Bearing Distributors Reviews

Updated December 4, 2014
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  1. My career at BDI began in 1988 and continues to this day. Excellent company to work for with outstanding leadership.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Operations Manager
    Current Employee - Operations Manager

    I have been working at Bearing Distributors full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Business culture is to offer ample opportunities for advancement to all employees through constantly evolving training program. Very pleasant work environment with fair wage compensation. BDI has always been and continues to be a company that cultivates dedicated and loyal employees.

    Cons

    Offering flex hours and a "work from home" option to employees would be helpful in attracting new talent. BDI can sometimes be a bit slow and "reactive" rather than PRO active in keeping on top of current business trends thus limiting its employees ability to improve customer service levels.

    Advice to Management

    Consider setting (higher) standards for wage compensation commensurate with performance and position. Set up a "mentoring" program within the training process so as to utilize veteran employee's knowledge and experience in educating new hires. Our greatest resource is our history and is often overlooked as such.

  2. Lovely

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Bearing Distributors full-time

    Pros

    Nice work environment and the company is very large and successful.

    Cons

    There was a huge downsizing of the company and I was a victim to it. Nice company but it is very easy to lose your job if you don't have seniority.

  3. Corrupt company!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - OUTSIDE SALES in La Crosse, WI
    Former Employee - OUTSIDE SALES in La Crosse, WI

    I worked at Bearing Distributors full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Good pay, nice location, clean work, easy sales

    Cons

    Very ignorant people, not fun to get along with, stuffy environment, upper management is very much under qualified to make decisions. Some branches are operated by immature people who should not be in their position. Uneducated boring people that are not interested in employee thoughts even if they are best for business. Think about it, they sell bearings, how exciting can that be???

    Advice to Management

    Management is not qualified to operate some branch locations.... Perhaps they should drug test some of them....ugh...you will be surprised of some results. The owner is a hippy from Ohio who does not even drug test anyone in the company, ever. Even if you drive one of their vehicles. He is an old man that is on his way out.

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  5. Good to Mediocre - at best

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexibility and continues to try to develop best practices-very customer focused out of individual branches. Some branches very strong-Newer president good

    Cons

    Heavily nepotistic. Ideas and plans are usually sound, however implementation is weak by management, inconsistent and ever changing, allowing for little traction and true solid growth.

    Advice to Management

    It does not really matter unless you are truly a part of the inner sanctum. Communicate and implement plans universally in a holistic manner instead of selectively

  6. Helpful (1)

    Do not work for this employer!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Representative in La Crosse, WI
    Former Employee - Account Representative in La Crosse, WI

    I worked at Bearing Distributors full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Company car, can create own schedule, no-one baby sits, some staff are pleasant, some staff know their products.

    Cons

    Too many family members working together. Employees don't care about the financial aspect of the business, only worry about others' issues, heavily led democratic company, Does not care about opinions from staff, horrible Corporate Management, looks at all employees as numbers and not people.

    Advice to Management

    Poor training skills, poor attitudes, no open door policy, Branch Managers are in their upper 20's, inside staff too concerned about other people and not their own jobs. Was lied to on multiple issues. Not honest.

  7. Helpful (2)

    A good company to be a part of!

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

    I have been working at Bearing Distributors

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    BDI has involved top leadership who do genuinely care for their employees. The President and CEO both have open door policies, which help breed constructive feedback for company improvement. The employee culture is diverse, and interesting. The benefits package is top notch. Incentive pay, for the most part, is fairly Representive. In an industry that is not very glamorous, BDI is ahead of the technological curve. This can lead the work to personal life ratio can be very flexible as well.

    Cons

    Salaries can be below market; however, incentive pay could bridge the gap depending on your location. Middle management is glaringly week in spots, and at times, BDI is too slow to address them. This leads to lower performance in some locations, as well as the morale issues that inevitably bubble up. BDI also could do a better job to recognizing its star performers at times.

    Advice to Management

    Communication could do wonders in terms of productivity and employee morale. Especially as BDI transitions into a larger company, as well as the technological advances in how it does business. Also, a better job recognizing or showcasing higher performers may be prudent.

  8. Helpful (1)

    Overall a good company, but they trip over dollars to pick up pennies

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

    I have been working at Bearing Distributors

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The company still has the feel of a small company even though they are not. The owner is a great person and will address your concerns personally to you if you contact him.

    Cons

    Too many family members working in the corporate offices. They don't understand the general way of business from a branch, and just think that everyone is working at the corporate offices. Branch managers control your earnings based on what they want to make. They want to make more, so you don't. Compensation for the Branch and Regional managers is based off year ending numbers. So you make more it directly reflects in their salaries. Even with buying branch items needed.

    Advice to Management

    Spend time with the branches. Look at how they have to do business. The branches need all the support they can get and from the accounting to IT to the help desk it is not always there. Accounting is rude, purchasing think everything should be put through them (no one has 2 weeks to wait for a item to come in) and the managers all are concerned with making more money and not looking at what the branch needs. ex: new employee to help the flood of new business, new appliances or tools.

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