Brady Reviews

Updated July 21, 2014
Updated July 21, 2014
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    Inside Sales Rep

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Brady full-time for 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
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Unable to stay focused on one idea

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    Former Employee - Marketing  in  Buffalo, NY
    Former Employee - Marketing in Buffalo, NY

    I worked at Brady full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    good pay and bonus system

    Cons

    limited communication between departments; constant reorganizations

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    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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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Brady full-time for 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
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Overly-Aggressive Growth Goals and Going Nowhere Fast

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Brady full-time for 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
  6. 3 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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    Former Employee - Technical Support  in  Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Technical Support in Milwaukee, WI

    I worked at Brady full-time for 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
  7. 4 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 for 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
  8. 6 people found this helpful  

    Breaks my heart to see what's happening here

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    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager

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

    Pros

    some good people still here, culture is mostly employee friendly

    Cons

    Top management is stale -- just keep cutting corners and reshuffling the deck instead of changing things at the top. No new ideas. The really great leaders have already left or are leaving. Everyone is tired and morale remains low.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The CEO has been here too long and has fostered a team with no diversity and no diversity of thought. Same old ideas, same old strategies that haven't been working, same old tactics of restructuring after restructuring. This used to be a truly great place, now it's just all talk of being great.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Time for a leadership change

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Brady full-time

    Pros

    there's a few good people left but most have left

    Cons

    Finance and consulting firms control the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you can't make good decisions without consultants advice maybe it's time to step down.

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

    Not The Company It Used To Be....

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Brady full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good Comp and some great people - many that have since left the business

    Cons

    Lack of growth and failure to meet financial targets has impacted staffing levels and how people are treated
    Frequent work force reductions and/or re-organizations

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It is clear Brady has struggled to grow in recent years - competitors such as Accuform are taking share because they are easier to do business with and our focused.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good People, lack of clear direction

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Brady full-time

    Pros

    Really good people to work along side with

    Cons

    Lack of decision making, not clear who owns what, lack of accountability, too many people protecting themselves and their jobs. Lack of clear direction on priorities and goals

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to not be afraid of conflict, encourage feedback and respond quickly to issues and problems with decisiveness and clear understanding of all of the ramifications.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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