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Belden Reviews

Updated June 23, 2017
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Pros
  • Good history of producing good products and is presently divesting business (in 10 reviews)

  • Work/life balance is good only because I make it so (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • Work/Life balance is what you make of it (in 5 reviews)

  • I worked here for 16 years and this is a very hostile work environment (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (4)

    "Beware of positive reviews (posted by Belden HR team)"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Clayton, MO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Clayton, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Working for any company other than Belden would be a great idea (ANY).

    Cons

    Toxic environment with terrible management.

    Advice to Management

    Please resign....especially the CEO.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Director"

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    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Belden (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Large company with a lot of movement

    Cons

    Dog eat dog environment. No sense of team

    Advice to Management

    Quit micromanaging and build teams - your metrics will go even higher

  3. Helpful (7)

    "This company has serious issues from the CEO to the VP level"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    If you don't like your boss, wait a little while...

    Cons

    This company has serious issues from the CEO to the VP level. The CEO runs the company like a bank, rather than a manufacturer. It's all doom and gloom among the employees, with countermeasures and threats because the unreasonable targets are not met, but then come the end of the quarter, the CEO announces that we've had the best quarter ever. Miraculous! The acquired companies that make up Belden don't seem to really be growing, but on paper – because of a regular acquisition strategy and moving money from one currency to another – Belden appears to be growing to the shareholders. Hence, voila! Increased share value! Whatever keeps him on his jet, I guess…

    Once a new company comes on board, they are shuffled into obscurity. There's little investment in R&D, little investment in marketing, little to no support of sales people. By being bought, the company has served its purpose. It's time to move on to the next acquisition. But as an employee – especially in sales – you'll be data managed to death.

    The CEO is invisible to the rank and file. He rarely shows up for company-wide meetings. He's kind of like Bigfoot – someone has seen him, just not anyone you know. Generally, the only interaction he has with his below-VP-minions is a monthly two-page letter which invariably obsesses on share value calculation. If you have the misfortune of hearing him speak, it will amaze you. He can delve into the most granular and deep mechanisms of how Belden's share value is calculated, but in the entire speech, he will not once mention the value of employees to this process. You do “feel” him, though, through the countermeasures and corrective action pressures he exerts on the VPs which roll downhill like boulders onto your head. Gotta keep him on that jet, you know...

    As was mentioned in a previous review, don't just take the word of these reviews here (watch out, too, for the artificial reviews posted by HR to counter the negative ones). Look up former Belden staff on LinkedIn and reach out to them. Hear their experiences before you sign on the dotted line. There's too many companies out there that know how to value their employees to spend even one moment with this miserable organization.

    Advice to Management

    To HR: Instead of actively countering bad reviews here, how about using what you're seeing to try and change the awful culture that is tearing your company apart? To Management: How about trying to run and grow a company rather than relying on tricks and gimmicks to boost your stock price? Novel ideas, I know...


  4. Helpful (6)

    "Ok if you want to sell your soul or are just starting off."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Pay is decent. Probably Ok if you are a finance or operations person.

    Cons

    Toxic work environment. Culture is basically machiavellian mixed with a Lord of the Flies atmosphere. Overly focused on analyzing everything to the point where there is no investment in driving the business forward and everyone is afraid to take a risk or stand up to bad decisions. Systems are years if not decades behind most companies and there is no innovation. Constant touting on all the acquisitions the company has made, but it is effectively a holding company and there is little to no integration. Stock price drives everything there and that is all the executive team really cares about. It is certainly not people or the long term vision of the company. It's a regional cable company masquerading as a global tech company. Any marketing or sales folks should stay far far away - there is no support for these groups and they churn through any talent. Sales folks just take a beating each quarter for poor execution across the company. Just look at LinkedIn and the number of former employees. Same goes with HR and IT. Finance and operations people are the only ones moderately treated decent. You are in constant survival mode there, and there is always a target on your back, even if you do a good job. You will see good people turn into horrible, paranoid drones just to survive each quarter with no empathy or thought for team members.

    Advice to Management

    Stock price is great for those at the top, but some people actually want to work for a company that innovates and treats people right. Culture needs to be blown up as it only serves the C-suite.


  5. Helpful (11)

    "Complete Dearth of True Leadership"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Belden full-time

    Pros

    You do have the ability to leave the company at any time.

    Cons

    The industrial division is one of the most ineptly run sales organizations of any company I've seen. Over the past eight years, the group has gone through seven VP of sales, each time throwing highly qualified leaders to the side until the executive team could settle on one who has had no experience in sales, nor any leadership qualities necessary to running a sales organization. Current management believes that leadership entails merely holding endless conference calls to discuss spreadsheet data that are readily available through the company's sales tracking system. You will experience no sales guidance or mentoring, merely criticisms that the team isn't living up to it's contribution to share value and the latest unrealistic sales goals. Bonus monies are subject to disappointing changes well into the process. These are not the qualities you would look for in a company as a sales professional.

    Since the current sales leadership took over, the industrial group has lost over 24 highly qualified individuals, with only three of those being let go (those individuals being highly qualified as well). The team is in a downward spiral, and more departures are imminent.

