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Brady Reviews

Updated May 28, 2017
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  • And upper management was a out of touch (in 6 reviews)

  • High turnover, some managers are a bit questionable, can be difficult to make improvements (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Inside Sales - business development"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Regional Business Development in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Regional Business Development in Milwaukee, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great management. We have the best manager within Brady Corporation. If you are getting your work done, helping others, and have desire to grow within the company, you will have great opportunity to do so. Flexibility is great when surprises occur. Pay is excellent. You are truly working as a team with your outside rep. I highly recommend.

    Cons

    Not many. One would be the commission structure is driven by some pretty high percentages. Regardless, It's on a sliding scale so you should always get something.

    Advice to Management

    Adjust the comp plan. I know you promote that it "isn't capped," but it sure feels like it. It is painful to see a low commission check when you work your butt off, and then you see another rep that strolls in two hours late every day boasting about her full commission (but they barely work). Very de-motivating.


  2. "Learning Locally"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Inside Sales Representative in North Charleston, SC
    Former Employee - Inside Sales Representative in North Charleston, SC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Local business w/local connections. This a place where you can learn the industry from people who about people and not the bottom line

    Cons

    Working a lot of hours due to the small staff

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up.


  3. Helpful (23)

    "Don't bother unless you are desperate"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice views of the city! Decent free coffee.

    Cons

    This office is a joke, and you can see it in the reviews. All of the people that wrote bad reviews are the new hires that left or were run out of the company. The two positive reviews are clearly from the veteran employees that turned the office into a dumpster fire.

    The WPS division had difficulty attracting ecommerce talent in Buffalo, NY, and Branford, CT. The Chicago opened with the intent of hiring a bunch of new talent to improve the quality of the team. New digital VP, new search managers, new site managers, the whole works. The new hires all had relevant experience at bigger, better companies (and coincidentally have gone on to work at bigger, better companies after leaving).

    The employees that relocated to Chicago from Buffalo and Branford poisoned the well. They acted like a body rejecting an organ transplant. Anyone from the outside in a position of authority was undermined, undercut, and rejected. Now the veterans are in the leadership roles. The untalented people that oversaw the decline of the business in the first place are once again in charge of overseeing the decline of the business, but this time in Chicago. Oh by the way none of the site managers, manager of digital experience, or search manager work in Chicago. Some digital center of excellence!

    If that was the worst of it then it could be understood. No, the worst part is that they have created a toxic atmosphere that sucks the life out of everyone working here. They are literally bullies that will hound a person they see as a threat until they leave or are fired. Numerous complaints to HR have been made, as well as reports to the ethics hotline. Nothing has been done. The notion that they've "gotten rid of the bad apples" is hilarious.

    Here is the pattern to watch out for: you're brought in to clean up their mess, you suggest improvements, they ignore you, they undercut you, then marginalize you so you don't have the organizational support to do your job, the bad results they created are blamed on you, they take responsibility away (never called a demotion, just a refocusing), and finally your role is eliminated. Enjoy your minimal severance.

    If for some reason you temporarily lose your mind and decide to take the job, make sure to negotiate hard on base pay. You will not receive any of that bonus money they like to talk about and raises are nonexistent.

    Advice to Management

    Start tidying up that resume and adding people on LinkedIn. The terrible financial results point to you needing a new job in the near future.


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  5. Helpful (4)

    "Bad Apples Be Gone"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people and great product to sell. Digital is growing and the company supports the growth.

    Cons

    Former digital team brought on by consulting group in 2014 had no knowledge of business and set digital back a year with bad decisions, terrible vendors and declining sales. Their true colors eventually came through and luckily the business is turning towards the positive as these bad apples leave the company. If you know the business and have a good work ethic, and are a mature person, you'll succeed. Those who expect all star treatment without earning it are lazy and the business is so much better without them. Beware of false bad reviews and know that these "bad apples" are coordinating their "bad" reviews and their thumbs up of fellow bad reviews. Professionalism lacked severely in this specific group of people, who were brought on by a consulting firm and Brady is so much better without them today.

