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. Helpful (1)

    Frantic

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    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.


  3. Profits & Growth Trump Individuals

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    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.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Good opportunity to have an impact, but not the best communication and direction from senior leadership.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Overall the people are good, products are good, and there's plenty of room to have an impact and improve things if you work hard and earn the trust of management. There is plenty of freedom to try new things and improve broken processes. Good opportunity for advancement and decent pay, although few people get stock options and fair bonus payout.

    Cons

    Sometimes it doesn't seem like senior leadership is really thinking through their decisions. Fear of and pressure from the CEO can drive decisions that are only short term fixes, often leaving the company and it's employees in a tough position to be successful in the long term. Overall lack of communication and direction from senior management seems to be the biggest issue. The constant pressure to meet metrics doesn't always lend to the most warm and trusting culture either.

    Advice to Management

    Talk to your employees, build a culture that's more trusting so that you can keep good employees and better understand the real issues at hand. Help drive focus and direction within the business units. It's hard to be very successful at anything when you're trying to be good at everything. Make sure leadership is on the same page and then communicate plans and strategies down!


  6. Account manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Belden full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    flexibility with time, however large territory and difficult to cover effectively

    Cons

    corporate direction constantly changing, never felt sturdy, difficult to get responses from mangement


  7. Helpful (1)

    100+ yr old mid-west company. 'nuff said

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Belden full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great discipline on following processes, templates, timeline. Keeps all BU's accountable based on quantitative results

    Cons

    Too internally focused. Way too much emphasis on quantitative KPIs and not enough risk taking for growth

    Advice to Management

    Don't acquire companies outside of core competency


  8. Helpful (3)

    not the same company

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    good pay for the area

    Cons

    always working. no free time

    Advice to Management

    respect your employees


  9. An industrial period company undergoing a transformation to a modern enterprise

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    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Worcester, MA
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Worcester, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good compensation, accountability, and mobilitiy

    Cons

    Can be beurcratic, over emphasis on process

    Advice to Management

    Give managers more freedom and encouage a more entraprenureal spirit


  10. OK pay and benefits in a somewhat chaotic work environment.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chambersburg, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chambersburg, PA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    The Chambersburg location still growing, pay and benefits are decent, and the employees are good to work with. To some extent there is a family atmosphere, and many of the employees are friends with each other outside work as well as during working hours. The building is only one year old, with room for expansion. The working hours are not excessive, with occasional overtime required.

    Cons

    There is currently a somewhat chaotic environment, compounded even more by being purchased by Belden, and continuous turnover in upper & middle management in both Germany and the US over the past two years.

    Advice to Management

    Develop or communicate a company plan for moving the company forward.


  11. Groundhog Day

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

    I have been working at Belden full-time

    Pros

    * Salery * Liberty * good Supervisors

    Cons

    * Targets not achievable * Obscure sales processes



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