Black & Decker
3.2 of 5 48 reviews
www.bdk.com Towson, MD 5000+ Employees

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Updated Mar 15, 2014

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Black & Decker Chairman, President, and CEO Nolan D. Archibald

Nolan D. Archibald

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55% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Great Company

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Black & Decker full-time for more than 10 years

ProsHad a great company culture

ConsNone to mention at this time

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Great place to start off your career

Sales Manager (Current Employee)
Columbus, OH

I have been working at Black & Decker full-time for more than 5 years

ProsAwesome training program. It's intense and people are competitive. You have a lot of responsibility early on in your career.

ConsI moved around a lot. It got old uprooting so much. I could have turned down the offers, but then I felt like I would have been overlooks, which almost forced the moves.

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up the good work.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great place to work

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Baltimore, MD

I worked at Black & Decker

ProsVery friendly employees easy work and life balance, it can get stressful at times. Office is a friendly environment every day

ConsA lot of meetings take place and at times can feel pointless. A lot of people competing to do the same thing.

Advice to Senior ManagementBetter assessment process

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Very Good

Project Engineer (Current Employee)
Towson, MD

I have been working at Black & Decker

ProsEncouraging and lively environment to work

ConsExposure is not that great

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Financial Development Program Associate (Former Employee)
Towson, MD

I worked at Black & Decker

Pros1. Great products, great history
2. Culture of inclusiveness, politeness
3. Open door policy for most managers
4. Easy moves within company and geographies
5. Very global

Cons1. Can get too conservative (read history of acquisition by Stanley)
2. Relies heavily on housing and automobile sectors
3. Historical baggage

Advice to Senior Management1. Be creative
2. Allow new talent to advise old guard
3. Be proud of the history, yet not get lost in it

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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A good place to work for but be prepared to be surrounded by 'Type A' people!

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Lake Forest, CA

I have been working at Black & Decker

ProsGood career path; compensation and benefits; talented people; the culture is very aggressive/competitive but people get things done.

ConsThe culture is fairly aggressive...the leadership team is consists of primarily Type A people but at the same time they are extremely talented/intelligent people - the Elites.

Advice to Senior ManagementTake risk and lead! Be more open to changes.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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An ok company

Sales Representative (Former Employee)
Flatwoods, WV

I worked at Black & Decker

ProsFun atmosphere, allowed to check out display tools for personal use if needed, if you love tools, working with your hands, and dealing with customers up front as they walk through the door, you'll like working here.

ConsPressure to sell, too few hours

Advice to Senior ManagementHire more people!

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Mechanical Design Engineer (Current Employee)
Foothill Ranch, CA

I have been working at Black & Decker

ProsThe environment is nice, it's not a stuck up place to work. There is tons of transparency from management. There is lots of exposure to different and interesting processes and projects have fun challenges. There is a lot of opportunity to work cross-functionally and see other parts of the business. Benefits are pretty decent and the people are generally nice.

ConsA lot is expected from you, which is sometimes OK, but when night after night of staying late goes by, it quickly gets old. Promotions are very subjective and, frankly, not (always) given when deserved. It has an unfortunately true reputation of not paying well for technical positions and there is no bonus program for those outside of marketing and sales. It is near impossible to get fired, so therefore you end up working with some "fat" that never gets trimmed.

Advice to Senior ManagementTake a look at salaries not just in the area, but statewide. Modify the salaries based on that. HR should take specific pulse checks (not the company wide check). Openness is "welcomed" and most managers have open door policies, but an annual 10 minute sit-down with the HR person for that department would seem more valuable than anything else that is being done.

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I have loved working here!

Chargeback Analyst (Current Employee)
Lake Forest, CA

I have been working at Black & Decker

ProsGreat team atmosphere. Much opportunity for growth and advancement if you work hard. Great work/ life balance. No micromanaging (in my team). Empowerment to make educated decisions. Don't see an abundance of arrogance from top level.

ConsComing into the company, it is rare that one receives acceptable training (if any). You are pretty much left to your own devices to "figure it out". Very com

Advice to Senior ManagementI actually think my manager is close to perfect. Great mentor.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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The people make B&D a great place to work.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Towson, MD

I worked at Black & Decker

Pros-Many opportunities for advancement in sales and marketing for those that excel at their jobs.
-Great company culture with a "work hard, play hard" mentality.
-Work/Life balance - allows for time off when needed, no questions asked.
-Positive, can-do attitude of most employees made it a pleasure to work on projects with people.

Cons-Could possibly make more money doing the same job at another company.
-Upper management constantly switching jobs - promotions happened too fast for the higher up guys and gals so it was hard to establish a clear strategy and stick with it longer term.

Advice to Senior Management-Communication and lead by example. Stay in a job long enough to make a real impact and establish a legacy. Nothing else really to say about the leadership at Black & Decker, I enjoyed my time there.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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