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Updated May 21, 2014

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3.2 51 reviews

48% Approve of the CEO

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

Nolan D. Archibald

(23 ratings)

55% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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
  • 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)

  • Stanley operates as a type of private equity company(in 4 reviews)

51 Employee Reviews
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    Poor leaderShip, Highly politcal. Only promote their favourites.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

    ConsNo focus on business. You dont need to know the products

    Advice to Senior ManagementVery poor leader ship.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great place to work if you're a guy

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Towson, MD

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

    ConsDefinite 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 Senior ManagementReduce 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great leadership and vision.

    Manager (Current Employee) Towson, MD

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

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Decent place to start career

    Finance (Former Employee) Towson, MD

    ProsGood environment
    Smart people
    Interesting projects (when available)

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    The new BDK is much different!

    Regional Accunt Manager (Current Employee) Houston, TX

    ProsFlexibility, Company Vehicle, ability to create promotions

    ConsNo value in personnel, the number is all that matters

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    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 Senior ManagementCreate incentives for your younger talent to stay.

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    Ok place, but No room for advancement.

    Retail Specialist (Former Employee) Houston, TX

    ProsPay OK
    Time off is good.
    Make your own schedule

    ConsUpper Management
    Too many fires to put out
    Bonus keep decreasing

    Advice to Senior ManagementPromote within
    Give some love to the lower level employees

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

    Territory Manager (Former Employee) Richmond Hill, ON (Canada)

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

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementOpen your eyes an stop the turnover

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    Chaotic, reactive, poor internal disciplines, finger pointing environment

    Marketing Manager (Current Employee) Lake Forest, CA

    ProsWhen 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.

    ConsIn 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 Senior ManagementI 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Why work here?

    Engineer (Current Employee) Towson, MD

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

    ConsLow 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 Senior ManagementKeep doing what you have been doing.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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