Spectrum Brands

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Spectrum Brands Reviews

Updated December 14, 2014
Updated December 14, 2014
60 Reviews
2.8
60 Reviews
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Spectrum Brands CEO David R. Lumley
David R. Lumley
36 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Generally good work/life balance (can be challenging in "crunch times") (in 4 reviews)

  • excellent work environment with fabulous management team (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance can be a challenge if you let it; no one is going to make you go home (in 5 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    Good experience.

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    Former Employee - TSR
    Former Employee - TSR

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

    Pros

    Field sales offered autonomy and an enjoyable work environment.

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Intern (Trade Marketing)

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    Current Employee - Trade Marketing Intern in Madison, WI
    Current Employee - Trade Marketing Intern in Madison, WI

    I have been working at Spectrum Brands

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Provide more responsibilities to interns.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Not a place I would recommend to anyone, regardless of occupation.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Nice people, seems like a nice place to work, but not much room for career development.

    Cons

    Terrible benefits, everyone is underpaid, based on whom I spoke with so far, spectrum is owned by a hedge fund, so financials are really important, or there will be consequences. Many people come and leave and much knowledge is lost when those people leave. The problem is that they are good at hiring great people, but very bad at retaining them. In addition, they are very bad at letting poor performers go. Finally, kiss your personal life good by, because you are expected to stay long hours, and work at home, otherwise, you're seen as an under performer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think about the people that make your financials happen

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Never a dull moment ...

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Spectrum Brands full-time

    Pros

    Worked with some great people.

    Cons

    No cons to note here

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Good company to work for, bottle neck for promotion.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Market Sales Coordinator in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Market Sales Coordinator in Dallas, TX

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

    Pros

    If you perform as is expected you get left alone to do your job. In the lawn and garden division of the company you are expected to work on weekends because of the seasonality of the business. Lots of down time in the colder months although they keep you busy in other large retail (big box) accounts taking care of other products that the company carries such as Rayovac products and Remington products.

    Cons

    If you are wanting to move up the promotion ladder in Field sales you will have a very long wait! There is a narrow bottle neck for promotion as many employees (although very loyal and great people) have been there for years. If your personality and face fits here you can do well. Way too much tracking! Tended to spend more time explaining on tablet what you had accomplished than actually doing it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get out and visit your team. They are the ones making it happen, set a good example.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Hard work that paid off

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    • 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)

    Pros

    Friendly atmosphere with lots to do

    Cons

    Long hours, faced paced, starter job

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider discussing company values

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    No job security, appreciation, or loyalty. Clueless management.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing in Lake Forest, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing in Lake Forest, CA

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

    Pros

    All of the "pros" have been abandoned due to so many acquisitions. Company once had a successful history.

    Cons

    Good old boy system of promoting managers. No loyalty or appreciation for years of hard work, service, and increased territory size. Company will resort to "underhanded" HR practices of disciplining employees without even contacting the employee relying solely on a manager's words. Management managed on fear tactics as opposed to edifying and encouraging employees. Had so many managers in a short period of time that didn't know anything about their division that employees were left without resources to answer questions. Customer service was "temped out", thereby causing long term customers to simply give up calling. Way too many "chiefs" pulling large salaries while cutting back on all of the pay structure for those that were actually bringing in the money. Corporate management would "create" jobs for those they felt like were "owed" a favor. Corporate management was clueless and even "deaf" to how the competition was eroding market share. Very slow to respond to any competitive intelligence. Actually launched a program aimed at a competitor requiring the sales force to wear "Duck Dynasty" dime store, elastic beards! How is this professional???

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Future managers need to work in/and perform all job functions of the specific field in which they are to manage at least 2 years before being promoted to manage over those with multiple years of direct experience. Peel back the 'layers' of unnecessary managers and compensate those that actually bring in the money and are the face of the company in front of the account base. CEO needs briefed and a better understanding of what actually is happening in the different divisions under his watch. Eliminate "puppet" positions which do not benefit the business.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Tough environment, but can learn a lot about the Value angle of CPG world.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Manager
    Former Employee - Account Manager

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

    Pros

    Company really good at being value player in CPG. Willing to be aggressive to win new business. Willing to invest to win new business. Continues to work to stay ahead of competition in pricing and innovation/performance. Knows their competition very well and keeps in touch with the market changes.

    Cons

    Very aggressive with personnel. Willing to make changes very quickly in both hiring and firing. Can create a feeling of instability in employees. Not afraid to broadcast internally the aggressive nature with which they handle personnel. Can tend to be too aggressive with product and pricing programs that are not sustainable in the long term.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get to know your people better to understand what motivates them versus what intimidates them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    HHI - Many talented people working for an organization where some senior leaders fail to live up to their own standards

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lake Forest, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lake Forest, CA

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

    Pros

    Working alongside talented colleagues, and passionate people with deep product knowledge. Some experienced, driven, smart, and ethical managers.

    Cons

    Deep lack of respect from engineering upper management in leadership roles.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Most leaders in the organization abide by HHI's culture to "DEMONSTRATE UNYIELDING INTEGRITY & RESPECT" but when it comes down to it and the pressure is on, this simply becomes another theory, failing to put it into practice when it maters most.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Spectrum Brands

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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