Brooks International

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Brooks International Reviews

Updated October 1, 2014
Updated October 1, 2014
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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    The amount of false information in these reviews is mind-blowing...

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in West Palm Beach, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in West Palm Beach, FL

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

    Pros

    First off, as an employee who truly believes in the mission of Brooks, I would like to debunk a lot of the claims made about the company. Brooks is run by very goal-oriented people who believe in what the company has to offer its clients. The clients of Brooks includes billion dollar corporations, all of which can be found on their website. Employees of Brooks International include a number of retired CEO's and high level executives, a few of which are past clients of Brooks. A recent event is the commitment of Kevin Clarke, the recently retired CEO of Catalyst Paper, to serve as a member of the Brooks advisory board (his accomplishments as CEO were incredible, look it up). If Brooks was really what people on this website say it is, do you really think executives of this caliber would be freely willing to aid in the progress and preservation of Brooks International? I think not. I am assuming the incredibly negative reviews on this website were written by people who were held accountable for their failures and were dismissed. The management of Brooks does expect a lot out of its consultants and employees because of the commitment made to clients. If employees are not able to fulfill these commitments, they are let go and replaced without hesitation.

    - The comment made about the office looking like a boiler room? The office is located downtown West Palm Beach which is one of the nicest cities I have been to. Not to mention the office is literally brand new...

    Cons

    A lot of travel
    Very high expectations for all employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 5 people found this helpful  

    The Positive Reviews Are a Farce

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    Former Employee - Director in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Director in Irvine, CA

    I worked at Brooks International full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    There really are none to speak of. This is an insiders perspective on what really goes on within the walls of this company from a former director. All of the positive reviews are written by one individual. He claims to be a former Marine but there is absolutely nothing anywhere that supports his claims. He is however a "good soldier" and does anything in his power to protect his leader. In the review "A Well-Managed Company with High Expectations for Employees" his Advise to Management is "Keep doing what you're doing. You are the reason this world goes round." Really????? Lui and his band of minions is NOT the reason the world goes round. It is angular momentum that makes the world spin you fool! Neither Lui or anyone associated with him has any power over the universe despite what your Bromance leads you to believe. People within the organization have been told to create these positive reviews by management and one person has taken it upon himself. Nothing good ever has come out of this organization. All of the children, who have NO consulting experience, are now involved in the day to day operations? That has to tell you something. Mr. North Dakota does exist, you are just not able to understand the steps required to figure it out.

    Cons

    All of the negative reviews are spot on. These are former employees who all left for good reasons or where fired for no good reason. Many of these terminations where out of spite and nothing more. Its a shame, at one point there where a few really strong teams working within the organization that were generating large savings for customers despite managements efforts to de-rail them. Pardon the pun. There is no reason that I could possibly think of to seek employment from these people. An additional quote from the minions, " Brooks International exudes professionalism at its finest..." could not be further from the truth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Shut the doors.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    The facts tell the tale at BI

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Brooks International

    Pros

    Unfortunately, there few positives at BI.

    Cons

    The ongoing debate here on Glassdoor about Brooks International (BI) is both insightful and telling. Lui D (president and CEO) employes several of his own family members at NO, and they post most of the rebuttals and positive reviews here. This is fact. Also, you will note that management's position is that most of the negative reviews are from former employees who could not execute against the "high" BI standards; e.g they could not "cut it."

    This creates an interesting question:

    - So if all those those former employees are inept, then whose responsibility is it to select, screen, hire, cultivate and develop employees? It is BI management, correct? So is it not a direct reflection on management that they have an 80% + employee turnover rate every 2 years and yet refuse to take responsibility for any of that? That percentage cannot be blamed on each and every former employee. It is the direct result of poor management and ineffective leadership at BI. But the BI responses here would obfuscate all that, and suggest that management is not accountable and culpable, and this exceptionally high turnover is the sum of each individuals' fault.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop blaming the victims of your own poor management capabilities.

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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Run away if you care at all about your CV

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in West Palm Beach, FL
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in West Palm Beach, FL

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

    Pros

    Some good low level troops

    Cons

    Culture, management, nepotism, client value, professionalism

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sell your book and start over. You can see from the company reviews that it will only get harder to attract talent.

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

    Not fooling anyone...

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in West Palm Beach, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in West Palm Beach, FL

    I worked at Brooks International full-time

    Pros

    Good network of former and soon to be former employees.

    Cons

    The numerous international offices listed on the website and materials are ALL FAKE. There are no international offices or projects! How embarrassing.

    The staff picture posted is from less than two years ago and 90% of those people are no longer with the company. Nothing that has been said on this site can justify that sort of mind-blowing turnover.

    The clients listed on the site are all long gone. No one cares about a tiny project done for an insignificant department of a large company 35 years ago.

    The average tenure is ~ 3 months over the last 5 years.

    The poorly executed "responses" to all of the truthful posts about Brooks International are very telling of the culture within the organization. It is a dictatorship ruled by fear. The failed projects, furious clients, and army of former employees make the truth about this organization easy to find.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have ruined the Brooks International name. Sell the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    A well-managed company with high expectations for employees

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Brooks International part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Why does a person lead a company? The main reason would be to earn a living and watch the company grow and succeed. If the CEO of a company decides to hire every candidate because he cares about the feelings of the employees, then the company would drive right into the ground which would end up losing the jobs of everyone. In order to help the company succeed, the management needs to weed out the employees that are holding the company down. Employees are expected to their heart and soul into their jobs in order to make it into the company. If employees always look at the negative side to everything, they are going to get fired. It's that simple. That explains why every person that has written a terrible review on this website is no longer with the company. That's how it works. Lets take the military for example. The military starts out with basic training (which is known as the job interview in the business world) which the general (the CEO) pushes on the troops (the candidates) to weed out the people who are weak and can't take the heat (you know who you are). So let's say that the general was just nice enough to allow every soldier into the military because he "cared" about the them. What would happen? Yeah. This country would be in ruins. Brooks is the same. So if you are looking to have a job at brooks, have your heart in it. Ask the people who actually work for brooks. Not the ones who didn't make it. And for the people who are posting this horrible stuff about the company, you are embarrassing yourselves. The fact that you are taking the time to post these reviews shows the reason you didn't make it. Nobody has worked at brooks for 10 years from Rugby, North Dakota. Nice try, though.

