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Breg Reviews

Updated November 5, 2014
Updated November 5, 2014
24 Reviews
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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Talks a good game, but little follow through

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carlsbad, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carlsbad, CA

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

    Pros

    decent time off policy, was easy to work with when bereavement leave was needed. There were some great people there early on. Sadly, all of them were weeded out or run off.

    Cons

    They like to spout the core values and their retention policy but both are way overblown. The previous billing manager did welcome feedback and would implement helpful changes, the current one couldn't care less about employee feedback to the point of ignoring suggestions and emails completely. A dozen staff were laid off from that department alone within the year I was there, which isn't good numbers. What used to be run as quality is now being run just for quantity. And it wasn't the hard workers that were kept on. Some of the hardest working team members were the ones laid off due to outsourcing. The ones who kept quiet and were willing to suck up kept their jobs. Those who offered suggestions on improvements or would question things that didn't make sense got walking papers. Not the kind of place I'd want to stay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start looking at the producers, the hard workers and the ones who get customer and internal positive feedback. Those are the people you should be promoting, not letting walk out the door. I may be a former employee, but that doesn't make the feedback any less valid.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Stay away from this hell hole

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

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

    Pros

    Just a job until you find something better.

    Cons

    You are treated like a slave here. Your opinion doesn't matter. They don't practice what they preach. Their culture is a crock. Customer care department is a disaster and have been for a very long time. The supervisor's are very fake, they will be nice to your face and then go in a little corner and talk crap about you. They will be nice to you at first and then when you start making errors they are ruthless. If you get up to go to the bathroom when it's not your break, they will scowl you for it, but won't say anything. It's very micromanaged up there, The supervisors have been on a power trip ever since they got promoted. Customer care has had three different managers in the past year and a half. The senior manager knows that everyone in customer care has been bullied and worked to the bone but doesn't do anything about it. Her attitude is "I know it's busy, I know you guys have been kicked around but get over it, it's your job". Everyone is miserable there. The moral has gone way down. It used to be fun and you used to matter in the department. Now you are just a metric when you work in customer care. Getting time off is a joke. You are required to go to the department meetings that are held after hours. Be prepared to put Breg first and everything else will come second if you work here. Overtime is also mandatory, you are required to go above and beyond and do extra work with no extra pay. The raises are horrible. If you are lucky you will get 2%. Which equals to about 31 cents. There's been people who have been put on medication in order to handle all the chaos in that department. Everyone works their butt off and all you get is "thank you for all that you do" and will bully you around again. They don't show you that they appreciate all the work that you do.
    They fired a bunch of people in the billing department because they have a call center in India. The call center in India is a mess. They don't know what they are doing up there.
    All the good reviews are from upper management or HR. They send out quarterly surveys, they focus more on finding out who wrote the comments and will do whatever they can to make your life miserable rather than making Breg a better place to work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There's no point on giving advise when they don't do anything about it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 6 people found this helpful  

    Highly disfunctional company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Management in Carlsbad, CA
    Former Employee - Management in Carlsbad, CA

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

    Pros

    If you are an exempt employee, unlimited vacation time, within reason, location, can't beat Carlsbad/SD area

    Cons

    Culture: it's shoved down your throat, but not practiced except for on paper
    Senior Management: Not engaged in the day to day running of the company except to discuss the culture. Too busy working with private equity firm that owns the company looking for new M&A activities, they forget to notice that they still haven't integrated the last acquisition.
    Staff: Ask about CareFusion, too many people brought over who worked together (note: CareFusion had a large layoff, you connect the dots)
    Promotion Ability: If you live and breath the culture and clueless about your job, you will be promoted.
    Your job: Don't let them fool you, they are a small fish that their competitor down the street owns the market, not very sophisticated in actual global market.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be a leader, quit self-promoting yourselves and hire people who are qualified that can grow your company instead of promoting those that are unqualified yet regurgitate what you want to hear. Otherwise, you are an easy target for said competitor down the street.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    A great, fast paced company in an ever changing industry

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Carlsbad, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Carlsbad, CA

    I have been working at Breg full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    This company has a strong culture with very little turnover compared to industry standards. Be cautious of negative reviews and note most are previous employees or contract labor. Yes, this is a fast paced environment, but I have never worked for another company where your opinion mattered and was asked for as much as here. Those that will be successful are those that are willing to speak up, work hard and contribute to a good company.

    Cons

    If you are looking for a company where you wait in the sidelines and wait for people to tell you what to do next and what you should be focusing on, this probably isn't the right fit for you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to discuss and focus on the company's culture and company goals throughout the entire organization.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Career development?

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carlsbad, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carlsbad, CA

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

    Pros

    Regulation compliant and transparent in regards to legal matters, safety or hazards of products.

    Cons

    No career development. The culture preaches this, but a very select few advance in the company. Most positions are filled with external candidates without having a development plan in place of what's expected of current employees and what needs to be accomplished before one can advance. My manager didn't even give me a fair review. Sure, it was a great review on paper, but didn't give me real feedback of what I need to work on. It wasn't helpful to me.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate with employees about where they're at, where they want to go and what will it take to get there. Annual reviews should be capturing this, but most managers don't take them seriously.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 5 people found this helpful  

    Customer service

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    Current Employee - Customer Care Representative in Carlsbad, CA
    Current Employee - Customer Care Representative in Carlsbad, CA

    I have been working at Breg (less than an year)

    Pros

    You get a paycheck and they have a lot of fun activities and healthy life style programs that are free to employees some of the people who work there are pretty awesome people

    Cons

    High turn over rate, favoritism, management will out right lie to your face, you are not a human to them you are number ... A stat on their matrix board, they have highly unrealistic expectations and do not know the first thing about training or management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get involved be hands on stop taking your whole day to whisper in the corner and carry out these extremely inefficient processes to record errors and other petty information show people guide them support them don't just instruct them to the clutter ... You know what.... That is called the intranet don't say one thing in a "feedback" meeting and do the exact opposite stop training people just enough to have them do what you need to get by in the department and forget about them for 4 months before you start training them to do what they were actually hired for

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 7 people found this helpful  

    I can finally breathe now that I'm gone.

