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Black & Decker Reviews

Updated 7 April 2015
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Black & Decker Chairman, President, and CEO Nolan D. Archibald
Nolan D. Archibald
27 Ratings

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
  • When sales are down people lose jobs quickly because of public company mentality and shareholder returns (in 3 reviews)

  • 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)

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  1. Great Company, Exceptional management

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Black & Decker full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    great action oriented company with a high calibre management team. They develop their people and remunerate well. I only have positive things to say about them

    Cons

    Having spent 13 years there I really only have good thoughts and experiences of the company

  2. A people company with great people

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    Former Employee - Hrd in London, England
    Former Employee - Hrd in London, England

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

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

  3. the company is very good working conditions

    Former Employee - Country Manager in Dubai (United Arab Emirates)
    Former Employee - Country Manager in Dubai (United Arab Emirates)

    I worked at Black & Decker full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    good working atmosphere and very transparent

    Cons

    more concerned about numbers and intrested to develop markets

    Advice to Management

    keep the employees in good humor

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  5. Great Place to Work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Former Account Executive
    Former Employee - Former Account Executive

    I worked at Black & Decker

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Product, excellent training, great people to work with.

    Cons

    Some district manament had their own agenda

    Advice to Management

    Keep up with products that are new and innovative

  6. Great Company to work for. Really great products and Demand.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Manager
    Former Employee - Sales Manager

    I worked at Black & Decker (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent products and good growth opportunities if you are flexible about relocation as well as politically savvy in dealing with all levels of management.

    Cons

    None really, other than communication which can always be better in any large company and work life balance. Promotion and compensation should be more focused on performance than internal relationship building.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in employee retention as opposed to constant recruiting/replacement.

  7. Great people

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

    I worked at Black & Decker

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The people are great, family oriented. cool lab work to create assumptions on products, great warranty etc.

    Cons

    Little attraction for new talent

    Advice to Management

    There is a need to resuscitate the people who work here.

  8. I thought Black & Decker was a great experience.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Black & Decker

    Pros

    Very friendly co-workers and supervisors, pretty standard work hours with the ability to flex a few hours early or late as long as you got your 8 hours in, held seminars on various topics

    Cons

    Floating holidays, not a ton of guidance when you're first starting out

  9. 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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    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

  10. Helpful (1)

    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.

  11. Great Company

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Black & Decker full-time (More than 10 years)

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Had a great company culture

    Cons

    None to mention at this time

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