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Pros
  • work/life balance is great, working from home is encouraged in some departments (in 47 reviews)

  • Great people to work with and can develop lasting friendships with colleagues (in 40 reviews)

Cons
  • Lack of communication and no work life balance (in 30 reviews)

  • A lot of upper management changes (in 25 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Supply Planner"

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    Current Employee - Supply Planner in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Supply Planner in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    flexible working time. Can work at home

    Cons

    Turn over rate is so high. Moving to new building that do not have Gym

    Newell Rubbermaid Response

    Sep 30, 2016 – Talent Acquisition Systems and Operations Analyst

    Thank you for your review.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Transportation & Distribution Lead"

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    Current Employee - Operations Lead- Transportation/Distribution in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Operations Lead- Transportation/Distribution in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits in reference to purchases, 401K

    Cons

    No work life balance, work many 12hr shifts with late notice, and weekends also. Can work 14 days straight, no days off.

    Newell Rubbermaid Response

    Jul 25, 2016 – Talent Acquisition Systems and Operations Analyst

    Thank you for your review.

  3. Helpful (7)

    "facilities coordinator"

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    Former Employee - Facilities Coordinator in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Facilities Coordinator in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    nice cafeteria, great facility. parking deck on site and great technology within the facility for the various GBU's to utilize.

    Cons

    Environment can be stuffy at times, Communication from upper management can be confusing and misleading.

    Advice to Management

    try to be more transparent. stop shuffling people from various states to HQ as it is not cost effective if they won't get training to survive the constant changes.

    Newell Rubbermaid Response

    May 16, 2016 – Talent Acquisition Systems and Operations Analyst

    Thank you for your review.


  4. Helpful (22)

    "Run!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good location - in the heart of Sandy Springs
    Decent Benefits

    Cons

    - Inexperienced management - they either have been at Newell their whole life and are stuck in their way of thinking, or they come in from the outside and are gone within the year.
    - Results driven culture - the company does not care about it's people. Every decision made is to please shareholders; this backfires because a lot of employees are not driven for results
    - Inconsistent policies - Don't believe in "Newell Flex" if you are offered a job. I have been offered zero flexibility after being promised flexible work arrangements.
    - Secretive - layoffs, organization changes, etc. are sprung on people out of no where. People who have been with the company for 20+ years could lose their job overnight, and there is no remorse for the employee
    - Long hours - too few people doing core jobs (i.e. finance) and too many people doing bogus jobs
    - No culture, whatsoever

    I can't even imagine how bad things will get following the Jarden acquisition.

    Advice to Management

    Start actually investing in your employees; every company that does sees how rewarding it is.

    Newell Rubbermaid Response

    Jan 27, 2016 – Talent Brand Manager

    Thank you for your review.


  5. Helpful (14)

    "Good resume builder...but not worth it"

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    Current Employee - Brand Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Brand Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good, recognizable brands. Decent salary and some flexibility...but you have to be "on" 24/7. Company store has good discounts on the brands so that's a plus.

    Cons

    When I first joined the company I was excited, but when thrown into my role with no onboarding, I should have known. I came from "the outside" and can quickly see people that have been here forever are just brainwashed talking-heads for leadership. Decisions are made based on what we think will get "approved". There is so much angst across teams. Culture full of anxiety, no work life balance, and fear of the next big change that could affect your job. The Newell Way and Growth Game Plan make me roll my eyes.

    Advice to Management

    Realize you have to empower people to get your glorified growth. We're not mindless worker bees or chess pieces to move around where you see fit.

    Newell Rubbermaid Response

    Jan 27, 2016 – Talent Brand Manager

    Thank you for your review. We are always open to feedback and encourage you to share your ideas for improvement with us. Please email: employee.engagement@newellco.com


  6. Helpful (11)

    "Beware: Good Pay, Resume Builder, Short-sighted, Frantic and Temperamental Culture"

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    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Newell Rubbermaid full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Depending on experience the compensation is above the average. Solid bonus structure. You will get a depth of experience in a specialization. The name plate is a good resume builder and a decent place to start a career if you prefer a routine task based work environment. The on campus amenities of the building such as a gym, café and company store are almost second to none…though I’ve been told this is changing soon.

