Benjamin Moore

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Benjamin Moore Reviews

Updated October 24, 2014
Updated October 24, 2014
252 Reviews
2.9
252 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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
  • Senior management is run by one or two tyrants who have everyone running scared (in 13 reviews)

  • A lot of changes in upper management; an old-boy culture that's changing (but not yet fast enough) (in 12 reviews)

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  1.  

    Good Culture, Good People, Good Company.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great place to work, room to advance, over all nice benefit package (vacation time +++), a lot of time is invested into the community, the people on the ground level are great and team driven culture.

    Cons

    advancement is at a snails pace, diminishing health benefits (employee contribution for heath insurance is high and low coverage).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    you have to believe in the values you teach before those values can be passed down.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    A good company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Benjamin Moore full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The brand is a great product and has been around a long time. There are many good hardworking people who care and focus their time and energy on working hard to continue the success of the company.

    Cons

    The complainers that do nothing but write bad post and do nothing to improve whatever has them unhappy except complain. If you don't like it leave. The doors open!

    Yes, like all companies there are things that each of us would like to see changed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The new CEO is on the right path, keep it going!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    They are a good company to work for. I've been with them for quite a few years and I love my job.

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate
    Current Employee - Sales Associate

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

    Pros

    Yearly performance rewards like pay raises & bonus's have always been good for me. You do the work, you get the reward.

    Cons

    I've watched it change from a family company to corporate driven. No fault to them, it's just the way business is nowadays.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Great people

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    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at Benjamin Moore full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Friendly coworkers, free lunch, team work

    Cons

    Pay is kind of low

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Talk to your staff more to keep everyone in the loop

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 9 people found this helpful  

    Going Downhill

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    Former Employee - Former Employees in Flanders, NJ
    Former Employee - Former Employees in Flanders, NJ

    I worked at Benjamin Moore full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The best benefits were excellent vacation package and free lunches. In addition, support was provided in continuous education in the relevant field.

    Cons

    This company is lack of collective synergy in moving the company positively forward. Too much un-necessary politics and employees place too much attention on personal gains at the expense of company benefits.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The new management must address the following challenges.
    1. Key external challenge: market share
    2. Key internal challenge: do not displace experienced and knowledgeable employees with new ones to drive lower salary expenditure. Please assess their talent and proven contributions before rushing to a senseless decision.
    Please adopt a confidential "Exit Interview" for useful information that is accessible by the CEO only.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Benjamin Moore is a fine place to work.

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    Current Employee - Senior Accountant in Montvale, NJ
    Current Employee - Senior Accountant in Montvale, NJ

    I have been working at Benjamin Moore full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Friendly environment, free lunch, name recognition

    Cons

    It's not very easy to move ahead within the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest time with your employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 12 people found this helpful  

    Used to be a good company to work for

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Benjamin Moore full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Used to be a good company to work for before June 2012. Part of Berkshire Hathaway. Free lunches. Colorful office.

    Cons

    Salaries below the market. Since June 2012 company has lost many excellent employees due to ill-considered restructuring . Lots of corporate politics with new management.

  9. 10 people found this helpful  

    Too many reorgs

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    Former Employee - Manager in Montvale, NJ
    Former Employee - Manager in Montvale, NJ

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

    Pros

    Good work-life balance. Free cafeteria. Decent benefits. At one time, I worked with an incredible team of people.

    Cons

    One word- Reorganization. You can almost set your watch by it. There is a constant shuffling of people. Frequent layoffs and the feeling of unrest puts everyone on edge.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop trying to reinvent the wheel. Get some solid business plans together and reward the people doing the work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 14 people found this helpful  

    Incredibly Bad Work Experience At This Point in Time

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Benjamin Moore full-time

    Pros

    I get paid more than minimum wage. That is the only pro that can overcome the horribly disrespectful treatment I have been receiving in the past 6 months. Lots of people talk about the free lunch but after the first month I realized the food served was, unsurprisingly, about equal in quality to what they charge you for it.

    Cons

    The extensive firings have resulted in the most incompetent yet politically-acceptable, risk-averse, bobble-headed workers being left to "run" departments. I have been lied to repeatedly by my manager. I have been invited to and then barred from meetings. Despite having nothing but excellent reviews at every mid-year and year-end, work was taken away from me and given to new hires - and i was not told this by management but by the new worker! Where the company once believed in managers doing their own admin we have now hired dozens and dozens of mid-level "clerks" while skilled professional positions were eliminated in favor of more expensive (and inefficient) outsourcing. In my department a life-long, self-taught, uneducated production staffer has been promoted to manage a highly experience-driven and specialized department. This person's skills are completely out of line with what every other company considers baseline for this work. This is true of all the people left from pre-firing times because they were retained for their political savvy, their zipped lips and their willingness to not rock the boat. Extremely qualified individuals were thrown out along with some deadwood because they couldn't win the political wars with the intermediate Senior Leadership. So many of the new initiatives put in place in the last 2 years are now being exposed as the wrong solutions, ill-advised or poorly applied (IT outsourcing, ERP integration, Foundation Core Beliefs, Wellness initiatives, Marketing directives, co-op promotions are late or over budget or abandoned or being rolled back or re-written).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We believe in Berkshire-Hathaway. We believe in the history of Benjamin Moore. We may even believe in the BIG picture of your current directives but the damage done by mindless, politically motivated and knee-jerk reaction over the past 2 years needs so much more of your attention. Hopefully you have started to reverse direction on sales and assuage the dealer network but the ethos of Berkshire Hathaway is still taking a BIG hit by allowing this poor middle-management crew to treat their staffs (new hires and veteran workers alike by the way) like trash. Reviews? MEANINGLESS. Mentoring? DOES NOT EXIST. Honest application of your "core principles"? THESE PEOPLE DON'T EVEN UNDERSTAND THEM.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 11 people found this helpful  

    More positive before Berkshire

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    Former Employee - Marketing Specialist in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Marketing Specialist in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    The "Brand" still has legs but they are nowhere as strong as they used to be. It's like a horse that was 'run hard and put away wet'

    Cons

    Making the management turnstile understand these basic facts:

    1.) This was a Billion Dollar revenue stream before the Global Recession. Had it just kept pace with inflation it would be well over that today. It's less than a billion now.

    2.) Then we had nearly 3,000 employees now we are nearing less than 2,000. Why?

    3.) Each day even a modest turnaround becomes more a fantasy than a realistic outcome as the majors continue to graze on our dwindling share.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's all on glassdoor and much of it very good but in reality it may simply be too late and for sure will be if yet another CEO comes 'a callin'.

    Even a so called 10 fold increase in advertising will not move any sales needles. Everyone has seen that movie before.

    Oh, and be honest. Reveal the REAL plans for further consolidation. Real revenue and employment can't continue to shrink the way it has without ushering in more of the same.

    Finally, the current plight is infused with irony. Abrams' grand big-box scheme may be the only logical solution left. Halfway in bed with Lowe's already (with Orchard Supply) why not go all the way?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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