Barnes Group
2.8 of 5 45 reviews
www.barnesgroupinc.com Bristol, CT 1000 to 5000 Employees

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Updated Jan 21, 2014

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Barnes Group President, CEO, and Director; Acting President, Barnes Aerospace Gregory F. Milzcik

Gregory F. Milzcik

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46% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Was offered a Crowned Prince position, but lived as a servant to the CRM and long hours doing quotes/presentation.

    Business Development Specialist (Former Employee)
    Cleveland, OH

    ProsThe "Speed to Ramp" corp. training class for BDS's did reinforce some areas of difficulty a sales person has while interacting with a customer (prospect). It gave informational materials for continual review by the sales professional after the class. However, it is taught in a "perfect world" setting. The starting salary for a BDS is not bad and possibly the only reason most stay with the program after about 4 months in the field. They offer health/dental/401K w/ match as of day one. Most of the employees in the Cleveland office are very helpful and pleasant.

    ConsBeing able to make your yearly sales plan with Barnes is almost unattainable. The aggressive approach is a turn off to potential prospects and hurts the sales process long term. The long hours spent on quotes and putting together final presentations takes a great deal of your personal time. Prepare to spend many hours after the business day ends doing CRM reporting and other reports. The company server is very slow which makes the process even longer. The CRM is a wonderful tool. It is a way to document your daily interactions with customers and the sales stage of each potential account. However, instead of the CRM being used as a tool it feels as if it is a weapon. After the Speed to Ramp training you will have "toll gate" reviews every 30, 60, 90 & 120 days. These toll gates are not accurate and they represent a false evaluation of the BDS and the work they have done. Most BDS's are hired a month or more before they are sent to the training in Cleveland. Instead of the toll gate reviews starting the first business day after training they are based on your date of hire. So, regardless you will always be behind. The toll gate is a one sided review of the BDS and their territory. They make notes as to your performance based on the CRM usage and the BDS has to sign the review regardless if it reflects your actual performance. This was very frustrating and in most cases leaves the BDS feeling unappreciated and under valued. I would not recommend this position to other sales professionals. Without notice or reason they reduced their sales force by 1/3 in March. After all the devotion to this position the BDS's in my region was given only a letter stating that their association with Barnes Distribution had ceased, on March xx (date of termination). To many of us this was a slap in the face after months of working so hard to promote their company and products. Shame on you Barnes, we all expected more from the new president that took over January 1, 2011.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIt would be a saving grace to the main leadership of Barnes Group/Barnes Distribution to turn around the poor handling of the reduction in work force. These people deserve to have a written letter that states they did nothing wrong and their positions were eliminated. The verbal message to all was the same (based on my research of 10 dismissed BDS's), "Based on a company restructuring, your position as BDS has been eliminated as of today". Your corporate letter reads we were terminated and this hurts more than being let go. Shame on you if you don't rectify this poor judgement in business etiquette.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Perpetual Change

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Cleveland, OH

    ProsFinally a growing company again
    Deep pocket diversified economic stability
    Continuous improvement philosophy
    Aggressive compensation
    Accelerated training programs
    Guided by highly ethical moral compass

    ConsThe perpetual change here can be a downer. Innovators are not given the appropriate platform to contribute. Too much outsourcing and external consulting has left the true subject-matter experts to feel a bit slighted by the 3rd party and their own company.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI would like to see mid-level manager held accountable for poor performance. Bigger investments need made in the human infrastructure of the organization in addition to systems and off-the shelf solutions.

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    Stay away...this company has a lot of issues and a history of employee turnover.

    Mid-Level Manager (Former Employee)
    Cleveland, OH

    ProsYou get a paycheck every month.

    ConsLeaders in organization do not believe in the employees' development or well-being. They are more concerned about their image and career.

    Advice to Senior ManagementEmotional intelligence is something you have to actually believe in and care about. Just saying the words and reading about it doesn't make it real. Your employees are your assets...start treating them as they are assets rather than slaves.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Barnes, it's o.k.

    Recruiter (Former Employee)
    Cleveland, OH

    ProsGreat location, good people. Lean initiatives have been hard for many to adapt to, but short term discomfort will lead to long term good. Company is small enought that people know each other on a personal level and can work well together. There is good communication between teams and departments in HQ.

    ConsTough economy measns more work for everyone, burn out is high. The upper management spends to much time in meetings, and not enough time offering visible inspiring leadership. It always amazed me that people that should be there to suppport their teams, would spend entire weeks never being available.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop meeting and start doing. There is not enough leadership by example.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Don't trust Greg.

    Manager (Current Employee)
    Bristol, CT

    ProsGood bonuses and flexible work times, summer hours are great. The food used to be good, but they got rid of that benefit. The parking lot is small so even if it raining, you don't get too wet.

    ConsThe CEO has an agenda and no people skills. Most of the senior management hate each other and go to great pains to stick it to one of their peers subordinates. The office environment is pins and needles all the time. Greg likes to walk around and think all the time, but people view it as his inability to connect with anyone as his greatess problem.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWatch your back because Greg is not trustworthy. He is smart, but the best leaders need more than horsepower to be successful.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Must hold all employees accountable

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    ProsPay, People, Customers, Lean Methodologies

    ConsFinger pointing and politics play a hand in not getting things done

    Advice to Senior ManagementHold all accountable for missing what ever target is missed.

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

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    It was a good place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsSome great people worked there. Good place to earn commission based income. Great products to sell. Good sales support ,some products are in demand.

    Constoo many managers. Too any salespeople in small territories fighting for the same piece of the pie.

    Advice to Senior Managementcut the size of managers

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    Customer service lead

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    ProsGood Benefits package and value

    Conslimited room for advancement within

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    Good Job

    Customer Sales Specialist (Current Employee)

    ProsSchedule Flexibility, Good Base Pay, Car/Phone Allowance, Commission, and Incentive trips and bonuses...Good sales team support

    ConsToo much red tape to truly take care of customer's needs...Limited Income potential in comparison to the number of hours worked. In order to make a considerably more income you would have to work 48 hours a day (I know there is 24 hours in a day). Basically you only have so much time in a day, so many customers to see during the week/month/year that leads to commission above your base pay that is not equivalent to the hours worked.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe creattive and allow sales reps compare pricing to the local area and market. To be competitive you have to adjust profit margins, however there are instances where you can achieve greater profit margins if given the flexibility. It takes too much time and delay to get simple requests accomplished.

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

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    No growth, lack of strategic direction, no communication, outdated business model

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat people
    Relaxed business hours - field reps are home-based

    ConsManagers do not respect employees and manage with fear and intimidation
    Value-proposition is out-dated and does not meet current customer needs/desires
    Lots of turn-over as company chases unachievable metrics
    Poor recognition program --- favoritism is rampart
    No growth for past decade as company tries to find identity and name recognition
    Management is out of touch with day-to-day obstacles and field sales operations

    Advice to Senior ManagementTons of opportunity to improve, if you would just listen to the people who drive your business day-to-day. Continued turnover will drive an increase in account losses. Customers buy from their reps, not the company and these reps need to be heard and given support versus being managed out the door. Stop losing corporate accounts, and start generating some corporate wins. The lost business cannot be made-up from field level activities alone.

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

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