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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
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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.  

    Great Company, Exceptional management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Black & Decker full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    great action oriented company with a high calibre management team. They develop their people and remunerate well. I only have positive things to say about them

    Cons

    Having spent 13 years there I really only have good thoughts and experiences of the company

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Excellent company, great place to work.

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    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
  3.  

    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

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  5.  

    Giant in he industry

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    Current Employee - Publishing & Design Manager in Melbourne (Australia)
    Current Employee - Publishing & Design Manager in Melbourne (Australia)

    I have been working at Black & Decker full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great work environment and professionalism of everyone.

    Cons

    Long hours (afterhours unpaid) and weekends unpaid.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More incentives for hard workers...

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

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

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    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
  7.  

    rewarding

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Executive
    Current Employee - Account Executive

    I have been working at Black & Decker

    Pros

    great company, benefits, and advancement opps, company culture

    Cons

    politics, organization, advancement past mid level, merger, speed to action, market adjustments

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great Place to Work and Progress

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager

    I have been working at Black & Decker

    Pros

    Great people, great place to work, numbers driven, continuous sense of achievement when you beat our competitors, you have to wait a little bit but soon or later you get promoted if you do a good job. Opportunity to create and innovate. Your ideas are always heard and management like employees to participate in important decisions. The fact that I have to travel a lot makes my job more exciting. The company gives you the opportunity to visit different markets, different cultures and learn from them. We become a truly global organization where managers have lots of responsibilities and are important for the company. In addition, the company is well known everywhere.

    Cons

    Salaries are just on the media, and sometimes below Best in Class companies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase salaries according to best in class companies.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    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

  10. 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.

  11.  

    Great Company

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    • 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

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