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Updated August 28, 2017
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Belden President, CEO, and Director John S. Stroup
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Pros
  • Good history of producing good products and is presently divesting business (in 10 reviews)

  • Good pay, Excellent co-workers, Good product, (in 7 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 (1)

    "Good company at its foundations, needs more customer centric focus"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Overall Belden is a good Industrial Manufacturer. Current CEO has done a fantastic job of diversifying the product portfolio, which has led to growth where other companies have suffered downturns. Very data driven.

    Cons

    The culture is still too internally focused, and not customer centric. Metrics are commonly based on what can easily be controlled vs what the customer wants to see. This isn't bad for the employees, but limits the growth of the company.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to work on the customer centric focus, consider more innovation, especially when it comes to the customer experience.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Friendly environment, good management, average work load

    Cons

    Poor job advancement, pay scale is below average

  3. "eh."

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    Former Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Saint Louis, MO

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

    Pros

    decent pay scale and I learned a lot

    Cons

    very, overly, reactive to share price.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Order processor at Distribution Center."

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    Current Employee - Forklift Driver in Richmond, IN
    Current Employee - Forklift Driver in Richmond, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Plenty of overtime. Little chance of being laid off because of factors out of your control. Decent amount of days off.

    Cons

    Incompetent management. Terrible communication with other branches of the company. Depressing atmosphere to work in where processors get all the blame even when it is not their fault. Almost zero chance for promotion within the company.

    Advice to Management

    Listen more.


  5. "Richmond Plant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Middletown, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Middletown, OH

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

    Pros

    Lived and breathed Lean Dailey Management.
    Genuinely cared about the employees.

    Cons

    To be a "Technology" industry, certainly underutilized available technology.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Mixed Bag"

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    Current Employee - QA Engineer in Hillsboro, OR
    Current Employee - QA Engineer in Hillsboro, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Interesting Technology, Small work groups. Global collaboration,

    Cons

    not growing organically, only through acquisitions.

    Advice to Management

    Needs to target new markets.Engage Customers, Develop Core Technologies,


  7. "Centralizing processes"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Management has a vision for growing a global environment. Team members have respect for each other and work well together.

    Cons

    Many changes with some what limited communication of the changes.

    Advice to Management

    Provide a high level road map to give employees a sense they are helping achieve goals.

  8. "Order Processor"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Not a hard job, can work overtime

    Cons

    Worked through a temporary contracting agency, no paid holidays, no vacation days, no double time for working Sunday


  9. "Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Belden full-time

    Pros

    Great Lean Processes, Exciting strategy to diversify business, Strong global presence, Opportunities to grow in multiple functional and managerial areas

    Cons

    Still weighted in very difficult markets and legacy technology. Communications and collaboration across platforms is limited and difficult.

    Advice to Management

    Leadership needs to get more involved and closer to customers/partners to better understand market dynamics (technology, business drivers, competitor offerings) and be more aggressive investing in initiatives that will drive organic growth.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Frantic"

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    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Saint Louis, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good products and brand recognition. Competitive pay and benefits. Many fine people pulling on the oars of a ship spinning in circles.

    Cons

    A maniacal obsession with the stock price and being valued 'like an electronics company instead of a wire company' is the mantra of senior management. If VP's of Sales aren't generating numbers in one year, they're out or exiled, re-igniting the whole merry-go-round yet again.

    The use of SDP is also mis-managed. Employees throughout the organization will do anything to avoid 'going red', and triggering a wave of countermeasures and extra monthly paperwork. Frequently they do the wrong thing for the business and customers just to avoid this death spiral.

    Advice to Management

    Stop panicking. Take your eyes off the ticker, pick a guy and a strategy and stick with it for two years.


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