Benjamin Moore Reviews

Updated July 4, 2015
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Michael Searles
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Pros
  • Free lunch when visiting corporate offices with that benefit (in 48 reviews)

  • As an employer BM has always been accommodating when it comes to work / life balance (in 15 reviews)

Cons
  • People have become a joke to Senior Management (in 14 reviews)

  • Upper management does not listen to their customers or employees (in 12 reviews)

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  1. Great Place

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Plant Engineer in Birmingham, AL
    Current Employee - Plant Engineer in Birmingham, AL

    I have been working at Benjamin Moore full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Very easy going and down to earth staff. Very open to new ideas. Things happen fast.

    Cons

    Extremely hot environment. A lot of change at the CEO level. Bonus pay isn't great.


  2. Helpful (3)

    Decent Place

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Budd Lake, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Budd Lake, NJ

    I worked at Benjamin Moore full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits ... free lunch and lengthy vacation time

    Cons

    Bad management ... not very educated

    Advice to Management

    Stop micro-managing


  3. Helpful (2)

    Market Training Specialist

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Benjamin Moore

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Financially sound company with decent benefits.

    Cons

    No longer offer a pension and half-dozen pensions on existing employees. Have great market share in some markets but in several major US markets are basically non existent.

    Advice to Management

    Several upper management people should learn the paint business and not pretend to know it.


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  5. Helpful (10)

    Career growth? Maybe if you are senior management

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Accounting in Montvale, NJ
    Former Employee - Accounting in Montvale, NJ

    I worked at Benjamin Moore full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Reasonable hours; Free lunch if you are a full-time employee.

    Cons

    Promotions/career growth reserved for senior management employees. Company has reasonable hours as there isn't any incentive or motivation to stay past 4 or 5 p.m. Great for people looking to sharpen their skills and then bounce within 1-2 years to a better career opportunity elsewhere. Company's strategy to bring in new talent versus promoting from within will ultimately fail as the revolving doors are lubed and the "new talent" leave for other opportunities elsewhere while the "old talent" were let go and pushed out to vacate spots for the new talent. Workload is distributed among remaining employees that do the work of 3-4 people in exchange for a Brand Ambassador award for excellence.

    Advice to Management

    None that would change anything.


  6. Helpful (15)

    IT Department

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Benjamin Moore

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The company as a whole seems to be responding well to Mike Searles. He is a fit for the values that Benjamin Moore tries to uphold. Some smart people. Also, free lunch is always nice.

    Cons

    I would not recommend working in the IT department. You never know who is coming or going as the turnover is insanely high (50/50 between people being let go and leaving on their own accord). Outsourcing and consulting seem to take priority over actual Benjamin Moore employees. The higher up you go on the food chain, the less accountability their seems to be. The massive SAP overhaul being worked on is millions over budget and a year behind schedule and the entire company feels very uneasy about it.

    Advice to Management

    Please take a look under the hood and really ask the non-management folks of what they really think working in the IT department is like.


  7. account executive-SC

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Specialty Coatings in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Specialty Coatings in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Benjamin Moore

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    outstanding company. We are growing in a number of ways. Redistribution of company assets, the addition of our Oakland distribution center and new products. The consistent, positive message from OUR company is incredible. I cannot imagine a better place to be. Communication is the key to success, and let us all not forget that 'People Buy from People'. Trust in yourselves, believe in who you are and that is Benjamin Moore. Stand tall friends, we will learn to be lean and to lean towards each other. No more talk about what this company can do for us, but how we can make this company a viable resource for all consumers.

    Cons

    none at all. I will commit myself to working towards a positive impact for my team.

    Advice to Management

    Lets complete what we started. Continue to add to our infrastructure, hire great people, and enjoy selling against formidable competition. At the end of the day we are all volunteers; our employees, our dealers, our customers. Add Moore to your life.


  8. Helpful (14)

    Do NOT come here if you are in IT, Finance, or Legal

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

    I have been working at Benjamin Moore full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great paint but over priced. CEO is a good guy but cannot make tough decisions about his team.

    Cons

    Those three departments are a mess. Run by people who probably never painted a wall in their lives. Bad management, poor decision-making and could care less about their people, but care allot about themselves. This company was never like that, and they would never have been hired by leaders in the past.

    Advice to Management

    CEO is a good throw back to the past,type of person but is unwilling to get rid of those mentioned above. Perhaps because no one any good will want to come to BM. Good luck and hope Berkshire allows BM to return 10% each year instead of the 15% returned until this group took over.


  9. Finance

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

    I have been working at Benjamin Moore full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    History. Prior to 2008 that is.

    Cons

    Mid management is loaded with such-ups to bad upper management.

    Advice to Management

    Find paint management team that is paint knowledgeable and empathetic to its workers. They're out there. One or two were brilliant. The first bad management team let those people go in 2012 so they wouldn't be exposed for what they were should the new CEO ask. .They got exposed anyway.


  10. Helpful (9)

    Been here 15 years, never been worse than now.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Filling Line Operator in Pell City, AL
    Current Employee - Filling Line Operator in Pell City, AL

    I have been working at Benjamin Moore full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I've made some great friends inside this company over the years. That's the reason I'm giving two stars rather than one. There are really some great people that work in this plant. The pay is decent and the benefits are good if you have a family.

    Cons

    In the last 4 years I've watched this company implode from the inside out. The problems are purely management and at this plant in Pell City it starts at the top and goes down from there. The incompetence is incomprehensible unless you are inside this plant on a day to day basis. There is no fixing this problem. Time to rebuild IF corporate wants to fix.

    Advice to Management

    Address the issues that keep us from being successful. Quit covering up mis-fills for the sake of it hurting quality goals. Stop pushing subpar samples through the lab before the paint is ready to fill in the name of meeting production goals. End the exhaustive dog and pony shows that are designed to make the plant look like it's running efficiently. Everyone hates the 2 day rush to "get ready" for corporate visitors.


  11. Contract work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Lab Tech in Flanders, NJ
    Former Employee - Lab Tech in Flanders, NJ

    I worked at Benjamin Moore

    Pros

    Get to learn a lot about paint depending on who you work for. Will give you a solid foundation to move on to a different company. The chemists there are smart and if you ask them questions they will be happy to give you more information.

    Cons

    Temps have no benefits. While full-time workers start with 3 weeks paid vacation at Benjamin Moore, temps get no vacation days. The location has between 30 and 40 temps total, so when full-time positions appear- which is rare- you're unlikely to get one.



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