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Stanley Black & Decker Reviews

Updated October 17, 2017
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  • Poor work-life balance in certain roles (in 38 reviews)

  • Lack of personalization in upper management (in 29 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (1)

    "Pride inside: strong history, bright future"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President in New Britain, CT
    Current Employee - Vice President in New Britain, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Rich history, bright future, quality products, recognizable brands, great people, culture of working hard + always striving to be better.

    Cons

    The businesses and functions could be a bit more connected and coordinated.

    Advice to Management

    Keep embracing contemporary, authentic communication practices - it's going a long way.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Avoid Stanley Security Solutions!"

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    Former Employee - Masterkey Specialist in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Masterkey Specialist in Indianapolis, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Fairly decent staff to work with, quite a bit of freedom with schedule changes, structured management, large customer base, well known products, well built products

    Cons

    A lot of stress for very little results, everything is earning driven at the cost of employee morale, customers suffer at the incompetence of middle and micro management, employees suffer due to micro management, strong overhead force to keep pace with revenue gain or loss. Technology development in the organization is slow at it's best and very disorganized. Lots of money is wasted on projects that could have had far better results for far less invested. Projects that could use funding are often ignored or under-funded.

    Advice to Management

    LISTEN to your employees when they make recommendations

  3. "Great leadership and vision."

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    Current Employee - Manager in Towson, MD
    Current Employee - Manager in Towson, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  4. "Great place to work if you're a guy"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Towson, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Towson, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Greed!"

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    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Lake Forest, CA
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Lake Forest, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Black and Decker by itself it was a better option.

    Cons

    Inexperienced, unprofessional, unproductive engineering managers.

    Advice to Management

    Review your hiring process for departmental manager positions.


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Dysfunctional Environment with Poor Leadership"

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    Former Employee - Product Development in New Britain, CT
    Former Employee - Product Development in New Britain, CT
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Name recognition since the company has been around a long time. Some solid, well known products that consumers are familiar with.

    Cons

    Incompetent managers who are promoted without any consideration for what they've actually accomplished. Poor line of communication from top to bottom. Employee layoffs are a common occurance. Morale is extremely low. Self promoters run the show and will walk on who they have to so they can look good, placing blame on others.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the people who work under you and take into consideration what they are saying. Improve the culture by RAISING morale. This should be a no-brainer.


  7. Helpful (9)

    "If you are a mediocre and just want to be adaquate, this is the company for you..."

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in New Britain, CT
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in New Britain, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Stanley Black & Decker full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Stock will probably do fine since the company only cares about money. Probably good future investment. Benefits are just "OK" but there are worst out there.

    Cons

    SBDK does not care too much about their people. No development, no mercy on layoffs (They gave two weeks severance to a woman who worked there for 20 years!), and no clear goals. The company is basing itself on being mediocre. They encourage employees to simply do their job and nothing beyond that. No challenges, no incentives (Except maybe in sales). It you are trying too hard, you're being slowed down by management...

    Advice to Management

    Not everything is about money. Yes, it will require investment. Yes, it will mean that you'll need to show more transparency and get out of the "Traditional" managmeent style. However, it will pay off in the long run.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Tons of work, little pay, small pay increases, little regard for employees"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Towson, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Towson, MD

    I worked at Stanley Black & Decker full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Large company, decent benefits
    Decent product lines, although the reputation is quickly diminishing
    Great coworkers for the most part, but the good ones are starting to realize that they will make much more elsewhere

    Cons

    The company and management truly have no regard for employees as people. Two layoffs in the last year have proven that they are money hungry and push profit above all else, including product quality.
    You will not get your first raise until at least 2 years after you start. You get a yearly performance review and the raise attached to that does not come for 12-16 months after, and the raise will be 6% at most, if you are lucky.
    In all areas of the company, they are cutting people and expecting more work to get done. This makes the company look terrible with shoddy products, little to no inventory, and overworked bitter salespeople.


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Squandered a GOLDEN opportunity"

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    Former Employee - Technical Healthcare Consultant in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Technical Healthcare Consultant in Milwaukee, WI
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Stanley Black & Decker full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Started off with an Epic Consulting team that was all star in every respect.Stanley aquired HIA - a rock solid Epic consulting firm in 2011.

    Cons

    Mismanagement and ineptitude by Stanley corporate office management and a sales team that couldn't sell food to a starving person resulted in the disbanding of the entire Epic team. EPIC is a goldmine in the healthcare consulting realm that a blind person could find gold in. Stanley has no clue whatsoever.

    Advice to Management

    How do you give advice to complete failures?


  10. Helpful (4)

    "ego of this company is ridiculous"

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    Former Employee - Field Sales
    Former Employee - Field Sales
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Stanley Black & Decker full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    great coworkers, local market enjoyable

    Cons

    under paid, over worked, not employee focused, company wants to grow profits more than growing people. want everyone to relocate all over the country. no job security or stability

    Advice to Management

    wake up and rediscover that your employees are why you exist! not the other way around


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