Black & Decker

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  1.  

    Fun company to work for when sales are up....but

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Black & Decker

    Pros

    Great product, great people, lots of brand recognition

    Cons

    When sales are down people lose jobs quickly because of public company mentality and shareholder returns

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    A people company with great people

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    Former Employee - Hrd in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Hrd in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Les Ireland provided strong positive leadership : both working 'hands on' and sharing his own experiences as he worked within B & D, as well as providing the right level of leadership and gravitas and a person people aspired to become in their own careers.
    People led with their hearts not just their heads which brought results to another level : the commitment and enthusiasm was infectious, the can do attitude and going the extra mile was a happy norm.

    Cons

    May be needed a bit more process to capture some of the excellence and skills that employees had to give and make some of the results driven work repeatable through simple processes.
    Potentially a bit more research into competitors and commercial USPs of others would have made a very good company great.
    The US could have looked a bit more to some of the progressive initiatives being drivin in both Latin America and EMEA, then I think the market downturn would have not had such an impact.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Share 'best practice' across the globe : it doesn't just work regionally 80% of some extremely robust and commercially rich initiatives would have really driven profit, expanded catagories and driven sales.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

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

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    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.

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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.  

    Good company

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    Former Employee - Sales Representative
    Former Employee - Sales Representative

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

    Pros

    B&D provides good advancement opportunities for individuals that show a strong performance. They provide a great career that exposes employees to different roles in the organization in a sort period of time.

    Cons

    Black and decker is notorious for not having a competive pay structure. They are challenged with forming new roles and then cutting the role when the business climate changes.

  7.  

    Great mentorship with lots of upside potential

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Black & Decker

    Pros

    Rotational opportunities within finance group

    Cons

    Merger with Stanley changed culture completely

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

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

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    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
  9.  

    B&D has allowed me to move forward with my career

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Black & Decker

    Pros

    Ability to move up through the business when opportunities arise.

    Cons

    Low pay and recognition.
    Very much controlled by Finiance and Marketing- a boy's club

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognise and reward for those employees who add real value to the business.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Self fulling but hard tireless work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Black & Decker

    Pros

    Constant challenges,always room for advancement and good benefits

    Cons

    Pay is horrible and not up to standard averages

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't be so focused on moving people and promoting.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great work environment

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Black & Decker

    Pros

    work / life balance is good

    Cons

    To move up you have to move frequently.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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