Brady Reviews

Updated October 21, 2014
Updated October 21, 2014
74 Reviews
2.7
74 Reviews
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Brady President, CEO & Director J. Michael Nauman
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work-life balance is really good (in 8 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. 2 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
  2. 5 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 (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
  3.  

    On the Verge of Reinventing Itself.

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    Current Employee - Marketing Professional in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Marketing Professional in Milwaukee, WI

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

    Pros

    You’ll notice a recurring theme in the “Pros” section of reviews about Brady--the people are great. A significant amount of time is spent creating a family-like culture throughout the organization, and it shows. Aside from the great culture, the company has a fierce desire to grow.

    Cons

    Participating in an increasingly commoditized market is nothing short of difficult, and this often withers the creative team down to its core. In my opinion, the only chain holding Brady back from continued success is that of being Risk Averse. Fear not, Brady is merely one spontaneous wager away from the next wave of innovation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Now that F. Jaehnert has stepped down as CEO, don’t be afraid to jump into the darkness with both feet--it’s what you need to accelerate into the future.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 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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    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
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good company, good people, lack of direction

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    Former Employee - Manager in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Manager in Milwaukee, WI

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

    Pros

    Brady has a good company culture that attracted talented and dedicated employees over the years

    Cons

    Frequent restructuring and lack of direction is a challenge for company's future

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There are lots of good idea for products, markets, and how to make the company better. Need to get people to re-engage

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Finance Intern

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    Former Employee - Finance Intern in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Finance Intern in Milwaukee, WI

    I worked at Brady as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great culture and work environment

    Cons

    Joined the company in the middle of reorganization

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 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
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overall good.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI

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

    Pros

    I had flexible hours, Above average vacation time. It had a relaxed casual environment.

    Cons

    Management. They are to slow to make decisions or allow employees that do the day to day work flexibility to make decisions. Management does not deal with bad employees quickly which caused tension and lowered morale in the department.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust employees and micromanage less.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great people, Lack of clear direction

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    Current Employee - R&D in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - R&D in Milwaukee, WI

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

    Pros

    relaxed environment, good benefits, great people

    Cons

    Lack of direction from the management, very resistant to change, fear of layoffs, corporate politics, playing favorites ect. Underwhelming after LDP/ Rotational program.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Grand ideas are never put into action or explained in detail, feels like the company is wandering aimlessly

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 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 (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

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