Brooks Automation
2.0 of 5 26 reviews
www.brooks.com Chelmsford, MA 1000 to 5000 Employees

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Updated Mar 31, 2014

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40% Approve of the CEO

Brooks Automation President, CEO, and Director Stephen S. Schwartz

Stephen S. Schwartz

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32% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Commodity Manager (Current Employee)
Chelmsford, MA

I have been working at Brooks Automation full-time for more than a year

Prosmany projects, constant stimulation, activity, learning opportunity

Consfrazzled management, program of the day, lack of focus

Advice to Senior Managementfocus, monitor, measure

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

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Terrible top leadership

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Brooks Automation full-time for more than a year

ProsGreat lower level mangers trying to do the right thing in spite of weak and often insane top management. Most folks lookout for each other and help were needed.

ConsHorrible business tools and lack of vision for what is needed to run a company. Top management does not appear to focus on the future, only the current bottom line. Very willing to sacrifice the future for a dollar today.

Advice to Senior ManagementMore daily engagement from the CEO. Fire the President....the root cause of the misery.

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

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Amateur Hour at the upper levels of management

Manufacturing Engineer (Current Employee)
Chelmsford, MA

I have been working at Brooks Automation full-time for more than a year

ProsGuys on the factory floor, in general care about good work. Individual contributors, like Engineers, Planners are good people who also care.

ConsOperations Management is bush league. Been around the block and easily the worst run company I have seen, Short term focus is absurd. Operators on the floor are worried about the "end of the quarter" and are forced to rush. Quality is 3rd rate. I am glad to be gone. I have worked with talented people - these managers and directors are third rate, think they are good and vastly overpaid. If you suck, you can keep your job.

Advice to Senior ManagementFocus on Long Term Quality. Thank god you have gotten rid of the hacks in Operations. Now get rid of some of your R&D lifers.

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

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Life at brooks

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Brooks Automation for more than 3 years

ProsPeople below leadership are nice...beat to a pulp but very nice...team players

ConsDrove me to drink....completely unrealistic expectations....sales promises the world. Mgmt sees the dollars then engineering and ops are beat down to get it done....a couple of months later quality is wheeled out in front of the customer to say sorry and then get shot....a wave of layoffs happen and the whole process starts all over....worst job of my life. Bar none. By far

Advice to Senior ManagementReplace yourselves

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Working at Brooks was both challenging and rewarding.

Manufacturing Technician (Former Employee)
Poway, CA

I worked at Brooks Automation full-time for more than 5 years

ProsVery much a team atmosphere on the production floor.

ConsManagement lack of involvement with the employees

Advice to Senior ManagementBe more aware of your employees and communicate better with them

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Weakest senior management imaginable.

Senior Director (Former Employee)
Chelmsford, MA

I worked at Brooks Automation full-time for less than a year

ProsTalented, self-motivated professionals and non-exempts trying hard to do the right thing. Good health/dental benefits and great vacation policy.

ConsTotal lack of vision or leadership from senior management. The CEO is a nice guy, but totally disengaged from the company; the President/COO has no leadership talent or vision, and is a total advocate of the old adages, "whip them harder and they'll work harder" & "beatings will continue until morale improves". Do NOT work here unless you're a masochist or have absolutely no alternatives.

Advice to Senior ManagementSchwartz: pay attention to what's happening in your company!
Morelli: get some psychiatric help!

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

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Lead by example, not with a hammer.

Manager (Current Employee)

I have been working at Brooks Automation full-time for more than 8 years

ProsRecently created variable compensation program shows signs of upper-level management commitment to individual employee success.

ConsYes, the bottom-line dollar number is important but current measures drive short-term thinking. Quarterly pull-ins drive extreme non value added activities and dilute the following month. Better to level-load and eliminate the hockey-stick of fire drills.

Advice to Senior ManagementThe North Star Program is too broad. Stream-line the focus and reduce the number of bulleted points. Everything cannot be of highest importance - maybe list the top 5 (at most).

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

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Problem with who they hire and layoff

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Brooks Automation full-time for more than 8 years

Prospeople are educated and nice

Consthey seem to layoff more than they hire

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

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More Leadership - There are other, better opportunities

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Poway, CA

I have been working at Brooks Automation full-time for more than 3 years

ProsFlexible time off, free coffee

Consbenefits, culture, group structures are unorganized, products are untested when shipped, lack of focus on resource needs

Advice to Senior ManagementA better understanding of Leadership vs. Management would improve morale and office culture.

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

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not great at this time

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Brooks Automation for more than 3 years

ProsThere are nice normal people there

ConsThere are also not nice people

Advice to Senior Managementtry actually growing the company

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

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