Spectrum Brands Reviews

Updated July 20, 2015
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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 (1)

    Loyalty?! Never heard...

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Middleton, WI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Middleton, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Fast paced, busy environment. If you like challenge and working overtime - it is the place. People are nice, company store is a good addition.

    Cons

    if you are looking to move to a new location, give up your current job for a slight increase in pay or the prestige of working in a global company....think twice! Because they WILL NOT! When it comes to getting rid of you. They won't even tell you why. HR knowledge of their job is very poor, handling it is even worse. My opinion isn't based on my experience only, the way they handle their responsibilities isn't the way a global company should. Like someone leaving the company once told me "Glad to get out of here, otherwise I'd always be looking out for backstabbers". Couldn't agree more and would never recommend this place or use their product.

    Advice to Management

    Your HR department is the face of your company. A very poor representation.


  2. Helpful (1)

    HR

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Loved the location. Good products. Lots of opportunities for people.

    Cons

    Not always employee friendly. Company wasn't always forward thinking (operated quarter to quarter).


  3. Master Scheduler

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    Former Employee - Master Scheduler in Madison, WI
    Former Employee - Master Scheduler in Madison, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Nice workplace in Madison Wisconsin

    Cons

    Micro managed. Do it their way or get out.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    FInancial Analyst

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Laid back office, nice co-coworkers, casual attire

    Cons

    constant reorganization and layoffs which creates a negative culture.

    Advice to Management

    stop the constant reorganization and focus on building a stronger company


  6. Helpful (1)

    Baptism by fire type of environment..

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    Former Employee - Specialist in Madison, WI
    Former Employee - Specialist in Madison, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    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.


  7. Helpful (3)

    The real model growth through acquisition, close doors to "save" money, and then acquire more to cover losses

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It's hit or miss, but depending on the job you hold you might be compensated fairly well.

    Cons

    Yet another company in corporate America that grows by acquiring other companies ,gutting them, shutting doors and letting people go, and spending more money than was saved to move the jobs elsewhere. No time to focus on good service or improvements because the teams are so lean that you're lucky to accomplish the day to day.

    Advice to Management

    "Lean" teams MIGHT show short term profits, but when service slips and improvement opportunities are missed because people are just trying to stay afloat, don't expect well supported growth; instead expect burnout and higher turnover.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Opportunities, if you're willing to accept a lower than market wage

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Management in certain divisions is top notch, and depending on department there are some great mangers who will give you the room to develop and grow. There are opportunities for advancement as long as your willing to step outside your comfort zone, whether it is location or function. Started out offering 10 personal days and 14 vacation days ; have since reduced the number of personal days though. Overall work-life balance is fairly good depending on your department, typical expectation is 8-5.

    Cons

    Significantly below market pay; if you start out at an entry level position with low pay and advance up, HR policies dictate they can only raise your pay by such a percent, hence you will quickly get stuck accepting significantly below market pay if you want to advance. Minimal willingness to invest in their employees in terms of continuing education and their tuition reimbursement program is sub-par at best. Depending on your division, overall culture is extremely lacking, some divisions attempt to create a culture however corporate usually finds a way to negate any gains made.

    Advice to Management

    Change your antiquated HR policies; as the economy and employment starts to recover you may be in for an awakening on your compensation and the caliber of employees it will attract and retain


  9. Helpful (1)

    Young professionals are treated as a value to this company, not as assets.

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    Current Employee - Associate National Account Manager
    Current Employee - Associate National Account Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Spectrum Brands full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Opportunity to take full control of your day to day work with little management. A lot of exposure to an overwhelming amount of business functions. Easy to get along with most people.

    Cons

    Compensation is terrible and constantly complained about on a corporate scale. Far below national average across all sales & marketing roles. Incentive plan seems attractive but will set you up for failure due to lack of support. Impossible to fully execute on business opportunities. Extremely fatigued morale and the opportunities for growth are unrealistic. Common theme of "being spread too thin". Lean organizational structure.

    Advice to Management

    Either inflate the compensation budgeting otherwise the only thing getting inflated will be life boats for this company.


  10. Helpful (2)

    Not the best place to build a career

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Middleton, WI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Middleton, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Spectrum Brands (More than a year)

    Pros

    People were generally nice and helpful. Expectations were clear. The company is flexible with work schedule and needing time off. Received a $500 holiday bonus.

    Cons

    Gross under compensation for position. Company used college-educated temps to cover extra workload rather than hiring regular employees. Everything was about cost-savings. No holiday pay or vacation time. No upward mobility. In general things are tight as the company is just getting back on its feet after bankruptcy. Everyone was on edge as upper-management was constantly shuffling and people were losing their jobs.

    Advice to Management

    If you want to retain the best talent, you have to compensate them fairly.


  11. It used to be great, now it's just ... a job

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lake Forest, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lake Forest, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Spectrum Brands full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    You get to work and associate with some very bright people. Pretty good culture, although it has gradually deteriorated in recent years.

    Cons

    It seems that schedules and timelines are more important than quality. You get penalized for missing a date but not when you are responsible for a major screw-up and product recall. Unless, of course, you don't make the schedule.

    Advice to Management

    Experience cannot be taught, only earned. Appreciate and cherish your experienced older employees, they are well worth it. Do you realize the value of having employees retiring from your company? When was the last time that a retirement event was held at the Lake Forest facility? When will the next one be? Not any time soon for sure.



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