Smith & Wesson Holding

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Smith & Wesson Holding Reviews

Updated June 10, 2014
Updated June 10, 2014
8 Reviews
3.3
8 Reviews
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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

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  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 for more than 3 years

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

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

    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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  5.  

    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 for more than 10 years

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    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 for more than a year

    Pros

    The people in manufacturing are great to work with

    Cons

    It is a hard place to initiate change

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to support the people you work with and be honest

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Outstanding

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    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!!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8.  

    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 for more than a year

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Just keep throwing money at it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    good

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Smith & Wesson Holding

    Pros

    Great people work there and

    Cons

    Travel can be frequent and tiresome

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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