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Isthmus Goes Behind-the-Scenes at our Remington Shaving Lab in Middleton, WI

July 19, 2016

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Dylan Brogan of the Isthmus stopped by our world headquarters in Middleton, Wisconsin to get a sneak peek of our shaving lab, where we test all of our Remington products. Read the feature below:

Remington hair clippers and electric shavers are sold all over the world. They shape mutton chops in Maine, goatees in Guatemala and soul patches in Saskatchewan. Mustaches both sincere and ironic have been sculpted with a trimmer designed by Remington engineers.

But before any of the brand’s products hit the shelves, they are tested on local faces and heads in the Good Neighbor City: Middleton.

The “shaving lab” is located within the corporate headquarters of Spectrum Brands on Deming Way. Remington, which is owned by Spectrum, has been making electric shavers since 1937. The small room is reminiscent of a mall salon, except it’s next to office cubicles and laboratories.

Mirrors line one wall in front of a barber chair. Unseen cameras behind each mirror record the action, which is displayed on a flatscreen TV on the adjacent wall.

David Toy, a Remington product developer, says analyzing trimmers in a salon environment is a crucial step in developing products. “It lets us know how [a product] is being used, and it uncovers potential problems you wouldn’t discover any other way,” says Toy.

The test subjects are usually employees from other departments. Today, Adrian Flores, a graphic designer at Spectrum, is sitting in the barber’s chair, wearing a black smock. “I’m the guinea pig,” says Flores.

Read the rest of the article at the Isthmus.

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Spectrum Community Volunteer Day

June 14, 2016

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27196205295_5416bede7c_zSpectrum Brands volunteers gathered in Madison and St. Louis last month to work toward “Clean land, clean water, better community” with help from the National Environmental Education Foundation.

26591058353_c6b3d77ec5_zIn Middleton, 100 Spectrum employees planted trees, pulled 1,700 pounds of invasive weeds, and cleaned up litter, all to protect the water quality of the lakes and streams nearby. Spectrum is a Sustaining Founder of Clean Lakes Alliance and has focused on protecting the water quality in the Madison area for the last six years. We’ve also committed to $10,000 in grants for community partners to support more volunteer opportunities in each city.

27100172902_d682aa1c67_zIn St. Louis, Spectrum employees spent their day with Gateway Greening, an organization that sustains more than 200 community gardens in the area. Our employees not only helped beautify a local neighborhood but learned a lot about gardening and agriculture as well.

26614209714_b8444e342a_zThe day was a huge success and you can see the teamwork, camaraderie, and accomplishment through these photos of the volunteers in action!

26614211224_401813c18d_zSee more photos of our St. Louis employees in action on Flickr and our Middleton employees in action here.
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Spectrum Brands Takes on the Zika Virus

March 10, 2016

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Spectrum - ZikaWe’re taking on the Zika virus with a new formula in 60 of our products. In connection with the CDC, we’ve donated over 55,000 units of Cutter Insect Repellent and Repel to areas and people most in need, including pregnant women in the USVI.

If you’re celebrating spring break in the Caribbean or Latin America, grab a travel-sized version of Cutter or Repel to take along with you. Learn more about how our Cutter Insect Repellent and Repel products can keep you safe from Zika virus in this video segment from Fox 2 News.

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110 Years: Rayovac Is Having a Birthday!

January 17, 2016

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Rayovac_Leak_Proof_adHappy Birthday to Rayovac! 110-years-old and we are stronger than ever!

The longevity of the company is truly remarkable. Rayovac started producing batteries back in 1906. In 1927 when Charles Lindbergh crossed the Atlantic, he carried two Ray-o-lite flashlights with him for emergency purposes… In the 1930s, Rayovac patented the first vacuum tube hearing aid… and in the 1940s, Rayovac increased their production in order to support the war effort.

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No matter what’s happening in the world, Rayovac has been there. Currently, Spectrum Brands and our official partner Walt Disney World are promoting a sweepstakes where you can enter to win a fabulous vacation. As long time Rayovac employee and now Director of Marketing, Jim Stoeffler says, “We put the smiles on the faces of the little kids when they put the batteries in their toys.”

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Our employees look at their work as an opportunity to offer much more than just batteries to our customers. “We provide security and safety to the people who use our products. It’s not just about the product, it’s about the people,” said Stoeffler.

