Stanley Black & Decker

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Stanley Black & Decker Reviews

Updated February 25, 2015
Updated February 25, 2015
242 Reviews
2.6
242 Reviews
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Stanley Black & Decker CEO John F. Lundgren
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great people to work with and an overall great place to work (in 9 reviews)

  • Company seems to care about employees well being with a good work/life balance (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • long hours, particularly in finance, that spouses have complained and threatened divorce (in 17 reviews)

  • Work-life balance can be challenging and if economics do not support growth the potential for layoffs are real (in 9 reviews)

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  1.  

    great coworkers, supportive management; aggressive goals, stressful hours

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Towson, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Towson, MD

    I worked at Stanley Black & Decker full-time

    Pros

    My peers were very open about training, sharing best practices, being available for help even though my work didn't directly impact or benefit them. My bosses gave me opportunities to be seen, encouraged advancement, and challenged me and pushed me to grow beyond my comfort zone.

    Cons

    Being a publicly traded company, there is a heavy focus on quarterly goals. When the numbers are off, people get nervous about layoffs. I left voluntarily but was constantly on edge about it. And the culture is to work long hours. While core 830-530 is typical, I often worked from home late in the evening and noticed my coworkers doing the same.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize the sacrifices people make; make it easier to prioritize work load; discourage regular evening work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    sales management

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Stanley Black & Decker

    Pros

    good pay and good benifits

    Cons

    to many changes in direction

  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good while it lasts....they cut head count to meet end of year financial targets on a regular basis.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Baltimore, MD

    I have been working at Stanley Black & Decker full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Many smart people that could achieve great things if supported by a sustainable strategy.

    Cons

    Claim to be focused on organic growth, but are actually focused on acquisition based growth driven by efficiency strategies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus less on imposing your will, and more on understanding your customers, plural internal and external.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    Company does not value the employee

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Columbus, OH

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

    Pros

    Decent pay. Large company so great benefits. Room to move up due to sheer size of the company. Iconic brands. Large network of employees. Recognizable company. Had a good training process and identified individuals who could move on to other positions.

    Cons

    Bleeds the company dry by firing employees when not meeting their financial goals. Does not value the employee. Does not hold management to high standards...very little accountability. They have a history of buying other companies and ruining the culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the employee and your customers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great People, Great Products!!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Stanley Black & Decker

    Pros

    Healthy work environment with really smart middle managers. There is a good work-life balance, but that is greatly dependent on the manager you get.

    Cons

    Salary raises and promotions are non existent. They blame cost cutting.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very finally driven company; the GE way

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, OH

    I have been working at Stanley Black & Decker

    Pros

    Accountability for results. People who are great mentors.

    Cons

    Restructuring charges every quarter when corporate directive to fire bottom 10%

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep strong

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Don't do it

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

    I worked at Stanley Black & Decker

    Pros

    the benefits are good and you get the experience of working for a big corporate company and developing contacts

    Cons

    Work life balance is non existent and being understaffed contributes to doing 2-3 jobs worth of work

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Great Company!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Coordinator in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Sales Coordinator in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Stanley Black & Decker (more than a year)

    Pros

    Amazing Training, company vehicle, a lot of career growth, great management

    Cons

    Compensation low when first starting

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    From great culture to Gulag

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Stanley Black & Decker

    Pros

    Used to be a great place to work

    Cons

    Awful culture, people dont matter

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change your focus

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Sad that it once was an innovative power tool manufacturer.

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    Former Employee - R&D Engineer in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - R&D Engineer in Baltimore, MD

    I worked at Stanley Black & Decker full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    You still sort-of get to work with Power tools

    Cons

    Management has lost it's way since the merger. The predominant concern is making the quarter numbers, and less about creating a great product that the customers will flock to buy over your competitors. Not going to make the quarter's numbers - "cut more heads", as opposed to bear the course and design and market some products that are better than your competitors. Product roadmap is garbage and now a complete mess with Black & Decker, Black + Decker, and PC, SFM, and B.
    Clean it up, simplify it, innovate at the core, and give something (a program) to your team members that they can get enthused about.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Return to your roots - making good, solid tools that your customers want and can use.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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