Brother Industries Reviews

Updated June 9, 2015
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  1. Good place to work

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

    I have been working at Brother Industries full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    A lot of opportunities to learn and management is very encouraging. Management usually leaves you alone as long as you get the job done. Competitive benefits and bonuse.

    Cons

    The staff runs very lean so they expect you to know a lot of different fields and be flexible even when it comes to tasks that are not part of job function. A lot of changes right now so a lot of uncertainty.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your employees and don't cut corners just to get immediate results. Need to focus more on the process and less on checking things off the list.


  2. Helpful (4)

    Nothing happens fast

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

    I have been working at Brother Industries full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Decent pay and benefits
    Work life balance is good for most

    Cons

    Simple decisions take years to make
    Senior management have their hands in everything. They do not empower their people to do the job.
    Little opportunity for growth and development


  3. Helpful (4)

    What a Mess

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales and Marketing in Bridgewater, NJ
    Current Employee - Sales and Marketing in Bridgewater, NJ

    I have been working at Brother Industries full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Up until the last year, this had been a most stable company and place for employment in the industry. No longer true (see the cons). I've been with Brother for 25+ years just finishing out my time before impending early retirement (which shocked top management with 95% of those offered taking the package-- Expectation was 25%. Really tells the story of how badly most wanted out).

    Cons

    Destabilized company. Within past year there have been numerous expensive ,major changes for the sake of making changes--- with no plan in sight. Top Management (read the Board of Directors) are a group of men totally out of touch with what the company needs and what their employees are capable of. They are power hungry egomaniacs who a) play favorites; b) are extreme micromanagers who cannot let ANYONE make a decision without their approval; c) even with the tight reins, cannot follow a decision to its full implementation (meaning they change their minds constantly and then deny they made changes); and worst of all d) play the "blame game" on EVERYTHING. None has ever made a mistake!!

    Until Top Management is removed, this company will remain a place where morale is terrible with their is no chance for advancement (or even an occasional "that a boy/girl").

    Advice to Management

    Let your people do their jobs. If you don't do this soon, you will find all of the good people who could have taken the company to the next level, will have left. Speaking of leaving, it would be a great idea for Brother to clean house and get rid of the old boy network in Top Management. The sooner the better!


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  5. Helpful (5)

    You Have Been Warned

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing in Bridgewater, NJ
    Former Employee - Marketing in Bridgewater, NJ

    I worked at Brother Industries (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Stable job, steady pay and good benefits.

    Cons

    This a company managed by old people for old people that are set in their ways and resistant to change. The company is making so called changes but these changes are being felt more by the lower level employees while the senior management continues to stay in their cushy jobs. They refuse to encourage the young and dynamic workforce. Instead their potential is wasted on menial tasks at a time when they should be learning new skill sets. There is absolutely no opportunity to be creative or grow unless you are a yes man. They are finally starting to get some women in senior manager roles but none of the existing women employees have been empowered or encouraged to grow. The company lacks any diversity, in today's day and age this is hard to believe but it's a fact. The upper management has only white obnoxious men. Working here will only limit your career growth because you will be stuck doing the same thing under managers that hate their jobs and make you miserable. There is no trust within team members and there is no delegtation. Getting promoted after 5 years in the same job is considered normal and ambitious people loose their motivation over a period of time. Young people if any new ones that are hired are either related or friends with the bosses which in the long term creates an unfair work environment.

    Advice to Management

    The upper management needs to go, period. You cannot implement major change when the people making the big decisions are still the same. Hire young people and interns. They bring great energy and passion to any team. Let go of people that don't perform and encourage those that are open to learning new skills. Encourage diversity in teams. Trains teams to being open to the idea of being manged by someone younger or even women. The fact that I have to mention this here is in itself shameful in today's day and age.


  6. Helpful (2)

    Be warned: Run. Don't Walk.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bridgewater, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bridgewater, NJ

    I worked at Brother Industries full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Decent pay and benefits. Nice office aesthetics.

    Cons

    Working at Brother has absolutely nothing to do with job performance and everything to do with politics. If you are not part of the Inner Circle you will know it by Day 3 and nothing you do will change that.

    If you are part of the Inner Circle, you can do a mediocre job, act unprofessionally (even nasty) toward other coworkers who are trying to learn the job, chat excessively with other others at their desks and make hour-long personal phone calls from your cube/office without management batting an eye.

