Bearing Distributors
2.7 of 5 6 reviews
www.bdi-usa.com Cleveland, OH 500 to 999 Employees

Bearing Distributors Reviews

Updated Apr 23, 2014

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Carl G. James Jr.

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    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

    ConsThere 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.

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    Corrupt company!

    OUTSIDE SALES (Former Employee)
    La Crosse, WI

    ProsGood pay, nice location, clean work, easy sales

    ConsVery 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 Senior ManagementManagement 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.

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

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    Good to Mediocre - at best

    OUTSIDE SALES (Current Employee)

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

    ConsHeavily 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 Senior ManagementIt 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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Do not work for this employer!

    Account Representative (Former Employee)
    La Crosse, WI

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

    ConsToo 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 Senior ManagementPoor 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.

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

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    A good company to be a part of!

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsBDI 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.

    ConsSalaries 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 Senior ManagementCommunication 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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

    Sales (Current Employee)

    ProsThe 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.

    ConsToo 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 Senior ManagementSpend 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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