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Brady CEO J. Michael Nauman
J. Michael Nauman
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  • "Upper Management getting the wrong people in places who make wrong decisions(in 11 reviews)

  • "Uber Micro-Management, Metrics driven by a management team that hasn't a clue as to what effectively works in the field(in 10 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Good Environment"

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      Current Employee - Financial Analyst 

      I have been working at Brady full-time for more than a year

      Pros

      Lots of visibility with high level management and lots of autonomy on projects, no hovering

      Cons

      Antiquated office mentality of "hardest workers stay the latest"

      Brady2019-02-25
    • "Production and finishing"

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      Current Employee - Finishing Operator in Williamsville, NY

      I have been working at Brady full-time for more than a year

      Pros

      Team work ..the factory is heated in the winter ac in the summer very lenient on breaks and lunches everybody likes everybody

      Cons

      Low pay they take forever to hire parking lot has to many potholes break room can be better extra walk to the car sucks

      Advice to Management

      Focus more on your workers ask if they are ok in life if they seem down pay more attention to who you guys leave in charge

      Brady2019-05-03
    • Helpful (7)

      "A Sinking Ship--And Everyone Knows It"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      Disapproves of CEO

      I worked at Brady full-time for more than 2 years

      Pros

      Great central downtown location for those commuting by train. Good work/life balance insofar as nobody is expected to work excessive hours (thought the stress of the job will almost certainly go home with you every day). Very nice coworkers who try to boost morale, at least while they're still with the company.

      Cons

      I can't speak for the rest of Brady but the division based in Chicago is suffering from poor business strategy that is way above most employees' pay grades. The steps management has taken to remedy it include strategic refocus, change at the top and rounds of layoffs. What's left is a skeleton crew compared to where they were a year ago. As motivated as the rank-and-file is to do what they can, there is a palpable sense...

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      Advice to Management

      Figure out why you're failing to stay competitive in your market and fix it. It should not be that hard. And in the meantime, try to understand your employees as people: the stress they're under and the concerns they have for their jobs. Your presence terrifies them because you never engage with them. Platitudes do nothing anymore--and the last thing these dedicated professionals need is a stern talking to. It's time...

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      Brady2019-04-10

      Brady Response

      April 16, 2019Brady Corporation

      We are investing in new digital capabilities that continue to drive this business forward. This is one location within our global Workplace Safety business, which continues to improve month over month. We are excited about the talented team who has built our marketing and digital ...

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    • "Managers, Directors leaving, hiring more managers"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

      I have been working at Brady full-time

      Pros

      It is always busy. There is always work to do.

      Cons

      No right direction. Priorities changes too frequently. No training or self training time as it’s extremely busy to always solve some urgency. Always feels like sky is falling.

      Advice to Management

      Please plan little bit more realistic. Do not always set plan for failure, it always burns the employees and they tend to give up before work is done.

      Brady2019-03-16
    • Helpful (3)

      "If you are not willing to play office politics you will level off"

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      Former Employee - Production Manager 
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      No opinion of CEO

      I worked at Brady full-time for more than 4 years

      Pros

      Great people working on production floor. Clean environment.

      Cons

      Lack of direction between Sr. level & management. Not much in the way of internal advancement. Will prefer to always eliminate a position and then spread responsibilities out over more people to save in costs. No long term vision.

      Brady2019-02-25

      Brady Response

      March 19, 2019Brady Corporation

      Brady focuses first on internal placement, and has an internal job posting system to encourage movement within the company. We have skills-based and management training opportunities to develop our employees in skills areas where they want to grow. We also seek feedback via bi-annual ...

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    • Helpful (6)

      "Toxic and unorganized work environment"

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      Current Employee - Senior Press Operator in Milwaukee, WI
      Doesn't Recommend
      Neutral Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at Brady full-time for more than a year

      Pros

      They will pay you well, if you push back on initial low ball offers. The lunch room and cafeteria at the Good Hope plant is pretty nice.

      Cons

      Work flow is a nightmare scenario. They are way over possessed with a space saver mentality that does not include any ground floor employee input. As a result, you get only a minimum amount of material for each scheduled run. If you run into any problems ( which often happens because your raw materials are typically faulty and in poor condition) then you have to fill out paper work and walk all the way back to the warehouse...

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      Advice to Management

      Resign

      Brady2019-02-14

      Brady Response

      March 19, 2019Brady Corporation

      Like most modern manufacturers, we are always focused on ensuring that our plants are operating efficiently. By identifying space saving opportunities, we can be assured our facilities are ready to grow with our business. Our employees’ feedback is always welcome, both during our ...

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    • Helpful (13)

      "Turn Around Business"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      Disapproves of CEO

      I have been working at Brady full-time

      Pros

      I read the reviews and came here based on a couple of the pros I read. Believe me there are none.

      Cons

      Morale is very low, most people dread coming in each day. They classify themselves as a turn around company, honestly the only place you should turn to is the door. Your voice as an employee will not be heard, the work you do is not fulfilling. There is a current of trepidation that runs through the office, and the culture is one of pettiness and back biting. There are some jobs that you can endure, some you grow from,...

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      Advice to Management

      It is time to take a realistic look as to where you are as a company, and really read the room during business-wide meetings. That will tell you everything you need to know. I believe it is too late to make a difference, but I would love to be wrong. At the very least acknowledge the mistakes of the past, I am not saying trust can be rebuilt but it would it would be a good first step. If we really are all in this together,...

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      Brady2019-03-06
    • Helpful (8)

      "MICRO-MANAGER"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
      Doesn't Recommend
      Neutral Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at Brady full-time for more than 2 years

      Pros

      I have a job and I am able to pay my bills.

      Cons

      People are leaving and I mean literally running out of the door---the morale is really bad. We walk around on eggshells daily and the BIG CHIEF in the office micromanages every team left while her marketing department is job searching and planning their escape.

      Advice to Management

      Get a new management team --someone that trusts the employees and don't MICROMANAGE. Marketing is vital when you are trying to turn around a company but the BIG Chief that is there micromanages and it is driving people out of the door.

      Brady2019-03-08
    • Helpful (1)

      "Great for a 100 year old manufacture"

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      Current Employee - Business Development Manager in Milwaukee, WI
      Doesn't Recommend
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at Brady full-time for more than 6 years

      Pros

      Company works to innovate. This has been the major focus for years and is why they remain profitable.

      Cons

      Impossible to break down walls between department.

      Brady2019-02-16
    • Helpful (2)

      "Corporate IT is "busy" but not productive."

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI
      Doesn't Recommend
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I worked at Brady full-time for more than 4 years

      Pros

      There are many opportunities to learn and lead change if you are a great influencer and workaholic. The product owners and developers among the business divisions seem to be treated well and are a priority to receive resources, tools, and funding. The general company culture is positive with an upbeat friendly CEO.

      Cons

      The corporate IT environment is very disorganized due to misaligned teams and a few bull-headed managers who either do not understand nor will embrace change. There is generally a cynical negative attitude among corporate IT personnel. Culturally, business stakeholders do not trust Corporate IT further contributing to problems. The overall Corporate IT budget is within industry standards but money is spent poorly in the...

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      Advice to Management

      Corporate IT needs to start with proper project management strategies and begin aligning teams better. Senior IT Leadership has a bad habit of constantly changing priorities and distributing work in a clumsy way. They set unreasonable expectations and do not appropriately sponsor projects as great leaders among an enterprise should. They need to start listening to their employees while acknowledging and addressing resource...

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      Brady2019-02-06
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