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Spectrum Brands Reviews

Updated September 10, 2017
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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Resistance is futile"

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    Current Employee - Office in Blacksburg, VA
    Current Employee - Office in Blacksburg, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Spectrum Brands full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The other people still holding on with me creates a comradery that's hard to walk away from. The company over titles people and pays well in some management positions.

    Cons

    Management at the divisional level in St Louis is more interested in the process than the results. They would rather fail according to plan then succeed by taking risks.

    The attitude when St Louis took over Blacksburg, Noblesville and Corporate Exchange was "conform" to our will. If you push back at all we will punish you.

    People who fought for the brands or the customer were forced out. Since then they have lost market share and are no longer innovative as they once were. The products all moved to Walmart where they could be a commodity. There is no innovation left in this company. R and D has been gutted, brands have been gutted, acquisitions have been portly chosen and over priced.

    Advice to Management

    Take the stick out of your butt and the knife out of the back of your employees. Let them do their jobs. You have the resources to provide leadership but all you are providing is "guidance" and "process". That's not leadership. The division needs to stop reading the latest management books and then changing the management philosophy every month. They did a good thing by sitting down with people and interviewing them. But when you ask people to be honest, don't be afraid of hearing something you don't like. And when you hear something you don't like...don't punish people who told you. This company interviews people and then uses that information to punish the people who want change.


  2. "Company Benefit"

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

    I worked at Spectrum Brands full-time

    Pros

    Overall, the benefit is just okay. The holiday is fine. The vacation hours are not bad.

    Cons

    There is employee sales every year with discount, however the quality for the products on sale are not very good.

  3. "Senior Project Manager"

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    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Wide opportunities available across divisions

    Cons

    Everything is down to just business & cost


  4. "Current Sales Associate"

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

    I have been working at Spectrum Brands part-time

    Pros

    Great supervisors, very friendly people. Salary plus commission.

    Cons

    Commission is capped. Not compensated adequately.

    Advice to Management

    Sometimes difficult job but continue to make it a family atmosphere and you will get good people.


  5. "Its a job"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Spectrum Brands full-time

    Pros

    Product isn't stressful, sometimes boring

    Cons

    Poor Planning from management ok

    Advice to Management

    have a game plan, iterations are ok, lots of wasted time when you have no plans


  6. "Has its pros and cons"

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    Current Intern - Packaging Engineer Co-Op
    Current Intern - Packaging Engineer Co-Op
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very approachable management teams
    Chain of command is existent but you can approach higher management and they will still be happy to answer your questions
    Senior engineers love to reach out and help you, I learn something new every day

    Cons

    Never seen a worse HR department
    Very unorganized, not very welcoming or charming like you would expect
    No relocation benefits, or help finding housing in the area

    Advice to Management

    Train your HR teams better


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Poor Leadership - So Much Potential"

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

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

    Pros

    A diversified portfolio allows the company to perform even when some markets and divisions are doing poor. The new CEO is also changing the culture toward a more long-term outlook and approach

    Cons

    The leadership that still remains under the CEO is largely from the old regime. They are struggling to implement the CEO's long term vision. Furthermore, the Marketing and Sales groups have high turn-over and poor performance leaving a lot opportunity on the table that could could have generated more profits.

    Advice to Management

    New second and third tier leadership is needed.

  8. "Journey I"

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

    I worked at Spectrum Brands full-time

    Pros

    benefits, people, salary, working hours, events

    Cons

    non-inclusion, management, unwritten rules, non-communication

    Advice to Management

    should discuss ore role of department and relations to overall company goals, get rid of favoritism, discuss more opportunities & develop employees to more forward


  9. "Decent internship."

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    Former Intern - Engineering in Madison, WI
    Former Intern - Engineering in Madison, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working with other interns and other engineers. Clean environment and plenty of office tools. Up to date equipment and tools.

    Cons

    Some of the other employees don't like dealing with interns. Spent some time looking for things to do. Not enough work space for interns and other ongoing projects.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure the projects the interns have are interesting.


  10. Helpful (3)

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

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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.


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