Spectrum Brands

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Spectrum Brands Reviews

Updated October 25, 2014
Updated October 25, 2014
56 Reviews
3.2
56 Reviews
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Spectrum Brands CEO David R. Lumley
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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.  

    Hard work that paid off

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    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
  2.  

    Never a dull moment ...

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  3.  

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

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    • 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
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  5.  

    Good company to work for, bottle neck for promotion.

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    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
  6.  

    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
  7.  

    Great place to work

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    • 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
  8.  

    Good company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Madison, WI
    Former Employee - Intern in Madison, WI

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

    Pros

    Good work environment. Friendly people. Solid benefits and pay

    Cons

    Restructuring the company, could mean less job security.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great at first, then micromanaged out.

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    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Great learning experience but overworked!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Madison, WI
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Madison, WI

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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