Barnes Aerospace
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www.barnesaero.com Windsor, CT

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Roy Goldsmith

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43% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Great work experience for a intern

Engineering Inter (Current Employee)
Lansing, MI

I have been working at Barnes Aerospace as an intern for more than a year

ProsGreat people and laid back atmosphere

ConsFacility needs updating. Some of the systems are outdated and inefficient.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

Operator (Current Employee)
Lansing, MI

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

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

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

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

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Purchasing Intern (Current Employee)
Lansing, MI

I have been working at Barnes Aerospace as an intern for less than a year

ProsFlexible on hours, decent pay

ConsVery boring and repetitive work

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Very educational, management understands what needs to happen

Accounting Intern (Former Employee)
Ogden, UT

I worked at Barnes Aerospace as an intern for more than a year

ProsGreat management team, friendly work environment, your concerns are heard, flexible work schedule, willing to work with school schedules

ConsA lot of time and personnel constraints, end of month close can be very hard, communication from corporate levels can be garbled

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep on asking all levels for Lean suggestions

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Don't count on them being around.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Barnes Aerospace full-time

ProsGreat 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.

ConsSchizophrenic 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 Senior ManagementEither 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!

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Lansing, MI

I worked at Barnes Aerospace

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

ConsIt 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 Senior ManagementMeeting 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).

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Friendly colleagues and open culture

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I worked at Barnes Aerospace

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

ConsLack formal framework for actual development

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Not Willing to Invest In Equipment / Not Planning For the Future

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Barnes Aerospace full-time for more than 3 years

ProsGood salary and benefits.
Talk a good game to get you in the door to hire you.
Decent return on investment in company stock/401K plan.

ConsLong hours with little/no positive feedback.
Training and real job descriptions for salary staff do not exisit.
Old equipment not capable to meet today's high quality standards.
No clear path of progresssion to a manager role.

Advice to Senior ManagementListen to you employee's on the shop floor. They no longer trust the leadership.
Invest in equipment to show commitment to quality and the business.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Expect Long Hours for little pay

Manufacturing Engineer (Current Employee)

I have been working at Barnes Aerospace

ProsIt is a very friendly environment, a lot of communication between management and employees. They are actively trying to make the work experience better.

ConsThey expect you to work Monday through Saturday. Weekdays you are there about 10 hours a day. Corporate makes all the decisions regarding pay and benefits.

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