Brady

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Brady Reviews

Updated November 21, 2014
Updated November 21, 2014
80 Reviews
2.6
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Brady President, CEO & Director J. Michael Nauman
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Direct management are great, working for you and helping a good work/life balance (in 10 reviews)

  • The pay is not bad and it is a very relaxed atmosphere with some good People to work with (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • They had a major layoff a couple years back (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Good people, lack of gorwth

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Brady full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Throughout the entire global team, the people are great. It was easy to build relationships across locations and departments. There's many dedicated employees. Had some good career growth as far as expanding my skills that other places may not have offered. Good work/life balance. Dedication to the community is a plus.

    Cons

    No room to go higher in career; few people move beyond whatever level they are at, and salaries reflect it.. Because of this, people work below their skills and that causes turn over. Too much emphasis is put on bonus as part of compensation, which hasn't been paid out in years. Company hasn't been growing and you can see how benefits and other things that make the company good to work for going away. Every quarter direction seems to change. Several years of turbulence have taken its toll.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior management needs to engage with employees, both by listening to feedback and taking corrective action and by actual participation. Too many supposed leaders don't come to company events and employees notice. Transparency is still an issue as is visibility. What will it take for this to be noticed?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Lots of Talent, Except at the Top

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Brady full-time

    Pros

    Casual environment, good work-life balance, talented co-workers, dominant in many niches.

    Cons

    Erratic management routinely mismanages operations and fumbles opportunities. To be fair, managing a diverse portfolio of businesses is fiendishly difficult. But even bright toddlers know better than to pound round pegs into square holes. In an attempt to re-imagine the company as a smaller set of core competencies, the board has jumped out of the frying pan and into the fire. Many units have gone from neglect to active mismanagement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bold vision is no substitute for recognizing reality. If simplicity is the key to Brady's future, you've got a lot more painful divestiture to do. Postpone it and you'll pay with steep interest later.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Uncertain future for this company

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing in Branford, CT
    Current Employee - Marketing in Branford, CT

    I have been working at Brady full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Some of the people in the office were great; decent 401k program and benefits

    Cons

    A prime example of US jobs going overseas. The company is desperately trying to survive and it seems in the midst of constant upheaval. The sad thing is that custom signs, tags, and labels just aren't all that unique anymore. Terrible environmental impact with constant mass catalog mailings.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop making radical changes every couple of months.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Brady has been in a slow slide for years. Has lost talent, market share and stock price. Proceed with caution

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Person in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - IT Person in Milwaukee, WI

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

    Pros

    It is a very ethical company and is generally fair to employees.

    Cons

    I saw a major layoff every 9 months in my time with Brady. They have struggled to grow and the leadership seems to keep repeating the same strategies that haven't been successful. They had a major layoff a couple years back. In and around the layoff, many people left voulantarily. Much of the good talent has left.

    They have a new CEO and maybe can find a new direction.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Inside Sales Rep

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Brady full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great entry level position for someone who doesnt have alot of expenses

    Cons

    Time off policies , Work drama, personal on the job relationships, low pay for what you actually expected to do.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Unable to stay focused on one idea

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing in Buffalo, NY
    Former Employee - Marketing in Buffalo, NY

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

    Pros

    good pay and bonus system

    Cons

    limited communication between departments; constant reorganizations

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    If it were 2004, Brady would be a great company, however, it is 2014 and thus it is far from even good.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Brady full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    With the exception of the executive management, the people at Brady are great people.

    Cons

    Executive management is terrible and they are clueless to even realize that they are as bad as they appear. There is no accountability with the executives.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    for the good of the company, all executives should resign.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 5 people found this helpful  

    Overly-Aggressive Growth Goals and Going Nowhere Fast

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Brady full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Nice co-workers when not being monitored by management.
    - Free coffee

    Cons

    - No on-boarding process.
    - HR functions have been off-shored. Good luck finding anyone in HR locally that's willing to respond to questions or knows what's going on.
    - Corporate accounting has been off-shored.
    - Company is atrophied with process management and still can't get it right.
    - Company hires newly-minted MBAs to manage employees with much more experience who know the business and industry far better and should be promoted to management themselves.
    - Meetings, meetings, meetings and more meetings! Then meetings to discuss the previous meetings. Try getting any real work done under those circumstances.
    - If the last round of management strategy hasn't worked, it's on to the next round of "simplifications," otherwise known layoffs and reductions and cost increases in benefits.
    - Hires consultants rather than trusting employees to grow the business.
    - Acquires other businesses to grow the company rather than innovating. Innovation is not in Brady's DNA.
    - Management far too conservative - amazingly risk-averse.
    - Quality of product has diminished. The majority of manufacturing has gone off-shore with dire results.
    - The beatings will continue until moral improves.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Brady Corporation used to be a shining jewel in the community of Milwaukee businesses. Because of their penchant for hiring new, clueless MBAs who don't know the business, dependence on consultants and process management and their aversion to risk, it's no wonder that this publicly-held company has a stock price trend line that's as flat as the waveform on a patient's heart monitor who's recently hit room temperature.

    It's time for a vast over-hauling of senior and middle managers who got the company into this mess and return it to it's once-great status. Too many excellent employees are leaving because they aren't being recognized for their contributions and the stifling corporate culture.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    Brady is way too LEAN for its own good. Management doesn't abide by the values expected of the rest of the company.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Support in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Technical Support in Milwaukee, WI

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

    Pros

    Decent benefits package. Able to purchase up to 5 additional vacation days per year. Most of the employees are genuinely good people.

    Cons

    There is growth potential in certain markets, but management is so greedy with LEAN practices that they won't invest in the resources necessary to grow these markets. Management preaches to their employees about "winning the right way", but the company can't seem to follow this advice itself. The company keeps downsizing and restructuring its North American team even though sales keep growing in that region. Employees who get paid hourly are not allowed overtime even when overtime is a must in order to meet the Day's demands. In order to keep sane, it is an absolute must to purchase the 5 additional vacation days per year (just try not to use them to catch up on work).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The recession is over, step outside your comfort zone and take a risk here and there. The company can afford it and your hard working employees definitely deserve the advancement opportunities that would come from it. You've lost so many talented people in the last few years that it's reflecting in your product and your services. Your workers are getting more poor every year due to the fact that their raises don't come anywhere near the yearly cost-of-living increase. I have friends who still work there, please invest in your people and reward them for their hard work in F'14.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 5 people found this helpful  

    Bad managers lead to dissatisfied workers.

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    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Milwaukee, WI

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

    Pros

    People are nice. Free coffee.

    Cons

    Managers were promoted on a "people I like basis". Most "Engineers" do not even have a degree in Engineering. Ridiculous.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You constantly have "employee surveys". Employees are pissed off at low pay and mid level management, and then you still promote them or keep them because they rate each other. They write their own report cards! No wonder so many people are looking for other jobs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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