Brady Reviews

Updated September 26, 2014
Updated September 26, 2014
67 Reviews
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67 Reviews
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  1. 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 for 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
  2. 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 for 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
  3. 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 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
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  5. 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 for 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
  6. 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
  7. 4 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
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not the Target Company It Once Was

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    Current Employee - Manager  in  Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Manager in Milwaukee, WI

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

    Pros

    Decent working conditions and mostly nice people to work with. The work-life balance is reasonable and benefits are basic.

    Cons

    The CEO and Sr. Management team are totally disengaged and the business is drifting. Bad executive decisions continue and the cost of those errors are being dumped on the employees in the form of higher health care premiums, no raises and no bonuses while the executive team reaps huge benefits. Organic & sales growth continues to lag and, while the company once was a market leader, now lags competitors with a stodgy and ineffective management style. Headcount reduction has become more than an annual event and morale is at an all-time low. Talented people, including "C" level employees are leaving in large numbers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The best and brightest people are leaving as the corporate culture continues to decay. Extensive use of high priced consultants indicates the management team can't manage the business itself. The CEO & executive team should resign as they have presented no strategic plan for growth and continue to wipe the cost of failed business initiatives on the employees while the CEO repeatedly says he's "excited" by it all. On-going reorganization efforts are simply diversion tactics that do nothing to improve the business. This used to be a great company but is rapidly headed in the wrong direction. Hopefully, the current death spiral can be reversed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 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
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Lacks innovation, growth and treats people poorly

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    Former Employee - Human Resources  in  Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Human Resources in Milwaukee, WI

    I worked at Brady full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Nice people- casual environment- decent products- clean manufacturing operations.

    Cons

    Not able to think for yourself or make decisions, hear "that's the way we've always done things", constant layoffs, lack of growth, CEO is outdated along with many of his Sr. Leaders. If they would only invest and take some risks perhaps they could move forward. Everyone looks the same and acts the same, no one pushes status quo, Sr. Leaders promote people they golf with or bring them along from past companies, diversity and creativity are not promoted or rewarded. Boring products and atmosphere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get new Leaders at the top. The ones you have are stale and been around forever. They all act the same and lack the leadership to drive the company forward whether organically or through acquisitions. You have treated so many of your past employees so poorly and your reputation deteriorates every year.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves 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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