Belden

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Belden Reviews

Updated January 28, 2015
Updated January 28, 2015
70 Reviews
2.5
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Belden President, CEO, and Director John S. Stroup
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good pay, reasonable hours, smart people (in 4 reviews)

  • Good products lots of spec position but losing that fast (in 4 reviews)


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

  • continuous turnover in upper and middle management, no growth opportunity until you have any connections with the management (in 4 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    A solid and fair company to work for.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Belden

    Pros

    Open door policy with managers and they are approachable. Generally one has the right tools to work with including a CRM as Salesforce.

    Cons

    It is all about numbers and it seems that this focus on "numbers", be they quota, sales funnels, etc. tends to obscure one's other achievements.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    What are your long range plans, product goals, etc.? Please communicate them better and more consistently.

  2.  

    Bad metrics drive wrong behaviors

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

    I have been working at Belden full-time

    Pros

    Competitive pay, early advancement to management early in career

    Cons

    Culture of the company is to blame others rather than address the broken processes.
    Very aggressive and no training in any job I've held.
    Only early advancement if you're male, not a woman friendly company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't blame your employees when they don't have the tools to be successful in the job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Short term goals lead to long term problems.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, IN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, IN

    I have been working at Belden full-time

    Pros

    1. Good pay.
    2. Lots of movement in some departments with opportunity for advancement.
    3. Visibility among VP's in any position.

    Cons

    1. Bad metrics drive bad behavior. People are only concerned with hitting numbers and will do anything to be green.
    2. Male dominated work force. Very few females in high positions. Many of the men are misogynistic.
    3. Few college hires stay longer than two years. They aren't able to retain young people.
    4. Favoritism can be an issue depending on your boss.
    5. Management is completely clueless.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Growth by acquisition only. Belden is a risky company to work for

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

    I have been working at Belden full-time

    Pros

    1. Good compensation
    2. Flexibility of work location and hours
    3. Name recognition within the industry
    4. Global Roles available

    Cons

    1. Belden is a company that is growing due to acquisition only. R&D and product development programs, within the companies they acquire, are being gutted. Belden simply acquires, "reorganizes" and then moves on to buy another the next year.They do not support product innovation or R&D. This is a great for Belden's executive leadership and shareholders (who have seen the BLD stock double over the last 20 months) but it's bad if you're a director or manager of one of the companies that has been acquired. If you are acquired by Belden; get active climbing the political latter or search for a job ASAP.

    2. Executive managers (VPs and GMs) are changed and shifted frequently between business units and therefore DO NOT understand the business or technology they are managing. Good ones get fired generally and "do-nothings" seem to stick around some how. I really can't understand how it happens honestly. All senior managers (good and bad) institute a "strategy" that take a lot of time and money, and then it is shut down as soon as they leave 12-18 months. This process repeats itself, leaving middle-management with the legwork and risk of trying to actually run a business while trying to please a boss who is absent of competency and unaccountable to the heavy-hand of the senior executive level (CEO, COO, CFO etc...)

    3. Belden is only concerned about next quarter's financial results. It's a short-term recipe for success, but ultimately a path towards decay. The system of management at Belden is very comparable to HP in the early 2000's under CEO Mark Hurd. Mark Hurd simply cut crucial programs at HP to lower the bottom line of the company. It worked for a while...until the cuts began to hit product quality and customer service. Now, HP still is trying to recover from the damage that he did to the company. Like HP, Belden is a bleeding company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1. Practice what you preach - it is possible to be both ethical and profitable
    2. Growth by Acquisition will not last forever - shareholders will begin to notice
    3. Study what happened to HP over the last 10 years and how not to be simular

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    not the same company

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Belden

    Pros

    good pay for the area

    Cons

    always working. no free time

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    respect your employees

  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Not a place to build your career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Belden as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    Fair compensation. Name recognition in the industry.

    Cons

    Management is clueless and filled with incompetent people. Cranking number is all they do. Organic growth comes secondary to buying and selling companies. Keep banging the Lean concept but have trouble implementing it consistently.
    Top-down management. Individual contribution is not recognized nor rewarded.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get out of your number cranking routine and study why you end up with numbers like that.
    Lean is not just a slogan it's a practice.
    Show some respect to your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Workmanlike

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Belden

    Pros

    Good pay, reasonable hours, smart people

    Cons

    Very process oriented, bottom line is everything

  9.  

    An industrial period company undergoing a transformation to a modern enterprise

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Worcester, MA
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Worcester, MA

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Give managers more freedom and encouage a more entraprenureal spirit

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Too many management layers

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Poor Work Life Balance in Richmond, IN
    Current Employee - Poor Work Life Balance in Richmond, IN

    I have been working at Belden

    Pros

    Good benefits, 401K contribution from Belden.

    Cons

    Too much management layers. Micro managing, "top down" communication style. Poor work life balance. Management does not care or show empathy towards employees. They manage too much with metrics rather than common sense.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Dedication to the company is not reconized by upper management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Leominster, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Leominster, MA

    I worked at Belden

    Pros

    If one is interested in Lean Manufacturing then Belden is the place to work. They will train you and work with you so you understand and can impliment Lean at your facility.

    Cons

    Don't plan on retiring from Belden. Your life span at Belden is about 5 years. With there Force Ranking, at least one in your group will be cut every year and replaced with someone at a lower salary then the one who was cut.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop moving jobs out of the US and bring them back. The knowledge and the dedication needed to continuously improve Belden is here in the US not Mexico or China.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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