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Belden Reviews

Updated May 26, 2017
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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 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 (4)

    "Frantic"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. Helpful (5)

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

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.


  3. Helpful (3)

    "Deep dark hole"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Sales in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Pay was good. Industry leader, favorite label of distribution(most years)

    Cons

    Uncommunicative, out of touch managers. No real idea of what is happening at street level. Underhanded corporate minions that spread untruths. Growth by acquisition, with little internal product development or integration strategy. A whiff of corporate induced layoff fears for acquired companies. Truly a dark place to work, every bad element of big company culture lives here. Talk to people on the inside before spending anytime working here or for any of the acquisiion companies.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing really, keep doing things the way you always have.


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  5. Helpful (4)

    "Grossly mismanaged."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Regional Director in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Regional Director in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Belden still has a good name. Corporate structures and processes. Opportunity to learn. Pay reasonably well. Smart people at the factory.

    Cons

    CEO puts himself before customers and employees. No stability in leadership. Strategy and Initiatives change constantly. No sense of direction.

    Advice to Management

    Take some time out and get to understand your company.


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Worst Career Opportunity Ever"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Clayton, MO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Clayton, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Long hours and some great people. Exposure to a variety of acquisition analysis, sales and marketing metrics, and hands on experience with external auditors.

    Cons

    Where do I start? An organizational culture starts with it's executive management team. The environment is hostile and one that you would commonly see someone beat on their chest because they could. What I gained during the several years I worked in the Clayton office was where I should not work.

    Advice to Management

    Change management and remember that people are your most valuable asset.


  7. Helpful (6)

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

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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. "A Fast Moving Company in Transition"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Vice President in Saint Louis, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    They pay for performance, fast decision making, clear metrics. Lots of career movement for top performers. Great learning experience.

    Cons

    There is no hand-holding, no second chances, no ambiguity. You do what needs or be done, or you're out. That can be overly harsh at times for employees who experience variability in their job performance. Also, force ranking employees results in excessive turnover of solid quality people.

    Advice to Management

    Life is not always black and white, be a bit more flexible. Also, please remember that the generation of wealth need not occur only at the senior leadership level. Reward more employees with equity.


  9. Helpful (6)

    "Belden is full of Back-Stabbing Morons"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Network Administrator in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Network Administrator in Pittsburgh, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Belden full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    If you are young and stupid, you may have a future there.

    Cons

    All Belden managers are monsters and should be fired. If you work for a company that Belden buys, they eventually will get rid of you if you complain about the inept management and projects. Lean Management is also a joke. I don't know why Belden is so successful. The customers hate them and also current and former employee hate them. They are the worst company on earth to work for. Only the back-stabbers get rewarded.

    Advice to Management

    What goes around comes around, get your resumes updated.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Too Process Driven"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Belden Rewards Mediocrity"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Richmond, IN
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Richmond, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    My salary is the only good thing about working at Belden.

    Cons

    - Belden has developed a system where they reward mediocrity.
    - Management at nearly every level seems to be unable to identify areas in their sphere of
       responsibility that require improvement.

    Advice to Management

    We need all new managers. The facility I work at has been in turmoil for 3-4 years.


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