Black & Decker

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Black & Decker Reviews

Updated December 5, 2014
Updated December 5, 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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Employee 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.  

    Great people

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

    I worked at Black & Decker

    Pros

    The people are great, family oriented. cool lab work to create assumptions on products, great warranty etc.

    Cons

    Little attraction for new talent

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is a need to resuscitate the people who work here.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 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.

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  5.  

    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
  6.  

    Excellent company, great place to work.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Accountant in McAllen, TX
    Former Employee - Accountant in McAllen, TX

    I worked at Black & Decker full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Black & Decker it is a well known multinational, it has good policies and internal controls making easier for employees to attach to the company's values and also to understand the way the company works. There are many opportunities for professional growth.

    Cons

    This company needs to better control the way they spend to avoid running out of cash.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    First

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Black & Decker

    Pros

    Big, well known, national, local

    Cons

    Too big, not growing, no advancement

  8.  

    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
  9.  

    Decent place to start career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  10.  

    The new BDK is much different!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Regional Accunt Manager in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Regional Accunt Manager in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Black & Decker full-time

    Pros

    Flexibility, Company Vehicle, ability to create promotions

    Cons

    No value in personnel, the number is all that matters

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get closer to your field managers, evaluate them based on Management ability rather than sales alone.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    A great company for both career and personal growth, outstanding culture.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Territory Manager in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Territory Manager in Detroit, MI

    I worked at Black & Decker

    Pros

    public company, big goals and big risks
    open management
    great feedback
    tons of growth opportunities
    great compensation package
    outstanding company culture
    nice balance of life and work

    Cons

    public company so at the end of the day you are just a number
    Quartly fire drills and high stress to please shareholders

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Because of the just a number, no hard feeling policys, B&D lost an unacceptable number of quality people and it has cost them dearly. Probably will never have the market share that was lost.

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

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