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Black & Decker Reviews

Updated November 5, 2014
Updated November 5, 2014
53 Reviews
3.3
53 Reviews
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Black & Decker Chairman, President, and CEO Nolan D. Archibald
Nolan D. Archibald
24 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work/Life balance - allows for time off when needed, no questions asked (in 6 reviews)

  • Great company culture with a "work hard, play hard" mentality (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • Lots of layers of middle to upper management in continuous motion and restructuring create constant chaos and little confidence within the ranks below (in 3 reviews)

  • Stanley operates as a type of private equity company (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    Resume builder...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Towson, MD
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Towson, MD

    I have been working at Black & Decker

    Pros

    Black and Decker was a great place to work in a good economy. Management was very supportive. Highly suggested in a good economy.

    Cons

    Very relient on a four year degree and less about the background and compitence of the employee. Very low pay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees. Empower them and COMMUNICATE!! Do what you say and say what you do. Do not hide when times get tough.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    The beatings will continue until morale improves... all hail our respected leader Nolan!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Development Engineer in Towson, MD
    Current Employee - Senior Development Engineer in Towson, MD

    I have been working at Black & Decker

    Pros

    Great initial experience and training is given during the first few years, specially for the people within the Development Programs in Engineering, Manufacturing Management, Finance, and Supply Chain Development programs.

    I would say Black and Decker is an outstanding first job. There are new things to learn continuously form very experienced and savvy engineers that have developed all kinds of tools throughout the years. You never seem to stop learning something new due to continuous challenges.

    The day to day is very comfortable as the great majority of the employees from low level to middle management are very open and friendly. Work schedule is somewhat flexible and people are rarely micromanaged, which is definitively a plus.

    Access to all kinds of power tools is also a great perk if you are a hands on person (as most of the employees are).

    Most of the employees work very hard out of pride and solid work ethics regardless of the poor recognition (or lack thereof) from management in the form of awards/bonuses/promotions/salary increases.

    Cons

    Lots of promises made by management that rarely have time to come true given the never ending magical chairs game that is played from director level up. People don't seem to stay leading a department long enough to come through with promotion promises. When new management arrives, they implement their new personal plan and don't come through with previously scheduled plans. Very horizontal structure at lower levels makes promotions difficult.

    Lots of layers of middle to upper management in continuous motion and restructuring create constant chaos and little confidence within the ranks below. The same people are always at the top, regardless of poor performance or track record, they just keep getting shuffled around to other groups/divisions, particularly if they are part of the 'good old boys club'.

    Performance reviews are a joke, since certain departments have specific directions to never give employees the highest attainable ranking in performance, regardless of whether the reviews of peers and managers call for it. The difference between doing a decent 9-5 job and killing yourself working 50-60 hour weeks and doing an outstanding job for a whole year is only represented by a 0.5% increase in salary, therefore creating a lot of "I'm not going to go the extra mile for this company" attitude.

    The engineering and manufacturing development programs are blatantly sold as a path to faster growth within the company if people are willing to sell their lives to Black and Decker for two full years for a lower starting salary. When the two years are over and people have been sent all over the world for ridiculously difficult assignments on a moments notice, their salaries are brought to just be "in par" with new starting level hires, and they are considered to have "zero" years of experience when it comes to applying for promotions, therefore making the two years not only a waste but almost a scam as far as career and salary advancement are concerned.

    There is constant low morale within the company due to salary and spending freezes for all low level employees as well as the now almost routine lay-offs, yet upper management and everybody else all the way up to the CEO get enormous bonuses in the millions of dollars.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    How about instead of having to lay-off thousands of people world wide and freezing the salaries of the lucky employees that get to keep their jobs... senior management take some responsibility for their poor leadership and freeze their own salaries in solidarity with the rest of the company instead of giving themselves bonuses and raises (which seem to be larger every year).

    They continuously speak of shared responsibility and a sense of team during communication meetings, but they seem to forget the the compensation for the board of directors and CEO are of public record and everybody know they don't care as long as they keep giving each other more money.

