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Belcan Reviews

Updated February 16, 2017
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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. Helpful (1)

    "Good overall contract engineering company, experience may vary"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer in Cincinnati, OH
    Former Employee - Engineer in Cincinnati, OH
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The company provides engineering contract services to a wide range of companies in various industries. So each location will typically be servicing it's local major customer. I worked in the headquarters at Cincinnati, OH. They had the largest number of sections, but my section mainly supported GE Aviation. The work was interesting to me. Even though the projects I worked on were small parts of a much larger engine program, the variety of projects meant that I could learn a little bit about many parts of the engine. It might be frustrating for some, but I thought it was a great opportunity to work along side experienced engineers (as team mates and customers) with such a broad range of disciplines.

    At times the leadership seemed sluggish to react to changing business environments and opportunities, but the managers overall were good people. Things get tough when the main customer goes through a downturn, since their business is very much reliant on their customer's business.

    Cons

    There can sometimes be a reactive attitude towards employee training, which can hurt younger engineers without the proper attitude and ownership of their careers. The nature of contract work means that workload varies from quarter to quarter, but that is not always a bad thing if people can take advantage of it and use it as development time. I find that more resilient and entrepreneurial engineers do better in this type of environment.

    Advice to Management

    Some program managers and sections seem to rely too much on the experienced leaders to develop connections and bring in work. They sometimes forget to encourage the younger engineers and others doing the work to advocate for the company's services. In the end, excellent engineering work brings in more work, but those engineers sometimes aren't provided the tools and knowledge to be able to try to start new contracts.


  2. "Aerospace Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Belcan full-time

    Pros

    Great work/life balance, very friendly coworkers and managers. Ability to work with little to no supervision. Ideal work environment for college graduates

    Cons

    Zero room for promotion, pay is low compared to other engineering organizations

    Advice to Management

    Create career paths for dedicated employees


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Good Starting Place"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Control Systems Engineer in Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Control Systems Engineer in Cincinnati, OH
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible, great people to work for.
    Competitive pay out of college.

    Cons

    Too General Electric (GE) dependent, layoffs are quite random.
    Benefits are pretty terrible, raises are fairly un heard of.

    Advice to Management

    they have a new CEO so none yet, maybe he will start to draw in some more buisness


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Good Place To Gain Exp"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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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. "Positive Engineering Internship Experience"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineering Intern in Peoria, IL
    Former Employee - Engineering Intern in Peoria, IL
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Very welcoming work environment. Great people, both management and other full-time staff. Management and other employees were very supportive. Overall very good experience at this company

    Cons

    Relies on contracts from unstable companies such as Caterpillar, so workload can vary greatly.
    Hours can be long as a result of somewhat mundane work, but this is to be expected from an internship position.

    Advice to Management

    From my experience, the management does an excellent job of maintaining a productive work environment. All employees were treated with respect and the management helped to foster a comfortable workplace.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Review of Belcan"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Design Engineer in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Senior Design Engineer in Indianapolis, IN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Belcan (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good company to work for with good benefits

    Cons

    Jobs are dependent on length of contracts

    Advice to Management

    Keep on putting employees first


  8. "associate engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Design Engineer in Peoria, IL
    Former Employee - Design Engineer in Peoria, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    good company, helps and supports employees

    Cons

    no job security, totally dependent on client requirements


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Writer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Writer in Lynn, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Writer in Lynn, MA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Belcan (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Location near major customer site

    Cons

    Funding uncertainty causes insecurity with employees

    Advice to Management

    Better contacts


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Basic Review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Rockford, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Rockford, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Competitive salary, good benefits, flex time.

    Cons

    Not much holiday pay days.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "No Interest in Developing Employees"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.



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