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A Glimpse Into Spectrum Brands Internship Activities

May 19, 2015

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sb headerOur internship program is pretty great — see what the interns themselves had to say about it. We also like to make sure our interns go on to do great things thanks to their experience with us. Not only will you learn what it’s like to take work a job in your field, but you’ll also get career help along the way to ensure success post-internship. Here are just a few of the activities you’ll get to take advantage of as a Spectrum Brands intern.

Lunch and Learn with Leaders
Over the summer, interns will be treated to a lunch session with one or more leaders of the organization. Here, you will have the opportunity to learn about the organization’s current and future state and to gain insight on how our leaders view the importance and contributions of our internship positions.

Mock Interviews and Skills Section
Interns can participate in an informative session that includes a mock interview and/or resume critique.

Career Fair Participation
Interns will have the opportunity to participate in their school’s spring or fall career fair by representing Spectrum Brands at the company’s booth. There may also be opportunities to be a part of information sessions and mock interviews.

Learn more about our internship activities on our careers site.

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What It’s Like to Intern at Spectrum Brands

May 5, 2015

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Interested in landing an internship at Spectrum Brands? Our goal is to have each and every intern walk away from our program with a positive experience. See what these participants had to say about their internships:

“Rayovac has completed the academic circle for me. I can apply knowledge gained from the classroom to the work field, and use experiences from the work field back in the classroom. It has provided me with exposure to different aspects of everyday business functions.” –– Matt, 2011

“Not only did I gain some valuable analytic and technical (Excel, Nielsen, NPD) skills but I felt that I’m getting some great exposure to the business and the decisions my managers are making.“ — David, 2012

“I received expert guidance and the freedom to work towards my own professional development. From product knowledge to meeting participation and input to the independence to be creative and ‘own’ projects, the experiences I had during my time as a UI intern were unlike those at any other internship. Most importantly, I developed relationships and a level of trust that helped me secure a full-time position with the company.” — Mallory, 2010

“I enjoyed the hands-on experience, especially the projects that had deadlines and required problem-solving.” — Hannah, 2012

“I was able to have hands-on experience with things that are relevant to my major. The people around me were very easy to work with and helped me grow as a person.” — Paul, 2012

“The environment is fast-paced and casual, which has allowed me to easily blend my life as a student into the office setting. The best part of the internship is that I am integrated into current and vital projects, so I can truly see how my work has made a positive impact on the company.” — Ashley, 2010

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Part Two: FAQs about Applying for a Job at Spectrum Brands

March 17, 2015

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Every company has a different process when it comes to job applications, interviews, and hiring. We try to be very straightforward with ours. Check out this slideshow outlining what our hiring process is like or read our complete list of frequently asked questions. Here are just a few common questions about our application process:

I know someone that works for you. Should I put them down as a referral when applying?

Please do. We encourage our current employees to refer people that would be an asset to Spectrum Brands. Be sure to let us know they have referred you through the “source” drop down on the application.

The application asks for a current salary. How should I answer this?

This will be asked during the interview process and confirmed during a background check after an offer is extended so it is important that you answer honestly.

Do I need to create a new profile each time I apply for a job?

No, if you apply through our website you will be asked to create a profile that includes a username and password. This will save your personal information in our system for future use.

Read Part One here.

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FAQs about Applying for a Job at Spectrum Brands

March 2, 2015

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5397530925_87102f74b2_zEvery company has a different process when it comes to job applications, interviews, and hiring. We try to be very straightforward with ours. Check out this slideshow outlining what our hiring process is like or read our complete list of frequently asked questions. Here are just a few common questions about our application process:

How do I know if my application is received?

If you applied through our applicant tracking system located on the Spectrum Brands Careers page, you will receive a system-generated email stating that your application has been submitted successfully. Please be sure to check your spam filter if you do not feel you received this message.

How do I follow up after I apply to a position?

Our goal is to respond to each application. However, we ask that you be patient as we review all applications. Candidates will be selected and contacted on the basis of the qualifications of their applications. While we encourage you to continually review our current openings, your information will be retained to ensure that you are considered for future opportunities.

Will I be notified if I am not selected?

Yes, if you are not selected you will receive a notification from our recruitment team. Please continue to review our careers page for future opportunities.

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A Million Reasons Why Madison, Wisconsin is Great

February 26, 2015

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madison-wisconsinSometimes you have to move to take a new job. It’s a big decision. One that should be weighed very carefully. Uprooting a family is no easy task. At Spectrum Brands, we’re lucky. Our World Headquarters is located in Middleton, Wisconsin right next to Madison. Madison was the place we called home for many years until our recent move to our new “green” building. Either way, both cities have earned titles like “best place to live in the US” multiple times. Sometimes we feel like we’re bragging but if you’ve got it, flaunt it.

Besides being an unbelievable college town, we’re located on an isthmus, which means we’re surrounded by two lakes. There’s a fantastic food scene and a great biking scene to burn off all those calories. (Cheese and beer. Lots of cheese and beer.) Madison is also the state capital of Wisconsin — and our capitol building is gorgeous. There’s always something going on at the capital square, our favorite event being one of the nation’s best farmer’s markets. We could go on bragging but we’ll let these recent titles speak for themselves.

This love affair has been a long one. Here are even more reasons why we love Madison.

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What It Takes to Be a Spectrum Brands Employee

February 24, 2015

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What do we look for when we’re interviewing candidates? Well, we created this handy list just for you. It’s not only what we hold prospective employees to but it’s what we expect from our current employees as well. Take these principles and apply them to your cover letter, resume, and reflect on them during your interview. The more you can display these traits during your interview process the better!

  • Entrepreneurial Spirit: takes calculated risks with good judgement.
  • Passion for the Business: displays enthusiasm and energy.
  • Assure Project/Service Quality: high standards of accuracy and excellence.
  • Takes Out Costs & Controls Spending: considers cost in everyday work.
  • Highly Responsive to Customers: exceeds expectations of customers.
  • Sense of Urgency & Being Quick to Market: use decisiveness to obtain results.
  • Leadership: energize others toward business goals.
  • Teamwork: collaborate with colleagues.
  • Win with the Spectrum Value Model: align daily actions with our six value principles.

FYI You can read the full in-depth list with detailed descriptions over at our Spectrum Brands Careers site.

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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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