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Updated May 21, 2014

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3.2 51 reviews

48% Approve of the CEO

Black & Decker Chairman, President, and CEO Nolan D. Archibald

Nolan D. Archibald

(23 ratings)

55% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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

    Territory Manager (Former Employee) Richmond Hill, ON

    ProsVehicle
    Freedom
    Good product
    People
    Expense budget vary good
    Slush fund to grow business
    Managers are very hands off in the field

    ConsSalary
    Bonus structure
    Vehicle
    Promotion not based on performance
    Public company worried about shareholders and not employees

    Advice to Senior ManagementOpen your eyes an stop the turnover

    1 person found this helpful  

    Good until Stanley Bought them

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat culture until Stanley bought them.

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

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    Great Company

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsHad a great company culture

    ConsNone to mention at this time

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    Excellent company, great place to work.

    Accountant (Former Employee) McAllen, TX (US)

    ProsBlack & 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.

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

     

    First

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsBig, well known, national, local

    ConsToo big, not growing, no advancement

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    Great place to start off your career

    Sales Manager (Current Employee) Columbus, OH (US)

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

    ConsI 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 Senior ManagementKeep up the good work.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Decent place to start career

    Finance (Former Employee) Towson, MD (US)

    ProsGood environment
    Smart people
    Interesting projects (when available)

    ConsWork was monotonous, not enough variation. Frequent threat of layoffs

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    The new BDK is much different!

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

    ProsFlexibility, Company Vehicle, ability to create promotions

    ConsNo value in personnel, the number is all that matters

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet closer to your field managers, evaluate them based on Management ability rather than sales alone.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    A people company with great people

    Hrd (Former Employee) London, England (UK)

    ProsLes 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.

    ConsMay 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 Senior ManagementShare '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.

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    Giant in he industry

    Publishing & Design Manager (Current Employee) Melbourne (Australia)

    ProsGreat work environment and professionalism of everyone.

    ConsLong hours (afterhours unpaid) and weekends unpaid.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMore incentives for hard workers...

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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