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

    I worked at Breg full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Benefits and PTO are okay

    Cons

    After reading each review I have to say that the negative ones were exactly spot on. I was there for almost a year and I couldn't even take it then. Breg used to be a great place where we would have potlucks for everybody's birthdays, celebrate holidays etc. until they started having a bunch of secret meeting and laying people off, that's when everybody I sat next to stop talking to each other, and then everybody was out for themselves. You have to be very careful what you say to certain people, as well as managers. People try to buddy buddy you and then take whatever you say to the higher-ups to throw you under the bus. The customer care department was like a concentration camp, people had to take breaks at certain times eat lunch at certain times and you weren't even allowed to go to the bathroom without notifying somebody, their entire billing department was shipped over to India, and the only people who are there now are to so-called "monitor the India team" Until the transition is complete. This whole company is very dysfunctional. Some people on salary definitely take advantage, I sat next to a woman Who I saw get into her car and leave for three hours and didn't come back till the end of the day, she also did this almost every single day. The culture is a joke no one follows it. All I know is that they're making a bunch of layoffs which makes me think that they're getting ready to sell the company itself. This is been one of the worst working experiences I've ever gone through and I would never ever suggest someone working for this company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Notice how unhappy your employees are before the company falls to the ground. Every person I've ever talk to who worked for this company or is working for them, either hates working there has quit or is looking for a job while working there. Open your eyes breg this isn't exactly the The culture you portray. Just remember practice what you preach

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 5 people found this helpful  

    Stay away! No growth ability, high turnover, lack of training, AWFUL culture.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Carlsbad, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Carlsbad, CA

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

    Pros

    You are employed and have benefits.

    Cons

    I do not recommend this company. Breg is an extremely a top-heavy company. A few people actually do the real work and the rest sit in meetings all day and create presentations about said meetings. The managers don’t actually manage anything, or anyone, they regurgitate the current propaganda the executive level team is currently pushing, and of course they preach the Breg “culture.” This “culture” is the Breg cult/religion that no one actually practices.

    You could be a more than competent employee, but if you are seen as not practicing the culture forget about getting promoted. However, if you look busy, say the right things to the right people you can do nothing all day and find yourself with a promotion and nice new title after your “review.”

    Beware of the turnover rate, which is HUGE. Some people have had three-four mangers in a one-year period. Whole departments turn over in months. You will find yourself trying to establish working relationships with other departments over and over. Layoffs and firings are a daily occurrence and keep in mind privately held Breg, Inc. is heavily involved in mergers and acquisitions which puts everyone’s job at risk.

    The distinction between salaried and hourly employees is more exaggerated than most companies. Salaried employees have “unlimited PTO” (at the managers discretion). Their coming and going is unmonitored. Before holidays they leave early if they even come in. Hourly employees are monitored like they are trying to cheat the company and every minute is watched. This has created a strange divide between exempt and non-exempt employees. Breg tried to hide the policy change when it was first implemented because they are not giving everyone the same benefits.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Open your eyes! Promote the right people and forget about the culture.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Outside sales representative

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Carlsbad, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Carlsbad, CA

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

    Pros

    This is a strong & growing brand in the Orthopedic post-operative space.
    The company is growing and stealing share from its largest competitors.
    As a rep there are many good products to feature and lead with that have advantages in the marketplace.

    Cons

    It is a tough grind for new reps to get attention from customers in this space. Plan on a 18 month lead time to be successful. There are direct and independent sales roles within the company. Non-company reps sometimes get the shaft from distributors that are cheap. Direct sales reps tend to be micro-managed by some of the RSM's.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to add people that will embrace the core values and not just recite them.
    Add products that are well priced vs. the competition not 20% higher

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    Do not work for this company!!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Breg full-time

    Pros

    There are no pros to working here other than you get a paycheck. All of the horrible reviews on here are spot on.

    Cons

    If you don't kiss butt to the right people then you are automatically hated, When you interview with HR, they will be very nice to you, try to sell you the company and if you get hired they will treat you like you are a waste of their time. HR are looking out for what's best for the company, they don't care about their employees. You can trust them. The turnover rate is very high, upper management thinks it's because people are moving out of state, only two people moved. The rest quit because they were unhappy. The pay is a joke, raises are barely cost of living. Everyone feels under appreciated. You will be expected to do a lot more than your job with no extra pay. Managers say that they will do something and then they don't. A lot of talk and no walk. They have a belief that is "just say it". If you just say it and it's something that management doesn't want to hear, they will be out to get you. They will either make you quit, or find a reason to fire you. The bonus is bad. Up to $1000 a year if you are hourly, salary gets up to 20% of their salary. Lots of secretive meetings going on, probably getting ready to move all the billing department over to India and fire majority of the people in that department. A lot of people don't take accountability for their own actions, they blame other people. At this company, work always comes first and anything that actually matters like your health and family, comes second.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop treating your employees like slaves. Open your eyes Mr President and stop being in denial about why everyone is leaving.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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