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Updated April 28, 2017
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  • Another clueless senior management team that has no idea how to reverse the fortunes of this once great company (in 5 reviews)

  • And upper management was a out of touch (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Uncertain future"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Brady full-time

    Pros

    People. Challenging work. Location. History.

    Cons

    Upper management. People management (HR).

    Advice to Management

    There are too many leadership changes that force organization to change, pivot, re-organize company's priorities and people that support them. This leads to lot of changes in org structure. The way upper management and HR handle this is really subpar from my experience in corporate world. Lot of it don't make sense and they don't really care to explain it well. And when people leave, they don't care to back-fill these roles and someone else has to pick up more responsibilities. There's no clear direction and decisions made on whim/feel trumps data driven decisions. This leads to uncertainty for the company and one can't be secure about their future within the company.


  2. "Customer Service Representative"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Enjoyed the people I worked with.

    Cons

    Low Pay, Upward movement is non-existent, Not willing to retain talent, Old school culture, Very little sick time and PTO

    Advice to Management

    Make your compensation competitive, develop your employees, recognize and retain talent.


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    "Finance"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Brady full-time

    Pros

    Internal development, awesome cfo, culture

    Cons

    Long hour, consistently changing strategy


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  5. "Brady Corp"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Administrative
    Former Employee - Administrative
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits are good; nice offices

    Cons

    Conflicts are swept under the rug; many employees feel taken advantage of by middle management


  6. "HR"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people, teams and customers. Values are great, if only they were more than words on the wall.

    Cons

    Terrible absent Senior Leaders in Milwaukee. Toxic. Favouritism.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on the customer and your staff, Treat people equally. Listen to the issues your staff are having.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Got out while the going was good!!"

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    Former Employee - Global Marketing, Product Management and Platform Director in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Global Marketing, Product Management and Platform Director in Milwaukee, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people who are dedicated to the company. Many with long tenure.

    Cons

    New Senior leadership team has taken the company in a new direction..........
    Relationship between engineering and the other departments was toxic

    Advice to Management

    Bring back the culture that made Brady successful for the first 100 years


  8. "Disappointing"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Brady full-time

    Pros

    Very attractive benefits package, competitive pay,
    fairly clean and organized warehouse environment, climate controlled, MOST of the employees on the floor are friendly and quick to help out

    Cons

    Employees are not appreciated or respected, total lack of leadership, being favored by management will get you farther than a good work ethic ever will

    Advice to Management

    Do not mistake fear for respect. Many of the employees at this facility keep quiet about serious issues simply because they fear that if they speak up, they will be reprimanded. Unfortunately, this is a sad truth at Louisville, Kentucky branch.

    There are no true disciplinary actions taken at this facility. If you are liked by management, you will get away with practically anything-- absenteeism, blatant disrespect, poor work ethic, you name it. If you aren't liked by management, they will quickly hone in on a reason to fire you. It's as simple as that.

    There are a lot of really great workers at this company accompanied by a few bad apples. You should really take the time to look at your cameras and see what's really going on... it may be an eye opener. Enforcing rules WITH EVERYONE wouldn't hurt either. This really isn't a bad place to work, but the employees at this branch are losing their motivation due to the lack of leadership. It's time for an improvement, the team deserves it.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Technical Support Representative"

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    Current Employee - Technical Support Representative in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Technical Support Representative in Milwaukee, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very good benefits
    Flexible scheduling
    Promotes from within
    Company has been around for 100+ years.
    Many people in the company do care about their job and their customers.
    They are actively working to improve one the Cons I mention below (slow to embrace new technology)

    Cons

    Sales Reps are treated like rock stars, and are a given a free pass on everything as long as they are moving units.

    A lot of back stabbing and people who are paranoid about losing face or being fired.

    People who have been with the company for 20+ years and demand things be done a certain way without providing any good reason for doing so and without any openness to discuss change.

    They are a multi-billion dollar company that cannot afford to purchase basic office supplies and equipment. Was frequently told to bring things like pens, paper, kleenex, from home.

    Very slow to adapt to new technology, many of their products have not been revamped since the 90s and it is often times embarassing to have to talk to customers about why our products still use USB-to-Serial adapters and run Windows CE

    Poor training.

    Advice to Management

    Please continue to invest in new technology to revitalize the company.

    Please do whatever you can to make the atmosphere feel less cut throat and more like a work family.

    Please listen more attentively to what your new hires have to say about the company. Brady could easily be so much more than it is, but it is in drastic need of fresh sets of eyes and new ideas to get them out of outdated practices.


  10. "Company Review"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Brady full-time

    Pros

    Good learning experience and culture

    Cons

    Effort easily dismissed by top management

    Advice to Management

    Pay more attention to moral of staff


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Not The Company It Once Was"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Support Specialist in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Sales Support Specialist in Milwaukee, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    At Brady employees are the reason that you work there. Many hard working people that are great to work with.

    Cons

    The company has started to decline over the last 5 years. The pay is not as great and the benefits, which were great at once, are declining. I have concerns on the direction of the company and many managers need to be replaced or get better skills.

    Advice to Management

    Review the company the way it your to be and return some of the things that made it great to work for Brady. Treat those who abuse situations on a personal level and do not make blanket changes for everyone.


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