    The CEO runs the company like a fiefdom, pushing money and acquisitions around the board like chess pieces to prop up the share value, while ignoring the true leadership requirements needed to keep a company engaged and energized. Employee forced ranking is hard-coded policy here, a practice popular at the infamous Enron, and one that most companies have since abandoned. The employees tend to be guided only by fear of losing their jobs. Most who have departed have questioned why they did not make that decision sooner. You will not find a former employee who is disappointed to no longer be working for Belden.

    Following the failed takeover of the competitor Ruggedcom, the former Ruggedcom CEO Marzio Pozzuoli made this comment about Belden to the Toronto Star news organization: “They are bottom feeders.” And the Star says: “Belden had a reputation of sucking the competitive zest out of the companies it acquired.” Belden is truly a graveyard of once successful companies.

    Stay away from this toxic corporation.

    Advice to Management

    No advice to management, but rather to the board: It's time to clean house from the top down. The success you feel you see is artificial, and rough times are ahead if you continue down this road. Buying and selling dollars and conveniently timed corporate acquisitions may be keeping your stock portfolios fattened, but it's all a mirage without real growth to back it up.


  6. Helpful (7)

    "Toxic environment (Proof: Employee turnover)"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Most of their buildings provide heat during the winter.

    Cons

    The environment is very toxic - which comes from the top: Execs do not help employees, only judge them. Their whole Strategic Deployment Process focuses only on the "bad", perpetually in counter-measure mode, never celebrating the "good". And the use of frequent, random lay-offs are standard practice in their fear & intimidation playbook. Sales & Marketing organizations are largely dysfunctional: Significant employee turnover coupled with extremely short-term obsession. As a salesperson, you'll spend countless hours poring over spreadsheets and discussing your funnel repeatedly to various different audiences (most of them in Finance). Marketing is a mere sideshow - understaffed, underfunded, with no plan to bring it to this century. This is not a good place to work - period. If you do wish to pursue a commercial role with them, do two things first: (1) Reach out to former employees who can share their experiences with you; and (2) Ask to see employee turnover data. [They might parade their employee engagement survey scores as a defense, but know this: While the responses are supposed to be "anonymous", the survey requires responders to enter so much information about them (Business Unit, Job function, location) that one can easily match survey to employee. It's a running joke amongst the employees - who admittedly skew their answers to protect themselves]

    Advice to Management

    You are so data-driven, why don't you analyze the costs of employee turnover? I'll bet you'll discover it's dilutive to your almighty share price. Maybe you should consider changing how you treat your employees before your next bonus period - huh?


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Braider operator"

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    Former Employee - Braider Operator in Richmond, IN
    Former Employee - Braider Operator in Richmond, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Belden (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The pay is decent for the small area I live in. Employees get a 10 minute break every 2 hours, and can use the bathroom whenever they need to.

    Cons

    I worked here for 16 years and this is a very hostile work environment! Harassment level is ridiculous not only from coworkers, but management alike. The attendance policy is absurd! The environment is loud, and dirty! The heat that has to be endured is dangerous!!! Management does not listen to production workers, and treat them as if they are extremely stupid, or borderline retarded. There is no break rooms. The management show favoritism, and some of them are inappropriately close to production workers; and those are the ones promoted ;) Also, management tells lies on the people who do not want to kiss butt, and writes them up based on the lies they tell. Coworkers harass fellow coworkers, and this is encouraged by management, because this keep union threats at bay.

    Advice to Management

    Come out on the floor and run the machines. Get your head out of your butt. Treat your employees better. Stop harassing people. Stop sleeping with production workers, and promoting on this basis. Give your employees a break room! Fix the attendance policy, people are meant to live at work!!! Treat the people who work here better, and not like they are replaceable. Stop hiring through temp services. Stop doing people dirty!

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Would you recommend to a friend-NO !"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, IN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Belden full-time

    Pros

    It’s a job, otherwise none really.

    Cons

    Belden likes to acquire companies and situation is different for the hub employees and the acquired entities .
    For the latter it sucks, for the lack of a better word.
    If you were recently acquired-run away, nothing good is going to happen to you.
    Belden is preoccupied with share price, matrices, indexes, revenue numbers and such.
    What Belden does not care about is employees ( unfortunately).
    Usually they do not bother to understand the business they buy, and place unqualified employees of their own with no relevant experience to run (more like ruin) it.
    Targets are unrealistic, pressure for numbers is enormous, customer needs ( both internal and external) are often neglected ,
    As a result –lay-offs,stress,no merit increases,frustration,disappointment.


  9. "Business specialist"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits. Great leadership - opportunity to move in the company

    Cons

    Communication from upper management to employee


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Sales"

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    Former Employee - Sales
    Former Employee - Sales
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    4.5% Match on 401K with 100% vesting from day one.

    Cons

    Typical big company. Sales people are merely a number. Turnover is pretty high within the sales department which is never a good sign. Fear is used as a tactic to try and get sales people to sell more. Grow up management. That is old school thinking that doesn't motivate people.

    Advice to Management

    Show some loyalty to your employees and they will remain loyal to you. Just because you finish down for a quarter doesn't mean you should fire a bunch of sales people that have been consistently successful in the past. I know it sucks when your stock takes a hit but due to your size you have to expect revenues to be cyclical to some point, just like our entire economy. Most investors don't know or care whether or not you fire sales people, so what is the point? Find other ways to make cuts. Finally, review the other comments on here about your organization. Many of them make the same points.


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