    Advice to Management

    No more consulting groups please.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Chicago office & digital team"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Digital & ECommerce in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Digital & ECommerce in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    100 years of innovation and amazing people. Brady is committed to winning the right way and hard work is rewarded. Plenty of growth opportunity and great pay. Quality people come to and stay at Brady.

    Cons

    Toxic elements that were brought in to the company after a difficult re-org in 2013 had deep roots and the problem lingered for quite a while. There was a major issue with hiring friends instead of talent. The negative group still trolls and grasps at every chance to knock Brady and the valued employees that remain here and believe in the culture as well as the positive future of Brady.

    Advice to Management

    Stay the course and build the future with internal talent. We have a terrific core in Buffalo, Branford, Chicago, and everywhere we operate.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Manufacturing"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Glendale, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Glendale, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Brady full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Double time, Flexibility, type of work

    Cons

    Management/Compensation.Gossip people pointing fingers... Discrimination between day and night crew

    Advice to Management

    Get some people skills


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great Place to Work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Human Resource Intern in Morrisville, NC
    Current Employee - Human Resource Intern in Morrisville, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The staff are great. They are nice and helpful. I have learned a great deal of information in a short period of time.

    Cons

    Training is a little up and down because I am the first HR intern they have hired.


  9. Helpful (8)

    "Corporate greed and maladroit management have ruined this once stellar company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Well, the one positive thing I can say is that working for BRADY provides an excellent lesson on how *not* to run a company. And since you will end up doing the work of 2-3 people (for one low salary) you will develop strong work habits which you can bring to your next employer when you eventually quit or are laid off (one or the other is inevitable).

    Cons

    I could write an essay length review here, many many other commentators have accurately described this company's faults so i will try not to be repetitive. Of course, it can't be stated enough times that upper management is incompetent & arrogant (the worst combination for leadership). They are only focused on numbers and have a myopic business vision. They are not in touch with a global economy, they continue to charge premium prices for average (at best) products. As a result, many of Brady's longtime customers (with large accounts) have fled to the company's smaller, less expensive competitors. They also commit one of the worst errors of customer service - they over promise and under deliver. They have outsourced much of their manufacturing, and dismantled their smaller subsidiary companies along the way.

    As for the work culture - the rank and file employees (i.e. the people who do the actual WORK) are undervalued and treated as disposable. Middle management is comprised of sycophants who refuse to take proactive initiative when problems arise and simply tell upper management what they want to hear (and blame the workers when the precious daily numbers aren't met). There is no positive momentum in the workplace in Milwaukee, just a feeling of impending doom.

    Advice to Management

    Just give up. The prior CEO (and his cronies) did irrevocable damage to the corporation (and was rewarded with a generous golden parachute for his effort). BRADY"s best days are behind it,and it will be lucky to survive the decade.


  10. Helpful (11)

    "Chicago ecommerce office review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The view is amazing. It is Southeasterly and overlooks the lake and McCormick Place. I highly recommend seeing the view for yourself. It's stunning.

    Cons

    The worst apples in the Chicago office is the management, both on site and in Milwaukee. Employees that were passed over for leadership positions when the office was opened mounted a campaign to discredit the new employees by any means necessary, including fabrication of all types of misconduct. When the long-term staff took over management, professionalism - heck, common decency - went right out the window. Ask anyone who's had Tupperware thrown at them by new management.

     In the year since the management team hired in 2013 left the office has had 90% turnover. That should tell you what you need to know about what it's like to work there. Complaints to HR are either met with threats or are totally ignored.

    Advice to Management

    Install hidden cameras and conduct surprise visits.


  11. Helpful (10)

    "Horrible"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Digital in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Digital in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Brady full-time

    Pros

    Cannot think of anything positive to say. Came aboard with high expectations. The true colors came through very quickly and saw an immediate need to get out.

    Cons

    Political
    Layoffs
    Won't be heard
    Poor management
    Corrupt
    Political
    No promotions
    No transparency
    No bonuses
    Corrupt
    Political
    No promotions
    No bonuses
    Layoffs
    No structure
    Poor management
    High turnover
    Corrupt
    Political

    Advice to Management

    Close Chicago office. No one knows digital.


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