Spectrum Brands Reviews

Updated June 14, 2015
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Spectrum Brands CEO Andreas Rouvé
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Pros
  • Generally good work/life balance (can be challenging in "crunch times") (in 4 reviews)

  • Hard-driving work environment, constant change, need to work independently or as part of a team (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance can be an issue (in 5 reviews)

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

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  1. Helpful (2)

    Intern-hourly

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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. Master Scheduler

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

    I worked at Spectrum Brands full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Nice workplace in Madison Wisconsin

    Cons

    Micro managed. Do it their way or get out.


  3. Baptism by fire type of environment..

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Specialist in Madison, WI
    Former Employee - Specialist in Madison, WI

    I worked at Spectrum Brands full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Benefits are standard, salary is comparable to market, good employee sale events, gym on-site, new building and a good place to develop skills.

    Cons

    Proactive behavior is not encouraged, situations unfold so rapidly and very little time is spent to insure they are done correctly. Poor behavior of sales force is excused.

    Advice to Management

    For a company that runs lean it needs to focus on process implementation at business unit levels to promote efficiency and allow best practices to be utilized. Make efforts to retain and document knowledge to protect against high turnover.


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  5. Account Manager

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Madison, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Madison, WI

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

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

    Pros

    Good place to get experience

    Cons

    Salary could be better but good entry level pay


  6. Intern (Trade Marketing)

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Trade Marketing Intern in Madison, WI
    Current Employee - Trade Marketing Intern in Madison, WI

    I have been working at Spectrum Brands

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

    Pros

    Great internship program as a whole. They offer you ways to find permanent employment within the company.

    Cons

    A lot of downtime and minimal responsibilities.

    Advice to Management

    Provide more responsibilities to interns.


  7. Hard work that paid off

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  8. Good company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  9. Helpful (1)

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  10. Great at first, then micromanaged out.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Inside Sales/Account Manager in Madison, WI
    Former Employee - Inside Sales/Account Manager in Madison, WI

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

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

    Pros

    Friendly coworkers, decent hours, average pay.

    Cons

    The leadership is weak. Managers didn't have to work, they simply spied on sales reps and tattled to HR. HR department are just corporate cops; they are not there for "humans". Metrics don't measure revenue, just behavior.

    Advice to Management

    Don't quit. You've got a great gig!


  11. Great learning experience but overworked!

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Madison, WI
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Madison, WI

    I worked at Spectrum Brands full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Great pay if you can survive the hours. Pay for performance. If you deliver results, you get paid!

    Cons

    Work/life balance is a challenge. Too much chaos, constant restructuring and letting go of people. No security.

    Advice to Management

    Try to get some consistency. Organization that survives on Episodic Change. Would benefit their employees significantly if they strived to become a continuous change organization instead!



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