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Belkin Reviews

Updated June 9, 2017
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Pros
  • Friendly relaxed work environment and team mates (in 12 reviews)

  • Some great people, but unfortunately for Belkin they are seeing the night and leaving (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance can be challenging if you are in a key corporate function (in 12 reviews)

  • Little support from upper management, very political atmosphere, more concerned about politics than performance (in 13 reviews)

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  1. "Challenging, interesting work and an excellent work/life balance"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - User Experience Designer in Playa Vista, CA
    Former Employee - User Experience Designer in Playa Vista, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The work is as challenging as you want it to be, and is extremely interesting. You feel like you are actually making an impact on the company, and subsequently, on the lives of those who will eventually use what you are working on. As part of the design team, I felt extremely valued, and I felt my opinions were heard. Effort is recognized and rewarded. While I cannot speak for the entire company, at least on our team, the work/life balance absolutely could not have been better. While working there, I had a child, and I cannot overstate how wonderful it was to have managers that allowed you the flexibility to be both a parent and an employee. The culture is also wonderful, people are relaxed and friendly, and there are regular free food events at Playa. Location-wise, you're at the epicenter of the LA tech community, there are food trucks near Honest Company, and the park in front of the building is gorgeous.

    Cons

    One of the major cons is that, surprisingly, Belkin has no existing maternity leave policy. They depend only on what the government can offer you (just short-term disability and FMLA, IF you qualify for it). On a more negligible note, although Belkin is a tech company, don't expect startup perks. There's no free food (cafeteria food is subsidized, but could be cheaper), no pingpong tables, no beer kegs, and certainly no dogs allowed. Take that as you will (this could technically be a pro to a lot of people too!).

    Advice to Management

    Keep on doing what you're doing. You are allowing your employees to do their best work and also allowing them to have their own lives, and that makes all the difference.


  2. "Dimished EE Benefits (Wellness programs used to be great but hardly exist now)"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Finance Director in Playa Vista, CA
    Current Employee - Finance Director in Playa Vista, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Beautiful park across the office

    Cons

    If you're looking for an Open door policy in the Benefits department, it doesn't exist. It's always 'I'll get back to you' answer if you have questions. You're lucky if your question is answered right away but it's not a surprise if after few days later.

    Advice to Management

    Be a people person. Happy employees are what drive your business to succeed. Make sure you have the responsible person you put out there to make sure they deliver.

  3. "3.5 stars"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Development Manager in Playa Vista, CA
    Current Employee - Product Development Manager in Playa Vista, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great development team, challenging work, quality products, and great location.

    Cons

    Ridiculously fast paced, inexperienced managers in terms of managing their teams, too many people are fearful of losing their job, and poor communication.

    Advice to Management

    Treat people with respect regardless of position. Do not demoralize your employees. Help and provide solutions for employees where there is favoritism by management. Appreciate, recognize and take care of your employees because they will do just about anything for you when treated well.


  4. "Great place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Customer Program Analyst II in Playa Vista, CA
    Current Employee - Customer Program Analyst II in Playa Vista, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work Life Balance, good training, advanced and up to date IT systems, modern presentations for meetings, management and employee involvement, HR activities, free Belkin products given, regular company-sponsored events and meals, awesome park across the street (playa vista location)

    Cons

    The company is split into 3 business units which makes accounting and sales more difficult. The workload has increased but sales remain on a steady growth. Belkin is doing well while Linksys and WeMo are still struggling to grow.

    Advice to Management

    More visibility on who to contact between the different business units.

    Belkin Response

    Mar 14, 2017 – Human Resources Intern

    Thank you so much for your feedback!


  5. "Senior Mechanical"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Mechanical Engineer in Playa Vista, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Mechanical Engineer in Playa Vista, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The work time is flexible, workload is not heavy. You will learn lots of technical knowledge from Belkin.

    Cons

    The salary increases very slow, approximate no rise every year. Always be challenged by manager.

    Advice to Management

    Please challenge less to your team members. We all are trying to do our best.

    Belkin Response

    Mar 14, 2017 – Human Resources Intern

    We really appreciate your feedback. Thank you.


  6. "An Overall Great Company"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Playa Vista, CA
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Playa Vista, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Belkin full-time

    Pros

    -Entrepreneurial environment
    -Freedom to explore
    -Plenty of support

    Cons

    -Direction frequently changes
    -Lack of ownership
    -Lack of clear leadership
    -Many shady politics

    Advice to Management

    Be more honest with your employees about changes within the organization.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Marketing"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing in Playa Vista, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing in Playa Vista, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - The people are amazing: young, ambitious - they treat each other like family.
    - Location, buildings and facilities are comparable to Silicon Valley.
    - Startup vibe

    Cons

    - Politics, politics, politics. You would eat it here for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snack.
    - No clear direction from upper management.
    - Taking ownership is a thing of the past.
    - Cross-functional teams are silo'd.
    - Constant, sudden organizational restructures.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your people. They are the ones that can make or break your organization. Listen to their pleas, especially when morale is down.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Enterprise Marketing"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing in Playa Vista, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing in Playa Vista, CA

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

    Pros

    Great location, generally nice and dedicated people.

    Cons

    Company culture is not as fast-paced or entrepreneurial as one would expect with lots of bureaucracy and political maneuvering that can leave an unsavory taste in one's mouth. Sometimes feels like the company does not live up to stated values.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Data Entry"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Data Entry in Playa Vista, CA
    Former Employee - Data Entry in Playa Vista, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It is a great company to work with. People there are very helpful. Got along with others

    Cons

    No downsides. I love it at Belkin

    Advice to Management

    The team i was with was very helpful with everything.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Basic Rating"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Development Manager in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Business Development Manager in Irvine, CA
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    A leader in it's core competency

    Cons

    Operating in a challenging business climate


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