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Newell Brands Employee Reviews about "upper management"

Updated Nov 30, 2019

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2.9
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Newell Brands CEO Ravi Saligram
Ravi Saligram
9 Ratings
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  • "merger with Jarden has been one disaster after another(in 28 reviews)

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  1. "Great learning environment"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern 
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Newell Brands

    Pros

    Great culture, fun people, relatively easy work.

    Cons

    Too much structure, poor upper management

    Newell Brands2018-08-22
  2. "Long hours but rewarding work"

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    Former Employee - User Experience Researcher 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Newell Brands full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Dedicated PMs keep the trains running on time. Fun/interesting products. Cool office culture. Good pay and upward mobility.

    Cons

    Little support for UX from upper management. Poor work/life balance.

    Newell Brands2019-10-30
  3. Helpful (2)

    "Keep looking. Not a good place."

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    Current Employee - Team Leader in Reno, NV
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Newell Brands full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Close to home. Work hours.

    Cons

    Unfair management. Friends of management are the only ones that are given any career advancement opportunities. They don't care how long you have worked for them. Loyalty means nothing here. You have to be in the "click" with management to be given any opportunities. Management is unable to perform the jobs of their employees. They have no clue. Supervisors spend half of their day on the internet for personal... use instead of engaging with employees and setting a good example. They have no work ethic what so ever. Upper management has extremely poor attendance setting a very poor example for everyone.

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    Advice to Management

    Treat everyone the same. Stop playing favorites. Be professional when dealing with people. Show appreciation to the people that have taken care of you over the years. Stop treating everyone as a number

    Newell Brands2019-12-01
  4. Helpful (8)

    "good pay, good people, STILL LEAVING."

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    Current Employee - Packaging Innovation Associate in Huntersville, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Newell Brands full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    In the Huntersville location it is a very laid back environment with free food and free products almost weekly. The Packaging team is young and very competent.

    Cons

    I don't trust Newell's upper management. Within this location the corporate politics impact our work and our mobility within the company. After only a few weeks here at Newell all of the "recent grads" were pushed into a rotational program that has a definitive end date with no guaranteed employment after that. We signed onto a full time jobs, only to find out we were going to be let go in a little over a year.... Many of us were encouraged to apply to internal positions to get out of the rotational program but, thanks corporate politics, many of us were only half considered (if at all).

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    Advice to Management

    rather than following the over hiring and then huge layoffs cycle, hire people who want to stay and create a culture that has company trust and loyalty. Let HR be more transparent with the rest of the company.

    Newell Brands2019-06-25
  5. Helpful (8)

    "DO NOT WORK HERE"

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    Current Employee - Assistant Brand Manager in Boca Raton, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Newell Brands full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Pay is above average in Florida, but way below average compared to other places in the country.

    Cons

    Upper management does not care about career development, workload, or retaining people. Only people who have close ties with upper management get promoted. The best workers are leaving the company because no one is motivated to do anything and no one is ever held accountable for anything.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the current HR partner for marketing. She does not care about the employees and no one trusts her nor respects her.

    Newell Brands2019-07-22
  6. Helpful (1)

    "IT Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Newell Brands full-time

    Pros

    Ability to work on many different systems and platforms

    Cons

    Forecasting and planning by upper management lacks a lot to be desired

    Newell Brands2018-10-03
  7. "Intern Experience"

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    Intern - Hourly 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Newell Brands for less than a year

    Pros

    - People are fantastic - Flexible with hours and understanding - Events planned for interns are very thoughtful

    Cons

    - Company lacks structure and upper management - Culture varies per brand/division

    Newell Brands2018-09-17
  8. Helpful (8)

    "Great company for self-starters"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Newell Brands full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    This is a great company for someone who has already worked somewhere that has sufficient processes and procedures in place. If you come to Newell from a structured place, you will be a strong asset and move up very quickly. Teams are pretty flexible with people moving around within the company. There is a thinking that if you are interested in an area, then management doesn't want to hold you back. I haven't... experienced any micromanaging from leadership. You could potentially be given a large amount of responsibility and the freedom to manage it yourself, which is nice. There are no corporate trainings or learnings offered anymore, however, I have been supported when going to management requesting to attend outside learning courses. The compensation is competitive for the industry. For the most part, the Atlanta office strongly supports a flexible work schedule. It's pretty common for people to work remotely at least one day per week. The parking situation is ideal as it's always covered and you do not have to pay a monthly fee.

