Brother Industries Reviews

Updated August 6, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    A great first year at Brother

    • 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
    Recommends

    I have been working at Brother Industries full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great salary, bonus, benefits, and investment in employee development and training. Management is implementing many changes that will bring the company up to date as an industry leader. Have seen many employees get promoted recently which is encouraging.

    Cons

    Some employees are not willing to embrace change. They want to do things a certain way because that is always how things have been done in the past. Upper management is very homogeneous. Need more women and diversity in leadership positions.

    Advice to Management

    Keep moving in the direction of getting policies and benefits in line with competitors to be attractive to millennials in this job market and retain talent.


  2. Brother International

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Field Merchandiser in Bridgewater, NJ
    Former Employee - Field Merchandiser in Bridgewater, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great Japanese company has been around for over a century. Great benefits and pay. Mostly nice helpful staff. Employees around the world. Much opportunity for growth. Big on the corporate culture.

    Cons

    The Field Merchandiser trainer is very rough around the edges.

    Advice to Management

    Keep your HR employees in check.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Oversight and Ethics

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior in Bridgewater, NJ
    Former Employee - Senior in Bridgewater, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Brother Industries full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    In general, people are friendly and the company is supportive of changes, including very generous in investing in IT systems.

    Cons

    Not enough oversight from management, as the Board Directors are all internal members and have been in there for years. No change and very little actions. In addition, the Corporate Compliance Officer is one of the Ethic Committee members. There is clearly a conflict of interest.

    Advice to Management

    Need to have new Board members that are interested in managing the company for the better, and need new Ethic Committee practice review.


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  5. Helpful (4)

    Product Manager

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Bridgewater, NJ
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Bridgewater, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Brother Industries full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Years ago, Brother had the feel of a family company and they will insist that it still does. However, the work environment has changed dramatically over the years and not for the better! For those joining the company, make sure you negotiate your salary well, since the annual pay raise is between 2 and 2.5% a year.

    Cons

    If you are a creative person and do not want to be micro-managed, this is not the place for you! No matter what you are working on - concept, design, color, font size, you name it - it will be changed! If you work in the Marketing Dept, you not only do Marketing, but also answer Customer Service questions and work on the financial aspects of the business as well. Everyone there is now a "jack of all trades and master of none".

    Advice to Management

    There is a yearly employee survey but nothing changes! Don't bother people with this if you are not going to listen to what they are saying! This was a great company but it has not been so for a few years now. Listen up management - the wheels are coming off the bus!


  6. Helpful (3)

    Unsupportive Management in CMD

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director of Sales in Bridgewater, NJ
    Former Employee - Director of Sales in Bridgewater, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Brother Industries full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Salary, benefits, challenging sales environment.

    Cons

    Cronyism and internal politics have priority over competence. Management also has found ways to fire people who've made President's Club for many years if they're suddenly facing a serious health issue. Company rules and Code of Ethics are only enforced against people not within management's inner circle. For example, some people who break rules constantly and put the company in legal jeopardy somehow get promoted. Others aren't given the common courtesy that would be expected of for all productive employee. Upper management will also insist that they take prospective sales candidates out to lunch and have made fun of many of them which shows a total lack of professionalism. Being discreet and just not hiring someone would be what other companies do. Upper management thinks it's OK to humiliate candidates they don't feel are up to snuff. Yes, I could go one and on. Unfortunately, it's all true.

    Advice to Management

    Value your productive salespeople.


  7. Helpful (4)

    Human Resources Department has a lack of integrity

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Human Resources in Bridgewater, NJ
    Former Employee - Human Resources in Bridgewater, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Brother International (Industries) has many long time employees who have been affected by changed but still work hard to give the company success.

    Cons

    After working in the HR department, I was appalled to see the practices that go on in the department. A large majority of the department was brought in by their friend from PA. If he leaves the others will follow. Unfortunately, if you are not a part of his clique, you don't stand a chance in the department no matter how much experience you bring to the table. A lot of wrong practices.

    Advice to Management

    Do a thorough Audit of the HR department and open your eyes to who referred their friends. Take note of salaries, promotions, referral bonuses, etc. HR will crumble if the leader of the PA pack leaves and takes his crew with him (he's done it in several organizations already).


  8. Helpful (6)

    Nothing happens fast

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bridgewater, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bridgewater, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    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


  9. Helpful (5)

    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
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    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!


  10. 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
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    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.


  11. Helpful (6)

    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
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Brother Industries (Less than a year)

    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.



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