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Belcan Reviews

Updated February 16, 2017
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Belcan CEO Lance H. Kwasniewski
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  • This is a low cost outsourcing operation also means low pay, minimally challenging work (in 14 reviews)

  • Little to no upward movement occurs (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Good company, good people"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Engineer in Raleigh, NC

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

    Pros

    I felt as though my work was valued there. Even when business is slow, they tend to hold onto employees as long as they can. Got some decent raises, when business was good, at least. The management is fair and the schedule is pretty flexible.

    Cons

    Sometimes, when the clients aren't providing enough business, raises can be a bit hard to come by, and there is an occcasional risk of layoffs if it's bad enough. They are trying to expand their business though, so that they're not as dependent on just a few big clients.

    Advice to Management

    Keep trying to get new clients.


  2. "Belcan Engineering"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Design Checker
    Current Employee - Design Checker
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice Environment. Good people.

    Cons

    Salary could be better for area


  3. "They keep any unused vacation money"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fayetteville, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fayetteville, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    My coworkers are nice to work with.

    Cons

    Although it was not communicated, at the end of the year I hadn't used all my vacation (10 hours) and was then told I could not use it or cash it out and that Belcan would be keeping it.


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  5. "Configuration Analyst/Supplier Data Administrator"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tempe, AZ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tempe, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    All Benefits were pretty good

    Cons

    Not a lot of career advancement opportunities, however this location is a contract company and they did strive to keep existing positions open for each employee


  6. "Belcan pay policy"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Engineer in Cincinnati, OH
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good, easy to get along with people, some interesting projects.

    Cons

    They don't treat all employees the same when it comes to down-time pay. Some continue to receive their 40 hours pay when there is down-time and others are forced to go to part-time. This appears to be based on the office location of the employee (even if they work primarily from home) and the age of the employee.

    Advice to Management

    Need to make a universal policy concerning down-time pay.


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    "Great Stepping Stone"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Control Systems Engineer in Palm Beach Gardens, FL
    Former Employee - Control Systems Engineer in Palm Beach Gardens, FL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - They hire you with little or no experience
    - Work/life balance and flexibility is really amazing. Come and go as you please and get paid for the hours you work. You want to go to the beach but the weekend looks like bad weather? Go to the beach on Friday and make up the time over the weekend!
    - VERY low stress job

    Cons

    - Customer only outsources low-level tedious tasks to Belcan; the customer keeps high-level lead positions internal, so there is no room for professional growth
    - Does not feel like a team - feels like a bunch of individual workers
    - Lance (CEO) makes it very clear in his actions that the employees are not valued or respected, and that they are merely sources of income that could be easily replaced. The founder of Belcan (Ralph Anderson) truly valued his employees, and would take time out of his day while visiting other offices to go around, introduce himself, and genuinely take an interest in his employees. Lance walks around the office strictly to get to his meeting.

    Advice to Management

    - Do something about Lance, he is killing employee morale (speaking from experience after talking to ~40 employees). While he may be a great CEO business-wise, he is a terrible CEO employee-wise.
    - Belcan is seen as a job for "newly weds and nearly deads". Work more on employee retention by offering career paths and more challenging assignments. I left because there was no career path and the work was boring and tedious.
    - Salary and compensation is good, but not great. Flexibility is the key to keeping people around. If you get rid of this, your turnover will increase greatly.


  8. "Contracting Engineering"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Belcan full-time

    Pros

    Very flexible hours, ability to work multiple projects

    Cons

    Subject to loss of funding and when that happens Belcan offers pretty much nothing to help support you. You're just a number to them. It's known as contractors that contracts may end or be cut and when that happens, Belcan doesn't cover your salary at all, they either furlough you or tell you to just not get paid


  9. "Team Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Cincinnati, OH
    Former Employee - Engineer in Cincinnati, OH
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Relaxed atmosphere. Excellent pay to stress ratio. Good place to start career and learn the ropes.

    Cons

    As a contractor most of the work consists of the tedious tasks that the lead engineers simply don't want to do. Very little room for upward mobility, to advance you'll have to look elsewhere.

    Advice to Management

    Try and acquire more challenging work for employees. Be more aggressive with respect to acquiring contracts from new companies in different industries instead of relying on consistent work from the same few.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Former employee"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Plantsville, CT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Plantsville, CT

    I worked at Belcan (More than a year)

    Pros

    I used to work full time at Belcan. They have a lot of tools at your disposal and are flexible with your schedule to meet family needs.

    Cons

    Its not for everyone as its a big company and you can easily get lost in the numbers game.

    Advice to Management

    Take the time to get to know all of your employees one on one. Too much of a barrier between upper management and the worker bee as everything goes thru middle management so the information you receive or that's relayed to upper management is at the discretion/capability of one individual.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Project Engineer"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Maryland Heights, MO
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Maryland Heights, MO

    I have been working at Belcan (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible schedule and opportunity to learn from the roll your in.

    Cons

    Poor benefits and no opportunity for career growth.



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