Black & Decker Reviews

Updated 21 May 2014
Updated 21 May 2014
51 Reviews
3.3
51 Reviews
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Black & Decker Chairman, President, and CEO Nolan D. Archibald
Nolan D. Archibald
23 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
  • 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)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    A people company with great people

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Hrd  in  London, England
    Former Employee - Hrd in London, England

    I worked at Black & Decker full-time for 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
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good until Stanley Bought them

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Black & Decker

    Pros

    Great culture until Stanley bought them.

    Cons

    Stanley operates as a type of private equity company. They buy companies, strip all cost out, and look to sell them.

  3.  

    Great Company

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

    I worked at Black & Decker full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Had a great company culture

    Cons

    None to mention at this time

    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Excellent company, great place to work.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Accountant  in  McAllen, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Accountant in McAllen, TX (US)

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

    Pros

    Black & Decker it is a well known multinational, it has good policies and internal controls making easier for employees to attach to the company's values and also to understand the way the company works. There are many opportunities for professional growth.

    Cons

    This company needs to better control the way they spend to avoid running out of cash.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    First

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Black & Decker

    Pros

    Big, well known, national, local

    Cons

    Too big, not growing, no advancement

  7.  

    Great place to start off your career

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Manager  in  Columbus, OH (US)
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Columbus, OH (US)

    I have been working at Black & Decker full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Awesome training program. It's intense and people are competitive. You have a lot of responsibility early on in your career.

    Cons

    I moved around a lot. It got old uprooting so much. I could have turned down the offers, but then I felt like I would have been overlooks, which almost forced the moves.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Decent place to start career

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Finance  in  Towson, MD (US)
    Former Employee - Finance in Towson, MD (US)

    I worked at Black & Decker full-time for more than a 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
  9.  

    The new BDK is much different!

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    Current Employee - Regional Accunt Manager  in  Houston, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Regional Accunt Manager in Houston, TX (US)

    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
  10.  

    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.

  11.  

    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 for 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

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