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Belden Reviews

Updated March 11, 2017
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Belden President, CEO, and Director John S. Stroup
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Pros
  • Work/life balance is good only because I make it so (in 5 reviews)

  • Good history of producing good products and is presently divesting business (in 6 reviews)

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

  • its hard to learn about career opportunities in other business units and you don't hear much about what is going on outside your own area (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (4)

    "Anonomus"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A large manufacturing company with a world wide infrastructure focused on IT products with a history of returning good investment return to share holders. Good history of producing good products and is presently divesting business.

    Cons

    Upper management - culture that is marked by intimidation and a clear "get it or get out" message.

    Advice to Management

    Remember that people are an asset vs, a tool to be used and disposed of - Suggest the CEO enrolls in a course on ethics.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Inside sales"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Engineer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Engineer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Average benefits and pay with exception to no inside sales commission/bonus plan. Work/life balance is good only because I make it so.

    Cons

    To many managers with too many vertical organizations. Only fair at combining new acquisitions/mergers. Lost sales bonus plan after acquisition/merge...inside and outside sales is a team and should be compensated as such. Corporate travel procedures and policies are out of touch with reality.

    Advice to Management

    Stop relying upon employee surveys and really listen to employees. Stop calling us associates...we are not a law firm or Walmart


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Ehh"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Extruder in Richmond, IN
    Former Employee - Extruder in Richmond, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The pros are great pay and benefits.

    Cons

    Lay offs when times are slow.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Run away"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Indianapolis, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good Pay, Decent Benefits, not much else.

    Cons

    They take lean too far. Never fail to Intrude on approved and scheduled vacation time/holidays because not enough staff to cover during these approved absences. Promise comp time but never receive it. Have to work two or more weekends a month.

    Advice to Management

    Don't scare away staff from acquisitions. Forced rankings and layoffs regardless of current low staffing levels to meet an arbitrary savings goal is disingenuous.


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Sr Mgmt Have Very Low Respect for their Human Resources and their Customers"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Those working in non-management positions are usually very helpful and want to do the best for their customers
    - Good benefits and pay structure
    - Good training ground for understanding and utilizing LEAN

    Cons

    - Very few development opportunities and low level of coaching
    - Churn and burn environment where Sr Managers are more interested in meeting LEAN metrics and covering their rears than actually doing the right things for customers
    - To quick to eliminate costs by terminate employees under the cover of "restructuring"
    - Sr Management make decisions in a vacuum and spend too little time talking to end customers and their staff that are dealing with end customers
    - Very few Sr Managers with industry background and connections

    Advice to Management

    Spend more time with end customers and less time relying on distributors and industry reports to understand how to solve quality problems and build better solutions to fit the market.


  7. Helpful (6)

    "Your best is never good enough. Everyone is scared to do or say anything"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Belden full-time

    Pros

    Salary was competitive. Some of the executives care

    Cons

    Overall there is an atmosphere of fear. The CEO leads with an iron fist and that gets pushed down the ladder. The pressure is unbearable and there is zero regard for work life balance

    Advice to Management

    Your people are the most important thing. Without them you have nothing. It would pay to remember that at times


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Too Process Driven"

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    Current Employee - Channel in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Channel in Indianapolis, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Global reach with Global company and presence, Breadth of product line

    Cons

    Too internally focused and not customer-centric

    Advice to Management

    Simplify process and focus on the CUSTOMER


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Short term goals lead to long term problems."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, IN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Belden full-time

    Pros

    1. Good pay.
    2. Lots of movement in some departments with opportunity for advancement.
    3. Visibility among VP's in any position.

    Cons

    1. Bad metrics drive bad behavior. People are only concerned with hitting numbers and will do anything to be green.
    2. Male dominated work force. Very few females in high positions. Many of the men are misogynistic.
    3. Few college hires stay longer than two years. They aren't able to retain young people.
    4. Favoritism can be an issue depending on your boss.
    5. Management is completely clueless.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "The atmosphere has deteriorated significantly in the last five years at my work location."

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

    Pros

    Compensation is competitive but the benefits are below par. I was allowed to do my job and told to take ownership until about 4 years ago when our new CEO took over and brought his management team in.

    Cons

    Don't let on like you have a lot of experience and know what to do in a given situation. Negative comments have been made about "the gray hairs" at Belden.

    Advice to Management

    Don't take yourself so seriously.
    Demand the same level of performance form yourselves that you do from the grunts.
    Display some common sense for a change.
    Don't give the lean people a blank check, there needs to be more check-balance.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "appalled"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Monticello, KY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Monticello, KY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    pay decent...not a lot of work place choices

    Cons

    long shifts and weekends no early retirement

    Advice to Management

    fairness


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