Brady Reviews

Updated June 3, 2015
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Brady President, CEO & Director J. Michael Nauman
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Pros
  • Work-life balance is really good (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. Helpful (5)

    Career at Brady difficult to come by

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI

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

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

    Pros

    Tuition reimbursement and competitive wages

    Cons

    The yearly downsizing tends to hit people who have been at Brady a long time. Easier to get rid of a loyal employee and hire a temp. at half the price.

    Advice to Management

    One of your benches on the walking path reads "Investment in people" however your almost yearly "culling of the herd" suggests otherwise. Your employees invest in Brady when they stay and many times get rewarded by their careers being up ended and forcing them to start over.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Marketing

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing in Spring Grove, IL
    Former Employee - Marketing in Spring Grove, IL

    I worked at Brady (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good pay, try to keep you in the business. People that work their are very confusing to read. They are laid back one day and intense the next.

    Cons

    Hard to move up. People are relatively friendly but the culture is defiantly a corporate culture with a cut throat environment. High stress

    Advice to Management

    Be more friendly with your co-workers and explain to the individuals how they can move up in their career. Take them out occasionally and give them good projects


  3. Helpful (4)

    Striving for mediocrity

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Marketing in Milwaukee, WI

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people. Some cool internal projects and opportunities to work across functions and departments. I had the chance to be a part of internal teams that allowed me to do things beyond just my job description. A big focus on business operations and how things work.

    Cons

    It was company that made me feel invisible. For as much as leadership talked about values and opportunity, I never felt so overlooked. I couldn't get approval to go to conferences or take classes (even though some of those are benefits promised by HR, budget cuts prevented them from being a reality).
    I wanted to be ambitious but it was lost of management. I left because I had nowhere to go, even with some internal people advocating for me.With cut benefits, no bonus and not even cost of living wage increases, it didn't make any sense to stick around.

    Advice to Management

    You're doing it wrong. And a lucky you still get good pay and benefits, something to think about when you take it away from the workers.


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  5. Helpful (4)

    Marketing

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

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

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

    Pros

    Not that many good reasons left anymore.....

    Cons

    No bonus for two years in a row, raises that are not even competitive in the workforce- 1% and 2%, our insurance goes up more than that every year. They ended the 10 year dinner, took out the plants in the building, it's like a dungeon. They wonder why everyone is leaving.

    Advice to Management

    Start caring about your employees again.


  6. WAS a great place to work

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

    I have been working at Brady full-time

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

    Pros

    Brady has many great employees and a relaxed atmosphere. There are many opportunities to work as part of a cross functional team on specific projects.

    Cons

    The executive team seems to lack the discipline and focus that they expect from their employees. Brady seems to change their strategy every couple years. Many employee benefits have been cut over the years to control costs.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Review

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

    I worked at Brady

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Work life balance
    Renumeration
    Opportunities for growth

    Cons

    Indecisive management
    Communication breakdown at various levels
    Loss of management vision


  8. Helpful (3)

    Brady Still Sliding

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

    I have been working at Brady full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    The casual work environment. Work-life balance is OK. Air conditioned plants. The 401K matching program is among the best.

    Cons

    Brady has had some very bad years mostly due to poor upper management decisions. Poor upper management includes the board. We pay VP's to write simple childish business plans for the employees to follow; The plans are laughable. No one below the director level buys into any of it. Long term employees, the ones that made Brady what it was, are treated poorly with below market raises. The new hires seem to be hired for the short term, It almost seems that the company is trying to fail. The streamlined systems don't work and only add more work downstream. There is no value to HR or their systems that have been put in place. Training funds are cut every year.

    Advice to Management

    Start clearing house at the top. Until the clearing occurs the company will continue to sink. Listen to the employees. The CEO has been here for ~1/2 year, I hope he can see though the BS.,


  9. Helpful (3)

    Cannot stick to any direction for more than 3 months

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Human Resources in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Human Resources in Chicago, IL

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

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

    Pros

    Provides opportunities from within, values are great (but senior execs don't follow them), great people (although they are leaving in masses), great work culture/ethic

    Cons

    Top 6/7 execs are inconsistent with each other, cannot follow through on strategy for too long before they change direction again. Employees don't know what to do and are not clear on strategy due to so many changes. Salaries are poor and bonus has not been paid out in many years. Remuneration strategy needs to change so that employees are rewarded with a salary consistent to competitors and bonus is viewed as a bonus! People stay because of culture however that cannot last. Employees taken advantage of in many cases. Its very sad, Brady was such a great place to work 3-4 years ago.

    Advice to Management

    Follow the Brady values and policies, Executives are not exempt. Be visible to all employees. Communicate what is going on so that EVERYONE is clear. Grow the business, Brady is Global but focus is only on USA. Hold executives accountable, employees look to them for guidance.


  10. Helpful (2)

    Unstable

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Brady

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Co-workers are good people. (There are always good people, right?).
    Casual work environment.

    Cons

    Look back a few reviews and you'll hear about the frequent changes and yearly layoffs. 2013 saw a major layoff. That year, we were told, "That's a good thing, now we know what jobs are core and secure." Fat chance. October saw another round of layoffs, once again, as the brand-new web and software team that came in with the new CEO decided to consolidate, eliminating all jobs anywhere but Wi and MN. Bad enough, but it is really going to hit the fan when they let their dozens of outsourced developers go. The guys who are doing all most all of the work now. Fact, is there are not enough good people in the far north, midwest.

    You will be low-balled on salary during the hiring process.

    Too much time being spent with company bureaucracy.

    Advice to Management

    Throwing the baby out with the bathwater, in the effort to become relevant, isn't forward thinking.

    Brady Response

    Jan 28, 2015Director HR

    Brady Corporation is committed to growing their web and software capabilities. This is evident through recent hiring initiatives where Brady has placed over 25 permanent positions on the software ... More


  11. Helpful (3)

    Lots of Talent, Except at the Top

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

    I worked at Brady full-time

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

    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 Management

    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.



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