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Brentwood Industries Reviews

Updated January 5, 2018
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  1. "Great company to work for"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people, fair pay, good hours, nice working environment, benefits are very good.

    Cons

    Sometimes management seems disconnected from daily tasks of other employees.

    Brentwood Industries Response

    Jan 9, 2018 – HR

    Thanks for taking the time to submit a review! We’re glad you’re happy with your role, work-life balance, and have established good relationships with your coworkers.

    If you’d like to discuss how... More


  2. "Quality"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Brentwood Industries full-time

    Pros

    Good Quality team and communications

    Cons

    Big company, changes are slower than expectations

    Advice to Management

    Real change and continuous improvement need support

    Brentwood Industries Response

    Jan 9, 2018 – HR

    Thank you for your thoughts. It’s great to hear that you’re happy with your team and feel that Brentwood communicates well.

    Over the past few years, we have indeed been working to implement some... More

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Production operator more than 10 years."

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

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

    Pros

    Production workers are friendly, helping each other & supporting each other to get the job done.
    Pay is ok, & benefit package is better than average.

    Cons

    Company seems top-heavy, lots more white collars than you'd expect for the size of the operation. Production areas are run very lean. A single unexpected employee absence throws a HUGE monkey wrench into the machinery. Many production employees report feeling under-valued.
    A gulf seems to exist between salaried and hourly employees, sometimes creating an "us vs them" attitude.

    Advice to Management

    Paying more attention to employee satisfaction may increase employee engagement levels, resulting in higher productivity overall.

    Brentwood Industries Response

    Jan 8, 2018 – HR

    Thanks for submitting a review. It’s great to hear that our employees are encouraging and supporting one another! We’re also glad that you’re happy with the benefits package.

    In terms of the... More


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Going downhill"

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    Current Employee - Middle Manager in Reading, PA
    Current Employee - Middle Manager in Reading, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great manufacturing employees, well maintained and comfortable buildings, variety of products

    Cons

    Not sure the company has a clear focus or direction anymore

    Advice to Management

    I agree getting rid of disengaged and people just along for the ride is good. But getting rid of people who genuinely care about the company and helping to build on it's long legacy is not the same as shedding dead wood. At some point you're just going to be left with shallow, unexperienced "yes men" and "yes women". Do you want that or do you want people who have a brain and can use it to challenge the status quo to help the company grow and prosper?

    Brentwood Industries Response

    Oct 4, 2017 – HR

    Thank you for your thoughts. We’re glad you submitted a review and have had positive interactions with your fellow employees.

    Regarding the company’s direction, we aim to share this information... More


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Displeasant, frustrating and bad smelling"

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    Former Employee - Machine Operator in Reading, PA
    Former Employee - Machine Operator in Reading, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Brentwood Industries full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Free coffee, somewhat clean environment, half decent pay, helpful co workers, nice breakroom, clean bathrooms.

    Cons

    Bad smell of melting plastic, pedantically over driven employees, inflexible management.

    Advice to Management

    When emoyees are expected to run many machine at once, learn to delegate wisely and not push people harshly! Mandatory overtime is a farce intermingled with your no smoking on your property even in your vehicle policy!


  6. "Another opinion.....maybe worth listening to"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reading, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reading, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Brentwood is a great place to work. The work is challenging, I like my co-workers, we work hard but we have fun and I like being a part of committees for the community volunteer opportunities and for the committee to have fun events at work.

    Cons

    Some people just don't get it. Just because you are at Brentwood longer doesn't mean you are "entitled" to anymore than anyone else. We are all treated equal but some don't want it that way. They would rather whine about 24 days of PTO because they are jealous that newer employees get 24 days of PTO like them - sounds like jealousy to me. There are lots of great people working at Brentwood - at all locations and in all departments - and the whiners just make us look bad.

    Advice to Management

    Set your strategic plan and communicate it to all early. Use the tools that you have developed and rolled out. Hold people accountable and PLEASE get rid of the people that just won't engage in this great company.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "825"

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    Current Employee - Scared in Reading, PA
    Current Employee - Scared in Reading, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    We get a pay check

    Cons

    Claims to be family oriented,but have the most screwed up hours. No time. For a life. Don't see manager s working OT.
    Point system made to fire for Heath reasons. Management is lost. 1% raise does not mean 100% work load increase without the tools.

    Advice to Management

    Your good help is leaving, wake up and stop stealing our vacation time.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Count your blessings or move on."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    24 pto days plus 11 paid holidays! They pay everyone for 7 weeks NOT to be at work. Everyone receives this from day 1.

    Cons

    No cons. My advice for anyone who doesn't like where they are currently working...find another job.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Could be great!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reading, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reading, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Strong family-owned business in Reading PA with owners would invest in the business instead of pulling money out. Even hourly employees do not lose jobs during times of slow business and all employees still receive 24 days of paid time off. New employees are bringing new ideas on how to move the business forward and reinvent itself.

    Cons

    Too many long term employees that try VERY HARD to protect their turf and disrespect others instead of moving business forward. Everyone in Reading including the operators sees it and everyone knows who cares and who doesn't. We are tired of hearing the negativity and unwillingness to change from our managers and especially our directors.

    Advice to Management

    You taught us about the "no nos" so get rid of the dead wood and disengaged employees before they damage the business. We want to change to move this business forward!


  10. Helpful (7)

    "No clue"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reading, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reading, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    People are huge assets and a pleasure to work with. Free coffee and water.

    Cons

    Great employees have left or will be leaving. HR has clearly stated, if you don't like it, leave, so they are. If you stay more than 2 years, you will be considered dead wood. Experience is walking, which hurts the company significantly. Extreme drug testing is very invasive and pto plan is only good for new employees, so don't stay more than a couple of years.

    Advice to Management

    Stop making people feel threatened, reduce the number of HR and marketing positions.


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