Brady Reviews

Updated February 24, 2015
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Brady President, CEO & Director J. Michael Nauman
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  1. 2 people found this helpful

    Definition of Insanity

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI

    I have been working at Brady

    Pros

    Nothing any longer as the Company has lost its spirit.

    Cons

    Even after poor results Nauman sends out a communication that would lead the reader to believe we're back to a better place. Hello . . . missed expectations, still have not delivered on the synergies from Ops consolidation, no innovative business strategies, turnover across the business and still the same ineffective people in leadership roles. Keep trying the same things over and over and expecting different results! Fire Nauman and the entire board!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do NOT allow Nauman to take a bonus for his ineptitude!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful

    It's a Mess

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    Current Employee - Manager in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Manager in Milwaukee, WI

    I have been working at Brady full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Relatively decent balance of work life time. Financially strong balance sheet

    Cons

    Bad execuitve business decisions have turned this company from a money machine into a money pit. Cost for failed business initiatives are wiped on employees in the form of no raises, bonus and increased health care cost. This company is the Titanic taking on water with a new CEO at the helm. I'm not sure that the failure of the former CEO and executive team can be reversed. People at all levels of the company, even the the "C" level are leaving in large numbers. Not the target company it once was.....Mr. Brady is spinning in his grave.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    treat the people with respect as they should be:those that make the best products and touch the customers. Leave your greed and egosat the door or go somewhere else

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful

    Chicago eCommerce Department, like watching Leaving Las Vegas

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Brady full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Lots of potential for this global brand if they stick by their instincts and decisions.

    Cons

    Once positioned to take on the global eCommerce market, Brady had a staff of top-notch, best of the best eCommerce people in Chicago. They since let second-guessing get the better of them and have slowly eroded their strongest structural elements. Seeing what was going on, nearly all of the top talent left and are sitting on the sidelines watching the office go down the saddest of roads. There was a lot of good stuff going on, but that's all been dismantled. I expect this office to be closed in the next 6 months, if not sooner. Watching what has happened to this office is like watching someone who is hell bent on destroying themselves and won't listen to any intervention.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring in an outside consultant and don't be afraid to let go of underperformers, regardless of how long they have worked for the company. You have a chance to do extremely well, but not with the current leadership in place. All of the folks who came in from other locations need to go. They've driven out your Chicago team. You had some amazing people there...all gone now.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 7 people found this helpful

    Company that screws over their dedicated employees, scams their customers, and has terrible management!

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    Former Employee - Puller/Shipper/Packer in Buffalo, NY
    Former Employee - Puller/Shipper/Packer in Buffalo, NY

    I worked at Brady full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    I really wanted to find a pro, so this post wouldn't seem one-sided. But I just can't.

    Cons

    -Takes 2+ years to hire a temp, after telling them they would get a review and hired after 6 months.
    - Management absolutely sucks, they just sit pretty while ordering around the employees with an ungrateful attitude. Even though us "lower scale" employees help make the most of their salary.
    - Management does nothing when problems arise. They never confront a person, therefor problems worsen making it a more difficult place to work.
    -They don't know what they're doing. Always moving around location to location, leaving many dedicated workers jobless and anxious.
    - They constantly promise things, and never follow through.
    - Bad pay, Terrible raises (if any).
    - They literally scam customers, sending them things they never ordered and billing them. When a customer doesn't pay for the item they never ordered, they then send them to collections.
    - Employees feel very unappreciated.
    - Benefits lack. You're better off with Obama care.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Get off your high horses.
    -Respect and appreciate the people under you, your fellow employees that help bring in a big portion of your salary.
    - Stop moving location to location without any warning to the workers. And when you do, don't promise them positions and shifts that you can't deliver.
    - Have the managers listen and follow through with the employees problems and concerns.
    - Give better pay and raises. I guarantee you, once you appreciate your workers they will appreciate the company more. Which means, a better atmosphere for Brady.
    - Find other ways to make money. Scamming people is very wrong. Remember money doesn't follow you to your grave.
    - Instead of spending 90,000 on a lunch room that looks like it costed 10 grand. How about raises to the employees who have been working their butts off to provide for them and their families?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful

    Glad I have moved on!

