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Newell Rubbermaid Reviews

Updated May 11, 2017
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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)

    "Great company to start your marketing career!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Assistant Brand Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Assistant Brand Manager in Atlanta, GA

    Pros

    Nice people, casual environment, opportunity to work in a lot of different industries, actually good work/life balance, it's a really exciting time to work there since there's lots of new brands and locations

    Cons

    Can be viewed as "bland corporate culture." The benefits are not unique, but still a solid place to work. HR can be too bound by rules

    Newell Rubbermaid Response

    Aug 24, 2016 – Talent Acquisition Systems and Operations Analyst

    Thank you for your review


  2. Helpful (18)

    "Completely Lacking In Leadership"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Graphic Designer in Kalamazoo, MI
    Current Employee - Senior Graphic Designer in Kalamazoo, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great design studio facility, absolutely world class. Co-workers are great and talented.

    Cons

    The SVP design is completely lacking in any semblance of leadership skills, will not make tough calls and avoids conflict like a preschooler. It is clear he got to where he is by being a 'yes man' and completely bending over to do whatever brand marketing wants. I can here because of the great work and foundation that had been put in place, but joining this organization has been a mistake. If you want to stagnate in your career, put out mediocre work, have endless company 'events' and take home a paycheck, this is the place for you. If you want to put out quality work and truly be more than a service to marketing, do not make the same mistake I did. The department is poorly led, everything is last minute and a rush job - EVERYTHING! Stop focusing on superficial feel good meetings and get a stronger leader in here.

    Advice to Management

    Bring in design leadership with a backbone and knows how to fight for strong design results and take design to a level where it is more than a service.

    Newell Rubbermaid Response

    Sep 1, 2016 – Talent Acquisition Systems and Operations Analyst

    Thank you for your review. We encourage you to share your feedback with your Human Resources Business Partner and/or internal channels.


  3. Helpful (12)

    "Not for me"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Packaging Engineer in Huntersville, NC
    Former Employee - Associate Packaging Engineer in Huntersville, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    -Great people (my co-workers pushed me to be my best)
    -Great brands (lots of interesting brands with great discounts)
    -Average 401K (4% match + RRSP (2-4% based on age and time with the company))
    -Potential for advancement (depending on the Jarden merger there could be major opportunities for advancement)
    -Brand control (Bosses allowed me lots of freedom in decision making)

    Cons

    -Low pay (Full-time associate packaging engineer starts at 55k +/- location, and raises are about 2% a year)
    -Overworked (Expect 50 hrs/ week and travel can vary from 0-80%, you may be out of country for weeks at a time)
    -No bonuses until Senior level
    -Major focus on marketing (Marketing received higher raises, bonuses at lower levels, and more advancement / international opportunities)
    -Slow advancement (must be part of the business for 2 years before considered for advancement, also must complete against co-workers (generally 2 internal advancements per year for ~50 people) unless other job postings are available)
    -All artwork must be approved by CMO (Results in delays to timelines and hits to my performance review)
    -Turn over (~20% of my co-workers have stayed in the 2 years I was there)
    -All about the shareholders (Newell is working hard to stay the darling of Wall Street at the loss of people and brand performance)

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to the huge amounts of turnover!
    Pay your people comparable wages!
    Let lower level management (Directors down) make decisions instead of only focusing on margins.

    Newell Rubbermaid Response

    Jul 25, 2016 – Talent Acquisition Systems and Operations Analyst

    Thank you for your review.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Transportation & Distribution Lead"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Newell Rubbermaid"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Newell Rubbermaid full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great people to work with who are intelligent and growth minded. Benefits are up to par and the company is growing through acquisitions and top line sales.

    Cons

    Business growth is outpacing growth of personnel. The culture subsequently is ever changing and expectations becoming increasingly more difficult to quantify.

    Newell Rubbermaid Response

    Jun 27, 2016 – Talent Acquisition Systems and Operations Analyst

    Thank you for your review.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Supply Planner/Buyer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Supply Planner in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Supply Planner in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Newell Rubbermaid (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    good work life balance
    they really care about their employees and developing talent. I especially enjoyed all of the work within the community, i.e. Habitat for Humanity among others.

    Cons

    Salary is not aligned with the market and there's too much turnover and layoffs

    Newell Rubbermaid Response

    Jun 20, 2016 – Talent Acquisition Systems and Operations Analyst

    Thank you for your review.


  8. Helpful (31)

    "Not the place to be"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Beautiful , modern NY office located in a great area. Pay and benefits are decent. Free soda and juice always available.

    Cons

    So upset that I accepted the job here. Don't make the same mistake I did. Beautiful, Union Square office. Unfortunately, the beauty of this company stops there.

    Departments are very segregated and no one knows who does what. Though this office is located in NY, 95% of the job requires you to work with employees outside of this office who don't want to work with you, don't answer emails or phone calls, and are very disrespectful.

    Upper management gives no strategic direction. Often given last minute tasks that you have to rely on other people to give you information to complete. Yes, the people who don't work in the office, who don't answer emails or calls.

    Office morale is low, required to keep your desk completely clean at all times, no paper, no personal items, only the white top is allowed, and your computer monitor has to be straight. Don't even think about getting caught with food at your desk!

    You're expected to be available by cell 24/7, to travel when they need, and to be in the office 9 hours a day, no exceptions. There are often work events that start as early as 8am you have to attend and evening outings you will receive criticism for not going to. Don't think about taking a day off or getting sick as this is frowned upon.

    Pay and benefits are decent but, this is New York. There are plenty of engaging, innovative, exciting companies you can work at that won't treat you like a preschooler.

    Newell Rubbermaid Response

    May 16, 2016 – Talent Acquisition Systems and Operations Analyst

    Thank you for your review. We encourage you to share your feedback for improvement with your Human Resources Business Partner.


  9. Helpful (10)

    "Run from this place."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Brand Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Senior Brand Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Newell Rubbermaid full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    People are great and the new building in Atlanta is beautiful.

    Cons

    Promotions are not based on merit but on friendship and alliances.
    Directors with limited experience outside the company.

    Advice to Management

    Some of your best employees are leaving and nobody cares.

    Newell Rubbermaid Response

    Jun 27, 2016 – Talent Acquisition Systems and Operations Analyst

    Thank you for your review.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Great products"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Newell Rubbermaid (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Working at Newell Rubbermaid was great. Awesome products that everyone is familiar with, and much improved focus on branding.

    Cons

    Communication was challenging at times, and could feel like operating in silos. This may have improved with the change in portfolio that has been happening the last few years.

    Advice to Management

    More focus on R&D and long term investment and less on wall street will help the company more in the long run.

    Newell Rubbermaid Response

    May 16, 2016 – Talent Acquisition Systems and Operations Analyst

    Thank you for your review.


  11. Helpful (7)

    "facilities coordinator"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


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