Brady Reviews

Updated February 14, 2015
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  1. 1 person found this helpful

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

    I worked at Brady

    Pros

    Work life balance
    Renumeration
    Opportunities for growth

    Cons

    Indecisive management
    Communication breakdown at various levels
    Loss of management vision

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2. 2 people found this helpful

    Brady Still Sliding

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    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.,

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3. 2 people found this helpful

    Cannot stick to any direction for more than 3 months

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    Former Employee - Human Resources in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Human Resources in Chicago, IL

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

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

    Unstable

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Brady

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    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

  6. 3 people found this helpful

    Good people, lack of gorwth

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    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  7. 3 people found this helpful

    Lots of Talent, Except at the Top

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    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
  8. 3 people found this helpful

    Uncertain future for this company

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    Current Employee - Marketing in Branford, CT
    Current Employee - Marketing in Branford, CT

    I have been working at Brady full-time (less than a 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
  9. 6 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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    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
  10. 1 person found this helpful

    Inside Sales Rep

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    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
  11. 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 (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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