Bell and Howell

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Bell and Howell Reviews

Updated September 8, 2014
Updated September 8, 2014
40 Reviews
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40 Reviews
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  1.  

    With company for over 20 years

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Service Engineer  in  Madison, WI
    Current Employee - Customer Service Engineer in Madison, WI

    I have been working at Bell and Howell full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    I have a job. Steady paycheck. Meet some good people. As of now it is not far from home.

    Cons

    No advancement, no merit increases, very hard to get training on new equipment. Stuck with problems on machinery I have no knowledge of and very hard to get support at night time from senior technicians so I have to learn everything on the job to the point that my manager thinks I have training and doesn't set me up for it.. Very poor attitude from technicians because of company future causes myself to give up and work on my own to try to make it every week. Only reason I have taken to work the graveyard shift is to save up enough money in my 401K, (which is not helped by Management anymore) so that I can retire on my social security in 8 years and work at a less stressful job. If I was 20 years younger I would have quit by now and gotten a better job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Whats the point? Management hasn't done anything but hire executives and give themselves bonuses every year! What use to be a great company years ago has fallen so low because of decisions made at the higher ups! Like I stated before I just want to do do my job until I can retire and move on.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Run don't walk

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Service Engineer
    Former Employee - Customer Service Engineer

    I worked at Bell and Howell full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great co-workers, with the exception of senior management

    Cons

    Poor management, has no clear direction for new company out ch11. No pay increase or 401k match in over 7 years. No future.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Doesn't matter. They don't listen.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Amazing People Dedicated to Serving Customers

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Durham, NC

    I worked at Bell and Howell full-time

    Pros

    Wonderful Associates / Co-workers
    Service Organization is the best in the business
    Sorting products lead the industry
    Current Owners are really smart
    Expansion into new industries can provide positive growth

    Cons

    Difficult times in the mailing industry made business conditions difficult
    Many changes in ownership and management
    Prior owners sold Bell and Howell brand to be used on consumer products

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay the course, the associates are the best in the business.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    High Stress, No Pay Increases

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    Current Employee - Senior Customer Service Engineer
    Current Employee - Senior Customer Service Engineer

    I have been working at Bell and Howell full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    They have multiple location throughout the United States and Canada. They have different shifts to choose from depending on which customer site you work at. Working on the inserting systems is challenging and rewarding.

    Cons

    They are struggling financially and have not given any pay increases in 6 years. The cost of your medical insurance is also high averaging $400 a month for a family.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Good job.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Durham, NC

    I worked at Bell and Howell full-time

    Pros

    Good job, good coworkers and management, good working conditions and technology.

    Cons

    Company is experiencing financial stress.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Was a great place, but poor decisions destroyed the company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Durham, NC

    I worked at Bell and Howell full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    For years the company provided great benefits and work-life balance. Not many pro's left

    Cons

    Bankruptcy and poor decisions by management from the very top down for 10 years

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Well, they keep leaving after selling off parts of the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Good people.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Bell and Howell

    Pros

    Good technology, flexibility and people

    Cons

    Leverage strength of people and technology.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    OK company, shrinking market and shrinking customer base.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Bell and Howell

    Pros

    Fair pay, little micromanagement, there are a few experienced, committed people who work for them.

    Cons

    Very few people have a can do attitude, and pride in their work, it is challenging to get answers/commitment/get work done. Lots of installation issues, product issues. Constant changes in management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Apply deeper thought to who and where is the bottleneck. They have been laying off people for years. Too much politics.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Working for Bell and Howell is an up and down roller coaster made better by Bethlehem/Allentown location Coworkers.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Bethlehem, PA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Bethlehem, PA

    I have been working at Bell and Howell full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Fair Pay and fair benefits

    Cons

    Constantly changing Senior management, and poor upper management decisions.
    Lack of proper training and work tools.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make better decisions that impact the success of the company and its employees.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    I had a great experience with the company

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    Former Employee - Controller  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Controller in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Bell and Howell full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    good access to top management

    Cons

    typical politics of a billion dollar public company

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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