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Brainlab Reviews

Updated May 2, 2017
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  • R&D is only being done in the HQ (in 5 reviews)

  • very little room for growth, be prepared to be a support specialist for a long time ( Min 3 years) (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Clinical Specialist"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Clinical Specialist in Norfolk, VA
    Current Employee - Clinical Specialist in Norfolk, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good compensation, fun work environment, cutting edge technology, great and helpful coworkers, great benefits, mentally challenging, job security, mobility within the company, ability to advance

    Cons

    You have to be a fast learner in order to keep up with the demands of this job. Also the expense reporting structure needs restructuring.

    Advice to Management

    Please revamp your travel and expense programs


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Decent work environment with limited career advancement prospects"

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    Former Employee - Clinical Specialist in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Clinical Specialist in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Brainlab full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Everyone at BL Inc. is amazing, helpful. Overall awesome work environment .
    The technology and the product is really good.

    Cons

    Sub-par compensation and benefits.
    Almost zero career advancement prospects within the company.
    Management varies greatly by region, ranging from heavily micromanaging to no supervision.
    Most of the support staff is disconnected from the main office.
    Very difficult to tell what the vision or the direction of the company is in the next few years, as very little is communicated to the Inc. staff. Most of the information and product related decisions are controlled by German office. Therefore, the turnaround time on anything is delayed significantly.

    Advice to Management

    Work with your employees to make them feel like they belong, especially the ones that work in the field. The compensation and the benefits package could use an update from the 90s. Probably look into why there is so much turnover in the company


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Good as a first job, terrible for career"

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    Current Employee - Applications Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Applications Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Car allowance, ability to travel, very interesting technology, innovative, "flexible" schedule sometimes, profit sharing/bonuses quarterly

    Cons

    Stressful, poor work-life balance as you're often traveling so much, schedule can change in an instant leaving you no opportunity to do things outside of work. Very little vacation time (start with 10 days and isn't increased until you've been with them for 5 years). There are few opportunities for career development. There is a HUGE turnover rate.

    Advice to Management

    Figure out why employees quit so often and change it! Keeping good employees with the company is key for success!


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  5. "Not bad for first job"

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    Former Employee - Applications Consultant in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Applications Consultant in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and perks like car allowance. Lots of travel and opportunities to see different places.

    Cons

    Very high stress work environment if you are in the field. Company could do a better job with employee training and distributing new work instructions.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Application Consultant"

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    Former Employee - Senior Applications Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Applications Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Brainlab is a fantastic place to start a career. The people you work with always have your back, and the sense of teamwork is unmatched. They also have the best products on the market, so it is easy to fully support your company when you truly believe it is the best. The CEO truly is an innovative genius.

    Cons

    Very little room to grow. No setup for mentoring or focus on the next step of your career. Salaries lag behind what you can make at its competitors. Unwillingness by management to differentiate between average/good/great employees. Very high turnover, so you will be seeing your coworkers in and out of the revolving door. You seem to either be micromanaged or not managed at all.

    Advice to Management

    Start investing in higher caliber employees, both attracting them in the first place and keeping the ones you have. The only attractive role for an AC to move into is a KAM position, and these are few and far between.


  7. "Support Specialist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great job to grow personally and professionally!

    Cons

    Depends on person but I enjoyed the travel perks

    Advice to Management

    US is its biggest market, management in Germany should open more development positions at the US office.


  8. "I love this company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Westchester, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Westchester, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    My position is in the Westchester office and I love it. The people are friendly, the atmosphere is nice, the benefits are great. I feel like this is a company I will be with for a very long time.

    Cons

    Being that it is a medical equipment company, there is a LOT of medical and technical information to learn and understand fluently. This may be a problem for some but I happen to enjoy it.

    Advice to Management

    So far so good. Management is open and friendly, and easy to communicate with.


  9. Helpful (8)

    "Great Employees, Terrible and Clueless Management"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Westchester, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Westchester, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Brainlab full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great culture that keeps employees around. Majority of employees (sans management) all care about each other and develop long lasting relationships. Stability in most positions.

    Cons

    Management does not listen to employees and is clueless. Internally broken and dysfunctional. Always "running thin" and often set up for failure. Per diem is horrifically low ($40 per night) and hasn't changed since the company first opened. Terrible office environment where they don't allow trash cans at any employees desk. No investment in employees. No development of employees. Extremely political. Extremely high turnover

    Advice to Management

    Wake up and realize that management takes work. Turnover is out of control!


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Product Support Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Support Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Product Support Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There is good potential for growth within the company, if you are willing to put in a lot of effort working your way up from the field.

    Cons

    All R&D, product management and a bulk of crucial business activities are based solely out of the main office in Germany, all of the subsidiaries (US, Asia, South America, etc.) are really just for sales and service, which makes it difficult to enact improvements in products, workflows, and processes. The potential for career growth is only possible to a certain point, unless you are willing to relocate to Germany. The company promotes from within and as a result most management came from the field and have no previous management experience.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the big picture in mind and stop focusing on small details.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Great company, great people, lackluster management"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Chicago, IL
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    There is a great overall energy among the Brainlab family. People are passionate about what they do.

    Cons

    Management can be hard to work with. Lots of inconsistencies.


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