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Spectrum Brands Reviews

Updated January 13, 2018
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Spectrum Brands CEO Andreas Rouvé
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  • Work-life balance heavily fell to work (in 14 reviews)

  • upper management has been purging anyone who doesn't assimilate (in 8 reviews)

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  1. "Technical Director"

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    Current Employee - Technical Director
    Current Employee - Technical Director
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good job, easy market. slightly low level of talent pool.

    Cons

    News industry in constant state of flux


  2. "Principal Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Middleton, WI
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Middleton, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fast pace challenging projects. International exposure. Excellent environment for developing innovative products. The work out gym is fantastic. All companies should have such a nice gym.

    Cons

    Wage increases could be more reflective of the market. Other than that the work environment is very positive.

    Advice to Management

    Look at the Google model. 10% of everyone's time can be on anything they want to work on. Great innovation / explosive growth can occur if only one of the ideas is a winner.

  3. "Technician"

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

    I worked at Spectrum Brands full-time

    Pros

    Fun to do good research work. The tech center is a good crew to work with

    Cons

    Upper management liked to threaten us. Every year we would get a talk about how we don't make products, we make money. Very little value for good work. They see research and development as a necessary evil, not an opportunity for growth. Glad I'm not here anymore


  4. "Good Company"

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    Former Employee - Applications Support Analyst in Madison, WI
    Former Employee - Applications Support Analyst in Madison, WI
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fair pay, Relaxed environment, Nice people

    Cons

    Work isn't exciting
    No clear path for career advancement
    Poor sales last quarter


  5. "Employee friendly company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Spectrum Brands full-time

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule, onsite cafeteria and fitness center, discounted consumer goods

    Cons

    Somewhat disorganized at times.


  6. "Review"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Spectrum Brands full-time

    Pros

    Great environment to work in

    Cons

    Not enough help in certain departments

    Advice to Management

    More help in certain departments


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Overall Great, but work on Departmentalization"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Middleton, WI
    Current Employee - Manager in Middleton, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Trusts employees to make decisions and get the job done
    -Active, energetic, vibrant environment
    -“Can do” corporate culture, not a place for pessimists
    -Great product lines and brands that are fun to work on
    -Really good corporate discounts on company-made products, gym and cafeteria at headquarters, nice facilities and office
    -Upper management seems committed to making Spectrum a good place to work
    -People who work there are great to work with and knowledgeable
    -Usually a good work/life balance, and the company will reward those who overwork themselves when needed

    Cons

    !!!-Communication & Departmentalization Problems: Employees don’t know who-does-what, or who to go to for certain types of information, employees come and go and other employees who relied upon the departing individual aren’t informed, and when new employees are hired they aren’t trained or told who they need to provide information to and when (this is also a process documentation problem) and this leads to some people doing their job without helpful or needed information, and a bunch of departments all working away on their own projects, sometimes duplicating efforts, and not communicating or knowing what others are doing. This is Spectrum Brands most frustrating problem, and the only real complaint I have.

    Advice to Management

    -Management seems to want to let employees work out the communication problems with tools to share processes, etc. but solving this issue is going to take some initiative and involvement from the top. Someone needs to take the time to understand what every department does, and what other department rely upon them for information or assistance to get their jobs done; then basic, flexible, undetailed processes need to be documented to ensure everyone understands what is needed, and so things don’t slip through the cracks or get forgotten about when someone leaves. There also needs to be a better tool created so employees know who to go to when they need something specific.

  8. "Intern"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Spectrum Brands full-time

    Pros

    Very team-oriented, great people, employee discounts

    Cons

    Pay is not the best compared to competitors.

    Advice to Management

    More recognition for employees


  9. "team orient, work-balance, reasonable compensation"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Middleton, WI
    Former Employee - Manager in Middleton, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    good teams, company sponsored benefits/events, fellow colleagues, opportunities

    Cons

    some management is well to work with, some managers of department do not communicate well with team

    Advice to Management

    Upper management needs to get more involved and discuss with related employees of various departments under their purview various activities that go on within the department. More importantly, change the way various department are working so that all employees are aware of company's objectives and plans. Upper management needs to be more responsive to employees comments (good or bad) as to how they are faring within the department. Get rid of managers/employees who cause discord or causes problems to the degree that departments are not able to function.


  10. "Work/Life Balance"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Spectrum Brands full-time

    Pros

    Love being able to work from home
    Upper Management seems like they care about Employees
    Great People

    Cons

    Career paths undefined and lacking
    Management lacks at developing employees

    Advice to Management

    Work on developing employees to take on higher positions/roles within the company instead of just moving lateral.


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