company culture

The success of our company and it’s future rests upon the relationships we have developed with our consumers, clients, suppliers, and within our team. Our passion is one of the core ingredients that has sustained us for over 80 years. I’m so proud to lead the most creative and energetic group of people I’ve ever been a part of. Our future depends on our collective ability to innovate, maintain the highest quality of service and to over-deliver each day. Our creative energy is our driving force, the dream that each new day can bring exciting challenges that we can tackle together, head on.

– Edward Weinstein, CEO

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OUR CORE VALUES:

  • innovate & engage
  • be entrepreneurial
  • lead through creativity
  • communicate & collaborate
  • learn & grow
  • embrace & drive change
  • deliver excellence
  • build strong relationships

LEADERSHIP PRINCIPLES

Leaders start with the customer and work backwards. They work vigorously to earn and keep customer trust. Although leaders pay attention to competitors, they obsess over customers.

Leaders are owners. They think long term and don’t sacrifice long-term valuefor short-term results. They act on behalf of the entire company, beyond just their own team. They never say “that’s not my job.”

Leaders expect and require innovation and invention from their teams and always find ways to simplify. They are extremely aware, look for new ideas from everywhere, and are not limited by “not invented here.” As we do new things, we accept that we may be misunderstood for long periods of time.

Leaders are right a lot. They have strong business judgment and good instincts.

Leaders raise the performance bar with every hire and promotion. They recognize exceptional talent, and willingly move them throughout the organization. Leaders develop leaders and take seriously their role in coaching others.

Leaders have relentlessly high standards – many people may think these standards are unreasonably high. Leaders are continually raising the bar and driving their teams to deliver high quality products, services and processes. Leaders ensure that defects do not get sent down the line and that problems are fixed so they stay fixed.

Thinking small is a self-fulfilling prophecy. Leaders create and communicate a bold direction that inspires results. They think differently and look around corners for ways to serve customers.

Speed matters in business. Leaders say you are looking at your calendar; I am looking at my watch. Many decisions and actions are reversible and do not need extensive study. We value calculated risk taking.

We try not to spend money on things that do not matter to customers. Frugality breeds resourcefulness, self-sufficiency, and invention. There are no extra points for headcount, budget size, or fixed expense.

Leaders do not believe their or their team’s body odor smells of perfume. Leaders come forward with problems or information, even when doing so is awkward or embarrassing. Leaders benchmark themselves and their teams against the best.

Leaders are sincerely open-minded, genuinely listen, and are willing to examine their strongest convictions with humility.

Leaders operate at all levels, stay connected to the details, and audit frequently.No task is beneath them.

Leaders are obligated to respectfully challenge decisions when they disagree, even when doing so is uncomfortable or exhausting. Leaders have conviction and are tenacious. They do not compromise for the sake of social cohesion. Once a decision is determined, they commit wholly.

Leaders focus on the key results for their Business and deliver them with the right quality and in a timely fashion. Despite setbacks, they rise to the occasion and never settle.

LEADERSHIP: GREAT VS. GOOD

  • GREAT is constantly improving
  • GREAT is a team player
  • GREAT embraces feedback even when it is tough to hear
  • GREAT is humble
  • GREAT is intense
  • GREAT brings smiles to peoples’ face
  • GREAT people innovate
  • Good is happy to stay constant
  • Good is an individual contributor
  • Good hears feedback and forgets it
  • Good has a strong ego that gets in the way
  • Good lacks intensity
  • Good causes management frustrations
  • Good people duplicate

RESPONSIBLE & ACCOUNTABLESUSTAINABILITY


ENVIRONMENTAL

  • ENERGY STAR products
  • optimized packaging
  • green workplace
  • product life-cycle management


ECONOMIC

  • new product development
  • transparency
  • building successful partnerships
  • sustained economic growth


SOCIAL

  • product safety
  • consumer education
  • employee engagement
  • meet or exceed
  • environmental legislation