Belden Reviews

Updated August 26, 2014
Updated August 26, 2014
61 Reviews

2.2
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Belden President, CEO, and Director John S. Stroup
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good pay, reasonable hours, smart people (in 4 reviews)

  • The team is made of all kinds of people, great people whom i've learn and will keep in contact along the way (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • Not enough work-life balance - if work isn't your life, you won't make it (in 3 reviews)

  • continuous turnover in upper and middle management, no growth opportunity until you have any connections with the management (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    Contributor

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

    I have been working at Belden full-time

    Pros

    Direct leadership has your back. Flexible with work/life matters.

    Cons

    Compensation and benefits are well below par. Outdated and prehistoric view of the market,workplace,and how an internet company should be run in this era.

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Old Line Commodity Business

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    Former Employee - Director Marketing
    Former Employee - Director Marketing

    I worked at Belden full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    They are trying to move into higher margin businesses. Some interesting work.

    Cons

    Operating high margin businesses with low margin metrics. About 5 years behind on Internet marketing. Very old school. Operating the company using the X-Matrix could help but it is set up as only stretch goals. It is then used to beat people for not meeting the goals.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Since leaving they have stepped up their focus on higher margin electronics. Keep doing that and listen to those that run those businesses.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Poor engagement

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Belden full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule for work life balance.

    Cons

    Lack of mentorship and guidance for new associates. Forced ranking ensures that one associate from your department will receive a poor review and possibly let go just because each department has to reach a certain percentage. Management is forced to rank someone at a level they are not to meet that ranking percentage. Engagement in most facilities are very poor. Most are dissatisfied with management appreciation.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Not for me

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Belden full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    great pay, good people, decent challenges

    Cons

    behind in technology, a lot of unnecessary work, lack of good tools, lack of expertise, poor locations

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Too Process Driven

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    Current Employee - Channel  in  Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Channel in Indianapolis, IN

    I have been working at Belden full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Global reach with Global company and presence, Breadth of product line

    Cons

    Too internally focused and not customer-centric

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Simplify process and focus on the CUSTOMER

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Bad metrics drive wrong behaviors

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Belden full-time

    Pros

    Competitive pay, early advancement to management early in career

    Cons

    Culture of the company is to blame others rather than address the broken processes.
    Very aggressive and no training in any job I've held.
    Only early advancement if you're male, not a woman friendly company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't blame your employees when they don't have the tools to be successful in the job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Short term goals lead to long term problems.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Richmond, IN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, IN

    I have been working at Belden full-time

    Pros

    1. Good pay.
    2. Lots of movement in some departments with opportunity for advancement.
    3. Visibility among VP's in any position.

    Cons

    1. Bad metrics drive bad behavior. People are only concerned with hitting numbers and will do anything to be green.
    2. Male dominated work force. Very few females in high positions. Many of the men are misogynistic.
    3. Few college hires stay longer than two years. They aren't able to retain young people.
    4. Favoritism can be an issue depending on your boss.
    5. Management is completely clueless.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Growth by acquisition only. Belden is a risky company to work for

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Belden full-time

    Pros

    1. Good compensation
    2. Flexibility of work location and hours
    3. Name recognition within the industry
    4. Global Roles available

    Cons

    1. Belden is a company that is growing due to acquisition only. R&D and product development programs, within the companies they acquire, are being gutted. Belden simply acquires, "reorganizes" and then moves on to buy another the next year.They do not support product innovation or R&D. This is a great for Belden's executive leadership and shareholders (who have seen the BLD stock double over the last 20 months) but it's bad if you're a director or manager of one of the companies that has been acquired. If you are acquired by Belden; get active climbing the political latter or search for a job ASAP.

    2. Executive managers (VPs and GMs) are changed and shifted frequently between business units and therefore DO NOT understand the business or technology they are managing. Good ones get fired generally and "do-nothings" seem to stick around some how. I really can't understand how it happens honestly. All senior managers (good and bad) institute a "strategy" that take a lot of time and money, and then it is shut down as soon as they leave 12-18 months. This process repeats itself, leaving middle-management with the legwork and risk of trying to actually run a business while trying to please a boss who is absent of competency and unaccountable to the heavy-hand of the senior executive level (CEO, COO, CFO etc...)

    3. Belden is only concerned about next quarter's financial results. It's a short-term recipe for success, but ultimately a path towards decay. The system of management at Belden is very comparable to HP in the early 2000's under CEO Mark Hurd. Mark Hurd simply cut crucial programs at HP to lower the bottom line of the company. It worked for a while...until the cuts began to hit product quality and customer service. Now, HP still is trying to recover from the damage that he did to the company. Like HP, Belden is a bleeding company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1. Practice what you preach - it is possible to be both ethical and profitable
    2. Growth by Acquisition will not last forever - shareholders will begin to notice
    3. Study what happened to HP over the last 10 years and how not to be simular

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Not a place to build your career

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Belden as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Fair compensation. Name recognition in the industry.

    Cons

    Management is clueless and filled with incompetent people. Cranking number is all they do. Organic growth comes secondary to buying and selling companies. Keep banging the Lean concept but have trouble implementing it consistently.
    Top-down management. Individual contribution is not recognized nor rewarded.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get out of your number cranking routine and study why you end up with numbers like that.
    Lean is not just a slogan it's a practice.
    Show some respect to your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    The atmosphere has deteriorated significantly in the last five years at my work location.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Richmond, IN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, IN

    I have been working at Belden

    Pros

    Compensation is competitive but the benefits are below par. I was allowed to do my job and told to take ownership until about 4 years ago when our new CEO took over and brought his management team in.

    Cons

    Don't let on like you have a lot of experience and know what to do in a given situation. Negative comments have been made about "the gray hairs" at Belden.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't take yourself so seriously.
    Demand the same level of performance form yourselves that you do from the grunts.
    Display some common sense for a change.
    Don't give the lean people a blank check, there needs to be more check-balance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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