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Barco Reviews

Updated October 15, 2017
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  • no growing opportunities - little room for advancement (in 3 reviews)

  • Strong Belgium focus not very much taking into account remote sites (in 8 reviews)

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  1. "Systems Engineer"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Sandy Springs, Fulton, GA
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Sandy Springs, Fulton, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work/life has a great balance. Pays very well. Management believes in your teams and will do anything for your success. The culture is positive. HR does a great job. Tons of job growth. I really love the people I work with, the travel, and the compensation!

    Cons

    Policies and procedures could be updated a little better. Being such a huge company, there are numerous ways for things to be done -- sometimes we should research a few betters ways. The Duluth office is newer but is nothing like other Barco locations -- we need an update to the building.

    Advice to Management

    Trim the fat -- is the low level manager isn't doing well, get rid of them.


  2. "Good company but management was terrible"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Barco full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Travel, off on Friday, great vacation time and benefits, nice office, good impromptu parties. Located in nice part of North Atlanta.

    Cons

    Terrible management, very much a good old boy's club, you can do an awful job but if your liked by the guys that have been there the longest, you're golden, otherwise do a great job, not play their games and you'd be their scapegoat when things go wrong. Managers can't except responsibility for their mistakes or poor work ethics. They rely on a few established accounts and are not proactive in seeking new relationships.

  3. "Jack of all trades"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Coordinator in Rancho Cordova, CA
    Current Employee - Project Coordinator in Rancho Cordova, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fun place to work and good people. Ping pong table

    Cons

    Lots of work, minimal training. Rare growth opportunities, terrible yearly raises

    Advice to Management

    Pay wages properly


  4. "Barco Inc."

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    Former Employee - Procurement in Duluth, GA
    Former Employee - Procurement in Duluth, GA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Barco full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Technology Leader, Excellent Benefits, Local leadership

    Cons

    Cultural differences, No other issues


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Above average salary, NO perks (Sunnyvale)"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Barco full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    there is always work to do (pro? con?)

    Cons

    there are absolutely no perks

    Advice to Management

    ...


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Good company, but could improve a lot"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Duluth, GA
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Duluth, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Barco full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly environment
    Depending on your manager, there may be room to grow
    International Travel

    Cons

    Low pay
    Not much room to grow technologically in this location


  7. Helpful (3)

    "OK but not stable"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Duluth, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Duluth, GA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Barco full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great pay
    International Travel
    Wonderful people

    Cons

    Product quality caused countless issues.
    Antiquated systems
    Company stability...many layoffs

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Product Management"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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


  9. "employee"

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    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


  10. Helpful (3)

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

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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.


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