Smith & Wesson Holding

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Updated January 12, 2015
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  1. Amazing life experience.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Smith & Wesson Holding

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

    Pros

    Working with some of the brightest and passionate people in the business

    Cons

    None for me but some people can't handle the office politics.

  2. Helpful (1)

    World Class Brand - Chasing Share Value

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    Former Employee - Marketing Department in Springfield, MA
    Former Employee - Marketing Department in Springfield, MA

    I worked at Smith & Wesson Holding full-time (more than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    S&W is one of the most iconic brands in existence today. A long and storied past, S&W exudes the cool factor from the moment you enter the fortresses front gate. As a public company S&W offers a very competitive compensation package for senior managers offering a full suite of normal benefits plus 401k match, profit sharing, and shareholder equity opportunities. A solid environment if you're ok with the far right views of the gun trade. Laser beam focus on increasing shareholder equity provides easy insight into what it will be like working for this company. There's a top notch employee Shooting Sport Center and work life balance is good. Time off is encouraged within HR guidelines.

    Cons

    The tight cultural environment makes it tough to fit in if you are an industry outsider. If you're not pro-gun, don't bother. Young CEO is tough and aggressive. Dives in and out of micro management mode across all departments. Will shift gears on a dime and has no problem with slash and burn tactics to meet financial goals. Has built a team of executive minions around him that have learned to say what he wants to hear. Creativity is lacking because of that. Laser beam focus on share price means same for operations and marketing with only the largest segments the market considered with minimal concern for historical brand or breadth of line strength. Sales staff is very knowledgable but sales lead lacks creativity. Barriers between departments are thick and need to be navigated carefully… politics get really interesting here. You'll need to be on your toes constantly to assure your on the right side of the inner circle.

    Advice to Management

    Executive management needs to clearly define multi-year plans that embraces more than just top line financial goals. Senior and mid level management needs to work in unison "across the isle" to build strategies that deliver on those plans. There is incredible talent and fierce dedication inside the walls at S&W - barriers between departments must be eliminated for the company to reach it's fullest potential. In order for that to happen you need to lead by example.

  3. Helpful (3)

    On a steady decline since the early 2000's

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    Current Employee - Office Worker in Springfield, MA
    Current Employee - Office Worker in Springfield, MA

    I have been working at Smith & Wesson Holding full-time (more than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    You get a good discount on the guns so if you enjoy firearms it's nice. The pay is above average which is by design to outweigh the long list of cons. A lot of the low level teams are filled with great people. It sounds cool to outsiders when you say you work at Smith & Wesson. You will be challenged constantly to do more with less, to focus on meeting goals that are nearly impossible and this will make you a better worker. It will also make you entirely drained at the end of the day.

    Cons

    Leadership is either non existent or clueless depending on work area. The company continues to make changes that severely hurt morale. There is no room for advancement in the company through hard work, anyone who tells you otherwise is lying. If you're the son of one of the higher ups the last sentence does not apply, you can get a job that is several leagues above you as a 'trial'. Constant favoritism towards the front office, you're encouraged to not accept gifts unless your title has 2 or 3 fancy letters in it in which case the sky is the limit.

    The company only values the stock price and that is all you will hear about regardless of what department you work in. You will be brow beaten and berated to do everything in your power to meet financial goals to make the stock price go higher. Your reward for hard work will be a standard cost of living raise and a short reprieve before the next quarter / fiscal end.

    Office culture is a lot of ineffective middle managers and a lot of frustrated workers beneath them. Almost everyone has a very dire view of the company as a whole, from the ever changing internal politics to the business decisions to the products being released that no one asked for. A lot of the blind leading the blind. Truly a dire place.

    Slow adoption of new technology. Everything is done manual because the current 'new' system isn't flexible. Not surprising that a company run by old white men who barely know how to use a cell phone would be so clueless about adopting technology that could dig them out of the informational holes they're in.