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    Former Employee - Marketing in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Marketing in Milwaukee, WI

    I worked at Brady full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The manufacturing facility in Milwaukee is clean.

    Cons

    Used to have talented people but they've treated people so poorly since the recession most of them are gone. Average in the talent pool, many Execs have left (CTO, CEO) and Tom Felmer has absolutely no ability to see the value in his people. He's as cut throat as they come. Claims he values talent and people development but behind closed doors it's a different story. He wants nothing to do with people unless they can help make the company money. Brady lacks innovation and has not been able to grow in several years so why now?They used to have a strong culture but that was destroyed during the recession when they slashed so many jobs and did it with absolutely no regard to the people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give up! Other companies have been and continue to poach your top talent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful

    customer service

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Milwaukee, WI

    I worked at Brady full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    it used to be a great place to work,management changes created a hostile work enviroment

    Cons

    management is out right mean and ego maniacs

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    remember where you started

    Doesn't Recommend
  8. 3 people found this helpful

    Not the Target Company It Once Was

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    Current Employee - Manager in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Manager in Milwaukee, WI

    I have been working at Brady full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Decent working conditions and mostly nice people to work with. The work-life balance is reasonable and benefits are basic.

    Cons

    The CEO and Sr. Management team are totally disengaged and the business is drifting. Bad executive decisions continue and the cost of those errors are being dumped on the employees in the form of higher health care premiums, no raises and no bonuses while the executive team reaps huge benefits. Organic & sales growth continues to lag and, while the company once was a market leader, now lags competitors with a stodgy and ineffective management style. Headcount reduction has become more than an annual event and morale is at an all-time low. Talented people, including "C" level employees are leaving in large numbers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The best and brightest people are leaving as the corporate culture continues to decay. Extensive use of high priced consultants indicates the management team can't manage the business itself. The CEO & executive team should resign as they have presented no strategic plan for growth and continue to wipe the cost of failed business initiatives on the employees while the CEO repeatedly says he's "excited" by it all. On-going reorganization efforts are simply diversion tactics that do nothing to improve the business. This used to be a great company but is rapidly headed in the wrong direction. Hopefully, the current death spiral can be reversed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful

    Lacks innovation, growth and treats people poorly

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    Former Employee - Human Resources in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Human Resources in Milwaukee, WI

    I worked at Brady full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Nice people- casual environment- decent products- clean manufacturing operations.

    Cons

    Not able to think for yourself or make decisions, hear "that's the way we've always done things", constant layoffs, lack of growth, CEO is outdated along with many of his Sr. Leaders. If they would only invest and take some risks perhaps they could move forward. Everyone looks the same and acts the same, no one pushes status quo, Sr. Leaders promote people they golf with or bring them along from past companies, diversity and creativity are not promoted or rewarded. Boring products and atmosphere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get new Leaders at the top. The ones you have are stale and been around forever. They all act the same and lack the leadership to drive the company forward whether organically or through acquisitions. You have treated so many of your past employees so poorly and your reputation deteriorates every year.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful

    Nice people but no accountability or good leadership.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI

    I have been working at Brady

    Pros

    Lack of accountability makes this an easy job to wittle away a number of mind numbing years, though not much room for fullfillment

    Cons

    Senior managemnt is unwilling or unable to make a decision or to communicate a formal policy or plan. Future prospects are dim.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 6 people found this helpful

    Not the place it used to be!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI

    I have been working at Brady

    Pros

    Location is nice. Plant is clean.

    Cons

    Everything from HR to benefits to IT etc. etc. is outsourced. It is ridiculous to get a problem solved if you are an employee as you must call another country essentially. Used to be a great place, now just too many paranoid managers and high level management wannabees. Used to have a great cafeteria, library, resources... now that's all gone. Everything is now farmed out to China. Products had at one time a lot of loving care, now the push for new products at all cost comprimises quality.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop making every stuffed shirt a director. There are more than enough layers of managers and non-working Dilbert types. There was a great culture there 10 years ago. Now it's over run by kids out of finance school and non-techies.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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