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Updated Jun 17, 2014

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3.4 12 reviews

80% Approve of the CEO

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Bert De Graeve

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70% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Great people but organizational problems and manpower made it difficult

    Sales Administrator (Current Employee) Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    ProsThis was a foot hold for Bekaert, a global steel wire manufacturer that serviced the west coast and pacific northwest. It should have been a much more profitable area. excellent position for the pulp wire market and log bundling strand. Union workers kept a strangle hold on skilled labor.

    ConsManpower was constantly an issue and caused problems with invetory and scheduling. Quality department was struggling to keep up with innovation for areas that could have been very profitable for this area of North American market.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNone, management did a great job with pushing and working with this plant for as long as they could, ultimately too much was going against Bekaert with this particular plant.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    At California entity, Bekaert was a well working company with one exception.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) San Diego, CA

    ProsMature company grew thru acquisition and maintained standards. Good leadership. People-oriented.

    ConsHR is managed from Belgium so a lot of red tape and impersonal job grading. Not the greatest compensation or upwards communication.

    Advice to Senior ManagementImprove and encourage communication from direct reports.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great Experience

    Quality (Current Employee)

    ProsLearning opportunities, decent corporate culture, great colleagues, good benefits

    Conslower than average pay grade

    Advice to Senior ManagementUse and rely on all available resources, it is sometimes hard to fight perceptions even amongst senior management team

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good company to work for

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGive you room to do what you want

    ConsNow overall business is facing competition from China competitions

    Advice to Senior ManagementGood company to work in the next 5 years

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    Process and Technical Service PT. Bekaert Indonesia

    Process and Technical Service (Former Employee) Karawang, West Java (Indonesia)

    ProsThe salary, bonus, and benefits were quite good with the job offered.

    ConsThe management among departments is not very solid and well coordinated, moreover some of the departments did not have the power to push other department.

    Advice to Senior ManagementEmployees are human not only mere tools , so please do not give them overloaded work.

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    Old School

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGood products, research and development, skilled workforce.

    ConsHighly centralized, top down management style. Branch operations entirely under the control of head office. Too much focus on keeping costs down, mostly by driving down wages and stripping local offices of support staff. No local autonomy whatsoever.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRecognize the difference in regional markets, costs of living, the talent of the local work force. Stop investing in the false economy of low wage rates. The underpaid are seldom dedicated to the cause and are usually looking for a way out. The success of the whole should not vary inversely with the success of its parts.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Not for the ambitious - if you look for work/life balance this is your place.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Zwevegem (Belgium)

    ProsGreat work/life balance; in total 47 (!) days off per year incl public holidays. Low stress level. Enjoyable colleagues. Recommended for career starters - very good technical trainings and interesting projects to work on in an international environment. Very good benefits.

    ConsNIH syndrome very strongly present; Senior mgmt is all Flemish with ltd experience outside of Bekaert. Extremely political. Old boys network prefer YES men. People with great track records in other companies who joined in the last 5 years left or were forced to leave. Low bonus component - you don´t get much more if you exceed your targets compared to those who only show up every day. Salary increases for promotions are in the lower(set) single digit.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHire A-players on the top positions; Think earnings in stead of market share; There is much more than 100 m€ to save; Become an outside oriented company; request high returns out of R&D spending.

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

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    Strong senior management, weak middle management in R&D group. Low job security, massive cut in employees.

    R&D Project Manager (Former Employee) Brussels (Belgium)

    ProsGood salary package, professional and strong senior management team, emphasize on teamwork, very good life/work balance

    ConsMysterious promotion system, very Belgian company (2000 employee out of +20 000 are from Belgium while none of executives is non/Belgian, very secretive in way of working (only Belgians work on sensitive projects). I felt discrimination between treating foreigners against Belgian employees

    Advice to Senior ManagementNot promoting young-not mature Belgian junior managers to middle level managers. This is a big burden to work in a not healthy environment which is a cause of such promotions. Keep your strong senior managers. What I see is that lots of very good people were fired recently because they were in wrong projects.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Truly global experience

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsInternational experience in a classic b2b environment; growth, diversity, market leader, old company 1880, china, us, global, local, innovation, quality

    Consclassical metal industry, less attention to marketing and sales, mainly engineering company, headquartered in belgium, not very much communicating, unions to strong

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    good to work

    CAD Designer (Former Employee) Pune (India)

    Prosexperience in working multinational company,

    Consfor engineering division very little scope for promotion / designation advance.
    usual for manufacturing unit get paid high but have to work hard.

    Advice to Senior ManagementUse appropriate people for work. do not use engineers for drafting

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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