Belden Reviews

Updated September 29, 2014
Updated September 29, 2014
63 Reviews
2.4
63 Reviews
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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)

  • The team is made of all kinds of people, great people whom i've learn and will keep in contact along the way (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • The pressure is unbearable and there is zero regard for work life balance (in 4 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Nice working environment

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    Former Employee - Intern  in  Neckartenzlingen (Germany)
    Former Employee - Intern in Neckartenzlingen (Germany)

    I worked at Belden as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Work-life balance, scope for improvement, nice working culture

    Cons

    Location, Connectivity to the place, homogeneous group

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Channel strategy Belden

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Channel Account Manager  in  Utrecht (Netherlands)
    Current Employee - Channel Account Manager in Utrecht (Netherlands)

    I have been working at Belden full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Compensation and benefits are competitive. International working atmosphere, teamplayers.

    Cons

    Dedication to the Company is not reconized by upper management. Life span at Belden is short. Continious changes of platforms and strategy. Yearly cut of team members is frustrating not only for team members but is hitting the customer by constantly replacements.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Its all about customer relationship. Support employees to drive customer satisfaction on a long term base. Think in solutions for customers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Hourly employees need more recognition

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Factory Labourer  in  Cobourg, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Factory Labourer in Cobourg, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Belden full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The wages and coworkers

    Cons

    Management is rapidly lowering the moral of its employees on a daily basis. Hourly employees are very skilled and knowledgeable and are in fact the only thing that is keeping the cobourg plant operating.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to stop treating hourly so poorly and that they are unintelligent. Start patting the hourly employees on the back and stop patting your own. We are a wire company not a food or auto industry.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Too much numbers play and not enough focus on product

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  Stuttgart (Germany)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Stuttgart (Germany)

    I worked at Belden as a contractor for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The management level on campus was generally very fair and competent, they did the best considering the shackles they were tied to.

    Cons

    Too much focus on extreme profit (cutting costs on divisions that make a 15% growth, when 20% is expected) leading to decisions that are long term bad. The R&D division I worked for had a superior management team, but their resources to make good decisions was severely undercut. The last round of this led to this idea of "Rolling Forecasts" which means that R&D gets a fixed percentage of the previous quarter's profits. Bad news if a competitor comes up with a new feature that causes customer loss. That means with less profit there is less money do invest in features to restore the product position in the market.

    In addition LEAN was very overdriven to the point of putting future company growth at risk. When good people leave because of outsourcing, you never get them back again. I suppose the world is full of highly qualified people that they can grab at any time -- NOT. In the six years I was with the company I have seen cuts, closures and consolidations that may have done something in the short term, but not in the long term. I suspect in a few years this company will be selling the asset's acquired as carcasses to the highest bidder.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get to know your people in the field and *LISTEN TO THEM!*. I watched two senior people get fired because they told the truth, rather than what they wanted to hear. Be aware the world is different than one would normally expect in the best conditions, and adjust appropriately, rather than obstinately holding to a course that isn't sustainable in the long term (> 1-2 quarters).

    Also when upper management mingles with workers at parties, *MINGLE* with the people and get to know them -- they are the force that makes the company succeed. I think I read that somewhere (maybe one of those value statements that mean nothing?)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Lack of leadership in the BU's and direction from sales management in EMEA

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Manager  in  Stuttgart (Germany)
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Stuttgart (Germany)

    I have been working at Belden full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Interesting products and good brand name in the industrial & broadcasting markets . Good ethical and business acumen, reasonable payment. Secondary conditions like pension building differ per country but are overall acceptable.

    Cons

    Focus is almost completely internal, internal reporting is more important then customer contact.....extremely process orientated.
    No direction from senior leadership team and very weak sales leadership in EMEA
    Virtually no internal promotion opportunities, outside candidates are preferred even if these don't have the background but just because they where at the right previous company....
    Cooperation between BU's is non existent, product development is incoherent

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    restructure senior management and the BU leadership and allow internal promotions
    ensure that decision are taken, rather a wrong decision from time to time then no decision at all (like it is today)
    refocus from internal reporting on keeping your customers happy with the right products at the right time.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Wonderful working environment

    Former Employee - Regional Sales Representative  in  Gurgaon, Haryana (India)
    Former Employee - Regional Sales Representative in Gurgaon, Haryana (India)

    I worked at Belden full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Professional and ethical work culture

    Cons

    There are no cons to mention

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue doing good work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    From a Factory Techinican Perspective :"Narrow-minded and does not respect their employees or their ideas or thoughts"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Factory Labourer  in  Cobourg, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Factory Labourer in Cobourg, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Belden full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The pros of working at belden was the hourly wage and fellow employees

    Cons

    the cons were that management did not respect or care about employees, it was clearly just a numbers game, employees concerns, thoughts and rights were not taken into consideration

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    i think you need to evaluate your staff at the canadian location of belden and realize that those in charge are seriously declining the work atmosphere and true production. Seriously if you went and asked the factory workers what the issue was there….they would say that the management under valued your staff and disregarded any and all ideas they have

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    A good company to work for... whilst you look for another job.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Belden

    Pros

    Company is pretty laid back, you are left to get on with your job.

    Cons

    Empty promises, salary and benefits are not so good. Low moral.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your staff better.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    No respect for people, destroy shareholder value, fake lean, window dressing performance, mercenary culture

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Belden full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Talk good is okay, no need to do hard work

    Cons

    good people leaving constantly, low performers increase as %, vicious cycle, politics everywhere, 300M acquisition money wasted in just one deal.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    look in the mirror

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

    I would not recommend this company to friends/family

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

    I worked at Belden full-time

    Pros

    Exposure to senior management, Benefits

    Cons

    High turnover rate, low employee morale, poor work/life balance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve employee morale and the poor work/life balance
    Practice what you preach

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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