    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    A great place to grow as a young professional if you can overlook money for experience.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Field Sales
    Current Employee - Field Sales

    I have been working at Black & Decker

    Pros

    Black & Decker provides you with some great experience in sales, especially at an introductory level. They allow you some freedom to route yourself, and go about your day to day functions as you see fit. The opportunity for upward movement is available, but only if you have a four year degree. Additionally, they have a great training program in place, referred to as Black & Decker University, to teach fundamentals in the sales process, etc. They have a great program for benefits, and a solid 401K program as well. Additionally, most of the employees are very friendly, from the bottom to the top.

    Cons

    The downside of working for Black & Decker has to be the low end starting salary. I think they compensate for the great experience they offer you initially by underpaying employees. I think they see a lot of attrition within their young employees due to the desire of their most motiviated recruits to make more money. Very few of the sales jobs offer bonuses or commission, and thus saps enthusiasm from sales reps.

    Additionally, the communication could be more transparent. The last-minute information they often give you takes away from your sense of ownership and leadership in your territory, as often you feel that you are the last one to be advised of policy or objective changes. In a way, Black & Decker does a great job in providing you with experience, but never makes you feel like a well-respected business mind.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think the management just needs to do a better job in making sure the lower level associates feel appreciated and respected in a consistent way.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Long term career only if you know the right people.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Reading, PA
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Reading, PA

    I have been working at Black & Decker

    Pros

    Good for polishing your resume, good brand to associate with a marketing backgound.

    Cons

    The senior leadership is out of touch with the marketplace and drinking the kool aid. Have to be a part of the "club" if you're looking to advance your career. you will only get somewhere within the company if you work in the Lake Forest office and know the right people. If you're good at politics and don't mind that being the method for advancement you would do well with this organization. If you want to be reward for good work, keep looking elsewhere as it rarely happens here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn the market, taking someone's word for it and actually understanding it are two different things.

  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Could be worse places to work.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Specialist in Towson, MD
    Current Employee - Marketing Specialist in Towson, MD

    I have been working at Black & Decker

    Pros

    Very young, driven staff who are mostly a lot of fun. It is a well-known brand and it is agreat to have such a resepcted name on your resume. Of course, getting quick access to all the power tools and other products we make is a great perk, especially when you need to do some projects around the house and garden and have everything you need at your disposal.
      Great training is provided early in your career (sales skills, negotiations, financial training, power tools product knowledge), but that training decreases after the first few years in sales or marketing.

    Very autonomous- great place for go-getters!

    Cons

    Very much full of tight cliques. If you aren't "in" with the right people, your promotion opportunities are limited. There is not a great deal of openess to new ideas, and while we often start out with big ideas, we are a very risk-averse company, which means that we end up taking the path of least resistance. We talk about "swinging for the fences," but often chicken out no any big media spend or aggressive new projects.

    The pay is okay, supposedly near the high end of the hardware industry, though it is definitely lacking relative to other consumer products companies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need change! Seriously, give us a stronger vision to help us determine how we will win in the marketplace, strategically diversify our business portfolio and channels of distribution.

    Would also be nice to have senior management show a more public view to both the employees and the business community as a whole. It is very inspriing to see your CEO on the cover of Fortune or Forbes, talking about the strategic options that lie ahead. We just don't see that with current management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Fun company to work for when sales are up....but

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Black & Decker

    Pros

    Great product, great people, lots of brand recognition

    Cons

    When sales are down people lose jobs quickly because of public company mentality and shareholder returns

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good company

    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Representative
    Former Employee - Sales Representative

    I worked at Black & Decker full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    B&D provides good advancement opportunities for individuals that show a strong performance. They provide a great career that exposes employees to different roles in the organization in a sort period of time.

    Cons

    Black and decker is notorious for not having a competive pay structure. They are challenged with forming new roles and then cutting the role when the business climate changes.

  9.  

    B&D has allowed me to move forward with my career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Black & Decker

    Pros

    Ability to move up through the business when opportunities arise.

    Cons

    Low pay and recognition.
    Very much controlled by Finiance and Marketing- a boy's club

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognise and reward for those employees who add real value to the business.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Self fulling but hard tireless work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Black & Decker

    Pros

    Constant challenges,always room for advancement and good benefits

    Cons

    Pay is horrible and not up to standard averages

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't be so focused on moving people and promoting.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    na

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Analyst
    Former Employee - Analyst

    I worked at Black & Decker

    Pros

    california location is very good

    Cons

    there was a lot of politics

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    na

    No opinion of CEO

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