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Belcan Reviews

Updated July 23, 2017
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  • Little to no career advancement (in 8 reviews)

  • This is a low cost outsourcing operation also means low pay, minimally challenging work (in 14 reviews)

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  1. "Contract Engineer"

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    Current Contractor - Engineer in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Contractor - Engineer in Saint Louis, MO
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Belcan as a contractor (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Contract rates are higher than those of direct employees.

    Cons

    No benefits of any kind. No PTO, no employer paid health insurance premiums, no 401k match, etc. Representation by Belcan to customer is not always in contract employee's best interest. Belcan seeks to serve their own interests often at the cost of the contract employee.

    Advice to Management

    Offer paid benefits to your employees, and develop a culture that the contract employee and Belcan are working together for the benefit of both with customers.


  2. "Two Sides"

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    Former Contractor - Senior Project Coordinator in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Contractor - Senior Project Coordinator in Indianapolis, IN
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Belcan as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    If you work for Belcan itself, it's a good stable company to work for. But if you do contract work for them, your representation is miserable.

    Cons

    On the contract side - no room for upward movement, raises are non-existent; management is inexperienced.

    Advice to Management

    Promote from within; value your contract workers as you do your employees.

  3. "Flexible"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule
    Good senior Management

    Cons

    Little to no career advancement


  4. Helpful (2)

    "They keep any unused vacation money"

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    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.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Good Place To Gain Exp"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great place to start out and gain experience as you have the opportunity to work across a wide variety of projects and make contacts at big name companies. Many very highly experienced and skilled people here whom are, for the most part, friendly and more than happy to lend a hand or their advice/guidance.

    Cons

    - Compensation is not very competitive. Raises, in my segment, average less than inflation.
    - Vacation policy is not very competitive. 6 holidays per year.
    - Feast or famine, based on the client. When workload goes down, employees very quickly furloughed with layoffs not too far behind. Billability is king.

    Advice to Management

    Good strategic moves being made via acquisitions to flesh out domestic/global capabilities and gain market share. Tactically, be more pro-active with organic growth (gain new clients).


  6. Helpful (2)

    "No Interest in Developing Employees"

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    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Raleigh, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Foot in the door with good companies
    -Decent benefits
    -Flexible hours.

    Cons

    -Pay is okay for entry level engineers but don't expect increases, even with outstanding performance reviews.
    -Management is non-existent and provide no support.
    -The goal is to make the customer happy with little to no regard for the employee.

    Advice to Management

    Pay some attention to your employees.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "A Place to Start"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Windsor, CT
    Former Employee - Engineer in Windsor, CT
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flex time. Most of the managers allow their staff to have flex time. This means if you want to work 11-7 you can. If you want to get in at 3am, you can. There needs to be a person on-site that is able to let you in, but that happens more often than not.

    They will hire anyone

    Cons

    When i first started at Belcan i was told, "This isn't a career. Learn what you can and then move on." This advise couldn't have been more true. The company provides little room for advancement. The idea behind the company is that Employees with Pentions can make an extra $50 an hour for improving the look of the company. College grads are then hired for $25-$27 an hour to do the work.

    In CT, Belcan charges $67 an hour for the work. You can do the math and see that they make bank off of each person they hire. Because of this no one is ever fired as long as they show up to work.

    You wont know if where you are placed with mean you work non-stop during your 40 hours or if you will browse reddit all day. Additionally the work you do will not be constant. You get the work that Belcan has at that time.

    Advice to Management

    Fire the people that don't do any work. Even if those people make you look better because they have experience.

    Pay people what they deserve. You make enough off everyone, you can afford to pay people enough to stick around.

    Learn to hire people after Pratt and Hamilton give you the work, not before. It doesn't help anyone to pay for people to sit around with nothing to do.

  8. Helpful (4)

    "Not terrible but not great"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in West Palm Beach, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in West Palm Beach, FL
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Belcan full-time

    Pros

    Very flexible work schedule. Paid overtime if you have the budget for it (we had it most of the time). Co-workers were awesome

    Cons

    Company is really pushing more and more ISO standards on everyone. It's gotten to the point where engineers can't do their real work anymore for the customer. Quality of work is lacking. Benefits are below average. Pay is about 25% lower than most companies. Morale among employees is very low. Management could care less about employee opinions.

    Advice to Management

    Customer continuously lowers the billable rate and management just accepts it. Find other customers and stop giving in to ridiculous demands from one company. Listen to all aspects of feedback from employees. Don't just take the good and pretend the bad never happened and then chastise those employees who are honest in surveys. Upper management is driving this company into the ground.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "It WAS a great place to work...."

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    Former Employee - Operations Manager in Cincinnati, OH
    Former Employee - Operations Manager in Cincinnati, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The buildings in the Cincinnati area have been well maintained so the employees have a nice place to work. Most groups have a "flex time" approach, if you need to leave early get to work early. Belcan does have a wide range of customers so the work might be different from time to time.

    Cons

    Current ownership has decimated the business that was started and ran by its founder. Keep your resume updated, if your job or contract ends you will be laid off. Sometimes those layoffs will be unexpected. There are chances of being called back but those are slim.

    Advice to Management

    Stop purging your experienced employees, we might be expensive but we also know the business.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Belcan Engineering Group"

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    Former Employee - Principal Engineer in Cincinnati, OH
    Former Employee - Principal Engineer in Cincinnati, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good place for entry-level or younger engineers to build experience and use as a stepping-stone to better jobs. Decent flexibility regarding working hours.

    Cons

    Limited opportunity for advancement. Pay levels and benefits, especially for senior technical people, are not competitive. Upper management is too short-sighted about retaining experienced talent, and treats staff too much as disposable assets / liabilities.

    Advice to Management

    Use more foresight / long-term view in preparing for and handling workload down-turns due to customers' business cycles. Don't lay off a bunch of people and then have to replace them a few months / a year later. Increase margins with customers to support this.


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