Brooklyn Industries
2.6 of 5 13 reviews
www.brooklynindustries.com Brooklyn, NY 50 to 149 Employees

Brooklyn Industries Reviews

Updated Mar 13, 2014

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Lexy Funk

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33% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Brooklyn Industries full-time

ProsGreat company culture. Creative team environment.

ConsBusy day to day makes it difficult to stay on top of tasks.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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The worst

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Brooklyn Industries full-time

ProsThe office in Dumbo has a great view

ConsTerrible management, dirty office space, negative company culture, low team moral, company not doing well.

Advice to Senior ManagementThey don't accept advice

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Hard work do pay off at BKI

Warehouse Manager (Former Employee)
Brooklyn, NY

I worked at Brooklyn Industries full-time for more than 5 years

ProsBrooklyn industries is a great company, that is willing to give people great opportunities that dedicated and work hard. This is one company that you get what you put in.

ConsCan get a Little crazy at times, when everyone is not on the same page.

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep doing what you doing to make BKI one of the best retail companies in the world

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Good for Entry Level Sales and Customer Service Jobs.

Customer Service Representative (Former Employee)
Brooklyn, NY

I worked at Brooklyn Industries full-time for less than a year

ProsGood Culture and casual work environment. 50% employee discount on BI products.

ConsPoor Salary and benefits. Not much room for career advancement.

Advice to Senior ManagementPlease offer a more competitive salary to your employees. Also lay out a career advancement plan.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Frustrating work experience and professional setback

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Brooklyn Industries full-time

ProsGreat employee camaraderie and abundant creativity, opportunities to foray into roles other than the one for which you were hired should you have a desire to do so.

ConsAlthough it is encouraged, employees who propose original or creative ideas are also often blamed if the idea does not produce results that satisfy upper management's often unrealistic expectations. There are not enough resources, organization or infrastructure for the company to run properly. Employees are often forced to take on more than their official responsibilities in order to do their job because key positions often go unfilled, or are given to someone who lacks the appropriate experience.

Advice to Senior ManagementInvest in upper management and hire people who have actual experience in the role that they are expected to do. Develop a strategy and hire directors and managers who have actual managerial experience who can implement and execute your strategy. Expect that they be present at the office, know how to lead a team and have a real understanding of what it means to run a business.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Sinking Ship

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Brooklyn, NY

I worked at Brooklyn Industries full-time for less than a year

Pros- Decent discount
- Most of the store staff are friendly!

Cons- Disorganized and cluttered office space
- Owners continue to disappear for weeks while staff is left reading poorly typed one word e-mails.
- Favoritism - Upper management plays favorites amongst new and old staff causing rifts in the team.
- Low pay for store employees and corporate staff.
- Owners lash out emotionally to staff - Make rash poor decisions.
- Most of the staff is unhappy with pay, management attitude, or both.
- No room for growth. Only lateral moves and meaningless title changes.

Advice to Senior ManagementYour obviously not into it anymore. Your staff can tell. Your customers can tell. Sell. Sell fast.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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work here only if you're desperate

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Brooklyn Industries part-time

Prosmultiple locations to work at
t-shirts are ok

Consmanagers play favorites
clothes are over priced so its hard to sell to people
don't take the job if you are not willing to be dedicated solely to the store

Advice to Senior Managementlearn to have realistic expectations of employees
choose better store managers

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Creative Growing Company

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Brooklyn, NY

I have been working at Brooklyn Industries

ProsYou get a lot of responsibility very quickly
The environment is very dynamic
Good benefits
Nice environment
Great team of people in the stores

ConsNot a large team
With responsibility comes a large work load
Would like more training

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What used to be a great place to work, turned into a miserable experience.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Brooklyn, NY

I worked at Brooklyn Industries

Pros*Worked with some really, great people
*Most of the HQ employees were younger and had a lot of enthusiasm
*Benefits were the best I've ever had. Low cost, good coverage, MTA passes
*Decent commute to work
*Get to see the creative process unfold on all aspects of the business
*Great employee discount
*HQ moved into a nicer office space
*Ability to carve out your own role if you are competent and driven
*Casual work environment

Cons*The company lacks a solid business plan/strategy and is led by execs who have only owned this company. They don't have former business or retail experience and have unrealistic expectations and perceptions of their staff
*There is very little, if any, training when you join
*The top executives make drastic changes that lower employee morale
*Positions that were crucial to the financial and ethical stability of the company weren't filled for months. Many people took on extra work and loads of stress
*Even though they had touted the company as having a strong work/life balance, they removed things like summer hours and flexible work time
*The executives often don't act professionally or take accountability for their own actions therefor making others clean up their mess
*Many employees (store & HQ) have been yelled at or ridiculed in front of others by one of the main execs
*One of the main execs who manages most of the creative team, leaves the company for a month(s) at a time leaving these people with very little structure or guidance
*Rather than fix the stores that already exist, they continue to open up new ones which soon begin to struggle

Advice to Senior ManagementDevelop a business plan and stick to it. Work just as hard, if not harder, than all of your staff. That means actually putting in time at the office, sticking to your commitments and being part of team. Earn back your employee's respect by trusting them and being civil. Make good decisions and actually follow through. Put your ego aside and admit that you've made mistakes or have been unkind. This might include closing some stores. Spend money where it matters and don't be so cheap.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Good Experience

Sales Representative (Former Employee)
New York, NY

I worked at Brooklyn Industries

Pros-Good benefits
-Nice co-workers
-interesting product
- good company culture

Cons- long hours
- lower pay
-not much room for growth

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep building your sales associates for growth potential

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