Stanley Black & Decker Engineer Reviews

Updated 26 Jun 2020

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Stanley Black & Decker President and CEO James M. Loree
James M. Loree
28 Ratings
  1. "beneficial in terms of tecexperience erience"

    5.0
    Current Intern - Electrical Engineer in Towson, MD

    I have been working at Stanley Black & Decker

    Pros

    good amount of hands on experience

    Cons

    convertion from intern to full time is difficult

  2. "Lots to do"

    3.0
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager 

    I have been working at Stanley Black & Decker full-time

    Pros

    Fast passed, hard working environment

    Cons

    A lot of recent cutbacks

  3. COVID-19
    Helpful (2)

    "Exciting work, but the company puts shareholders first at all times"

    3.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Advanced Manufacturing Engineer in Cleveland, OH
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Stanley Black & Decker full-time

    Pros

    Interesting work. Experienced operations teams.

    Cons

    The moment there is any market uncertainty, there are layoffs. Multiple times for tariffs, multiple times for COVID. Thousands were furloughed but the company still paid out a $100m dividend in April 2020.

  4. "Great place to work!"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Sales Engineer in Pune
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Stanley Black & Decker full-time

    Pros

    Your hard work will be awarded generously. Growth is evident. Good colleagues. Good work atmosphere.

    Cons

    Excessive work pressure. Nothing else.

  5. COVID-19
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    "Interesting Place but Rotten Culture"

    1.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Electronics Engineer in Towson, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Stanley Black & Decker full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Fast paced Always wanting to innovate and try new things (engineer's dream) Cool products and good discounts

    Cons

    Culture is GOD AWFUL: 1. Upper management creates a culture of selfishness mostly by doing mass layoffs at the first sign of trouble (but keeping their bonus checks ;) ). During the COVID 19 crisis, the company's response was to cut everyone's pay by 80% and furlough a bunch of people but they still paid $106M in dividends to shareholders..These along with other various selfish acts contribute to the trickle down in bad culture: Hiring freezes, merit pay increases are the norm (even in the good times :) so probably 70% of the time)... so get used to doing more work for less pay. 2. This trickles down to middle management in that they: a. Constantly try to poach talent from one another (thanks to the above hiring freezes) b. Sabotage one another in various ways. I have been aghast at the blatant open animosity I've seen between middle managers at round-table project reviews. Subterfuge is the norm at this level. c. Steal credit for project success from subordinates. 3. Trickle down continues: The rank and file is completely demotivated and in some cases anti-motivated. Hardly anyone puts in a full day of work. People are visibly disgruntled and surly. As a result, middle managers tend to micro-manage the rank and file so even if you are a motivated person with integrity at this level, you will be watched like a hawk until you lose your mind. No accountability at this level leads to shifting of responsibility and people trying to get others to do their work for them. The result is the high achievers end up doing everything and get burned out b/c of this and b/c of the point 2c above (why do any work if you don't get the credit??). Fun anecdote on this topic: someone was actually complaining to HR that they'd rather they be furloughed (at 60% pay but no work) vs switch to 80% pay with Fridays off. That's the mentality of a terrible culture!!!

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    "Volatile, Unstable, Disorganized, Chaotic and Disappointing"

    1.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Towson, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Stanley Black & Decker full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Ambitious and Willing to experiment in new markets Flexible work hour schedule

    Cons

    Stanley Black and Decker, formed as a result of merger of Black and Decker Inc. with Stanley Works represents a great American company story; focus more on short term on stock market price with no plan to gain in long term – all signs of a dying company! 1. No Job Security: Company has been constantly laying off people since 2017. Restructuring/Re-organization takes place every few months. If Stanley Black and Decker stock price falls, expect layoff and costing cutting immediately. All Business Units that I know have laid-off, terminated, pushed out to retirement, furloughed or fired people as a result. Company has lost valuable talents over past few years and bleeding has not seems to stop. High employee turn-over at this company. 2. Chaotic: There is absence of proper planning or coordination between different departments. For example, Finance does not want work with Engineering, HR or IT and vice versa. Ultimately, whatever decision that you make can be overruled by Finance. Finance ultimately drive daily decision making. Expect to be in conference call/meetings all day long. No systems, no planning, no coordination, no organization. 3. Out-sourced: Top talent are constantly asked to leave either forcefully or through voluntary retirement leaving behind a huge talent vacuum. New employees hired are sub-par at best. As one of the latest decisions, almost majority of old talented IT workforce was laid off in place of low paid non-immigrant by HCL. 4. Poor/Reduced Compensation and Benefits: Expect no raise or recognition of work no matter how hard you work. Expectation is you work on holiday and weekends. “Be happy that you have a job here” as one of my former boss once told me. Benefits have greatly reduced over past ten years. Cigna is very hard deal with. 5. Top Heavy Management: A lot of middle management, VP, Supervisors and Managers but not enough works to do actual work. 6. No Training: Expect no emphasis on training or support from your boss or colleagues. You are on your own as one colleague would tell me. If you are looking to grow or learn; this is not a place for you. 7. False Promises: Promises are never kept once you get hired because of constant changes in upper management. 8. Unstable: Company has no planning mechanism. As a result, when things go bad or recession hits expect a knee jerk reaction - cost cutting to happen almost immediately 9. Lack of Trust: Absence of trust between management and employees. To summarize, I found out where not work and how not to run a company. If you are recent grad or experienced professional do your proper research before you join this company. This company prides itself for being diverse but treats their employee horribly on daily basis. Look elsewhere as better opportunities may be available and it will be better than place.

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  7. "Engineer"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Systems Engineer in Linden, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Stanley Black & Decker

    Pros

    Excellent managers and team members. Decent pay and benefits. Career planning and room for growth.

    Cons

    Fast paced and competitive environment.

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  8. "Great Company!"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Engineer 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of entrepreneurial energy for such a large company

    Cons

    I prefer to work for smaller companies

  9. "Great place to work!"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Packaging Engineer in Huntersville, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Stanley Black & Decker for less than a year

    Pros

    Good discounts and lots of free tools! Also great coworkers.

    Cons

    Significantly more male employees than female.

  10. "Do Not Plan on Innovating"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work life balance, company not going anywhere.

    Cons

    Do not plan on innovating. Culture wants it, management can't afford the risk.

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