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Best Cities for Quality of Life? #1: Madison, Wisconsin.

September 2, 2014

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5906144215_be327f738a_zOur new headquarters may be located in Middleton, but Madison, Wisconsin is our closest neighbor — and our former home. So when it scored the top spot on Nerd Wallet’s Best Cities for Quality of Life list, we were thrilled. The ranking was based on income, affordability, and health benefits as well as the local economy and work-life balance. Here’s what they had to say about Madison:

 

“If you’re looking to improve your quality of life, consider moving to Madison. The city offers a great work-life balance, high affordability and health insurance coverage rates, and a low unemployment rate. At the center of the city lies the largest public university in the state, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, which focuses on “improving the quality of life for all” in its mission statement.” – NerdWallet.com 

We might be biased, but we have to agree. Weekends are spent at one of the country’s best farmer’s markets, cheering on the Badgers at Camp Randall, or taking advantage of our multiple lakes and well-known bike paths. You can find us shopping on the bustling State Street, catching a show at the world-class Overture Center, or eating a local meal on the Capitol Square. Local events like the World’s Largest Brat Fest, the IronMan, and the Great Taste of the Midwest draw thousands of visitors to our city.

Just a few minutes away in Middleton, we love walking around our picturesque downtown, enjoying a craft beer at Capitol Brewery, or enjoying the day along a lakeside park. Middleton has won its own set of awards too. In 2007, the Madison suburb was named the Best Place to Live in the United States by CNN Money. Two years later, CNN Money ranked Middleton the fourth best place to live in the country (up from the seventh spot in 2005).

See the full list of best cities for quality of life at NerdWallet.com.

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Spectrum Brands’ New “Green” Offices!

January 16, 2014

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We’re all settled in our new offices in Middleton, Wisconsin and we’re loving it! A heat reflective roof, covered bike racks, and electric car charging stations are just a few of the “green” benefits that we’re enjoying.

Did you know our eco-friendly office environment has been built out of DIRTT? DIRTT (Doing It Right This Time) Environmental Solutions creates award-winning, pre-engineered construction solutions that result in faster, cleaner construction, while significantly lowering our building’s carbon footprint.

The building was also built to meet LEED certifications established by the Green Building Council. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design and compromises a suite of rating systems for the design, construction, and operation of high performance green buildings, homes, and neighborhoods. We’re proud of this achievement! Learn more about our new office in this infographic: SpectrumBrandsNewLocation

 

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At Spectrum Brands, There’s Always Room to Grow

October 18, 2013

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Our series of videos on our careers site outlines why our employees love working for the wide array of recognizable brands that make up our company. One reason that always comes up is the opportunity for growth and career development. Here are just a few quotes from some Spectrum Brands superstars.

“I really like Spectrum Brands because there are always different opportunities within the company. You’re not pigeonholed into one small little department.” – Kevin, Sales

“I get to work hand in hand with our European team. If the opportunity arises, I could raise my hand and be working on batteries tomorrow and really learning how to drive that business.” – Devon, Marketing

“Working for Spectrum Brands, you definitely have a lot more opportunity to move forward with your career because of all the different brands and all the different opportunities.” – Tera, Web Design

“One of the reasons I joined Spectrum was because of all the opportunities to move around within the organization.” – Ryan, Shared Services

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Spotlight on Spectrum Brands’ Rayovac Division: Launch of Portable Power

August 2, 2013

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Firmly established as one of Spectrum’s cornerstone brands, Rayovac is arguably the most recognizable brand in the Spectrum family. Often regarded as one of the top three battery brands worldwide, Rayovac continues to set standards in innovation – with portable power as the crowning jewel.

2-Hour Power was developed for the cell phone user who is always on the run. It provides instant power to both Apple and Micro USB devices. Complete with long lasting power storage, enhanced portability and the absence of charging cords, this device relies solely on the Rayovac batteries that consumers know and trust – no cords, no outlets, and no electricity. The convenience factor of the 2-Hour Power is off the charts. It’s quickly becoming the #1 external cell phone battery!

A large population of mobile device users will settle for nothing less than a fully charged battery. To supply this demand, Rayovac has developed the new 7-Hour Power. Using just four Rayovac AA batteries, the 7-Hour Power is a portable USB charger that can give a cell phone a full 100% charge. Using a USB port to connect and deliver power, the 7-Hour Power is compatible with all USB-powered devices.

For a company like Rayovac, creating innovative products like portable power is just par for the course. Where other companies typically fall short, Rayovac follows a creative roadmap to ensure the initial phases of product development are strategically researched and given the proper focus.

Basic research has shown a dramatic increase in cell phone users worldwide. Capitalizing on this recent data, Rayovac developed an accessory that provides the one thing that everyone could use – extra battery life. With the creation of portable power, Rayovac is taking all bets that the mobile device will become an even bigger part of our everyday lives.

