Black & Decker

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Black & Decker Reviews in Baltimore, MD

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

    Great place to work

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    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
  2.  

    Decent place to start career

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Finance in Towson, MD
    Former Employee - Finance in Towson, MD

    I worked at Black & Decker full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Good environment
    Smart people
    Interesting projects (when available)

    Cons

    Work was monotonous, not enough variation. Frequent threat of layoffs

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Very Good

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    • 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
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  5.  

    FDP

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    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
  6.  

    Why work here?

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer in Towson, MD
    Current Employee - Engineer in Towson, MD

    I have been working at Black & Decker

    Pros

    Generally nice people, fun products to develop and use, nice location

    Cons

    Low pay, lack of confidence of managers in new talent, some people need Master's or higher to promote while other persons with no degrees get promoted, unequitable performance reviews, lousy HR attitude toward employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you have been doing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Towson, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in 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 ManagementAdvice

    -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.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Good work/life balance and great professional experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Towson, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Towson, MD

    I worked at Black & Decker

    Pros

    Good work/life balance - people are highly flexible given that you get your job done
    Good Benefits - medical/dental etc are fairly comprehensive
    You will gain applicable and highly relevant experience in the consumer products industry
    Brand name that will be recognized
    People - great team environment

    Cons

    Lower compensation when compared to similar jobs elsewhere
    HR policies are not as progressive as they could be

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more progressive in HR policies
    Investment into your people via compensation will make hiring more competitive.

    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Resume builder...

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    Current Employee - Program Manager in Towson, MD
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Towson, MD

    I have been working at Black & Decker

    Pros

    Black and Decker was a great place to work in a good economy. Management was very supportive. Highly suggested in a good economy.

    Cons

    Very relient on a four year degree and less about the background and compitence of the employee. Very low pay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees. Empower them and COMMUNICATE!! Do what you say and say what you do. Do not hide when times get tough.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    All about the Name of the brand..not quality or substance.

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    Former Employee - Manager in Towson, MD
    Former Employee - Manager in Towson, MD

    I worked at Black & Decker

    Pros

    The brand name looks good. .

    Cons

    BDK is only worried about brand name and recognition not quality anymore. I reviewed their quality and warrenties program...Let's just say we dont' buy BDK household items..made in China - need I say more

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Retain your people. Train your people - I had no training in 2+ years that I could use for continuing education requirements. I had to pay out of pocket for my certification requirements in my department. They will pay for certifications but not the $100s needed to get quality training. As a result I see many barely qualified people (Cheap salary) who can't really do a spectacular job. Nothing against the individuals..they work hard and they do the best they can. A little support in training and helping people get timely mentoring and right project experience would help a lot.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Not sure of the future of Black and Decker.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Electronics Technician in Towson, MD
    Current Employee - Senior Electronics Technician in Towson, MD

    I have been working at Black & Decker

    Pros

    Black and Decker provides for flexible hours and has good immediate management. If you are in school they offer tuition reimbursement, but recently they have announced that there would be cut backs regarding this. They have an open door policy, meaning that you can meet with anyone in management, if you need to. There is a cafeteria on site, which is convenient. Depending on the group that you work with, you may be able to take home a couple of tools. There is a company store that has discounted prices, and they often have sales. Black and Decker is a very large company, and provides a decent level of job security.

    Cons

    The trending of wages at the company has been stagnated for many of the employees, and there was a recent pay cut throughout the company. This pay cut also included the suspension of the company match, which was 6% on every $0.50 invested. ~3% if you contribute more than 6% of your wages. Management is trying to rush everything to market, with the end result being lowered quality and recalls. Black and Decker lost $16M due to a switch recall, and they lost much more than that with the VPX platform. They need to do the homework to determine if a product is going to meet the needs of the end user, and they need to quit outsourcing critical components.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop worrying about the share holders. The 100M that they receive as dividends would be better invested into the company. Let the engineering team do the engineering work, instead of pushing to get incomplete projects out the door.

    Disapproves of CEO

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