    The real truth comes out of the people who are actually succeeding with the company. Like me. The company is well-organized and developed. This is a company involved with serious business, meaning that people who aren't devoted are going to get themselves fired. All the employees are legitimate and helpful, as well as driven for success.

    This is the truth, Mr. North Dakota.

    Cons

    Quite a bit of travelling but it all depends on how devoted you are.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you're doing. You are the reason this world goes round.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 5 people found this helpful  

    Stay away!!!!!!!! Can't emphasize this enough

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Brooks International full-time

    Pros

    There are absolutely no pros to working for this company - if one is facing a choice of being homeless or working for Brooks, they should choose the homeless option.

    Cons

    It isn't really clear whether this is a real consulting company or not - the clients they serve are, at best, small to medium businesses, but try as you may, you will be hard pressed to find so much as a web site for any of them. Brooks also does not seem to provide any quantifiable improvement in a company's operations, although it will claim that it does. If that means creating numbers out of thin-air, then that is what Brooks management will direct. The Chief Intelligence Officer basically runs the company, and carries the prefix 'Dr.' on his business cards, but it isn't clear what type of 'Dr' he is or where he got these credentials - he did work as the president of a now-defunct on-line university in South Florida for a time, but there is no record of him before that. His profile on the Brooks site claims that he led the successful re-organization of the Szczecin shipyards in Poland in the 1990s, however, those shipyards went bankrupt years ago in lieu of being privatized, and have been defunct for more than a decade. On its website, the company claims to have a number of international offices, but none of these offices actually exist - at a Brooks social event, the CEO even inadvertently let drop the fact that Brooks 'used to' have an office in Slovakia at some unspecified time in the past, but they do not any more, despite the fact that the website lists an address for a Slovakia office. None of the other offices exist, with the exception of the Florida head office, which looks like a boiler room. Employee morale is incredibly low, because few know what it is they are supposed to be doing - the 'training' the company provides is an absolutely useless foray into the philosophy of the company without a jot of practical application to the field. There is absolutely no foundational expertise because few employees stay for longer than a year, and those that do, well, let's just say that no reputable consulting firm would hire them. For those who are considering this company - note that they are not included in Vault.com's survey of the top 50 consulting firms, nor can one find any news stories about Brooks. In his sales pitch to new recruits, the CIO claims that Brooks was bought by Navigant, which ruined Brooks, and then was bought back by the present owner. According to him, the company is just now recovering from that experience. Well, that event happened more than 14 years ago, and Navigant only held Brooks for one year, does it take 14 years to fix a company with less than 100 employees? In short - STAY AWAY!!!

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

    Crooks International

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    Former Employee - Consultant in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Consultant in Philadelphia, PA

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

    Pros

    Work with interesting and smart Senior Consultants, Consultants, and Analysts.

    Cons

    This company is run by a megalomaniacal tyrant. The management rules with draconian inefficiency and thrives on tricking clients into aspiring to become above a sub-level 1 company. Threats to the staff are common, making Brooks an extremely hostile place to work. Directors in the firm are often kicked off of projects because the client is no longer aligned to their brutality Theory X management style. Brooks claims to be above the normal operations management consultancy, but is no better--and in most cases--worse than others of this boutique niche. Please look elsewhere if you want to get into management consulting. This place will NOT boost your resume.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider closing shop and changing out ownership.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    Do what I wish I had the foresight to . . . RUN!

    Former Employee - Consultant
    Former Employee - Consultant

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

    Pros

    Despite their general lack of qualifications and experience, most people in the support departments are well-meaning folks who have very little to do with Brooks' exceptional failures.

    Cons

    Other employees have dedicated far more of their time to this than I care to since reminiscing on my awful experiences working for this "company" still has the ability to raise my anxiety levels even after all these years.
    I do find the fake Brooks reviews hilariously transparent though. Like the Sept. 17, 2013 review as well as the Sept. 9, 2013 review, they all have glaring spelling errors and usually follow an authentic review by a few days. Not to mention, they all employ a very defensive tone.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 9 people found this helpful  

    Poorly Managed Company With No Culture Or Soul.

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    Former Employee - Consultant in Palm Beach Gardens, FL
    Former Employee - Consultant in Palm Beach Gardens, FL

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

    Pros

    Challenging and interesting work; solid, intelligent performers from Senior Consultant to Analyst level.

    Cons

    Poor management and leadership at the top (from CEO to Manager level), no company culture, employees are expendable assets (threaten people with being fired), zero work life balance, no internal support structure, turnover rate of employees is high, us versus them mentality with management, work environment full of fear, business development struggles, never meet you before hiring (all via Skype), no positive recognition (mostly demeaning), bonuses are rarely paid out, majority of consultants are not tenured over a year at any given time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop treating employees like expendable assets, create a company culture that is desirable for employees to be a part of and change your overall management style.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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