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  1. Sales

    Former Employee - Sales in Cleveland, OH
    Former Employee - Sales in Cleveland, OH

    I worked at Barnes Group full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The people were farily friendly across the board. The interview process was very nice and fairly quick without much delay. The product line was ok, however, when you needed something outside the catalog there were many delays and phone calls.

    Cons

    When the new President was hired (the axe man) he had no emotional ties and didn't really care about the people. I would question his true character, however, his motives were clear...$$. Reduce salaries and try to convince everyone in the organization that the new pay structure would allow you to make more money!! Unfortunately, middle management had to deliver the news and even they didn't believe it (that was my opinion). Leadership was therefore very questionable and certainly they convinced the "share holders" this was the way to go. All promotions were shut down. Not sure how the organization is structured today.

    Advice to Management

    Lead with character. Understand that flexibility is key in the field and provide middle management with the ability to make decisions if it makes sense. Soften your hard lines to gray. Understand that retention of your client base is of extreme importance and it takes more time then you allow to obtain new clients. It's a difficult economy and perhaps top leadership needs to have their salaries reduced. Treat your employees like they really matter and retention won't be a problem. Pay them well, real talent is hard to find even in this economy! Good luck.


  2. It is a job!!!!

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bronx, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bronx, NY

    I have been working at Barnes Group

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Salary, Benefits, work at home

    Cons

    Management, no communication between management and employees

    Advice to Management

    Leave us alone out in the field


  3. Perpetual Change

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cleveland, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cleveland, OH

    I have been working at Barnes Group

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Finally a growing company again Deep pocket diversified economic stability Continuous improvement philosophy Aggressive compensation Accelerated training programs Guided by highly ethical moral compass

    Cons

    The perpetual change here can be a downer. Innovators are not given the appropriate platform to contribute. Too much outsourcing and external consulting has left the true subject-matter experts to feel a bit slighted by the 3rd party and their own company.

    Advice to Management

    I would like to see mid-level manager held accountable for poor performance. Bigger investments need made in the human infrastructure of the organization in addition to systems and off-the shelf solutions.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Don't trust Greg.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Bristol, CT
    Current Employee - Manager in Bristol, CT

    I have been working at Barnes Group

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good bonuses and flexible work times, summer hours are great. The food used to be good, but they got rid of that benefit. The parking lot is small so even if it raining, you don't get too wet.

    Cons

    The CEO has an agenda and no people skills. Most of the senior management hate each other and go to great pains to stick it to one of their peers subordinates. The office environment is pins and needles all the time. Greg likes to walk around and think all the time, but people view it as his inability to connect with anyone as his greatess problem.

    Advice to Management

    Watch your back because Greg is not trustworthy. He is smart, but the best leaders need more than horsepower to be successful.


  6. It was a good place to work

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Barnes Group full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Some great people worked there. Good place to earn commission based income. Great products to sell. Good sales support ,some products are in demand.

    Cons

    too many managers. Too any salespeople in small territories fighting for the same piece of the pie.

    Advice to Management

    cut the size of managers


  7. Awful

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Development Specialist
    Current Employee - Business Development Specialist

    I have been working at Barnes Group

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Experience in the MRO industry

    Cons

    Terrible management and communication with employees.

    Advice to Management

    Get your act together


  8. Helpful (1)

    Too many people just hanging on until the economy improves

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Barnes Group

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    They have decent benefits, but make it hard to find information if you are not at a HQ location. Look

    Cons

    Look somewhere else if you want to be treated fairly. External communication is horrible. I do't want to hear what you feel I need to know. I'd like the truth. Upper management never takes a hit for poor decisions.

    Advice to Management

    Look within yourselves. Don't let people go because you make poor decisions, constantly. Listen to your people. Pay here is marginal, at best.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Management Lack Of Knowledge

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Barnes Group

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexibility, universal product, brand recognition.

    Cons

    In constant change; I don't recognize the company I interviewed with. Mid-level management lacks knowledge or motivation to support their employees.

    Advice to Management

    Re-vamp mid level management, create REAL checks and balances. Create open door policy that allows employees to receive support, receive real-time responses if they cannot receive it from their immediate manager. Open door policy would allow growth instead of being tagged as trouble maker.



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