Prestige Brands

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Prestige Brands Reviews

Updated October 26, 2014
Updated October 26, 2014
7 Reviews
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7 Reviews
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Prestige Brands President, CEO, and Director Matthew M. (Matt) Mannelly
Matthew M. (Matt) Mannelly
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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Entrepreneurial but can be brutal

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Brand Management in Tarrytown, NY
    Current Employee - Brand Management in Tarrytown, NY

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

    Pros

    This is a small company with a fast-paced, entrepreneurial culture. There isn't much bureaucracy or process. The lack of process can admittedly be a positive or negative, depending upon your view. If you're entrepreneurial by nature then you generally enjoy finding your way from point a to b on your own based on your own experience. The culture at Prestige enables that. At prestige you have direct access to senior management. The CEO regularly wanders the office and chats with employees and it's not unusual to present to the CEO and upper management once or twice a week. The also company moved approximately 2 years ago to some nice, modern, open office space (though the building itself is slightly older.) The company has made several acquisitions within a 3 year time frame and continues to look for additional opportunities to expand.

    Cons

    The atmosphere can feel cut-throat / every-man-for-themselves. I am more used to environments where major differences are aligned outside meetings with senior management. Here that is not the norm. I've seen dirty laundry aired in what I considered inappropriate environments. It's not unusual for people to get thrown under the bus at Prestige and, as a result, employees have developed a CYA culture which can result in disputes that get aired in the public eye. With few exceptions, management does nothing to discourage this environment. With such a small management team, you have direct exposure to the bad eggs as well as the good.

    The company is in acquisition / growth mode. However, dispite the CEO's insistence to the contrary, the company does not invest significantly in the brands it has (in terms of marketing spend and other resources including people). The environment is focused on extracting the most that it can from limited resources which includes its employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on problems and solutions not people and positions. Choose strategic growth brands and invest as if they truly were strategic growth brands.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    No opportunity to use all your skills, let alone any chance for growth.

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

    I have been working at Prestige Brands full-time

    Pros

    Good Benefits and vacation time

    Cons

    Management lack of interaction with employees.
    People constantly leaving the place, revolving door.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Favoritism and Cronyism rules the roost 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 Prestige Brands full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Company is entrepreneurial, less bureaucratic - can be good and bad depends how you look at it. Company conducts periodic events for its employees. Leadership, Trust and Change are its primary slogan. This more of a lip service and the upper management does not walk the talk.

    Cons

    Favoritism and Cronyism is deeply entrenched here, starting from C-level execs to mid ones. Good employees or most of the old timers are rewarded with more work, and are simply expected to do a great job, while sub-par or most of the new hires are praised for simply doing their jobs.
    When good workers see people who do not contribute much as they do or they see schmoozers/extroverts who do little but socialize a lot land positions they don't deserve, it's much like a slap in the face. Especially when those workers are busting their rear, not taking vacation, rallying the team and exceeding expectations, the last thing they want to see is some Joe Doe or Sue "eye candy" just waltz in and take a senior position, one they are clearly not qualified to do. You have to expect good employees will leave if you decide to hire your best friends who has no idea what the heck they are doing, and then you have the audacity to put them in a leadership position over experienced workers. Hiring and Promotion for favoritism is a major way to alienate good workers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Walk the Talk. Favoritism is a no way to a lead a good team. Pay should commensurate with wisdom and experience.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Wants change, but won't change

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales
    Former Employee - Sales

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

    Pros

    Good pay, decent hours, lots of insight into everything that's going on. You work closely with people.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, that's all there is. This can be a pretty cutthroat environment; as in if you put something together for someone else and you're not there to defend your work, you get "tossed under the bus" so to speak. There's a lack of ownership, especially when presenting to senior leadership. There's also a layer of fear in the culture, that at any moment, you could be fired. I have seen people let go because they couldn't handle the work load, even after asking for help.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I know it's a culture of leaders and change, but in order for change and leadership to occur, the management team needs to back off. Empower employees to do what they know best. I get it that there are certain priorities that need to be met, but taking away their ability to get the job done, takes away from the sense of being a leader or ownership.
    Individual groups need to stop being protected and allow open and honest dialogue instead of constantly running to senior leadership to complain.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Prestige Brands is an integrated company that invests in building employee potential

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Brand Management Intern in Irvington, NJ
    Former Employee - Brand Management Intern in Irvington, NJ

    I worked at Prestige Brands as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Company provides opportunities to learn, excel, and grow. Tight-knit corporate environment. Integrated business climate enables employee exposure to various departments and functions.

    Cons

    No negatives come to mind.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue brand acquisitions and innovation management strategies.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Anonimous

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvington, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvington, NY

    I have been working at Prestige Brands

    Pros

    Small and challenging place. Great challenging opportunities

    Cons

    Few opportunities for professional growth and advancement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to delegate more and think on how to motive employees

    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Demanding environment, limited resources, high expectations, little management understanding or compassion.

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

    I have been working at Prestige Brands

    Pros

    If you are passionate about OTC products, the business philosophy could be compelling. The company is fairly enterprenuial. Core principles include: Trust, Leadership and Change.

    Cons

    There is very little infrastructure. The culture is extremely fractious. New people have created a much more demanding culture. There is very little help and expectations are high. Poor work life balance with very little appreciation from management. The environment is such that people are very quick to point out mistakes, but very unhelpful when it comes to identifying solutions. Highly critical environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need to show that you actually show a vested interest in the development of your employees. Be supportive rather than critical of your employees. Morale is low and you do very little to support your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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