General Laborer (Former Employee) – Dayton, OH – February 13, 2019
It's a place for people hard up for a paycheck. No advancement to mention and you're working for half of what they're being paid. The coworkers aren't bad people but their business profile is designed for high turnover in order to keep insurance costs down. there is always someone else who can replace you.
it's a paycheck
The jobs they assign you are temporary, not meant to be long term. This saves them from paying health insurance.
I was fired but I would work for Belcan again if they would hire me back. I had so much fun. Work was a little slow some days but I was always busy, I could listen to my music and do my work.. That's relaxing and I showed great performance.
Aerospace Systems Engineer (Current Employee) – Windsor, CT – December 16, 2018
This is a nice place to start your career but be careful with your job performance. When you are very good at something that you don't like doing, you will probably get stuck doing that something for a very long time. Those who perform poorly on that job get a position/project that is much more interesting.
Another nice thing about this company is it helps you figure out your career interests. Trying multiple projects helps you zero in on what you truly want to do in your career. Thats what is very nice about the engineering services companies.
Typical day at work: Write technical papers all day. Deadlines are typically pretty reasonable.
What I learned: Many valuable military and airworthiness standards that can be applied at every aerospace company.
Management: Constantly changing as the employee retention rate is generally low (under 2 years).
Workplace culture: Everyone is friendly and dedicated and we all have a flexible work week schedule. Having this schedule means that we can work 40 hours a week whenever we want. That means one could do 4 ten hour days and then take Friday off.
Hardest parts of the job: Getting stuck on a project that you don't want to be on. Also make sure your project manager is on top of your project finances. Gaps in project funding result in you not getting paid as the company may not have another project for you during the funding gap.
Most enjoyable part of the job: Flexible work week, coworkers are great, and working with customers at other large companies like Pratt & Whitney, Collins Aerospace (formerly UTC Aerospacemore... Systems), Safran, Lockheed Martin, Boeing, etc.
Career Advancement: If you are great at what you do and develop a good working relationship with customers they typically offer you a position at their company. An example: Working on a Collins Aerospace project for 1.5 years and being offered a direction position with them. Belcan wouldn't fight over this Non Compete Agreement because they wouldn't bite the hand that feeds them. However if you try and go to another engineering services company they may come after you so tread carefully in that scenario.
Salary: If you are coming into an entry level engineering position at Belcan they will give you a low salary that is non negotiable. If you have a masters degree you will get a salary that is 7,000 - 10,000 dollars more than those who have just a bachelors degree. Common starting salary for those with a bachelors degree as a systems engineer here is 60,000 and the common salary for those with a masters degree is 68,000. You would make much more money working directly at the customer companies but your hours will be awful compared to the flexibility of Belcan's schedule.less
Flexible working hours and multiple project experiences
If you are great at something you hate you'll be stuck doing that for a long time.
Project Administrator (Current Employee) – Indianapolis, IN – December 5, 2018
While there are some great managers who trust you to do your job and to interface with the customer (generally Rolls-Royce), job instability and restructuring have led to managers who should not have the job being put in charge of large groups they don’t understand who then try to pass off the work subordinates as their own, while other managers who understand how to properly manage are given multitudes of small projects and people (and they don’t always overlap, thereby essentially doubling workload) making it increasingly difficult to devote appropriate time to each project. Additionally, the most productive managers are also required to be billable on top of their management duties, while the incompetent managers get away scot free.
Great customer, Can buy an extra week of vacation, don’t have to clock out for lunch if you’re still working
Drafter (Current Employee) – Rockford, IL – December 4, 2018
Does not have their employees well being in mind. Will lay off at the first sign of struggle, lots of down time. If the customers schedule hits a dry spell Belcan does nothing to compensate this. Short term work, wont be there over 2 years.
Male Dominated with Very Few Opportunities for Women
Account Manager / Talent Acquisition (Current Employee) – Indianapolis, IN – October 26, 2018
I've spent the past 12 years with Belcan working on a Global Account. Management wanted to leverage my relationships to advance our presence within the account but did not want to consider advancing my reach within the organization by offering promotion or training opportunities. Although I had a spotless career with this company, many awards and a 97% approval rating with my customer, there were no opportunities to advance or promote.
Remote work opportunites, good PTO plan
Good Ol Boys Club culture, no personal development
The Greenville office is very small with only two other workers there. As a new hire, I felt like I was being singled out and scrutinized more than the other workers. I did not feel comfortable and my manager did not help much.
Work is easy
Small office, overbearing manager, unenforced standards for employees, unwritten rules
Program Manager Assistant (Current Employee) – Indianapolis, IN – October 9, 2018
It's not a bad place for temporary workers. Unfortunately you are always at risk for work projects ending and nothing to replace. Management is good as long as there is work. Benefits are ok, not great.