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Although a small company to start, Rayovac has grown into a global organization of 14,000 employees headquartered in Middleton, Wisconsin. We are up and running 24 hours a day seven days a week producing 600 batteries per minute. If you do the math, we have the capacity to produce over 1 billion batteries per year!

To learn more about Rayovac and hear directly from Colleen Orani, Director of Human Resources, check out this video. Then check out more historical pictures from our Flickr archives or learn more about Rayovac’s history at the Rayovac website.

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UW-Madison Tops Our List

September 29, 2015

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14070186173_d73139edde_bThe verdict is in! The University of Wisconsin-Madison is, in fact, the best public college in the United States. That is hands down our view here at Spectrum Brands and two recent polls have ranked UW-Madison at the top of their lists as well.

Skout, a friend-making app, ranks UW-Madison as number one on the 10-Friendliest College Towns in America list. U.S. News and World Report places UW-Madison in 11th place for the second year in a row among the top public colleges. Take a look at all the UW-Madison academic kudos here, including, the College of Engineering’s 14th overall ranking for the third year in a row and the Wisconsin School of Business’ 15th overall for the second year in a row.

Spectrum Brands is proud of its long-standing connection with UW-Madison. We’ve served as a host for their regular Summer Engineering Program and participated in on-campus mock interviews and speed networking events. Not to mention, dozens of current Spectrum Brands employees attended UW-Madison and interned with us during their studies. Their internships spanned various fields like Engineering, Marketing, Sales, Human Resources, and Finance.

Jordan Rosenbaum, a former Product Marketing Intern at Spectrum Brands and current student at UW-Madison says he didn’t feel like an intern during his time at Spectrum. “I was given a lot more responsibility than you would expect for an intern and opportunities to network with people outside of my specific business unit,” he added.

21-year-old Ben Cleppe, who will graduate May 2016 from UW-Madison, says, “My favorite part of my (R&D Engineering) internship was the freedom I had to take my project in the direction I saw fit and that I received the necessary training to do so.”

Connor Dura’s thoughts were similar.  He said, “I really enjoy being assigned individual project work—being able to create something from the ground up allows lots of room for creativity.”

It’s comments like these that show our strong partnership with UW-Madison and make us feel like proud parents to those students we are helping to usher out into the workforce.

Image via college.library/Flickr

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4 Reasons Why Our Employees Love Working at Spectrum Brands

June 30, 2015

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Kevin from Sales says, “A lot of people don’t know who Spectrum Brands is but they know all of the different brands that we have.” And the number of brands we own is one of the biggest reasons why people love working for us. Here are just a few reasons why working at Spectrum Brands is great.

1. The size is just right.
Goldilocks would be happy. Spectrum Brands might just be the perfect balance of large national brands and a small-town feel. There’s no need to move to a big city with a high cost of living to find a great career opportunity. We operate in a brand new green world headquarters just outside of Madison, Wisconsin in the family-friendly suburb of Middleton.

Madison was named the best place to live in 2015 by Livability.com, and Middleton has held the title before. “Its nice being part of a big company like this but it still feels like a small company,” says Kevin.

2. Every day is different.
It’s hard to get bored at a company where so much is going on. You’ll get to know coworkers across different departments and different brands. “I love my job. No day is the same,” says Dorothy in Supply Chain. “It’s always something different. It’s always new challenges.”

3. There are plenty of learning opportunities. 
Speaking of bored, if you’re looking for a change, look no further than across the hallway. Each brand offers a unique opportunity to learn a new business, a new product, and a new customer.

“I get to work hand in hand with our European team,” says Devon, who works in the marketing department of Remington. “If the opportunity arises I could raise my hand and be working on batteries tomorrow and really learning how to drive that business.”

4. There is room for growth.
Those learning opportunities can lead to more than just mental growth — they can lead to career growth too. With so many brands, we have plenty of opportunities for promotion within the company. “You definitely have a lot more opportunity to move forward with your career because of all the different brands,” says Tara, a web designer at Spectrum Brands.

Elizabeth from Creative agrees. She says, “Spectrum Brands is a company that when they see your potential and they see that you really love and have a passion for what you do, they give you opportunities that you never expect. They let you fly as high as you want to fly.”

P.S. We’re hiring. View our latest job opportunities.

 

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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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