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Spectrum Brands Reviews

Updated May 27, 2017
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  1. "Great future ahead!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Madison, WI
    Current Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Madison, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Spectrum Brands (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Roll up your sleeves and leave your title at the door. Spectrum has a "get it done" attitude and the teams truly pull together to drive strategy, sales, and fix problems. Part of the culture is the great Madison area but Spectrum has shifted into growth mode creating tremendous opportunities for a long term career. From the CEO to the Senior Leadership team you feel plugged into the new energy and the acquisition strategy is exciting.

    Cons

    I wouldn't say con as much as opportunity. The new teams in place will help define the longer term strategy and continue to test and learn new ways to market at retail and online.


  2. "Exceptional Quality"

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    Current Employee - Electrical Engineering Technician in Vandalia, OH
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineering Technician in Vandalia, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Team work environment. You would love to working in this atmosphere that builds quality products.

    Cons

    You would not want to leave work.

    Advice to Management

    none


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Excellent place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineering Technician in Dayton, OH
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineering Technician in Dayton, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    They definitely do a good job of welcoming potential candidates and they make you feel right at home. Good working environment.

    Cons

    There are no downsides. Wonderful environment

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!!


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    "Mediocre even though they don't have to be (HHI Division)"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Middle Management in Lake Forest, CA
    Former Employee - Middle Management in Lake Forest, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Upbeat on the surface
    - Reasonably laid back culture with no micromanaging and frequent learning opportunities
    - Moderate tolerance for creative contribution and job ownership/growth
    - Great people by and large - hard working, friendly, positive. Kwikset and especially Kevo are amazing and pretty much carry the entire company on their shoulders (despite the pressures outlined below).

    Cons

    -Vision vacuum spurs fear-based leadership. After president/CEO left, management by popularity contest and "don't ruffle feathers" decision making kicked in. Fear of committing to a solid course of action has kept greatness at bay and locked in mediocrity.
    - Self preservation "trumps" all. Belief among top leaders that power comes from each other and not happy customers/investors sucks up too much time and effort. Energy spent on internal politics and staving off threats to power could push the company to new heights if channeled in the right direction. Sadly, incentive structure is not aligned with long term success.
    - Self-preservation except when that "self" isn't you. Sense of responsibility for employee well-being is lacking:. Foreign workers are routinely denied resources needed to perform their jobs yet are held to the same standard as domestic workers. Same thing with perks and benefits.

     [ethnocentrism + myopic focus on bonus -- vision = passive aggressive employee relations] Examples: 1. HR management practices that are behind the times and even behind conservative peer companies, 2. Brilliant, talented, highly-experienced engineers are forced to sit in Stanley national hardware designing $2 generic door stoppers, 3. Hold a market position of 3rd in almost every category but doesn't drive discontent, 4. HR/Senior team didn't call to check on a company-owned location with 600 employees located in the epicenter of a massive earthquake (Taiwan) or communicate their well-being to the broader company, 5.No senior visits to the Philippines although 1/3 of the entire company is based there and employee injuries occurred on a weekly basis, many serious - amputations, collisions with powered industrial trucks, 6. etc.

    Advice to Management

    Align senior team bonus with core values and long-term success. That said, be responsible humans and take ownership for non-bonus issues. Take the fact you have been entrusted to run a company to heart and focus more on performance and results and less on internal politics. Recognize the irony that trying to be great at everything drives mediocrity - to truly be great you need to focus on one thing at a time which means you may suck at a lot of things that are considered important.


  6. "Cost Improvement Analysis"

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    Former Employee - Cost Improvement Analysis in Lake Forest, CA
    Former Employee - Cost Improvement Analysis in Lake Forest, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Spectrum Brands full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good medical benefits and vacation.

    Cons

    Not a place to commit yourself & retire. Last 6 months I trained people to take over my responsibilities. Cost savings.


  7. "Not EEO FRIENDLY"

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    Current Employee - Team Lead in Vandalia, OH
    Current Employee - Team Lead in Vandalia, OH

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

    Pros

    Great Benefits Competitive Wages are fair

    Cons

    Not Diversity friendly no room for employees to move up all of management hired in from their former employer Fram so all higher in positions were given to family & friends before anyone else were even considered.

    Advice to Management

    I am going to advise corporate to look into this before it gets worse then what it is. It creates a hostile environment because they are like a "click" you are either in or you are out. When you question HR they target really sad they are running it their old company ways instead of adapting to New Company ways.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Outstanding outlook"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Supervisor in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Spectrum Brands full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    outstanding support at all levels

    Cons

    Haven't found any issues yet

    Advice to Management

    Keep grooming leaders from within


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Great place to be!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Middleton, WI
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Middleton, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -CEO is trying to be as transparent as possible. It is so great to see him as a ' normal person' and that is how it should be!
    -With CEO being transparent, that then falls down into VPs, DVPs, and Directors. You can see this happening throughout the company and it has been a positive change.
    -Co-Workers are awesome and helpful. Everyone seems to have a similar mindset in getting work done. I really enjoy working with the people I get to work with each day.
    -There is a lot of change going on every single day. You thought you were going one direction for three months and then it can change within 2 minutes. If you do not do well with an ever-changing work atmosphere, this place is not for you.

    Cons

    -HR department really needs work on communication from top to bottom, not just half of the department.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work and great atmosphere that allows people to enjoy their jobs day in and day out!


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Charlotte, NC Distribution Center"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charlotte, NC
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Spectrum Brands full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Large company that treats employees well - good pay and benefits, company lunches and employee appreciation - movie tickets & gift cards for small recognition

    Cons

    Hours are extreme. Hourly associates work almost every Saturday and many Sundays. Salary staff may not always come in on weekends, but they put in hours too. Closing Charlotte Distribution Center 2017


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Decent Pay...Out weighed by bad work environment"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Distribution Lead in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Distribution Lead in Charlotte, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent Pay for what you do
    Fairly easy work

    Cons

    Long hours with a lot of weekends
    Never know when you are working
    Hot in the summer and cold in the winter
    Management does not listen to suggestions of employees
    Very top down approach to running things (i.e. do as we say and don't question it)

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees, they know what they are talking about and how best to handle the jobs they already do.


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