Belden Reviews

Updated June 1, 2015
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Belden President, CEO, and Director John S. Stroup
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Pros
  • Good products lots of spec position but losing that fast (in 4 reviews)

  • Interesting products and good brand name in the industrial & broadcasting markets (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • The pressure is unbearable and there is zero regard for work life balance (in 5 reviews)

  • When good people leave because of outsourcing, you never get them back again (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Sr Mgmt Have Very Low Respect for their Human Resources and their Customers

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN

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

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

    Pros

    - Those working in non-management positions are usually very helpful and want to do the best for their customers
    - Good benefits and pay structure
    - Good training ground for understanding and utilizing LEAN

    Cons

    - Very few development opportunities and low level of coaching
    - Churn and burn environment where Sr Managers are more interested in meeting LEAN metrics and covering their rears than actually doing the right things for customers
    - To quick to eliminate costs by terminate employees under the cover of "restructuring"
    - Sr Management make decisions in a vacuum and spend too little time talking to end customers and their staff that are dealing with end customers
    - Very few Sr Managers with industry background and connections

    Advice to Management

    Spend more time with end customers and less time relying on distributors and industry reports to understand how to solve quality problems and build better solutions to fit the market.


  2. Temporary employee.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Belden

    Pros

    I worked for a fantastic engineering manager when I was there on temporary assignment and learned many things, it was a great experience.

    Cons

    From what I understand they are letting the manager go, that I believe is a mistake. The managers knowledge and insight are invaluable to the company. Whom ever rehires the manager that I speak of will have an outstanding employee on their hands, your loss Belden.

    Advice to Management

    There is no substitute for good practical experience and loads of it, especially when it comes to engineering design and practices. Consider this; the mistakes have already been made and learned from, in the long run will not cost you as much.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Company focussed only on bottom line numbers

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Belden

    Pros

    Decent pay, good benefits, good product line

    Cons

    focussed only on numbers and dont care about people


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  5. Helpful (3)

    Your best is never good enough. Everyone is scared to do or say anything

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO

    I worked at Belden full-time

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

    Pros

    Salary was competitive. Some of the executives care

    Cons

    Overall there is an atmosphere of fear. The CEO leads with an iron fist and that gets pushed down the ladder. The pressure is unbearable and there is zero regard for work life balance

    Advice to Management

    Your people are the most important thing. Without them you have nothing. It would pay to remember that at times


  6. Contributor

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

    I have been working at Belden full-time

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Old Line Commodity Business

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director Marketing
    Former Employee - Director Marketing

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

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

    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 Management

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


  8. Poor engagement

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Belden full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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.


  9. Not for me

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

    I have been working at Belden full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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


  10. Too Process Driven

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Channel in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Channel in Indianapolis, IN

    I have been working at Belden full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Too internally focused and not customer-centric

    Advice to Management

    Simplify process and focus on the CUSTOMER


  11. Bad metrics drive wrong behaviors

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

    I have been working at Belden full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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



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