Barnes Aerospace Reviews

Updated June 20, 2015
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  1. Great to work for.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Barnes Aerospace

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    There is a lot of opportunity to expand your knowlege at Barnes Aerospace. But, you have to step up and take it.

    Cons

    Needs a culture shift. Have to pester Human Resources for raises and promotions that you have earned over and over.


  2. They change management like the wind

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager At Lansing MI in Lansing, MI
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager At Lansing MI in Lansing, MI

    I have been working at Barnes Aerospace

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

    Pros

    Great pay
    Good people
    Good Bonus plan

    Cons

    Corporate does not have an understanding of the business unit. They have revenge against DM's that leave to the point they get rid of every single person they hire in a layoff.

    Advice to Management

    Have some compassion for people that work hard for your company, the bottom line dollar and your bonus is not all that is to be had.


  3. RUN!!

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

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

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

    Pros

    None that I can think of besides getting out of that "black hole"

    Cons

    Working at Barnes Aerospace and especially under the existing SLT is a joke and a major con! The place is filled with landmines, watch who you talk to and especially who is listening to your conversations. I actually caught a SLT individual right outside my office as I was on the phone discussing business. I literally ran right into him as I exited my office quickly!! You cannot trust HR at the SLT level! Watch your back!!

    Advice to Management

    Change the entire SLT at both the Barnes Group and Barnes Aerospace!


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  5. Seeing improvement but more to come

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Jack of All Trades in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Jack of All Trades in Phoenix, AZ

    I have been working at Barnes Aerospace full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good compensation.
    Good benefits.
    Good senior leadership staff.

    Cons

    Old culture requires changing.
    Work/ life balance needs establishment and honored.
    Hire talented people and the right number to complete the job.

    Advice to Management

    In the past we have seen a lot of senior leadership turnover at this division. As employees we need assurance that our leadership team is dedicated to the people and making the Phoenix facility a success. With the recent additions in leadership (new Division Manager and Quality Manager) over the past few months, I am confident that we have the right leadership team in place to execute the changes that need to take place at the Phoenix facility.

    1. Make decisive decisions taking into consideration the key elements of the long term business strategy.
    2. Collaborate as a team to create a new culture.
    3. Provide necessary resources whether it be equipment or people to accomplish the work.

    On a personal note, we all have a stake in the game and look for the senior leadership team to lead us and get us to the next level. I would just like to thank the senior leadership staff at the Barnes Phoenix site for their unwavering effort and look forward to the changes (improvements) to come.


  6. Former employee, experience not good.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - CNC Machinist in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - CNC Machinist in Phoenix, AZ

    I worked at Barnes Aerospace full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Good pay. Lots of overtime ( if you want it). Management friendly, and appears to be fairly competent (although I wasn't there long enough to know for sure)

    Cons

    Tension so thick you need a chain saw to cut through it. What they consider training is an absolute JOKE. Worst of all is, in my opinion, drug abuse. Advice to employees: Wearing shaded safety glasses indoors is a red flag.

    Advice to Management

    Implement random drug testing. Actual training would also be helpful.


  7. I interned at Barnes Aerospace in Lansing, MI

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Barnes Aerospace

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    -Worked around class schedule
    -Employees were friendly
    -Good pay

    Cons

    -Tasks are repetitive and can be uninteresting


  8. Stable company to work for, but very limited opportunity for growth.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operator in Lansing, MI
    Current Employee - Operator in Lansing, MI

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Stable, decent pay, lots of overtime (if you want it), great people to work with.

    Cons

    Low room for growth, arrogant management, slow to improve processes and equipment.

    Advice to Management

    Stop demanding more, more, more without providing the resources to do more. End the "white-collar" vs "blue-collar" division by stating it out loud.


  9. Helpful (2)

    Don't count on them being around.

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

    I worked at Barnes Aerospace full-time

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

    Pros

    Great group of people to work with. Operational and lower level senior managers are wonderful, the culture is great, everyone is committed on improving the company. They have a solid core service, talented staff from machinists to managers.

    Cons

    Schizophrenic senior managers with low attention spans at the top level from corporate and Barnes Group. There seems to be periodic civil wars between them and there is a battle to get on the life boats. Their subordinates and the company suffer as they will layoff and re-organize staff to obviously undermine other managers who must be a rival. This coupled with their obsession with share price has resulted in an unpredictable work place that will move forward then back with no warning and destroy all momentum. The company is stuck in the 1980's as no new ideas are ever allowed to be implemented fully.

    Like a lightning bolt, these senior staff from corporate with no care or understanding will come in and announce staff changes, re-organizations, and layoffs without any knowledge of what is actually going on if sales are behind even for one quarter. They have no idea why sales will be down as they will not allow for coordination between departments and sites to be fully implemented nor will they invest to increase product offerings organically to attract and retain customers. Layoffs are not a last move but a first one as they seem afraid to invest for the long term to cure the problems of inefficiency, increasingly poor quality, no manufacturing flexibility, and a stagnant service offering of limited capabilities.

    The company is not making solid investments for the future. Dies and tooling are worn, equipment is old, machinists although experienced are old and are not being replaced, facilities operate independent of one another with zero coordination. There are no moves to increase business organically rather they will announce layoffs, fail to replace those lost through retirement, sell off business units, and with the cash reserves just buy a business of which they have no knowledge. Great for their bonuses and the share price, bad for the core company.

    Advice to Management

    Either sell the company to someone who will grow it organically or re-invest in it. Its bleeding internally and you just announce press releases saying how wonderful you are. You have done a great job keeping it together with tape and paint but eventually the rust will show and it will be too late to even sell. Dies and equipment can't be used in perpetuity without maintenance and updates, neither can people. Eventually you will be tagged as a place to not leave a job for as you are so quick to layoff or isolate talented managers and when you lose major customers to poor quality it will cost too much to upgrade all of your tooling. Just listen to your people, let them implement their ideas, and quit worrying about the share price or just sell it! Make up your mind!


  10. Helpful (1)

    Barnes Aerospace is passionate about continuous improvement and provides many opportunities to get involved.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lansing, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lansing, MI

    I worked at Barnes Aerospace

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    * Opportunities to make things happen
    * Talented workforce
    * Big company that feels like a family operation
    * Good benefits including tuiton reimbursement

    Cons

    It doesn’t take long to learn that this division has one goal and one goal only—meeting sales forecast. Chaos abounds with this singularly focused goal; scrap rates are high; on-time delivery suffers; and the end of the month is always a production marathon.

    Advice to Management

    Meeting sales forecast is of course important but to be first-class the company needs to truly adopt and adhere to a triple-bottom-line mission maximizing value for three distinct stakeholders—people (customers and employees), profit, and planet (environmental consciousness).


  11. Friendly colleagues and open culture

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

    I worked at Barnes Aerospace

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    People share open and close relationship
    Stable job. Firing and retrenchment are almost unheard of

    Cons

    Lack formal framework for actual development



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