Brady

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Brady Reviews

Updated December 11, 2014
Updated December 11, 2014
80 Reviews
2.6
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Brady President, CEO & Director J. Michael Nauman
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Direct management are great, working for you and helping a good work/life balance (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. 2 people found this helpful  

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

    I have been working at Brady full-time (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
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overall a positive work experience

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Inside Sales in Branford, CT
    Former Employee - Inside Sales in Branford, CT

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

    Pros

    I worked for a division of Brady for many years. Prior to 2008 company was growing and a leader in customer satisfaction and employees had many avenues to give input and ideas.
    A lot of great benefits & local incentive programs to contribute to the company well being.

    Cons

    Unfortunately after 2008 many things and policies changed. Not enough local involvement.
    GM was divided among 3 divisions and attention to detail day-to-day was lacking.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Still a strong company, decent benefits, more focus on training & developing employees is needed. A fgull time GM at each site is needed to get feedback from the on site employees to make the company strong again. Not just in Milwaukee. All divisions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place to work & No growth in Carree

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Brady full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Culture, Work/Life Balance, colleagues

    Cons

    No clarity on future & huge down trend in Business

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pls be clear in your communications to employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great first corporate experience.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Brady full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Highly involved right out of the gate. Work with passionate individuals in a variety of job functions. Open door policy to everyone in upper management.

    Cons

    This is definitely not a "pick up and run with it" environment: there are meetings and procedures, then more meetings to discuss ongoing procedures, which require a couple more meetings to discuss the progress of the procedures developed in the last meeting.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Glad I have moved on!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Marketing in Milwaukee, WI

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

    Pros

    The manufacturing facility in Milwaukee is clean.

    Cons

    Used to have talented people but they've treated people so poorly since the recession most of them are gone. Average in the talent pool, many Execs have left (CTO, CEO) and Tom Felmer has absolutely no ability to see the value in his people. He's as cut throat as they come. Claims he values talent and people development but behind closed doors it's a different story. He wants nothing to do with people unless they can help make the company money. Brady lacks innovation and has not been able to grow in several years so why now?They used to have a strong culture but that was destroyed during the recession when they slashed so many jobs and did it with absolutely no regard to the people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give up! Other companies have been and continue to poach your top talent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Great people and career opportunity

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

    I have been working at Brady full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Terrific people, approachable executives, career growth and learnings. Opportunity for international work and working across functions, learning about business principles you'd normally never have exposure to in many offices (lean, 8 step problem solving). Compassionate leadership who want to know employees.

    Cons

    Sometimes slower to evolve practices, traditional benefits package. Could stand to be more innovative with their approach to business and employees and take more risk.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consistent leadership has advantages and the longer term tenure of senior management can be a plus if their education continues to stay fresh with how business is changing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    customer service

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  9. 5 people found this helpful  

    Overly-Aggressive Growth Goals and Going Nowhere Fast

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  10.  

    On the Verge of Reinventing Itself.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  11. 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.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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

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