Stanley Black & Decker Employee Reviews about "upper management"

Updated 1 Jan 2021

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Stanley Black & Decker President and CEO James M. Loree
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  • "Great people at the company, everyone is generally helpful(in 65 reviews)

  • "Good work life balance encouraged(in 50 reviews)

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  • "No real reward for hard work while overworking employees impacting their work life balance(in 64 reviews)

  • "Only fringe groups seem to matter to upper management(in 41 reviews)

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    1. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Good pay.

      10 May 2019 - Business Development Manager 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Good pay. Great team

      Cons

      Heavily weighted by upper management.

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    2. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 5 years

      Lousy Atmosphere

      1 Jan 2021 - IT Support Analyst in Nashville, TN
      Recommend
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      Pros

      cheap prices on their tool brands

      Cons

      Only fringe groups seem to matter to upper management

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      2 people found this review helpful
    3. 1.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Horrible

      15 Aug 2020 - Trainee in Pune
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Salary on time and pick and drop facility.

      Cons

      Full of cons. I am not well educated. But i should deserve a minimum respect. Team leaders and line leaders are worst. Upper management is quite good. At least they know how to behave and talk with employees. They hire freshers like twice in a month. And treat them like they are companies slave. If u are doing any mistake line leaders are giving full of slangs using ur mother father.. When u are trying to report, hr will tell u to get back to work. Worst hr. Security and bus driver they are mannerless. No talking manner. I am now in bpo industry and glad to inform that these bpo company has got better work enviroment than this so called mnc.

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    4. 5.0
      Former Employee, more than 10 years

      Good company, good process

      2 Jul 2020 - Anonymous Employee in Towson, MD
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      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

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    5. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Good group of people

      14 Oct 2020 - Operations Manager in New Britain, CT
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      Pros

      Operation was a good group of people to work with

      Cons

      upper management & sales was a boys club

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    6. 1.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Interesting Place but Rotten Culture

      7 May 2020 - Senior Electronics Engineer in Towson, MD
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      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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    7. 1.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Volatile, Unstable, Disorganized, Chaotic and Disappointing

      3 May 2020 - Project Engineer in Towson, MD
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      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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      12 people found this review helpful
    8. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 5 years

      Inmate # 4119927

      9 Feb 2020 - Sales Representative in Chicago, IL
      Recommend
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      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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      4 people found this review helpful
    9. 1.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      No growth opportunities

      30 Dec 2019 - Customer Service Representative in Jersey City, NJ
      Recommend
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      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

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    10. 3.0
      Former Intern, less than 1 year

      Solid

      6 Aug 2019 - Digital Designer in Towson, MD
      Recommend
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      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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