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Brady plc Reviews

Updated October 15, 2018
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  1. Helpful (8)

    "Could be a Great company"

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    Former Employee - Computer in Toledo, OH
    Former Employee - Computer in Toledo, OH

    I worked at Brady plc (More than a year)

    Pros

    they project a very professional image and they pay at or above averages. Good people who really try to care.

    Cons

    Management is very flaky at times. They can't seem to admit wrong directions.

    Advice to Management

    Try and listen to the people who know their software the best and quit trying to fit a round peg in a square hole.. Otherwise a very nice company that could be great.

    Brady plc Response

    Sep 5, 2018 – Executive Chairman

    Thank you for your comments, appreciate your acknowledgement that we do try hard. We don’t get things right all the time, but together with the team we do feel that we are on a good path. When you... More


  2. Helpful (12)

    "Terrible management team"

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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 (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    opportunity to work with well respected trading companies

    Cons

    disorganization, clear lack of business knowledge and basic strategic skills in upper management

    Brady plc Response

    Jun 27, 2018 – Head of HR

    Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback and for the shout out about our well-respected trading customers. We are pleased that you had the opportunity to work with some of our world... More

  3. Helpful (9)

    "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

    Brady plc Response

    Jun 27, 2018 – Head of HR

    Thank you for taking the time to write a review. You are correct, 2017 did see a spike in our employee turnover, although far less than the 50% you mentioned. Unfortunately, increased employee... More


  4. Helpful (16)

    "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

    Brady plc Response

    Jun 27, 2018 – Executive Chairman

    Thank you for your feedback.

    It has been quite the journey for us since the book you mentioned was distributed more than a year ago and a lot has changed since. We reorganised the business... More


  5. Helpful (15)

    "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.


  6. Helpful (7)

    "In the middle of the butter’s eye"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Halden (Norway)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Halden (Norway)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I speak directly from the liver. Brady has good benefits, a decent salary, flexible working and good work/life balance. The culture, my team, and most Brady people are wonderful and we've seen dramatic improvements on those fronts over the last year. Leadership (at least my leader) is compassionate, understanding, fair, smart, and helpful. Significant investments in product means we are working to improve our marketing, update and modernise our legacy products, and enhance the customer experience too.

    Cons

    Brady has been transitioning for the past two years from operating as a bunch of silos (the result of acquiring several companies) to operating as a single integrated global software company. Communication is lacking or slow at times and management sometimes steps in the salad. Everyone sees the efforts and progress but we do still get to feel the growing pains.

    Advice to Management

    More communication and transparency from senior management. Companies that use Brady products in the way they are supposed to be used, can accomplish some amazing things to improve the operational efficiency of their business. We need to continue to invest in product innovation and next generation development plans. We are heading in the right direction. Things keep getting better and better!

    Brady plc Response

    Oct 11, 2018 – Chief Product Officer

    Thank you very much for the review. We absolutely share your sentiment and even though it took us a little while to figure out and translate the Norwegian proverbs, we couldn’t agree with you more... More


  7. Helpful (7)

    "Enjoyed my time at Brady but some odd decisions and people"

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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

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

    Pros

    Continued to move forward with the latest technology
    Well structured work plans and good use of Agile
    Had good social events

    Cons

    I found some people there overbearing and not very nice to work with, and to me it seemed that people that were there a while were listened to more even if they made bad decisions

    I found the fact that I was never able to do code reviews as the newest developer on the team quite unusual

    Advice to Management

    I think most things were going right then - just have to be careful with ignoring your younger and less experienced colleagues as just because they have an idea that isn't immediately obviously a good fit, it might be worth a go. And people often learn from their mistakes, or from others' mistakes

    Brady plc Response

    Oct 11, 2018 – Chief Product Officer

    Thank you for your comments and taking the time to write a review.

    Appreciate your comments around making sure that everyone’s voice is heard equally, this is something we are working hard on... More

  8. Helpful (9)

    "Don't believe everything you read"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some great colleagues
    Interesting marketplace and the company is committed to placing its customers at the center of all they do
    Public company (profitable and debt free as can be see on their financial disclosures)
    Company makes significant investment in employee training and leadership development programs
    Some really excellent new hires including some great folks who quit that decided to rejoin the company
    Flexible working environment and nice new modern offices in London, Bergan and Halden
    Salaries are higher than industry average
    Free coffee, fruit and snacks

    Cons

    This is my first time posting on Glassdoor. I am responding to several negative postings which do not reflect the company I work for. It seems like the company, several senior managers and anyone who writes anything positive about the company have been unfairly attacked on this site. Brady recently went through a much needed reorganization and, as expected, it was rough. A few long term employees (aka the dinosaurs) could not get it through their heads that their outdated skills and historic lack of execution could/would lead to a company-wide extinction event. Management could have done a better job at explaining why we needed to change, but overall my feeling is that the changes have been positive. We are better off today than in the past and the most recent employee engagement survey shows that most of the staff at Brady feel like I do.

    Some of us left Brady and some of us have now returned. In the past few years we lost a few 'domain experts' along the way, but then again any 'domain expert' that hasn't kept up with technology, the market, undermines their colleagues or is prone to hyperbole (in a software company) is not much of a loss.

    Advice to Management

    Things are better now than the last time I worked for Brady. Deal with the non performing staff and the trolls! Improve your communications and get everyone on the same page.

    Brady plc Response

    Sep 6, 2018 – Executive Chairman

    Thank you for taking the time to provide your comment and providing your view of our business. I agree we are on a good path at the moment, focussing on our customers, employee training initiatives... More


  9. Helpful (12)

    "Honest Review"

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

    Pros

    None - it used to be a good place to work and no-one disagreed that it needed a new strategy but the Chairman, Ian Jenks and the COO, Elizabeth Sipiere came in and destroyed it and the CFO allowed all the money to be spent on a shockingly bad re-structure

    Cons

    Ian Jenks tried to re-structure the whole organisation with no planning, no consultation and no engagement with key stakeholders and expected it to work. It was a two year nightmare that appears to continue now (judging by other reviews) with a change of Elizabeth’s in the COO/CPO not resulting in any positive progress.

    Advice to Management

    Stop paying Ian Jenks to screw up an organisation with investors money

    Brady plc Response

    Oct 11, 2018 – Executive Chairman

    Thank you for taking the time to write a review. I’m not sure when you left Brady, but given your post mentions an individual by name (our former Interim COO) who left the company almost a year ago... More


  10. Helpful (7)

    "On the improve"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some really great people work here making it a pleasure to come to work, even though it can be frustrating at times.
    There is clearly some work being done to try and improve things, but some more needs to be done.

    Cons

    There needs to be a serious review of the communication skills possessed by upper Management.
    There has been a lot of change over the last year and a half, and this has created some very angry ex-employees and a lack of trust with some current employees.

    Advice to Management

    Remember to put your employees first, if you don't prioritize their needs and satisfaction, then the business will not succeed.

    Brady plc Response

    Sep 4, 2018 – Head of HR

    Thank you for your comments and for highlighting that the Brady team is great and work well together. We whole heartedly agree. You are absolutely right, we are working hard to improve and steer... More


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