Brunswick Reviews

Updated June 25, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Hotel California

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

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

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

    Pros

    They benefits and pay are good for selected professions making it difficult to leave despite the environment.

    Cons

    Micromanagement, Ivory-tower syndrome, politics supersede intelligence in decision making and promotion. Employees work every day in fear of the jobs and and paranoia about management.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the employees. Widen the ratio of managers to employees. Negative management methods lead to high turnover.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Ineffective (and invisible) senior management.

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Fairly competitive salaries (but bonuses are at the discretion of managers and can be allotted unfairly).

    Cons

    Employees are set up to fail due to the constantly increasing job duties and projects. Not to mention constant meetings where nothing is accomplished except for the decision to have another meeting. No guidance provided. Managers are ambivalent. Long-term employees are treated differently than others and are not held accountable or disciplined as others are. This was the most negative environment in which I've ever worked. So glad to be gone.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention and provide input to employees.


  3. Helpful (2)

    Run for the hills

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Accounting in Lake Forest, IL
    Current Employee - Accounting in Lake Forest, IL

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

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

    Pros

    There are a lot of long term employees.

    Cons

    Management sucks. Hardly ever see or hear from those making the decisions. Performance reviews are few, far between, and a joke. The long term employees (mostly useless) are not accountable for poor performance and "new" employees are there to pick up the slack.

    Advice to Management

    No advice other than 98% of management sucks.


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  5. Hotel California

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

    I have been working at Brunswick full-time

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

    Pros

    Don't want you to leave

    Cons

    Ivory Tower Syndrome, micro managers

    Advice to Management

    empower the employees


  6. Helpful (3)

    Inconsistent and deleterious management style, including senior management.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Corporate in Lake Forest, IL
    Former Employee - Corporate in Lake Forest, IL

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

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

    Pros

    Fairly competitive pay and some employees are very dedicated (and long term).

    Cons

    During my entire 9 year tenure at Brunswick, I was consistently amazed and aghast at the incompetence of the entire Human Resources "team." The failure to take appropriate disciplinary action for clear violation of policy was/is egregiously random. The "Ethics Program" is ineffective and a joke among employees. Also, management, including (and especially) senior management, are very egocentric and fail to foster a positive environment for employees (there is no departmental cohesion). My last six months there, I literally only spoke with both my manager and my senior manager once (my manager spent more time on shopping websites and emailing friends than actual work). It is common knowledge that several senior managers are just biding time until retirement to cash in millions in stock.

    Advice to Management

    Be more involved and create a positive departmental dynamic. Make employees accountable for violation of policy, including failure of acceptable performance.


  7. A shell of its former self

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in Fond du Lac, WI
    Former Employee - Director in Fond du Lac, WI

    I worked at Brunswick

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Enjoyable product lines with well known names.

    Cons

    Lack of consistent direction from senior management

    Advice to Management

    Determine what the future holds for the company. What are the competencies and how to leverage them to make the company relevant in the 21st century. Can you be a viable entity long term


  8. Sales Director

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Director in Canton, GA
    Former Employee - Sales Director in Canton, GA

    I worked at Brunswick (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Great people at center level

    Cons

    management is out of tune with what truly happens day to day


  9. Great company lacking internal audit leadership.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Auditor in Lake Forest, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Auditor in Lake Forest, IL

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

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

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity within business units, flexible schedule, about half of the travel is to desirable places. Senior management has company's best interest in mind.

    Cons

    Audit management lacks leadership capability and employee development skills. Endless fire drills, negative feedback with no suggestions on how to improve. Painfully inefficient audit planning process. Expectations for staff/senior level are inflated since management is inundated with administrative tasks.

    Advice to Management

    Seek input from all stakeholders on satisfaction with the audit group, not just the internal audit talking heads.


  10. Helpful (3)

    Promote only from within

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

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

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

    Pros

    When it was Brunswick it was awesome! They took care of their Managers very well and even received a call from the President of Brunswick on my birthday thanking me for my service.

    Cons

    Bowlmor took over Brunswick and is horrible. I would not recommend working for them. They don't treat you with respect like Brunswick did, The salaries are very different for men and women,. Definitely a glass ceiling in my district. If they tell you your pay is based on volume of sales in your center they are lying. I made $20K less that a MALE manager at a center that was as slow as mine and I worked twice as hard.

    Advice to Management

    Only promote from within. Bringing someone from outside the company into a GM role is wrong. There is way to much to learn and 2 weeks of training is not enough.


  11. Helpful (1)

    look some where else?

    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at Brunswick

    Pros

    Brunswick was a good company to work for but now they have sold to bowlmor amf and many changes are being made

    Cons

    they are making many bad changes and i would stay away from this company. Bowlmor is trying to take all the good things brunswick

    Advice to Management

    Don't make changes just because you think they are good. Every center is different and thats why they have maintained



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