The company does not trust the employees. Recently working hours were put in place that dictates when the employee is allowed to come in, and not. These employees have gone through a rigorous background check, and most have been cleared for secret clearance. However, the cleaning crew can be in the office past working hours. There are also cameras in every hallway to monitor our activity.
Support from management
The wrong people are promoted into leadership roles. They are followers, not leaders. Others are promoted because they have a lack of experience, therefore cheaper, instead of experienced personnel.
The company stresses the importance of communication between employee to employee interaction, but rarely follows it's own rules between management to employee.
As typical, women are paid less than men doing the same work.
Attitude towards older colleagues
Older, experienced workers are not appreciated. They cost more and therefore lower the profit margin for the company. Belcan values new hires out of college and the lower experienced person, because they are cheaper and get more profit off them. Belcan is no longer a place of experience. It is a low cost facility. What few older employees Belcan has were promoted years ago into leadership roles making far more money than they actually deserve for what they do. They are followers put into leadership roles.
The employee has little to no chance of advancement. What little bit of training is offered the employee is asked to take half the training time on their personal time, while the company gives you an overhead number for the other half. Most training is repeated each year without it going into further, more advanced detail.
Overall compensation for your work
You are paid on time. However, you are paid about 20% to 30% less than the going rate for your experience level. Medical is on the high side of being just "ok". Vacation days are largely lacking.
Office / Work Environment
The rules are constantly changing for employees. And it's always different rules for different people.
You can take vacation any time you like, but you'll only get 10 days for your first 6 years with the company. After that you get 15 days, which is the max. You get 3 sick days, and a few holidays. Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years have "compressed work weeks", where the employee must work 30 hours in 3 days in order to get 2 days off. One of those days is a holiday (naturally), the other is the company giving you 2 hours. Majority of the companies out there give 3 or more weeks of vacation when you hire in. Belcan is way behind in this category.
Most worker see Belcan as just a paycheck. The attrition rate has been very high among the new hires out of college to the well experienced worker. Workers are going to better paying jobs elsewhere with better benefits.
Because the work acquired is up and down there is the possibility of layoffs. The recent high attrition rate has offset that.
The building has elevators and handicap bathrooms. However, in the event of a fire a handicap person has no way of leaving the building by themselves if they are not on the ground floor. A team of people must hoist a handicap person down the steps since using the elevators are frowned upon.
Working conditions do meet OSHA standards, but no training is offered to ensure an accident-free workplace.
Depends on what work comes in. Some is fun to work on, or different. If work doesn't come in for your expertise you get placed in another group doing something else. The problem is that Belcan doesn't have the means of going out and obtaining work. Therefore, when a group is out of work, they are usually out of work for a while. Belcan has had several missed opportunities where potential customers have come to us, but a lack of negotiating power has prevented Belcan from closing the deals.
Inclusive / Diverse
Employee ideas and opinions are typically not supported.
Suggestions for improvement
- Basically do the opposite of what they are doing now.
Increase workers wages by at least 20%
Increase vacation time
Decrease employee out of pocket medical benefits
Increase 401K match
Value the experienced employee over the inexperienced and cheaper employee
Promote the experienced employee
Trust the employee
Listen to what the employees are saying
Put leaders into leadership roles
Be able to negotiate and close on new customers to obtain new work.
What I like about the company
The somewhat flexible hours you have are nice, although they have been constantly changing.q
What I dislike about the company
Low vacation time
Low level of benefits
Low company match on 401K
Small raise pool, and being told they can't afford to pay me more, while the company has record profit years