- Bekaert Corporation10.Nov 2019
Support from management
They support themselves and their resort vacations. Everyone else is a peon.
What teamwork? It was a CYA war zone.
Freedom to work independently
It depended on the mood of my Jekyll and Hyde boss as to how much I was micro-managed on a given day, but most of the time I worked independently because lean staffing required it.
When the HR director sends out an email admonishing staff for not being present in the office and abusing the flexible work-from-home policy, you know you have issues. When they take away the Keurig machines from your breakroom and replace them with cheap, industrial coffee machines that malfunction, ditto. When the company picnic is held at a decrepit amusement park in the worst part of town....need I go on?
See the above. There is only one woman at Belgium Corporate leadership, and she doesn’t hold the purse-strings, she has to answer to the men that run the show.
Attitude towards older colleagues
Not as bad as some companies I have seen, but let’s see how long that lasts with restructuring occurring.
It depend on whose rear end you are kissing more than your skills, experience, or ability.
Overall compensation for your work
After I left I realized I was being underpaid for the work I was doing. Other departing staff have realized this as well.
Office / Work Environment
Noisy coworkers with no respect for the fact you are trying to do detailed work including calculations, benefits reports, and audits. Old building with plumbing issues. I doubt the air vents had been cleaned since construction, as there was always a layer of dust and crud atop my cubicle shelves, despite my best efforts to clean.
If this means they strive to reduce the environmental impact of their plants, yes that is what the company puts out in its literature, but I worked at Corporate, not at the plants.
I worked overtime and weekends continually. It was not appreciated and more work was liked on me while others sat around laughing loudly and playing on their phones all day why I struggled to get detailed work done amid the noise.
They have a good product quality reputation, but morale is low and many employees have left or want out of there because of the condition of the company.
I was pushed at by office politics and a belligerent manager until I left, so they could hire someone ar a lower salary cost. The plants all have layoffs and Corporate is a revolving site of salaries staff either fleeing the company or getting canned due to restructuring.
I guess, if you were there on a day when the elevator was working properly.
At Corporate, no major issues. Don’t get me started in the conditions at the Rome plant, however.
I would call doing two people’s work for the price of one at a struggling company where drama and rapid change is a constant a challenge.
Inclusive / Diverse
It depends on how you view it. If you define diverse as having many employees of different ethnicities, yes. If you define it by whether women overall have much say in decisions impacting the direction of the company - uh, no.
Suggestions for improvement
- They should stop coddling managers who are exploitive and abusive to their employees. They care more about maintaining a sense of “management will not be questioned and can do whatever they want with no censure” than they do about retaining employees.
What I like about the company
I enjoyed the type of work I was doing and many of the employees.
What I dislike about the company
Management from the top was out of touch and thought reactively rather than strategically. They blame tariffs for business issues when they should have assessed the vulnerabilities of their U.S. market long before Trump’s presidency.
The following benefits were offered to me
- CompanyBekaert Corporation
- Are you a Current or Former Employee?Former employee