Spectrum Brands Reviews

Updated March 23, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Intern-hourly

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Hourly Intern in Madison, WI
    Former Employee - Hourly Intern in Madison, WI

    I worked at Spectrum Brands

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good company to start in. The team was very accommodating and great to work with. My manager allowed me the freedom to work independently but was also very helpful when I needed help.

    Cons

    The biggest Con to working at Spectrum Brands was the low rate of pay for interns. Personally, I was only making $12 an hour for a position that would yield close to $20 at an another company. However, I did lack the on job experience at the time.

  2. Good brands, good people,

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Territory Manager in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Territory Manager in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Spectrum Brands full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    I work with some of the best people in the industry and have really been able to grow professionally.

    Cons

    The business itself can sometimes be reduced to almost a commodity due to import brands in the market

    Advice to Management

    People are the life of this business and the relationships they build make the difference. Take care of your most valuable asset!

  3. Good experience.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - TSR
    Former Employee - TSR

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Field sales offered autonomy and an enjoyable work environment.

    Cons

    Pay was fairly low but it was an entry level sales position.

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  5. Hard work that paid off

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Trade Marketing Analyst in Madison, WI
    Former Employee - Trade Marketing Analyst in Madison, WI

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Friendly atmosphere with lots to do

    Cons

    Long hours, faced paced, starter job

    Advice to Management

    Consider discussing company values

  6. Good company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Intern in Madison, WI
    Former Intern - Intern in Madison, WI

    I worked at Spectrum Brands as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good work environment. Friendly people. Solid benefits and pay

    Cons

    Restructuring the company, could mean less job security.

  7. Great place to work

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

    I have been working at Spectrum Brands

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Everyone working here is extremely pleasant to work with. This is a company that seems to care about it's employees.

    Cons

    Growth is limited unless you come in with lots of experience. This might not be true for all fields, but it seems to be true of the one I'm in.

  8. Good place to work if you take initiative and adapt to change

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Madison, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Madison, WI

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Always something new, never boring.
    Good deal of freedom as long as you get the job done.
    Co-workers are generally interesting and talented (some exceptions, as with any company)
    Good experience, you can learn as much as you want to learn and there are usually opportunities to expand your knowledge.
    If you work hard you will be rewarded.
    Generally competitive salary.
    Generally good work/life balance (can be challenging in "crunch times")

    Cons

    Communication within the organization is challenged, many departments do not take time to understand the business as a whole, leading to a silo effect.
    Its a large company with no announcements when people join or leave, and no information provided about who does what, subject matter experts, etc.
    Company is often slow to reward taking upon additional responsibilities and expanding your knowledge.
    Benefits do not recognize same-sex couples, even if they have a registered domestic partnership (WI)

    Advice to Management

    Invest in some company-wide training programs to begin standardizing best practices.
    Recognize high achievers faster.
    Provide benefit programs that are fair to all employees.

  9. Casual working environment

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Trade Marketing Analyst in Madison, WI
    Former Intern - Trade Marketing Analyst in Madison, WI

    I worked at Spectrum Brands as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I had a good work life balance

    Cons

    Little vertical movement within the organization.

    Advice to Management

    Less micromanagement

  10. Lots of Opportunity

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Madison, WI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Madison, WI

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

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Spectrum is always trying to improve, and it offers generous financial incentives to staff members who help it reach its objectives. Lots of opportunity for talented employees who prove themselves to move up in the ranks. In addition, the constant change and improvement initiatives provide great experience for employees who embrace them.

    Cons

    Like most corporations, Spectrum is focused on improving profits, and if that means downsizing the workforce it will do so. The company can be very focused on quarterly results, sometimes sacrificing its long-term good to hit short-term goals.

  11. Great day-to-day work experience at the WHQ

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Madison, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Madison, WI

    I have been working at Spectrum Brands full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great work-life balance
    Good bonus structure
    realistic day-to-day expectations
    great people to work with

    Cons

    lack of planning and alignment on major programs
    no growth/vision plan for my department
    development program implementation was erratic and poorly scheduled
    product prioritization dependent on whims of middle management

    Advice to Management

    Please plan contingencies for development schedules.
    Implement overall marketing vision instead of relying on reaction/ impulse for product direction

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