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    Cons

    On the work itself, there are very little policies and procedures in place. Again, this could be a great opportunity or a great annoyance depending on the individual. If you need a procedure for how to do your job, this is not the place for you. This would not be a good place for a new college grad. Many aspects of the job are figuring out how to do the tactical activities of your job. Seemingly simple internal... tasks that should take 30 minutes could take hours or days, and if you perform the same task a month later, the team will change and not follow the process you just went through. It is not uncommon to see a lengthy email chain of delegation from upper management until the person who finally receives the task has no idea how to complete it, no one else to delegate it to, and no help from management for how to do the task. I've noticed there is not a lot of accountability among teams. There is the thinking that if you are late on an item or completely messed up your deliverable, that you will be given a second chance. This promotes a culture of accepting mediocrity. There is no community among coworkers. All the employee resource groups have been disbanded for nearly 3 years. Morale feels really low with the constant changes and uncertainty. The Atlanta campus is spread out in 3 different office buildings that constantly shuffle the workforce, and it's not uncommon to meet people who have had more than 4 desks in the past 2 years. I believe the culture shifted for more people to work from home with so many desk movements. The vast majority of the employee communications emails are only sent to a select group of individuals, and not to a distribution list so you need to poke around to find organizational information that is pertinent to your business unit. The quarterly town halls given by the CEO do not address real issues the company is facing. They are impersonal, and all the "ask the CEO questions" are obviously filtered. There is not a culture of rewarding hardworking employees through spontaneous incentives like going home early, annual holiday parties, or sports outings.

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    Advice to Management

    Management needs to step up and build a framework for ways of working within teams. Build out the tactical procedures for your teams to follow, and be the voice to support your team's process internally. Not having strong policies and procedures in place over the years is finally catching up to Newell, and I believe is a strongly overlooked area that is currently contributing to Newell's ability to react in the 2018... marketplace. Put in place quarterly reviews and goals that are clear to every member on the team so they understand how the work they are doing drives these goals. Bring back a budget for employee engagement groups. You are losing a market for younger talent by not having them. The flexible working arrangement is a perk, and this should not be discontinued. Clearly communicate company announcements to stakeholders. Distrust only grows when information is not openly shared.

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    Newell Brands2018-09-12
  9. Helpful (14)

    "At least at the circus you get peanuts"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Newell Brands full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Brand(s) recognition. Yep....that’s about it.

    Cons

    There are not enough characters to properly express the problems here. In short, the biggest ones are #1: detachment from upper management. The big boys at corporate hide at HQ behind walls that you need key cards to enter. What are you hiding from, dream team? If you knew what “regular” employees felt or thought, maybe the stock prices wouldn’t be in such bad shape. #2: HR focuses less on “human” resources and... more on wage mitigation. Hard to feel invested in where the organization is going when they won’t invest in the employees themselves. There should be double pay to sit through the “town hall” propaganda sessions. #3: culture - or lack of it. It’s hard to “rally around the team” when there is zero effort at team building or engagement from within. The closest thing to it is the “day of service”, which is really used as a PR tactic to create the appearance of “giving back to the community”. Real charity doesn’t need cameras to document it, bozos.

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    Advice to Management

    They say that even as the Titanic sank, the band stayed and played on even as death was imminent. Well, Michael Polk is the band leader for this sinking ship. Selling off other companies is a band-aid when a tourniquet is really needed to stop the bleeding. Run, don’t walk, towards the exits.

    Newell Brands2018-08-18
  10. Helpful (18)

    "R & D"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Newell Brands full-time

    Pros

    Fun products that you see on store shelves everywhere.

    Cons

    Most oppressive culture that I have ever experienced, propagated by the highest levels of management. Imagine not having the "tools" needed to do your job, having unrealistic cost and schedule expectations and being beaten for your continuous failure, without pause. Envision being regularly verbally attacked by upper management in front of crowds of 20+ people for results that you have little or no influence on. No... one under the level of VP is permitted to make a single independent decision, down to the smallest minutiae. Meanwhile the stock is tanking as the rest of the market sees continuous growth.

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    Advice to Management

    Throw Mike Polk to the wolves!

    Newell Brands2018-07-31
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