Brock Solutions Inc.

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Brock Solutions Inc. Reviews

Updated August 20, 2014
Updated August 20, 2014
15 Reviews
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15 Reviews
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  1.  

    Brock is great, but lots of travel (potentially)

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    Former Employee - Software Developer  in  Irving, TX
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Irving, TX

    I worked at Brock Solutions Inc. full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I was in the Dallas office. Loved everyone I worked with - really great people, great atmosphere, management didn't just see you as a cog but as a person. Also lots of free food (like, weekly lunches practically....)

    Cons

    Travel, mediocre benefits, pay a little lacking without the constant travel bonuses and stipends.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Senior is not Junior level

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    Former Employee - Controls Engineer  in  Irving, TX
    Former Employee - Controls Engineer in Irving, TX

    I worked at Brock Solutions Inc. full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Pay is on time, expenses always paid in a timely manner.

    Cons

    Expected to bow down to Junior level Engineers.
    Expected to chauffeur Canadians to/from DFW.
    Pay 20-30% lower than going rate.
    Bonus' and profit sharing much lower than guaranteed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve salaries

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Not recommended for a long career. OK for 2 years or less.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Kitchener, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kitchener, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Brock Solutions Inc. full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Young colleagues, youthful atmosphere. Easy to make friends.

    Cons

    Management structure is abysmal. Managers think that the work environment is the military, where everything they want has to be completed on the double. Rights, like enjoying your lunch hour, are non-existent. Preferential treatment for "brown-nose" employees over quality of work. No possibility of advancement as the structure is flat. No opportunities to learn above a certain limit due to restrictions imposed by management or due to other employees being fearful for their jobs. Hiring practices are doubtful at best, as the people hired had a destructive effect on the team.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire competent people in management positions, preferably someone who has experience in the field. Don't let one person only be responsible for what goes on in the particular department.
    Adopt a democratic structure rather than a despotic one.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good but could have been the best if the co-workers were co-operative

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    Former Employee - Panel Wireman  in  Kitchener, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Panel Wireman in Kitchener, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Brock Solutions Inc. as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    You learn everyday from the projects you are working on.

    Cons

    Not much to contribute or to carry on for your future employment. Not something that you can use to get future opportunities in such a vast field of technology

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    worked at brock solutions less than a year

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Brock Solutions Inc.

    Pros

    engineering teams appear to be tight with one another, have close relationship

    Cons

    company is growing, but it is unorganized
    the company doesn't feel welcoming

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be more friendly to all the employees who come to learn

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Good learning opportunity but poor compensation

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    Former Employee - Controls Engineer  in  Kitchener, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Controls Engineer in Kitchener, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Brock Solutions Inc. full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    It is a great place to learn industrial automation, experience engineers, lots of travel opportunity, variety of project, though most project are baggage handling systems or process control systems you have an opportunity to work in different industry

    Cons

    Compensation is low compared to industry standards. There are times when you may need to travel for extended periods (> 3 to 4 months). You are expected to work long hours on client site without overtime.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve compensation

    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Plenty of great and terrible moments

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Kitchener, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kitchener, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Brock Solutions Inc. full-time

    Pros

    You get to interact with clients directly
    Sometimes free lunches, seminars, other events
    Not much travel and when payed per day allowance got quite extra
    Pension plan, if you stay there long enough to earn it

    Cons

    Complete lack of expertise in some areas, so when the product is developed it can't be supported/upgraded.
    Some say it's culture, but some employees come in late, take 2 hour lunch and leave early, while you might be slaving for 10-12 or even more hours while you're on the same project.
    No proper development process implemented (at least for software) back in 2010 - might have changed since.
    Probation period is at least 6 months and can last indefinitely.
    Compensation is quite low

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Figure out what areas you lack skill in and hire pros at that, not just another engineer who had a course in a related field.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Developer

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    Former Employee - Developer  in  Kitchener, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Developer in Kitchener, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Brock Solutions Inc. full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Great team of engeneering professionals
    - Some travel required which allows to work on client sites and deploy/maintain projects there
    - Profit sharing/bonuses right away
    - Flexible hours
    - Free lunches, seminars, sports teams

    Cons

    - All working space is divided by high walled cubicles - you might not know who's working next to you unless you work on the same project
    - No co-location of the team - team can be dispersed through out the offices and if you need to talk face to face - plenty of walking necessary.
    - No proper process in place for sortware development - no code reviews, no proper testing is done.
    - My ideas of introducing industry standards in software development were disregarded

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to look at software part of the business and introduce better methodologies. Employing computer science degrees for the job is required, since engeneers lack the training in algorithms, methods, standard practices and other.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    Good experience, people are very friendly and the environment is very nice

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    Former Employee - Controls Systems Engineering - Coop  in  Kitchener, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Controls Systems Engineering - Coop in Kitchener, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Brock Solutions Inc. as an intern for more than a year

    Pros

    Work time is very flexible, and the environment is very nice. People are friendly and have very knowledgeable peers. Learned a lot from this coop job.

    Cons

    May need to work overtime a bit when schedule is tight.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11.  

    Use and abuse

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    Former Employee - Controls Systems Designer  in  Kitchener, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Controls Systems Designer in Kitchener, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Brock Solutions Inc. full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Gave us free lunch from time to time
    You get to work with their customers on frequent basis
    A portion of your meals and hotel say are compensated when you travel

    Cons

    Poor Salary
    Excessive Hours (80+ a week, I was once yelled at for coming in 10 minutes late after being there till midnight several nights proceeding it, I did not take a single day off my last 2 months there)
    Poorly managed (There were multiple times where I heard managers screaming and slamming hands on the desk of employees, I once heard a racial slur from a manager to a co-worker who did not return to work after that day)
    Have a history of hiring people and then letting them go just before the probation period

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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