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Barnes Group Reviews

Updated May 14, 2017
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Barnes Group President and CEO Patrick J. Dempsey
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Pros
  • Barnes Group is a large, multinational corporation that is financially stable, well established in the marketplace and offers good benefits (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • upper management and to corporate of a dress code i (in 7 reviews)

  • Lots of turn-over as company chases unachievable metrics (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Outstanding Company- achieves excelent Results Annually."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bristol, CT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bristol, CT
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    All Non-sales/non-union employees are bonus eligible, unique in industry. Very competitive benefits package. Management places significant emphasis on development programs. Opportunity to gain financial security with restricted stock and options for eligible employees.

    Cons

    Demanding culture, very process driven.

    Advice to Management

    Stay focused on management development and promotions from within. Grow the company faster with acquisitions.


  2. "Incredible opportunity"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - CSS in Kalispell, MT
    Current Employee - CSS in Kalispell, MT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    In the region I am in there are several talented individuals, from the reps up to the RSM. We are encouraged daily. Barnes has an extensive education and information system. They are truly concerned about their people. They want the reps to be successful, and they want us to have fun.The plan expectations can be daunting, but once you get your head around it, it's challenging and fun. I am GRATEFUL for every day I get to go to work for Barnes. This is actually the second time I have worked for Barnes. Every job has it's frustrating issues. You just have to put your head down and plow through.

    Cons

    Antiquated wireless capabilities.( still better than doing it by hand!)

    Advice to Management

    Design a new hire " things you'll need" package.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Barnes Distribution, best company I have ever worked for, sucks they sold to MSC"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Strategic Account Representative
    Current Employee - Strategic Account Representative
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Pay, work hard and it pays off. NO micromanagement , great culture. company was not set for major growth which justifys the sell off. great reputation in the industry. pays salary plus commission. best people i have ever worked with. the hr team does a great job of hiring, average employee is with company forever

    Cons

    SOLD off to MSC, Money Money Money, this company did not have that focus until the MSC purchase. we were all about the customer.

    Advice to Management

    Stay true to the Barnes Promise


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  5. "Great company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Maintenance Technician in East Hartford, CT
    Current Employee - Maintenance Technician in East Hartford, CT

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

    Pros

    On the move growing all the time

    Cons

    long hrs do to growth!

    Advice to Management

    I have none !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ! !


  6. "Sales Rep"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Cleveland, OH
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Cleveland, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Learn something new everyday very interesting

    Cons

    too much work load and distance per person too much windshield time

    Advice to Management

    More advancement


  7. "Barnes, it's o.k."

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Recruiter in Cleveland, OH
    Former Employee - Recruiter in Cleveland, OH
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great location, good people. Lean initiatives have been hard for many to adapt to, but short term discomfort will lead to long term good. Company is small enought that people know each other on a personal level and can work well together. There is good communication between teams and departments in HQ.

    Cons

    Tough economy measns more work for everyone, burn out is high. The upper management spends to much time in meetings, and not enough time offering visible inspiring leadership. It always amazed me that people that should be there to suppport their teams, would spend entire weeks never being available.

    Advice to Management

    Stop meeting and start doing. There is not enough leadership by example.


  8. "Challanging and rewarding, but very corporate in structure"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Manager in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Business Manager in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Barnes Group full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Executive Management and leadership. Very solid financially. Been in business over 100 years.

    Cons

    Difficult to get things done quickly. Upward mobility is very difficult to achieve.

    Advice to Management

    look inside your company for growth opportunities for your employees


  9. "Good company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Customer Sales Specialist in Hattiesburg, MS
    Current Employee - Customer Sales Specialist in Hattiesburg, MS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Freedom to work your own schedule, decent pay, some established accounts, great benefit package, FANTASTIC upper management (Regional Vice President) that cares about employees well being.

    Cons

    Territories are too spread out in some states, poor website design, a lot of time spent putting up orders, the pros outweigh the cons though

    Advice to Management

    It seems that management is getting younger, which in my case, is good because my new mgr (who is 29) is energized and willing to help with the hands on activities, such as taking out old bins/drawers and putting in new ones, etc.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Too bad they sold BDNA to MSC :("

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very employee friendly company almost to a fault. Very little if any micro-managing . Empowered all its employees to think outside the box

    Cons

    Very liberal attendance policy handcuffed management at times. Company slow at times making decisions in all areas of the company.

    Advice to Management

    None- Senior management made some very hard well thought out decisions that were necessary during the recession. Was a good run while it lasted . Thank you


  11. "Great place to work, love the people"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great corporate culture, small company feel even though it is part of Barnes Group, Inc. Many opportunites to grow career, provide training, great group of people.

    Cons

    Wish not to disclose in order to remain anonymous...


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