Black & Decker
3.2 of 5 48 reviews
www.bdk.com Towson, MD 5000+ Employees

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Updated Mar 15, 2014

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

Nolan D. Archibald

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55% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Great Company

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

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)

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

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

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Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Black & Decker

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)

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

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)

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

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)

I have been working at Black & Decker full-time

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)

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

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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Formerly a good company that's seen decline since the housing market crashed.

Anonymous Employee (Former 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 Senior ManagementCreate incentives for your younger talent to stay.

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Giant in he industry

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

I have been working at Black & Decker full-time for less than a year

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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Good company

Sales Representative (Former Employee)

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

ProsB&D provides good advancement opportunities for individuals that show a strong performance. They provide a great career that exposes employees to different roles in the organization in a sort period of time.

ConsBlack and decker is notorious for not having a competive pay structure. They are challenged with forming new roles and then cutting the role when the business climate changes.

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