Spectrum Brands

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Spectrum Brands Reviews

Updated December 4, 2014
Updated December 4, 2014
60 Reviews
2.8
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Spectrum Brands CEO David R. Lumley
David R. Lumley
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Generally good work/life balance (can be challenging in "crunch times") (in 4 reviews)

  • excellent work environment with fabulous management team (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance can be a challenge if you let it; no one is going to make you go home (in 5 reviews)

  • Upper management staff seemed to not communicate vital information (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    Not a place I would recommend to anyone, regardless of occupation.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Spectrum Brands full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Nice people, seems like a nice place to work, but not much room for career development.

    Cons

    Terrible benefits, everyone is underpaid, based on whom I spoke with so far, spectrum is owned by a hedge fund, so financials are really important, or there will be consequences. Many people come and leave and much knowledge is lost when those people leave. The problem is that they are good at hiring great people, but very bad at retaining them. In addition, they are very bad at letting poor performers go. Finally, kiss your personal life good by, because you are expected to stay long hours, and work at home, otherwise, you're seen as an under performer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think about the people that make your financials happen

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    No job security, appreciation, or loyalty. Clueless management.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing in Lake Forest, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing in Lake Forest, CA

    I worked at Spectrum Brands full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    All of the "pros" have been abandoned due to so many acquisitions. Company once had a successful history.

    Cons

    Good old boy system of promoting managers. No loyalty or appreciation for years of hard work, service, and increased territory size. Company will resort to "underhanded" HR practices of disciplining employees without even contacting the employee relying solely on a manager's words. Management managed on fear tactics as opposed to edifying and encouraging employees. Had so many managers in a short period of time that didn't know anything about their division that employees were left without resources to answer questions. Customer service was "temped out", thereby causing long term customers to simply give up calling. Way too many "chiefs" pulling large salaries while cutting back on all of the pay structure for those that were actually bringing in the money. Corporate management would "create" jobs for those they felt like were "owed" a favor. Corporate management was clueless and even "deaf" to how the competition was eroding market share. Very slow to respond to any competitive intelligence. Actually launched a program aimed at a competitor requiring the sales force to wear "Duck Dynasty" dime store, elastic beards! How is this professional???

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Future managers need to work in/and perform all job functions of the specific field in which they are to manage at least 2 years before being promoted to manage over those with multiple years of direct experience. Peel back the 'layers' of unnecessary managers and compensate those that actually bring in the money and are the face of the company in front of the account base. CEO needs briefed and a better understanding of what actually is happening in the different divisions under his watch. Eliminate "puppet" positions which do not benefit the business.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Have no expectations

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Merchandising Associate in Lehigh Valley, PA
    Current Employee - Sales Merchandising Associate in Lehigh Valley, PA

    I have been working at Spectrum Brands full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    It's $14 bucks hr. For Lehigh valley that's fair but not competitive to Bayer and Scott's.

    Cons

    It's $14 an hr, for what you do everyday, climbing up and down ladders at Lowes and Homedepot at $0.22 cent a mile reimbursement it's way below industry standards. For instance Bayer gives you $18 an hr at $0.53 a mile. Also with this job you have to call in and out at the store, a real nag when you get in a working rhythm. No bonus at the end for your hard work and low ball mileage.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start at a competitive wage and offer a bonus if you want people to come back in March!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    United Pet Group Do Not Get A Job Here

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Spectrum Brands full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Nothing good about this company. Poor management. No training. High turnover.

    Cons

    Checks are wrong most of the time. You are expected to do more than what you were hired to do. If you complain you are punished

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a clue. Birdola is a lost cause.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Could be a great work environment

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Spectrum Brands

    Pros

    The challenge of the projects and day to day work will provide great opportunities to contribute to the organization. You will interact and have the opportunity to work with a variety of cross functional teams. Generally this is a very fast paced work environment.

    Cons

    There is no work/life balance, it's clear that leadership is not interested in the opinions of their employees or making it a good environment to work in. It's a very cut throat; people and their talents are not valued. Our division leaders say we should be putting the company needs before our families. That reason alone shows how out of touch they are with their employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward those that are both great at their work and treat you with respect. Stop valuing bullying. The amount of people to do certain projects are not enough to meet goals.

  7.  

    Don't work in the credit department

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Deduction Specialist
    Former Employee - Deduction Specialist

    I worked at Spectrum Brands full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    ability to move from credit department to other departments but you have to work in the credit department for a year.

    Cons

    The whole company does not value employees. Credit department has extremely high turn over because of the management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    hard working people and management have been fired but people that are known for their bad track records keep their jobs

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Working at Spectrum made me appreciate working anywhere else

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Field Sales
    Former Employee - Field Sales

    I worked at Spectrum Brands

    Pros

    - It is theoretically possible to triple bonus (if you meet a ton of requirements and they don't use the non-payout clause to keep it from you)
    - You do EVERYTHING....not just your job, giving you lots of different experience

    Cons

    - Management is very short-sighted and not open to discussion/feedback
    - Nowhere to go....be happy with your first position because there most likely won't be any promotions
    - Culture of fear, all the way to the top. There wasn't a time that the CEO spoke where he didn't threaten to fire everyone or talk about all of the people he has fired
    - The first thought whenever management isn't happy is who to fire. At many points of time, everyone on the team will be a possible target for termination regardless of performance. And there will never be any sort of conversation/feedback on opportunity areas.
    - You will never do enough, even when you have big wins. You can double sales, but management will want to know why you didn't quadruple them.
    - You can't ever tell the truth because it's not what management wants to hear.
    - Be prepared for constant fire drills, most of which make no sense and just create a ton of extra work for no reason
    - No work/life balance. You are expected to work on holidays, vacation, nights, weekends, etc.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your people. They were hired in to do a job, let them do it. Sometimes they actually have good ideas/know what they are talking about.

    Doesn't Recommend

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