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.  

    Poor leaderShip, Highly politcal. Only promote their favourites.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Black & Decker

    Pros

    You dont need to work. Just be good with your manager. You get promoted

    Cons

    No focus on business. You dont need to know the products

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Very poor leader ship.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great place to work if you're a guy

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Towson, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Towson, MD

    I have been working at Black & Decker

    Pros

    Good work life balance, good benefits, friendly co-workers.

    Cons

    Definite gender discrimination, opportunities for advancement are highly dependent on who you end up working for. Company tends to overhire during good times and then go through several rounds of layoffs, salary freezes, etc. during bad times. No documentation of processes so everyone has to find information as if things had never been done before.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reduce some of the middle management levels- too many layers. Increase communication and communicate to all staff at once. Do not filter information down the ranks.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Great leadership and vision.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Towson, MD
    Current Employee - Manager in Towson, MD

    I have been working at Black & Decker

    Pros

    free parking, grounds are beautifully maintained, low level employees very cohesive

    Cons

    salary structure-many veteran employees have side jobs because they no longer can live on their salary

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The sr.mgmt directives are watered down or ignored by the time they reach director and sr. mgr level. Too many layers means the good old boys spend all their time staging appearances to appease sr.mgmt. Great fear in making these statements after seeing reprisals suffered by others.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    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 an 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
  6.  

    The new BDK is much different!

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    • 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
  7.  

    Formerly a good company that's seen decline since the housing market crashed.

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

    I worked at Black & Decker

    Pros

    -Paid internship is great for college kids; they made school a priority over work.
    -Mostly friendly people.

    Cons

    -Mismanaged IT department means a lot of young talent leaves after internships/a few years of employment, creating a huge demographic gap of two groups: new/short-timers, and people who have worked there for decades.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create incentives for your younger talent to stay.

  8.  

    Ok place, but No room for advancement.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Retail Specialist in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Retail Specialist in Houston, TX

    I worked at Black & Decker

    Pros

    Pay OK
    Time off is good.
    Make your own schedule

    Cons

    Upper Management
    Too many fires to put out
    Bonus keep decreasing

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote within
    Give some love to the lower level employees

    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Fun, but you worry about your job everyday, regardless of performance

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Territory Manager in Richmond Hill, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Territory Manager in Richmond Hill, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Black & Decker

    Pros

    Vehicle
    Freedom
    Good product
    People
    Expense budget vary good
    Slush fund to grow business
    Managers are very hands off in the field

    Cons

    Salary
    Bonus structure
    Vehicle
    Promotion not based on performance
    Public company worried about shareholders and not employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Open your eyes an stop the turnover

    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Chaotic, reactive, poor internal disciplines, finger pointing environment

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Lake Forest, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Lake Forest, CA

    I have been working at Black & Decker

    Pros

    When you put Black & Decker on your resume it gets respect and attention. It is widely considered a blue-chip company. In lower positions, olike channel manager, you will have an opportunity to learn the ropes-- good training.

    Cons

    In terms of work environment, I understand that in the last couple of years it has improved but the turnover at the top has been a turnstyle-- incredible velocity of new players--none groomed for the job. Especially true in marketing, a highly-fractured department.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I have no advice for management. I need to write 20 words here and I guess the only thing I can say is that "Black & Decker management" is something of an oxymoron.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Why work here?

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • 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

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