Brady Reviews

Updated August 31, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Really Fun Co-workers :)

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    You do not get bored and the people you work with are a lot of fun. They also are willing to help each other.

    Cons

    They don't like it when you ask another person working there for help lol. They try to control everything, instead of letting everyone work as a unit for the greater good.

    Advice to Management

    Loosen the reins a little. Let your people breath, they know actually very well what they are doing.


  2. Helpful (2)

    Sr Mfg Engineer Tech

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Mfg Engineer Tech in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Senior Mfg Engineer Tech in Milwaukee, WI
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with, good benefits, promote from inside, always a very stable company

    Cons

    Alarmed and shocked by recent findings the company is struggling

    Advice to Management

    What happened here that I see all this. Take Notice


  3. Helpful (3)

    Great people, unstable environment.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Brady full-time

    Pros

    Working with friendly and smart people. The people in every department that I've encountered are for the most part great at what they do. Many of the middle managers are great about cultivating their employees. Average time-off policy. Great personal growth opportunities.

    Cons

    Lots of instability of upper and middle management personal. Salary not competitive. I once had a promotion delayed almost half a year so that it would line up with merit increase and they were rolled up together a loss to me.

    Advice to Management

    Financially the company seems to be stable, but a look on the inside (employees) is quite frighting. Middle management is leaving at an alarming rate.


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  5. Great place to work!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I have been promoted 2 times in 2 years at Brady. It's place that rewards people for hard work and dedication.

    Cons

    Nothing is perfect and neither is Brady. The important thing is that leadership cares and is working hard to make improvements everyday.

    Advice to Management

    Leadership is currently making tough choices that are long over-due. Keep up the hard work, but don't forget the people that are executing the strategies.


  6. Helpful (2)

    Sr. Quality Assurance

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Quality Engineer in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Quality Engineer in Milwaukee, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent work enviroment. Global experience accum

    Cons

    Need to work in the definition of career path for employees

    Advice to Management

    Push more fore the innovation


  7. Helpful (1)

    Review

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    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 (4)

    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
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    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 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 (4)

    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
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 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 (3)

    Unstable

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    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, 2015 – Director 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 (4)

    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
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 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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