankruptcy in September 2011.
    In the absence of significant change at the senior management level, this corporation will continue to wither and die. Very poor decisions have been made regarding capital investment and market share vs. net selling price.
    Compensation increases and retirement benefits (of any sort) are non-existent.
    No honest information is disseminated to the sites from senior management. "Town Hall Meetings" at the manufacturing sites typically draw less than 5% of the workforce since none of the information shared is honest or believable.

    Advice to Management

    Senior leadership doesn't take advice.



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