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Barco Reviews

Updated March 20, 2017
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  • no growing opportunities - little room for advancement (in 3 reviews)

  • Product core knowledge lies with Belgium teams (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "The most caring company I have ever worked for"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Barco full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Very innovative and international technology company

    Cons

    Decision making is slow and process driven - not agile.

    Advice to Management

    Delegate more decision making to increase speed and quality of decisions.


  2. "Product Management"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interesting areas to work in

    Cons

    Strong Belgium focus not very much taking into account remote sites


  3. "employee"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Barco full-time

    Pros

    great place to learn what I don't want

    Cons

    Very old style practices, not willing to update processes to meet current industry trends


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Barco is an OK company, but they could be better if they wanted too!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Sales in Duluth, GA
    Former Employee - Sales in Duluth, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The pros at BARCO is the brand itself, which is slowly crumbling. From being an worldwide leader in the professional video market, they have been loosing ground for the last 10 years and have relied on that market strength status for too long.

    This is not new for BARCO. This company emerged in the 1930's as a manufacturer of radios for the home and custom wood cabinets to house them. So BARCO knows how to re-create itself several times for the last 8 decades. Can do it again? Maybe.

    The market that has created the income they have enjoyed is in fact the United States. With globalization, is much harder for a company that has been used to being a market leader with high margins in product development, to switch into a mindset of products as a service.

    By all means, Barco has the business intelligence and key employee's with intellectual capacity in Belgium to move the organization towards the online cloud services arena. But what they have as a strength they destroy with their feet as they want to manage their biggest market, with a Belgium mentality which is what will ultimately harm them. They can place all the American CEO's they want in BARCO USA. The problem may remain the same... Belgium corporate politics. Unfortunately.

    So if you want a job with a descent level of long term security, and don't care much about growing up the ranks... BARCO is our company.

    - BARCO USA (Atlanta-Ga.) So so location. Is like a place time has forgotten. Hopefully that changes in the near future.
    - BARCO USA (Sacramento, Ca.) Nice facility if you like open space areas. Almost as good as the Belgium version at a mini scale.
    - Nice HR, with limited capabilities. They take orders from Belgium.

    Cons

    - Limited Growth
    - Benefits are OK, you will find nothing that any other small average business can offer in US. Nothing like the American Silicon Valley style benefits, and not the company if you like perks! Top benefits and perks are reserved for Belgium employees due to European Socialist law requirements.

    Advice to Management

    Make BARCO US autonomous, so they can make their own decisions based in American market requirements. Stop managing BARCO subsidiaries as if they were in EUROPE.


  6. "Planner"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Sales Operations in Duluth, GA
    Current Employee - Sales Operations in Duluth, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Barco full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Enjoy working with the people here. No two days are the same. You can learn a lot if you are just starting out in a career.

    Cons

    Wear too many hats. As a result very few people have a good understanding of their job. Poor communication company wide. Very difficult to get your job done within normal business hours because of all the fires that need to be put out.

    For long-term employees there is little room for advancement.

    Advice to Management

    An operational analysis needs to be done to determine what resources are needed. Barco tends to think that someone in one administration can easily be transferred to another. Many times different administrative positions have different skill sets.


  7. Helpful (6)

    "Mediocre"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Engineer of Some Sort in Rancho Cordova, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer of Some Sort in Rancho Cordova, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Barco full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Fairly low stress environment, with decent work life balance.
    Occasionally the work is interesting.
    Flexible hours and casual dress.
    A good place to work if your a few years from retirement, or you don't change or challenge.
    Most of the engineers are competent.

    Cons

    Silos silos silos, poor communication between groups and divisions.
    Almost no career opportunity, basically a dead end job, unless your a Belgian.
    Get stuck working on the same old stuff until you die.
    Belgian's difficult to work with.
    The company is penny-wise and pound foolish.
    A really terrible health care plan.
    Almost no useful training, or concern about employee development.
    Terrible processes when they even exist.
    Dead end job, oh did I mention that already.
    Ineffective HR, god knows what they do.
    Raises are a joke, your lucky to get 1%-2% while the company has record earnings.
    High turn over, at least in some divisions, and very little is done to replace these employees.
    Obsessed with cost cuttings, wants cheap, with no concern for quality.

    Advice to Management

    Your unilateral policies suck, there is a reason people keep walking out the door and moral is so low. Good luck keeping anyone good long term with your lame raises, and dead end positions.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "National Accounts Sales"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - National Accounts Sales in Rancho Cordova, CA
    Former Employee - National Accounts Sales in Rancho Cordova, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Liked the company and the people

    Cons

    Training for new employees and customers

    Advice to Management

    Clear direction for contract employees on day to day job function


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Poorly Paid Employees, 2-3% raise pool"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rancho Cordova, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rancho Cordova, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Barco (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Work/life balance is good. The technology is fun to work with. It's a video company!

    Cons

    Only a single, unaffordable health plan. Below average pay with about 2-3% annual raise. People openly complain about this and challenge management. Over all compensation is not worth it. NA offices are treated like 2nd class citizens. Dead end job. Most people have the same post for 10-20 years.

    Advice to Management

    Reward your talent.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Planner"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Planner in Sacramento, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Planner in Sacramento, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice building, nice location and close to the freeway

    Cons

    Horrible middle mgmt, looking to blame employees for anything gone wrong.

    Advice to Management

    Too many supervisors and middle managers. A complete waster of company money.


  11. Helpful (3)

    "Sales"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Very little micromanagement
    Flexibility
    Pay is comparable to market

    Cons

    Very little / no room to promote into other positions



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