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Black & Decker Reviews

Updated November 3, 2014
Updated November 3, 2014
55 Reviews
3.3
55 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
  • When sales are down people lose jobs quickly because of public company mentality and shareholder returns (in 3 reviews)

  • 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)

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  1.  

    I thought Black & Decker was a great experience.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Black & Decker

    Pros

    Very friendly co-workers and supervisors, pretty standard work hours with the ability to flex a few hours early or late as long as you got your 8 hours in, held seminars on various topics

    Cons

    Floating holidays, not a ton of guidance when you're first starting out

  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good until Stanley Bought them

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Black & Decker

    Pros

    Great culture until Stanley bought them.

    Cons

    Stanley operates as a type of private equity company. They buy companies, strip all cost out, and look to sell them.

  3.  

    Great Company

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

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

    Pros

    Had a great company culture

    Cons

    None to mention at this time

    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great place to start off your career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Columbus, OH

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    I 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 ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great place to work

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

    I worked at Black & Decker

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better assessment process

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Very Good

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

    I have been working at Black & Decker

    Pros

    Encouraging and lively environment to work

    Cons

    Exposure is not that great

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    FDP

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Financial Development Program Associate in Towson, MD
    Former Employee - Financial Development Program Associate in Towson, MD

    I worked at Black & Decker

    Pros

    1. 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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lake Forest, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lake Forest, CA

    I have been working at Black & Decker

    Pros

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

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    Take risk and lead! Be more open to changes.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    An ok company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Flatwoods, WV
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Flatwoods, WV

    I worked at Black & Decker

    Pros

    Fun 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.

    Cons

    Pressure to sell, too few hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more people!

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Mechanical Design Engineer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Mechanical Design Engineer in Foothill Ranch, CA
    Current Employee - Mechanical Design Engineer in Foothill Ranch, CA

    I have been working at Black & Decker

    Pros

    The 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.

    Cons

    A 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 ManagementAdvice

    Take 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.

    No opinion of CEO

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