Stanley Black & Decker Employee Reviews about "upper management"

Updated 2 Jul 2020

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Stanley Black & Decker President and CEO James M. Loree
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  1. "Good pay."

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Development Manager 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay. Great team

    Cons

    Heavily weighted by upper management.

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  2. "Good company, good process"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Towson, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    1. Company with great process. If you are fresh out of school or less experience, SBD is a great place to start 2. If you are hardworking, aggressive, results driven then you have great opportunities

    Cons

    1. Compensation is good at upper management levels, not so much at lower levels 2. Lot of politics


  3. COVID-19
    Helpful (11)

    "Interesting Place but Rotten Culture"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • 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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  4. Helpful (8)

    "Volatile, Unstable, Disorganized, Chaotic and Disappointing"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • 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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  5. Helpful (4)

    "Inmate # 4119927"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Lots of good employees who work hard only to get silenced by management because those managers are afraid to speak to upper management.

    Cons

    Upper management is out of touch with the client and does what told regardless if it’s right or wrong.

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  6. Helpful (5)

    "No growth opportunities"

    1.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Jersey City, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You gain experience with the customers You understand product

    Cons

    You are not valued You are penalized for being sick You are placed on a point scale like Walmart employees You are treated like adolescents not degree toting adults There’s no growth opportunity. Once you’re a CSR you stay one unless you have a connection with upper management They lie yearly about raises. Instead they cut jobs

  7. "Solid"

    3.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Digital Designer in Towson, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Stanley Black & Decker for less than a year

    Pros

    Great team to work with Young department in the company (wiggle room) Real contributions Manageable workload Worked here for the summer internship program (10 weeks). Great experience overall, learned a lot and met some really cool people. I joined when the department was being rearranged so things were still being figured out which was a bit difficult.

    Cons

    Poor communication between other teams due to naivete of the process Loud construction/ renovations Poor upper management No established pipe line Poor workstation performance/ IT

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  8. Helpful (1)

    "Fast paced, positive experience"

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Stanley Black & Decker full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Challenging and fast pace. Enjoy working here.

    Cons

    Very much focused on each quarter versus long term. Short windows for upper management before moving on.

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  9. "Meh"

    3.0
    Former Employee - Human Resources Team Member 

    I worked at Stanley Black & Decker full-time

    Pros

    Salary & Benefits were great.

    Cons

    Upper Management was terrible. Some had been there a long time and were set in their ways

  10. "Director Global IT Finance"

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Farmington, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Stanley Black & Decker full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Strong result-oriented professional, adept in all areas of Accounting and Finance with twenty plus years of corporate experience. Diversified background in Strategic Financial Planning, Process Improvements, Budget Analysis, and Forecasting. Highly motivated with strong leadership, organizational, analytical, and oral presentation skills. Creates clear, simple, reality- based and customer focused goals. Energizes and motivates others. Passionate about the business and the employees. Has a bias for action, while driving for standardization and simplification. Sets aggressive goals and celebrates progress. Passionate to exceed customer expectations. Builds high performing teams with trust and commitment through candid communication.

    Cons

    Upper Management very top heavy

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