The secret to Rayovac’s product line success is hardly a secret at all. Research is the key factor when developing new products. Rayovac’s commitment to research and development shines through in the flawless design and masterful innovation of its latest product line.

Qualifications for those looking to join the Rayovac team include: passion, ingenuity, and creative spirit. Employees who thrive are innately creative and have a passion for innovation. Does Rayovac sound like a great place to work, or what?

Learn more about Rayovac and the launch of portable power by reading the latest press release. Read our previous post on Rayovac for more information on working with the Rayavoc brand.

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Why We Love Madison

April 2, 2013

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Sure, Wisconsin has its share of harsh winters. But one of our Marketing employees, Devon, learned quickly why Madisonians tend to love their city so much — despite the snow.

“I underestimated how incredible the summer, spring, and fall is here and just how incredibly mild it is during that part of the year and how you can really get out and do things,” she said.

Madison is known for its extensive bike paths and easy access to water sports. In fact, the capital city is located on an isthmus and is surrounded by two lakes: Lake Mendota and Lake Monona. When the weather is nice, you’ll find sailboats, kayaks, and fishermen abound. And a Saturday doesn’t go by without crowds strolling the shops on State Street or the booths at the Dane County Farmer’s Market, set along the perimeter of the capitol building.

“I live downtown in Madison and it’s great,” said Tera in Web Design. “You can walk everywhere and you’re definitely a part of everything that happens.”

Her favorite perk is thanks to Madison’s somewhat small size: there’s no big-city traffic. While Madison has a small-town feel, it still has the benefits of a metropolis with excellent restaurants, a top-of-the-line performing arts center, and multiple art museums.

“I think of Madison as a ‘big’ small town,” Tera added. “So while they have all these great modern conveniences, it has a voice and a vibe.”

Some of those distinct vibes can be found in unique neighborhoods like the campus area, Williamson Street, Monroe Street, and nearby suburb Middleton. But none of these areas are too far from Spectrum Brands.

“There’s nowhere in the city that you can live where  your commute here to Spectrum is more than 20 minutes,” said Devon. “So just having that time back in your day frees up time in your personal life.”

Watch more videos about Spectrum Brands on our careers page.

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Spotlight On: Latin American Headquarters in Miramar, Florida

January 25, 2013

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LatinHeadquartersSpectrum Brands’ products can be found all over the world, but our Latin American Headquarters thrives in the Miami suburb of Miramar, Florida.

What You’ll Find
At our Latin American Headquarters, you’ll find lots of opportunities for bilingual English-Spanish speakers. In addition, some of the positions at this location may be required to travel as much as 50 percent. Our Miramar location also hires college interns.

About the Area
Miramar is located just 20 miles north of Miami in the South Florida metropolitan area. The Miami metropolitan area is often cited as the fourth largest urban area in the country. Enjoy being near to both the Atlantic Ocean and the Florida Everglades National Park, the largest subtropical wilderness at 1.5 million acres. Learn more about the city on the official Miramar website.

Search Spectrum Brands job openings in Miramar, Florida, then find more great career advice and information on Facebook and Twitter.

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Spotlight on: United Industries in St. Louis, Missouri

December 13, 2012

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Spotlight on- United Industries in St. Louis, MissouriSpectrum Brands’ products can be found all over the world, but the United Industries Home and Garden division thrives in St. Louis, Missouri. At United Industries, they care more than ever about how your garden grows.

What You’ll Find
United Industries is the leading manufacturer of value-based consumer products for the home, lawn, and garden insect and weed control markets in the US. It’s made up of a host of well-known home and garden brands including Spectracide, Cutter Insect Repellent, and Repel — the insect repellent as tough as you are! 

Besides delivering exceptional value and trusted results, United Industries is committed to sustainability. The company monitors operations and identifies ways to improve the quality of business while minimizing waste and reducing their impact on the environment. The effort is led by a cross-functional sustainability team that represents all parts of the company.

About the Area
St. Louis is the second largest city in the state behind Kansas City (which is three-and-half hours away). It’s home to the famed stainless steel Gateway Arch, the St. Louis Cardinals, a lively brewery scene that includes Anheuser-Busch, and a plethora of entertainment from casinos to the St. Louis Space Center. Read about 25 things to do in St. Louis.

Jobs in St. Louis
In our St. Louis location, you’ll find positions in many areas including:

  • Operations
  • Sourcing
  • Researching and Development
  • Packaging
  • Engineering

Search Spectrum Brands job openings in St. Louis, Missouri, then find more great career advice and information on Facebook and Twitter.

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Understand our Brand: Remington

November 28, 2012

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Our family of brands generates more than $3.2 billion in annual revenues and our products are sold in more than 100 million stores. Remington, our personal care division, is how the world gets ready.

