Corp Mgr (Former Employee) – Madison, WI – September 20, 2018
Good place to work but, during my time there they got into financial problems by over extending the company when they were buying up brands and ended up going into re-structuring. By what I hear they are very stable now after a new management team took over..
Associates understood their roles within the Distribution Center and how they helped the overall company to succeed.The training for each position was detailed and when completed the trainee was a productive part of the team.
As an Equipment Operator in the Elongated Department in HHI, (Home Improvement Division / National Hardware) we start out with a daily group meeting in our department with the lead personnel and supervisor. We perform stretches, then briefly go over what our goals and expectations are for the day and week. Day shift begins at 5am, 15 minute break at 730am, Lunch break at 1030am, another break at 1pm, then done for the day at 330pm. It is expected by the company that we as operators (and pickers) to have a certain amount of parts picked per hour. Since the Edgerton, Kansas location began not too long ago - It took A LOT of fine tuning and efficiency changes to make things work. Like other companies, improvements are always needed...So - I don't home in on the negative points and drawbacks. Since I've joined the Spectrum Brands team, the operations and efficiency is making progress. When you combine 2 plants from two different states into one new location, It takes time to make things work. The hardest part of the job; keeping up with the picks per hour average - However - If you know the tricks to keep your average(s) up - It's not a problem! The most enjoyable part of the job - The people I work for and with. My leads, manager and supervisors are incredibly easy, reliable and fun. When you have great managers / supervisors, it makes work life SO MUCH EASIER...Not to mention - I don't have to deal with micromanaging where I am. Awesome. I know that this type of work won't be for everyone - But, the benefits and bonuses Spectrum offers, is pretty darn good compared to other largemore... warehouse facilities. If you have a college degree, you could move up after a certain period of time.less
Short commute, Great pay for the work duties, Consistent schedule, Vacation time is adequate.
Last minute mandatory overtime, lunch break could be 45 minutes instead of 30 minutes.
A/R - Claims Specialist (Former Employee) – Middleton, WI – August 2, 2018
Spectrum Brands AR department offered an entry level position and served as a stepping stone to move on to other positions, usually with a new company. It is a fine place to work but is not very inspiring or personally fulfilling.
National Account Manager (Current Employee) – Charlotte, NC – July 30, 2018
Overall the company has a great culture, however salary and compensation is typically under the market average. the work/life balance is great and they have other strong benefits to offer, unfortunately the company is going in the wrong direction recently as leadership has been making some strategic decisions that have not been favorable for growth.
This was a part time summer job and my first ever job. A typical day was going to a list of stores ensuring the product we managed was in stock and on the floor, then moving on to the next store. There was a lot of driving but we were compensated for it. A lot of work for someone who never worked before. My only regret is not being social enough to pull off talking to customers interested in the product.
Specialist (Current Employee) – Dixon, IL – July 9, 2018
This is an extremely hard company to work for. The management of this facility has a real problem with being honest. I do not believe I am ever being told the truth. Favoritism is terrible in the plant. The bosses have their pets and the pets can do no wrong. People are talked down too and ridiculed openly and no one in management will do anything to stop it. In fact it appears management fosters it. No real team work. It seems as if 90% of the employees who work for this facility, care about themselves only, and nothing else. Terrible atmosphere I leave feeling defeated almost daily. I am currently looking for another job. I am normally a very upbeat and friendly person. This place makes me sick. Working here is a step backwards in the evolutionary scale of my employment history. I will always regret accepting this job
Packer/Shipper (Former Employee) – Blacksburg, VA – July 6, 2018
I worked full time for 2 years, never got even a merit raise-despite asking repeatedly. I never got a job evaluation, and they wanted me to assume more responsibility for only 10 cents more an hour. I had no benefits, no vacation, and seemingly the way they did things changed on almost daily basis. I did not have any after hour relationships with co-workers, nor did I stay in touch with any of them.