Black Box Reviews

Updated August 27, 2015
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Michael McAndrew
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Pros
  • The Box continues to let go the good people, so we pick them up when they become available (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • No vision at the management level, a lot of empty promises, unethical dealings with VPs, upper management doesn't care at all about the employees (in 6 reviews)

  • Low pay, no raises, no direction from upper management, they stand in their own way of being successful (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Mechanical Line Assembler

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    Former Employee - Mechanical Line Assembler in Venetia, PA
    Former Employee - Mechanical Line Assembler in Venetia, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Black Box part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    They are friendly and fairly laid back.

    Cons

    Workload can sometimes get hectic.

    Advice to Management

    Engineering department there needs to get a clue.


  2. Good place to work, but move on once you have experience

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    Former Employee - Solutions Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Solutions Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Black Box full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Was part of a great group when acquired by Black Box. It quickly went down hill from there. Eventually the entire group was disbanded and outsourced.

    Cons

    Not a lot of opportunity for advancement. They are constantly acquiring regional players, so in a constant state of flux. It is a quarterly game of "who will be let go" based upon the current numbers.


  3. ok

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    not that bad of a place

    Cons

    not much in advancement upward


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  5. Account Executive

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Black Box full-time

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity with a changing / growing company.

    Cons

    Company is in transition from merging multiple acquisitions to a single company. This is creating disruption to the customer base and employees, but nothing more than what would be expected when taking on this endeavor.


  6. Sales

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Black Box full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Best technology solution provider - vendor neutral

    Cons

    local resources aren't always available


  7. Sales Director

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    Current Employee - Sales Director
    Current Employee - Sales Director
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Black Box full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    2015 Sales Organization overhaul has been excellent. We used to operate like 39 different companies and now we are one.

    Cons

    Our internal history of 39 different companies acting independently limited our growth, employee advancement, etc. That is now behind us.

    Advice to Management

    Keep on moving forward with one Black Box mentality.


  8. Soul Cage

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lawrence, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lawrence, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Black Box full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The folks who work there are nice, salt of the earth people. Many have been there a long time. And they're ready to do their best for the company. They give their best everyday. There is a free lunch in the cafeteria and free parking. Health Benefits are okay. The Black Box brand still has some meaning with customers.

    Cons

    Senior management are left overs from the "bad old days" with the former CEO who was investigated and removed by the SEC and made many of the mistakes that current employees have to struggle with. Investors seem to now be wising up and punishing management by pushing down the stock price. Unfortunately, hiring decisions of senior management seem to be made more on outside company connections/benefits than on the competence of the senior manager. This is a great company with a lot of potential, but long time senior management just seems intent on killing the golden goose. I could not suggest this is a good employer to anyone .

    Advice to Management

    Respect your employees, stop looting the company, start telling the truth to investors, and invest in the company not in your own pockets.


  9. 3

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    Former Employee - Onsite Senior Technician/Engineer in Branson, MO
    Former Employee - Onsite Senior Technician/Engineer in Branson, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Black Box (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good Company To Work For. Stay Young.

    Cons

    Care about the Company over there Employees

    Advice to Management

    Look more into what your employees are expecting.


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    Run - Don't Walk Away

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    Former Employee - Project Coordinator in Nashville, TN
    Former Employee - Project Coordinator in Nashville, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Black Box full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Very Few. It's good experience to springboard yourself elsewhere. Health insurance is affordable.

    Cons

    The pay is crap and they try to work you to death and act like you aren't doing anything but sitting around on your cell phone all day. Metrics that don't accurately measure anything. Mid level-managers are lazy and don't contribute. Don't have enough staff because no one trusts them and all of their good long-term employees walked. No room for advancement unless you want to put up with the above mentioned and work there forever. They expect you to bend over backwards for them and then stab you in the back.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to who is really doing the work. Reward your employees for the work they are doing and stop telling them what they are not doing, especially when you don't have enough staff and you know it.


  11. HR

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Black Box full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits and free lunch

    Cons

    No leadership, no raises, dirty work conditions



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