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Brady plc Reviews

Updated April 15, 2018
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  1. Helpful (4)

    "Project Manager"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Project Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice people and decent benefits

    Cons

    Too much change in management and at least half the staff turned over. Very unorganized

    Advice to Management

    Keep the people with valuable knowledge


  2. Helpful (6)

    "Do not answer their emails or return their phone calls!"

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

    I worked at Brady plc full-time

    Pros

    There used to be a lot great people working there that knew their what they were doing and took good care of their customers but they have been all run off by the incompetent leadership.

    Cons

    The sales team is a joke, the product team a shambles and customers are not happy. Employee moral is at a all time low. The answer to these problems was a management book called "Employees First" that Chairman Ian Jenks had to sign for extra inspiration before they were distributed to all employees. He was not the author. Any how, he failed realize that by handing out these books with great fanfare, he might just create an expectation amongst employees that their treatment may improve, it did not. There was no mistake however that senior staff certainly put themselves first and employees would remain, well last. Employee turnover is astonishing and so much talent is gone, replaced by well intentioned new employees that lack the skills to turn this company around and have no idea what a mess they are getting themselves into.

    Advice to Management

    Resign

  3. Helpful (9)

    "Terrible upper management, many good staff still holding on"

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

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

    Pros

    A company with well designed products.

    Cons

    Ian Jenks is certainly inexperienced in the commodities area, which leads to the majority of employees rolling their eyes whenever he speaks. The recent restructuring process lead by Ian Jenks destroyed many functional aspects of the organization.

    Advice to Management

    The board needs to find a better CEO who can properly manage the growth of this company, and urgently remove Ian and Elizabeth.


  4. "Still a way to go"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great customer base. Much better shape after Elizabeth Sipiere, interim COO, helped the CEO (Ian Jenks) reset the strategy and direction of business. She led implementing customer success and moving the business model to SaaS and laying the foundation to start building a long term profitable business with international customers but a reduced geographic presence. All meaning major change and a lot of work still to be done but some great teams with a new focus in place.

    Cons

    Aging software needing focus on quality and motivating us to really deliver for the customers, lots of retraining and upskilling needed and support not coming through from HR and CEO yet for a real performance based, employee motivated business. Sales and Marketing need a lot of work.

    Advice to Management

    Keep focused on customer success and help us improve the quality of all we do. Be clear on skills we need to grow.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "It's ok"

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    Former Employee - Software Developer in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Some nice people, flexible hours,good buzzwords for cv. Good office location, reasonable salary if you're one of the old timers at least

    Cons

    Atrocious legacy software, the worst I've ever seen in 15 years of software development. Amazingly they then replace it with an even worse replacement web framework that uses 10 million different languages. All changes have to be reviewed by insanely pedantic obsessive maniac personailtes. Frequently saw screaming and shouting about minor software decisions... no pay increases apart from the old timers

    Advice to Management

    Stop letting the tail wag the dog


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Waste of time"

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

    Pros

    For a brief period there was good positive energy in the customer success area but the board scrapped customer focus. Nothing else to say except read the review by employees not management

    Cons

    Sales is amateur area they work by saying yes to whatever the customer asks for even if it means software is not written
    Product experts leaving and no clear strategy
    The board correctly wants a one company business but then fired the people making it happen because some do not want to change and complain it is unfair

    Advice to Management

    Get back some management who knows how to run a software business


  7. Helpful (8)

    "Was a very good company..."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Brady plc full-time

    Pros

    Free coffee, some good colleagues

    Cons

    Companies acquired by Brady Plc had great reputation and wonderful culture for 20+ years. They were profitable, full of bright, energetic and enthusiastic professionals. Then the culture changed overnight like a cancer. The current CEO Ian Jenks (appointed mid-2016) rid the company of any resistance to his centralization ideas by surrounding himself with his minions (recently he fired the minions, but the damage is already done). Now we have a joke of a company. Unfortunately Mr. Jenks had no idea what to do, so the company is not in a good shape any more. Lots of harm was done to the laid off employees and their families.

    Ian Jenks managed to destroy the company moral and made many customers unhappy in only 18 months and he is also Brady's Executive Chairman?! He is unqualified to lead and a complete vindictive narcisstic. Everyone at Brady, except few "Yes Men", want to get rid of that person who has produced a toxic corporate environment.

    Unfortunately Ian Jenks will never resign as a way of assuming executive accountability and responsibility, so let's count on investors' pressure.

    Advice to Management

    Appoint a new CEO who will help to keep the remaining good people and improve morale. Help us to make the turnaround, we have good products and some bright people are still working for Brady. Turning Brady business around requires confident and bold moves, but for sure without Ian Jenks.

  8. Helpful (4)

    "No development, communication or job structure"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Free private healthcare and free fruit boxes delivered

    Cons

    Everyone is unhappy. There is absolutely no social element of any role at Brady, you can walk into the office, say hello and goodbye and that is the most conversation you can have in a day. It's the people that have been there for years that are carrying the business and making the money. There is no structure or leadership at all, genuinely a depressing place. The CEO spends most of his time at board meetings for other companies and trying to undermine his staff.

    Advice to Management

    Get involved in the business, talk to your staff. Get your staff talking. Hold any kind of social event, create a social area in the office, you're losing great people by putting so much pressure on the sales team and forget to support other functions.


  9. Helpful (8)

    "Absolute shambles"

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

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

    Pros

    Nothing to say because it is all bad

    Cons

    Senior Management team does not have any clues on how to run a business or appreciate talent with deep commodities and energy domain knowledge. Leadership roles are filled with people who have one quality - Smoke and Mirrors and zero knowledge of domain or the competitive landscape which is ruining the entire business.

    Advice to Management

    Stop destroying the company with your lack of skills


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Starting to work things out"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The Board of Directors, led by Ian Jenks, listened to employee feedback and took action. The 'COO' whose agressive restructure plan created such chaos in 2017 is gone! We got a great gift for the new year - a new experienced senior management team with actual software company experience. Early signs indicate they have a strong vision for the future and a detailed plan for exactly how to get there. I'm optomistic!!!

    Cons

    Rocky last year. Fortunately company acknowledged problems, took corrective action and now appears on the mend.

    Advice to Management

    Stick to the plan! I like what I've heard and seen recently.


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