Belden Reviews

Updated August 25, 2015
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Belden President, CEO, and Director John S. Stroup
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Pros
  • Good products lots of spec position but losing that fast (in 4 reviews)

  • Interesting products and good brand name in the industrial & broadcasting markets (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • The pressure is unbearable and there is zero regard for work life balance (in 5 reviews)

  • When good people leave because of outsourcing, you never get them back again (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Manager

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Belden full-time

    Pros

    Great Lean Processes, Exciting strategy to diversify business, Strong global presence, Opportunities to grow in multiple functional and managerial areas

    Cons

    Still weighted in very difficult markets and legacy technology. Communications and collaboration across platforms is limited and difficult.

    Advice to Management

    Leadership needs to get more involved and closer to customers/partners to better understand market dynamics (technology, business drivers, competitor offerings) and be more aggressive investing in initiatives that will drive organic growth.


  2. Positive experience.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits and positive environment to work at. Would recommend.

    Cons

    It can be loud and you have to wear safety equipment.

    Advice to Management

    Should be more connected with employees.


  3. Run away

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Indianapolis, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Belden full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good Pay, Decent Benefits, not much else.

    Cons

    They take lean too far. Never fail to Intrude on approved and scheduled vacation time/holidays because not enough staff to cover during these approved absences. Promise comp time but never receive it. Have to work two or more weekends a month.

    Advice to Management

    Don't scare away staff from acquisitions. Forced rankings and layoffs regardless of current low staffing levels to meet an arbitrary savings goal is disingenuous.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Frantic

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Saint Louis, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good products and brand recognition. Competitive pay and benefits. Many fine people pulling on the oars of a ship spinning in circles.

    Cons

    A maniacal obsession with the stock price and being valued 'like an electronics company instead of a wire company' is the mantra of senior management. If VP's of Sales aren't generating numbers in one year, they're out or exiled, re-igniting the whole merry-go-round yet again. The use of SDP is also mis-managed. Employees throughout the organization will do anything to avoid 'going red', and triggering a wave of countermeasures and extra monthly paperwork. Frequently they do the wrong thing for the business and customers just to avoid this death spiral.

    Advice to Management

    Stop panicking. Take your eyes off the ticker, pick a guy and a strategy and stick with it for two years.


  6. Profits & Growth Trump Individuals

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Channel Manager in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Channel Manager in Indianapolis, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent branding and solid distribution network. Tremendous product portfolio.

    Cons

    Heavy corporate emphasis on metrics and counter-measure. Individual contributions often over-looked or minimized.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Good Place to Work

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Process Oriented environment Good Opportunities for Advancement Customer Oriented Culture Fast paced and energizing

    Cons

    Some processes can cause extra work and frustration when not implemented properly Human Resources is under valued and not resourced properly

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on talent acquisition and retention.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Company in turmoil

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay very good. Generous benefits. Expense policy is very fair. Lots of interesting roles available, not upward, but laterally.

    Cons

    Opportunity for advancement very small. Very high-stress work environment. High management turnover (6 VPs of Sales in 7 years). Very data intensive organization -- many times missing the forest for the trees. Annual reductions in workforce has caused a lot of ongoing fear, stress, and performance issues. Constant change in staff, methods, plans, goals, and outlooks keeps the company in turmoil. Company running so lean that many people now hold multiple jobs at once.

    Advice to Management

    Slow down and let things settle before you make moves. Any reduction in workforce and/or hiring splurge takes 6 to 12 months for folks to get their feet beneath them. Change is good. Constant change is VERY bad.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Belden

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Very friendly co-workers, seems to be high opportunity for advancement, everyone is willing to help with any issues I have, company is large and still growing, the internship program is very organized

    Cons

    I have yet to experience any cons


  10. Helpful (3)

    Sr Mgmt Have Very Low Respect for their Human Resources and their Customers

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Those working in non-management positions are usually very helpful and want to do the best for their customers - Good benefits and pay structure - Good training ground for understanding and utilizing LEAN

    Cons

    - Very few development opportunities and low level of coaching - Churn and burn environment where Sr Managers are more interested in meeting LEAN metrics and covering their rears than actually doing the right things for customers - To quick to eliminate costs by terminate employees under the cover of "restructuring" - Sr Management make decisions in a vacuum and spend too little time talking to end customers and their staff that are dealing with end customers - Very few Sr Managers with industry background and connections

    Advice to Management

    Spend more time with end customers and less time relying on distributors and industry reports to understand how to solve quality problems and build better solutions to fit the market.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Deep dark hole

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Sales in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Pay was good. Industry leader, favorite label of distribution(most years)

    Cons

    Uncommunicative, out of touch managers. No real idea of what is happening at street level. Underhanded corporate minions that spread untruths. Growth by acquisition, with little internal product development or integration strategy. A whiff of corporate induced layoff fears for acquired companies. Truly a dark place to work, every bad element of big company culture lives here. Talk to people on the inside before spending anytime working here or for any of the acquisiion companies.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing really, keep doing things the way you always have.



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