All About Remington
“Remington” is synonymous with grooming for men and women. From razors and electric shavers to flat irons and hair dryers to brushes and headbands, Remington products cover it all.

Our History
Since 2003, Remington has been a part of the Spectrum Brands family, but the name has been around since the late 1800s. The original company Remington Rand introduced millions to the electric dry shaver at the 1939 New York World’s Fair. In 1960, the company developed the first cordless shaver. Prior to that, the company (then called E. Remington and Sons) is credited with developing the QWERTY keyboard, which is still used today.

Where We Work
The Remington brand lives in the Spectrum Brands World Headquarters building in Madison, Wisconsin along the Rayovac and Russell Hobbs brands.  In late 2013, Remington will move to our new energy-efficient world headquarters in the Madison suburb of Middleton.

Find Remington:
Remington has a strong online presence. Consumers can get tips on grooming, hair styling, and more via their favorite social networks.

Remington Official Website
Remington Ready Facebook Page
@RemReadyMan on Twitter
@RemingtonReady on Twitter
Remington on YouTube
Remington on Pinterest

Learn about our latest job opportunities at Remington then visit our new careers page for advice and more information.

This is the second post in a series about the powerful brands that make up Spectrum Brands. Read the first part, Understand our Brand: Rayovac.

 

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Spotlight on United Pet Group in Cincinnati, Ohio

November 21, 2012

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Spectrum Brands’ products can be found all over the world, but the United Pet Group division thrives in Cincinnati, Ohio. This team of animal lovers is committed to bringing real solutions to passionate pet owners. And they want to make pets happy, too. That means better health, longer naps, and more treats.

What You’ll Find
United Pet Group is a leading global marketer and manufacturer of pet supplies with leading brands within the Aquatics and Companion Pet markets. It’s made up of a host of well-known pet brands including Tetra (quality fish food and products), Dingo (healthy treats for dogs), and Nature’s Miracle (stain, odor, and training solutions for pets). Read the full list of United Pet Group’s brands.

Technology and innovation are held high at United Pet Group. Pet owners continually seek new and improved products to enhance their relationships with their pets. Just one of United Pet Group’s innovations include Dingo’s Rawhide Chews, a special two-in-one chew with rawhide on the outside and real meat jerky on the inside. In 1997, Dingo Brand was granted a US Patent for this improvement. Read more about United Pet Group’s innovations here.

About the Area
Cincinnati may be Ohio’s third largest city, but it’s the most beautiful. The historic city is located right on the Ohio River with Kentucky just a quick drive across a scenic bridge. Cincinnati is home to the Reds’ Great American Ballpark and hosts large events like the Flying Pig Marathon – the third largest marathon in the US. And it’s an easy two-hour drive to Ohio’s capital city, Columbus.

Jobs in Cincinnati
In our Cincinnati location, you’ll find positions like

  • Global Brand Manager
  • Category Analyst
  • Director of Marketing

Search Spectrum Brands job openings in Cincinnati, Ohio, then find more great career advice and information on Facebook and Twitter.

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The Hiring Process at Spectrum Brands

November 13, 2012

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Sometimes applying online can feel like you’re sending a resume into a black hole. We’d like to clear up how our process works and let you know – we really did look at your resume! And we really will get back to you if we’re interested! Here are the steps to follow when applying at Spectrum Brands.

1. APPLY ONLINE
Find a position that’s right for you by browsing our current list of openings at Spectrum Brands. Create a profile online or access your existing profile. Before you click send, be sure to read our post on how to de-clutter your resume. Once you’ve applied, you’ll receive an email assuring you that your application has been received. A member of our employment team reviews all applications.

2. WAIT FOR US TO CONTACT YOU
If we feel you are a potential fit for this position, we’ll select you for a phone interview and give you a call. If after the phone interview we feel you’re not the best fit, we’ll send you a message that you’re no longer being considered. (Be sure to keep checking our list of openings at Spectrum Brands!)

3. COME IN FOR AN INTERVIEW
If you’ve been selected for an interview, a member of our employment team will contact you and schedule a date and time. We’ve shared 7 Interview Tips that Work so be sure to review that list prior to our meeting.

4. WAIT FOR US TO CONTACT YOU (AGAIN!)
If you’ve been identified as our top candidate after the interviewing process, a hiring manager will contact you and extend a verbal offer of employment. If after the in-person interview, we feel that you’re not a great fit for this position, we’ll contact you explaining that you’re no longer being considered. (Be sure to keep checking our list of openings at Spectrum Brands!)

5. ACCEPT OUR OFFER!
Once you’ve accepted our verbal offer, we’ll send you a written offer that’s contingent upon passing our pre-employment screening process. After your successful screening, we’ll contact you prior to your first day to welcome you and explain on-boarding.

Got any questions? Comment below or stop by our Facebook page and ask us there!

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