Barnes Group Reviews

Updated July 29, 2015
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  1. Barnes, it's o.k.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Recruiter in Cleveland, OH
    Former Employee - Recruiter in Cleveland, OH

    I worked at Barnes Group

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great 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.

    Cons

    Tough 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 Management

    Stop meeting and start doing. There is not enough leadership by example.


  2. Helpful (2)

    Don't trust Greg.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Bristol, CT
    Current Employee - Manager in Bristol, CT

    I have been working at Barnes Group

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

    Pros

    Good 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.

    Cons

    The 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 Management

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


  3. Must hold all employees accountable

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

    I worked at Barnes Group full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Pay, People, Customers, Lean Methodologies

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

    Hold all accountable for missing what ever target is missed.


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  5. It was a good place to work

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

    cut the size of managers


  6. Customer service lead

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Barnes Group

    Pros

    Good Benefits package and value

    Cons

    limited room for advancement within


  7. Good Job

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Customer Sales Specialist
    Current Employee - Customer Sales Specialist

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

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Too 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 Management

    Be 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.


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

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

    I have been working at Barnes Group full-time

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Managers 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 Management

    Tons 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.


  9. Not a bad experience but not a great one either.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Representative
    Former Employee - Sales Representative

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent learning opportunities, provided unlimited resources for learning. Excellent training in person and online.

    Cons

    Immediate supervisor were not trained on fasteners.When doing a sales call they knew nothing about the product a HUGE HINDERANCE. Compensation plan was much lower than presented during interview process.

    Advice to Management

    Better product for frontline managers and realistic quotas for the salesforce.


  10. Ok. Treated respectfully and good comp. so much opportunity.

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

    I have been working at Barnes Group

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

    Pros

    Good job managing the financials,Small company atmosphere. Flexibility. Generally respectful. They r trying.

    Cons

    Communication top down needs to be enhanced.

    Advice to Management

    Promote based on skills, capabilities and accomplishment at management levels ... Please stop churning the old blood who have been around forever, have their favorites, and only know what they know based on years at Barnes. It's a big world out there with so many top notch execs out there who will come in and make the tough decisions and move Barnes through the step changes they need to make to be truly great!


  11. Helpful (2)

    Many changes over a short amount of time. Company rewards managers with bad behavior.

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

    I have been working at Barnes Group

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Location, access to leadership. fun activities.

    Cons

    Employees are not always treated with respect by managers. Managers get away with bad behavior and are rewarded. Managers not held to the same standard as employees.

    Advice to Management

    get rid of the bad apples.



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