Brooks Automation Reviews

Updated June 10, 2015
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Brooks Automation President, CEO, and Director Stephen S. Schwartz
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Pros
  • The people I worked with were great people (in 4 reviews)

  • Individual contributors, like Engineers, Planners are good people who also care (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Middle and upper management don't seem to know what direction or how to manage some parts or the company (in 4 reviews)

  • I would not include senior management in the people people people comment (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Oracle DBA

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chelmsford, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chelmsford, MA

    I worked at Brooks Automation

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The team in place is great, everyone is willing to help you when you ask
    Management has a game plan and is ready to execute
    There is always something to work on

    Cons

    Contractors are not treated the best at Brooks, there is a lack of contract bonuses and rarely are contractors hired permentely, instead they will continue to offer you contracts till they no longer see a need for you

    Advice to Management

    When you say the contract is temp to perm honor the perm part and don't lead on your contracts that there will be a light at the end of tunnel


  2. Final Inspection / Assembler

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vallejo, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vallejo, CA

    I worked at Brooks Automation full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Learn a new system, good quality and speed of work

    Cons

    nice and well organize, teamworks


  3. Helpful (3)

    Senior Systems Engineer

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

    I worked at Brooks Automation full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Wish I could name a few

    Cons

    Too much back stabbing politics

    Advice to Management

    Implement skip level meetings to find out what's really going on.


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  5. I would go back to work at Brooks Automation

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Mechanical Designer in Chelmsford, MA
    Former Employee - Mechanical Designer in Chelmsford, MA

    I worked at Brooks Automation (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    When the global marketplace is strong you can work almost as much as you wont. Because the push for new and old produced is high

    Cons

    As the global marketplace starts to weaken and a glut of semi equipment pipeline starts to build up and the hole pipeline starts slowing down.

    Advice to Management

    A better form of free flow of info being passed onto employs. Especially when being asked directly.


  6. Helpful (2)

    Nobody is flying the plane

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineering Manager
    Former Employee - Engineering Manager

    I worked at Brooks Automation

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    carpet, cubicles, computers, printers, and telephones

    Cons

    Ebay furniture/chairs, dirty facilities, lack of communication/ transparency

    Advice to Management

    Executives and Leadership to learn to follow core values.


  7. Principal Electrical Engineer

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chelmsford, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chelmsford, MA

    I worked at Brooks Automation full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Challenging, innovative and a great place to learn. Good compensation & benefits. Great place to retire from.

    Cons

    The top management does not seem to recognize contributing indidviduals very well.

    Advice to Management

    Read the performance reviews carefully.


  8. Helpful (4)

    Stay away!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer
    Current Employee - Engineer

    I have been working at Brooks Automation

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

    Pros

    Some very good and talented people who truly want to do the best thing for the customer. Salary and benefits are good.

    Cons

    Horrible organizational structure that absolutely a silo mentality. No concept of concurrent engineering practices. More focused upon the "process" than the "results".

    Advice to Management

    Get some business leaders who know something about the technology they manage, or alternatively, get business leaders who will empower and trust those underneath them to make the correct technical decisions.


  9. Helpful (4)

    Depressing

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Brooks Automation

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

    Pros

    co-workers are great
    middle mgmt good to work with

    Cons

    management out of touch
    shipping dollars are all that matter


  10. Helpful (3)

    Tough Environment in a rough industry

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Chelmsford, MA
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Chelmsford, MA

    I have been working at Brooks Automation full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Exposure to product lifecycle, get really good detailed understanding of semiconductor automation

    Cons

    Business cycle leads to lots of sudden shifts in strategy and employment. Very small market customer base of very large customers that treat this company like and indentured supplier. Very difficult to build a career with all the shifts and changes... quickly becomes a place where you punch a clock and keep your resume fresh...

    Advice to Management

    Consider building career paths for core people and build a strategy and operation around a flexible work force rather than outsourcing to foreign countries and treating employees like freely available commodities...


  11. Helpful (3)

    Brooks Automation: Where Good Engineers Go To Die.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Chelmsford, MA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Chelmsford, MA

    I have been working at Brooks Automation full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Free Coffee, A lot of Responsibility, Constant Challenges, Company that would like to grow.

    Cons

    This company struggles to find an identity; buys and guts great companies so they can wring out every bit of revenue with as little resources as possible.

    Advice to Management

    Brooks is good at making money, and if that's all that matters than you could say they are doing a good job. For creating a positive company and beloved brand that people love to work for they need to show that they are spending resources towards hiring great engineers (not C-listers from a related industry and bandaging everything) and planning for career development. Currently there is no feeder for new engineers at this company. They pick up bottom of the barrel experienced employees at a bargain price, wring them dry and then find some other sucker to exploit.



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