Belcan Corporation

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Belcan Corporation Reviews

Updated June 3, 2014
Updated June 3, 2014
70 Reviews

3.2
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Belcan has a great flex time policy (in 5 reviews)

  • The work environment was great - laid back and not too stressful (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • Upper management does not even know what we do for work (in 5 reviews)

  • Not a modern management approach and poor business model (in 2 reviews)

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  1.  

    ok

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer

    Pros

    getting paycheck on time, 2 weeks vacation

    Cons

    no growth oppurtunity, you will do samething all over again, no training, low salary and no increase

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    No opportunity for growth, you just get the work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Windsor, CT
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Windsor, CT

    Pros

    Great co-workers, good for entry level

    Cons

    Upper management is worthless, Upper management does not even know what we do for work. Dead end job. Lot of turn over(i.e. the older crowd is starting to retire and the younger crowd is looking for careers elsewhere). There are no promotions you just end up getting handed the extra work and expected to run the project team as well as get 40 hours of deliverables. The business may be growing but knowing where they are heading I hope to find a new job before it gets there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees, they know more than you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Felt like a Dead End Job, with No Growth Potential

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer  in  Rockford, IL
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Rockford, IL

    Pros

    Company is located in many locations, and there are many good people to work with at the company

    Cons

    > Little, if any, Growth Potential
    > Too little vacation time and too many worked holidays
    > No decision making power on projects
    > Always at the Mercy of the Contract Holder of the host organization

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get jobs for people that are more permanent, and add vacation time! You work your employees too hard, with little reward

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Disappointing

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Lead Engineer  in  Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Lead Engineer in Raleigh, NC

    Pros

    Flexible Schedule, Salary, 401K, Vacation

    Cons

    Lack of experienced managers, Inadequate training, Disrespectful to employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Belcan's business plan should not be "people peddlers" (as one vice-president has said). Your employees are your product. You make money of their experience and service. Look out for your employees first and customers second. There are plenty of customers, but not a lot of quality engineers like the ones that I worked with.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    not a good one

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Assembler  in  Sanford, NC
    Current Employee - Product Assembler in Sanford, NC

    Pros

    at first you are treated good then as time goes on they dont have time for you

    Cons

    makes promises and don't follow thru such as bonus and all paid Holiday sometimes you get it sometimes you dont make you feel you will get hired at a job work hard and it never happens and if there is a problem they ask other people and bring people in it that dont know whats going to and to much gossip

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    make things more clear and hire more office people on job sites that are belcan reps so the ones there are not over worked and they dont take it out on employees they make us think they dont think have time for us and take stuff the wrong way and some people are treated better than and if you say something if makes you think you will be fired for speaking up stuff happend a few months ago and it makes you worry that if you say something or speak up then you are the trouble maker and its not fair

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good for recent college grads; bad for experienced professionals

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer  in  Palm Beach Gardens, FL
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Palm Beach Gardens, FL

    Pros

    * Flexible schedules: Once you've been around for a few months, you can pretty much set your own schedule as long as your customer is satisfied.

    * Paid overtime for full-time (direct) employees: Working overtime somewhat makes up for the low salaries. There's usually enough projects running that you can work as much (or as little) overtime as you want.

    * Middle management is actually technically competent: While there is a lot of promotion from within, there is no fast track to management, so the bad managerial candidates tend to get weeded out.

    Cons

    * Salaries well below national average: This is an outsourcing company. Other companies hire them because they are cheap.

    * Lots of mind-numbing work; challenging projects are few and far between: Don't expect to learn much if you're an experienced professional. Recent college graduates will learn a lot at first but should move on after 3 years.

    * Very few exceptional engineers; lots of mediocre performers: If you like a laid-back atmosphere where you can talk about non-work-related topics for a few hours each day, this is the place for you. Be prepared to work with a lot of geriatric engineers who can never seem to change their passwords successfully.

    * Stone age technology: Sharpen your Windows XP, IE6, and Office 2003 skills.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There's not much to suggest. Belcan is the way it is because that's what its customers want. As long as the customers have somewhere to farm out low complexity work, Belcan will continue to hire mediocre engineers, and pay low salaries.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Lacking Aspirations

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Mechanical Design Engineer  in  Lexington-Fayette, KY
    Former Employee - Mechanical Design Engineer in Lexington-Fayette, KY

    Pros

    Laid back atmosphere. Some good managers there so there is hope of working for someone good. The people made the company worth working at.

    Cons

    As a contract engineering firm, the type of work Belcan receives is rather unexciting and not particularly challenging. Pay is also significantly below the national average for entry level mechanical engineers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    In order to attract more talented engineers and retain them increase salaries and benefits offered.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    Not appreciated

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer  in  Windsor, CT
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Windsor, CT

    Pros

    only need to work 40 hrs a week

    Cons

    not appreciated as an employee

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    increase vacation time (include christmas eve/new years eve) and show some appreciation to your employees

  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    used it to start my professional career

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer  in  Champaign, IL
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Champaign, IL

    Pros

    They pay an average salary but they are located in a very cheap area. They work as consultants so the employee will interact with big companies like CAT

    Cons

    They ask employees to show loyalty but they do not share the same value. The job description that they provide is not accurate. It is highly inflated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    leadership skills are missing. The employer-employee relation is missing. Employees will jump the ship at first chance so they have to work to stop this

    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    It is the least rewarding job in my 20+ year career.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN

    Pros

    The pay can be decent if negotiated properly. Many of the Engineers or Analysts utilizing Belcan for a contract position are excellent.

    Cons

    Belcan has below average benefits for paid holidays (6), vacation (Zero as a contractor, 1 week earned monthly as a "direct employee"), ability to gain a pay increase (none for the past 3 years), no healthcare benefit (you do have some as a "direct employee), no matching on the 401k as a contractor.

    Poor access to forms and procedures except to log onto their employee site at a Belcan office (on your time, not paid) for simple forms for the 401k & the actual Belcan employee handbook.

    You are not given access to the "Statement of Work" that you work under at a client company and thus do not know if you are fulfilling what the client really wants you to do and you are paid for. This makes your work be judged by the client on criteria you know very little about. This makes it hard to succeed and thus get a possibility of being hired directly by the client company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It would be a huge improvement if communication and pay increases would be allowed again. It appears that the Belcan Regional office Managers and Recruiters pay is based on criteria that if not re-evaluated, will continue to creat ongoing inequities between the Managers/Supervisors and the people hired to do the jobs that create the revenue for ALL. This is for job satisfaction, development, and pay.

    Doesn't Recommend

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