    There is very obvious competition among management so managers have little time or interest in giving staff training and direction. Although I requested such on several occasions, I received virtually none from my manager.

    All non-management employees need to punch a daily time clock (yes, punch a clock!) and actually punch in and out for lunch! Yes, you have read that correctly! Really??? Any good manager will know when their staff is working. The ironic thing is, based on my comments above, the punching a time clock thing only measures the time you are sitting at your desk, not actually working, which for many is a very small portion of the business day.

    If you have the integrity to work hard, be professional and learn on the job, this is NOT the company for you.

    Advice to Management

    Take some effective management classes and utilize what you learn. If you are passive aggressive toward your staff, then you won't have hard working dedicated employees.

    Manage by example and get rid of the many different levels of standards for employees and enforce at least a minimum level of professionalism and basic work ethics.

    Make real connection with those who report to you as that is the true way to develop productive loyal employees.


  7. Helpful (2)

    Good Company

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

    I have been working at Brother Industries full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Good Company, great benefits and most employees stay for a long time. Lots of changes, although scary can also be exciting.

    Cons

    Lots of changes going on in the company right now, so many employees feel as though they are walking on eggshells.

    Advice to Management

    Be more open with the employees about whast types of changes are happening. It may have a good impact.


  8. Helpful (4)

    Woefully disorganized and getting worse

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Marketing in Bridgewater, NJ
    Current Employee - Product Marketing in Bridgewater, NJ

    I have been working at Brother Industries full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Engaged and supportive middle management. Company is generous with benefits and bonuses.

    Cons

    No clear vision from senior management. Employees are completely stripped of their ability to make independent decisions.

    Advice to Management

    Empower the people that you pay very good money to actually make decisions and influence the direction of their work.


  9. Helpful (5)

    Poor upper management

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing in Bridgewater, NJ
    Former Employee - Marketing in Bridgewater, NJ

    I worked at Brother Industries

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

    Pros

    Good medical benefits, training courses available, a lot of nice people work there

    Cons

    Terrible upper management, no room to grow, hostility between departments, management treats workers inappropriately

    Advice to Management

    Almost everyone is upper management is a man that has been with the company 20+ years. that needs to change. Fresh faces need to play a more prominent role and more females need to hold upper management positions.


  10. Helpful (2)

    Much left to be desired

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bridgewater, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bridgewater, NJ

    I worked at Brother Industries full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Strong camaraderie amongst coworkers who are friendly and part of an established team. Operational procedures well-documented. Well-liked globally recognized name brand. Founding company in Japan appears to be very innovative and hard-working. Management tries to be sincere and appreciative of team members' efforts.

    Cons

    Departments work in silos. A lot of talk to change and innovate but processes and management stuck in specific "channels" and old ways of thinking. Increasing bureaucracy slowing down processes, market competitiveness, and sales. Company culture based on cliques. Not easy to feel like you are part of a real family.

    Advice to Management

    Create concrete plans on how to change and innovate instead of simply expressing values and goals. Develop an immediate action plan instead of offering excuses. Finally, explain WHY consumers should buy from Brother (needs a more fortified mission statement) instead of what or how to buy our products.


  11. Helpful (3)

    Where career dreams, creativity and empowerment go to die.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing in Bridgewater, NJ
    Current Employee - Marketing in Bridgewater, NJ

    I have been working at Brother Industries full-time

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, decent pay and good job security (although that is changing rapidly). Nice office building and amenities. Great holiday party and other activities (summer picnic, etc) Some very nice people.

    Cons

    If you are in the Marketing Department in the Business Machine Group, be prepared to be micro-managed, marginalized, beaten down - all on the good days. Gets worse from there. You are generally punished for independent thought, strategic drive, creativity and daring to question the status quo. Sure, there is lip service that preaches the contrary, but don't believe it. The real change the organization needs is not happening - only window dressing change to kick the can down the road.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the comments within the annual surveys - the information is there - be brave enough to enact REAL change! Trust your people. Better yet, force Management to do so. Force a work-life balance with telecommuting, flex time and other creative options - otherwise certain members of management will NEVER allow it. Force management to release the reigns and allow your talent to flourish.



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