    Cons

    Thoughts of working here for the long haul slowly diminished over the past two years. Work life balance became flaky due to expectations of always being available. Get ready to be in the dark. You’ll find yourself often flying blind and will find it challenging to know expectations or find them held back. Planning and decision making is often short-sighted and made on temperament and wants of “the fad of the week” instead of what’s sustainable making an ever increasingly political, formal, micromanaging and tense working environment. The company does advertise a number of perks such as flextime, working from home, conferences, internal learning, mentoring and even a recreational ping-pong table. Realistically, you’ll find a challenge taking advantage of these and even so the action itself an act of courage or when trying to embrace anything that takes you away from your desk.

    Advice to Management

    Stop the hypocrisy! There’s something to be said for the GGP and the new “I want to work here” culture that’s almost admirable. But at the end of the day within the business units it become just a piece of paper with words when it gets in the way of the status quo and perceived entitlement. Intimidation and scrapping processes of diligence then becomes common to meet fast “I want it now” expectations. Be honest with yourselves with how things are being implemented. One look around and you’ll notice that a lot collaboration has been stifled to where you can hear a pin drop and a lot of benefits/perks are becoming perceived as token.

    Newell Rubbermaid Response

    Jan 7, 2016 – Talent Brand Manager

    Thank you for your review.


  7. Helpful (11)

    "Unfortunate Demise of NR"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Newell Rubbermaid full-time

    Pros

    Some great and interesting products.
    Worked with some wonderful and very intelligent people. The only reason for a 2 star review.
    Nice facility with nice work space and cafeteria (although this is rapidly changing).
    Competitive compensation with good bonuses over the last few years

    Cons

    Culture is rapidly changing in a negative fashion. What was once a company filled with employees passionate about the organization is no longer.
    No work life balance due to the expectation that people will take on the job of two with little to no additional compensation.
    Cost cutting everywhere - the last years of success at Newell has been largely attributed to the non-stop cost cutting. It is a house of cards that will fall over when there are no more costs to cut.
    No respect for people - don't kid yourself, you are just a pawn in the Growth Game Plan. If you aren't needed, you will be gone without a bat of the eyelash. A resource is a resource and they are all replaceable.
    Perks are being eliminated - office space is being reduced, personal workspace virtually eliminated, cafeteria and store disappearing. Small things that motivate employees - gone.
    Incompetent leadership team that overly trivializes the problems that each division is facing. Easy to throw stones at the glass house.

    Advice to Management

    People are the single most important thing to a business. Without them, everyone fails. Start taking people seriously and truly invest in the organization rather than trying to find ways to squeeze every last ounce of life out of your employees. Engagement surveys are at all time lows but yet the leader of HR has done nothing to improve the issues raised by the employees. Don't trivialize problems and make analogies to much simpler problems without first trying to understand the problem. The good employees that you have left are leaving - largely due to the above.

    Newell Rubbermaid Response

    Sep 24, 2015 – Talent Brand Manager

    Thank you for your review. We appreciate the feedback.

  8. Helpful (11)

    "Vice President"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Career advancement opportunities for each employee. Company store savings on multiple products that are key brands within the portfolio line.

    Cons

    Work / life balance issues. The CEO and Executive Leadership team do not set a good example for all employees as they cut costs and continue to fly on the corporate jet.

    Advice to Management

    Take care of employees.

    Newell Rubbermaid Response

    Sep 24, 2015 – Talent Brand Manager

    Thank you for your review.


  9. "Order Picker"

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    Former Employee - Loading/Unloading in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Loading/Unloading in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Newell Rubbermaid (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great hours, plenty of overtime

    Cons

    Poor management, wrong people in management positions

    Newell Rubbermaid Response

    Jul 31, 2015 – Talent Brand Manager

    Thank you for your review.


  10. Helpful (6)

    "It depends on which organization you support - be wary"

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    Former Employee - IT Senior Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - IT Senior Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Newell Rubbermaid full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Atlanta office has great facilities and generally smart hard-working people. Sales, mktg, prod dev are king

    Cons

    Execs have no respect for people, crappy vacation policy, terrible performance mgmt process. Daily heroics expected, understaffed.

    Advice to Management

    Don't keep promoting people who don't treat their teams with respect or actually know how to manage a team. Your people are burned out too

    Newell Rubbermaid Response

    Jun 23, 2015 – Talent Brand Manager

    Thank you for your review.


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