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Updated December 8, 2017
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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)

  • Work environment is highly political and the company has an annual feast and famine cycle which places undue stress on employees (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (5)

    "Director"

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    • Senior Management
    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


  2. Helpful (8)

    "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.

  3. Helpful (13)

    "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.


  4. Helpful (9)

    "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?


  5. 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


  6. "Good company to establish a career"

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

    I worked at Belden full-time

    Pros

    Very structured with flexibility to adapt to market and customer

    Cons

    End of quarter and year end can be hectic to meet sales targets.

    Advice to Management

    Keep developing young talent


  7. Helpful (4)

    "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. "Overall A Good Company"

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    Current Employee - Account Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you work hard at Belden, you will get rewarded. Just as any company, it is not perfect. Depending on your position, you make work long hours. In sales, the schedule is not that bad.

    Cons

    Very little diversity within the company. During my tenure at Belden, there has been a high turnover of senior management.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees especially those that have been here for a while. The employees know the day to day rigors, and can provide the best insight as to what needs to be improved.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "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.


  10. "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.


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