    Advice to Management

    Stop pretending you have leadership when you don't. Spend more time and money on professional development for everyone management level and above and less money on fancy hunts. Address the ongoing decline in morale and admit that Smith & Wesson has a problem. You're 2 years from this posting to have a nice big casino open up in your backyard and if you don't turn the tide now you're going to lose every intelligent and driven worker you have in the offices. Get HR to stop muddying the work area with policy after policy that says 'we don't value you'. And for the love of god fire some people who deserve it for a change, you have had the same people working the same positions that they are clueless in for 10+ years that is why nothing ever changes.

    Look at the culture of other top business in your community and ask yourself what do they do that makes people want to work for them. Look at LEGO and see what they're doing that makes them so hard to get into. All you're doing right now is fostering a work environment that nobody wants to be a part of but can't financially walk away from. All you're getting from that are people who are only doing the bare minimum so that they don't get fired.

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  5. Helpful (2)

    Heaven for gun nuts - otherwise, move on...

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Springfield, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Springfield, MA

    I have been working at Smith & Wesson Holding full-time (more than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Successful company. Pretty good pay. Interesting product to work on. Great discount on guns and gun safety classes.

    Cons

    Very little to no opportunity for advancement unless you have some kind of special relationship with your manager. The engineering department is the most dreary and bleak looking space to work in. Hourly employees are treated like second class citizens sometimes and are watched and scolded constantly for not being at their desk, being on break too long (there are no real breaks except your 30 minute lunch). Very inflexible hours. You're going to work 8 hours when they want you to, or else you're going to get fired. Forget about flex time... It doesn't exist here. A lot of elitist, arrogant people inhabit this place. All of the product engineers look down on everyone else, and management is just as bad. Even the team leaders lack a basic understanding of respect it seems to me.

    Advice to Management

    Where to start... Give your employees room to grow. Loosen up. You can't micromanage professionals. You can try, but you're just going to produce bitter employees who give you the bare minimum. Don't treat people like children. Inspire them... that's the role of a leader.

  6. Helpful (2)

    Money grubbing, corner cutting, people-using hell hole.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Smith & Wesson Holding full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    If you are an over-paid consultant who happens to be a personal friend of a member of the vast senior management team, this is an awesome place to send your invoices.

    Cons

    Elitist management, uninvolved with the 1,000 employees that work beyond their glass door offices. Arbitrary hiring processes, little interest in promoting through the ranks, all in all a toxic environment.

    Advice to Management

    There is a lot of senior management and they all love each other. They know how things are but they just don't care because they are getting rich.

  7. Helpful (2)

    Hell-Hole

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Springfield, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Springfield, MA

    I worked at Smith & Wesson Holding full-time (more than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Factor workers are very friendly, pleasant. Some long-term employees care greatly about the brand and the company.

    Cons

    toxic! Only for the most blindly rabid male NRA gun nuts and even then the atmosphere will bring them to an early grave. Total disregard for employees well-being. Extreme cronyism. Lying, backstabbing employees get rewarded, hard working talented employees get booted.

    Advice to Management

    you are the problem. don't wallpaper it, fix it.

  8. Helpful (2)

    Was not completely pleasant

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    Former Employee - Training and Organizational Manager in Springfield, MA
    Former Employee - Training and Organizational Manager in Springfield, MA

    I worked at Smith & Wesson Holding full-time (more than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The people in manufacturing are great to work with

    Cons

    It is a hard place to initiate change

    Advice to Management

    Need to support the people you work with and be honest

  9. Helpful (2)

    Outstanding

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Smith & Wesson Holding full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    #1 Globe 100 listing - great leadership - iconic brand - great people - solid product

    Cons

    not enough hours in a day to work here - love it!!

  10. Lots of Money with little talent

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Franklin, TN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Franklin, TN

    I worked at Smith & Wesson Holding full-time (more than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great gun discount with above average pay. Having the SW name was a great benefit when talking to people in the community.

    Cons

    Too structured for any normal person. Corporate enviroment to a T. Senior Level management understood business but mid-level was off the charts clueless.

    Advice to Management

    Just keep throwing money at it.

  11. good

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Smith & Wesson Holding

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great people work there and

    Cons

    Travel can be frequent and tiresome

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