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Brickman Employee Reviews about "culture"

Updated Mar 5, 2021

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2.5
36%
Recommend to a Friend
62%
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Top Review Highlights by Sentiment

Pros
  • "Good people in local branches(in 12 reviews)
  • "Good Benefits are about all that i can think of positive.(in 11 reviews)
  • "Flexibility, wearing jeans to work, the branch teams are absolutely amazing people and a pleasure to work with.(in 4 reviews)
  • "The culture has changed.(in 3 reviews)
Cons
  • "Many good contractors have been thoroughly screwed over by Brickman due to the awful management and inability of the area managers to fulfill to promises that they are forced to make.(in 11 reviews)
  • "Low pay makes it hard to retain employees.(in 8 reviews)
  • "Long Hours sometimes from 5:30 AM to 6:00 P.M(in 7 reviews)
  • "Many area managers do their best but are often put in impossible situations and the contractors suffer.(in 6 reviews)
  • "Upper management did not have a clue about what was going on and kept themselves completely seperated from regular employees and never interacted to find encourage people to want to do a good job.(in 6 reviews)
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  1. 4.0
    Current Employee, less than 1 year

    Difficult at times, but rewarding to those who are loyal and dependable.

    Feb 2, 2015 - Foreman in Atlanta, GA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Each employee experiences different management and company culture based on their position and location. My time at Brickman has shown me the following pros: - Plenty of opportunity for those who are ambitious - Asking questions is not frowned upon - Respect between each tier of management is mutual (as long as you earn it) - lack of micro-management - They do their best to look out for your wallet

    Cons

    - High employee turnover rate - Confusing or even contradicting statements regarding pay and productivity - Sometimes schedules are not completely realistic

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  2. 3.0
    Current Employee

    Pros and Cons

    Feb 2, 2015 -  
    Recommend
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    Pros

    fantastic people, love the culture

    Cons

    leadership team has poor communication

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  3. 1.0
    Current Employee

    Brain Dead But the Body Lives On

    May 5, 2015 -  
    Recommend
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    Pros

    This is a big company, a really really BIG company in the landscape business. If you like people telling you what to do and exactly how to do it, this is the place for you. Benefits for management people (exempt) are better than average. Ownership by KKR means we have deep pockets. If you work here, chances are that you can get a really great job at a smaller competitor and be appreciated way more than you are here. When things are going well, you feel like you are running your own company, or at least that was how it worked in the past.

    Cons

    The culture of Brickman is dead. If you can't get over the fact that we are now just viewed as a services company and need to hit the top line and bottom line, then you should move on, as I hope to do. I should go to work for a janitorial company, I'd then not have to sweat in 90 degree weather. This has become a churn-and-burn company. If you ask a HR person about retention, they say not to worry about it, as if there are thousands of people lined up to work for us. There isn't. The layers of people who have been hired who don't know anything, and I mean zero, nada, zip, less than nothing, about this industry is baffling. KKR, have you read the executives bios? The combined company's name should not have been BrightView, it should be Arabrick (Aramark+Brickman) or Brickwaste (Brickman+Waste Management). Fancy consultants came up with the name BrightView. Google it. There are BrightViews for senior living, for technology companies, for dentist offices, for rehab centers. The name is just one indicator of this company's totally detached ivory tower style of decision making and total disregard for employee input. TruGreen just rebranded to Landcare and they went through a process that included the real people at the company, what a novel concept. (Did our high priced consultants ever read that the first rule of change management is to involve the people who are in the company?) I guess we as employees of BrightView are too small and insignificant to be included in these decisions. I'm waiting to see how many branch managers at ValleyCrest get fed up with the measurement in their bonuses in July, before I make my exit. If you are considering working here, ask the person you interview with several key questions. Ask about your career path. Ask about the average merit increase. Ask what the attrition rate is in your branch. Ask how many times the branch has earned a bonus in the past 10 years. Ask if they hit their profitability goal. Ask how much they've sold in new service contracts . Ask about performance reviews and how they are done. Ask about training and development. Ask about how customer dissatisfaction is handled. Remember, the brain is dead but the body still lives. People are still in self preservation mode so they will say anything that the corporate machine spits out.

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    16 people found this review helpful
  4. 2.0
    Former Employee

    Account Manager

    May 4, 2015 -  
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
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    Pros

    You get a car, but have to pay for fuel

    Cons

    Drugs, Low earning potential, culture, other account manager stealing leads

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    3 people found this review helpful
  5. 1.0
    Former Employee

    Brickman Is Defunct

    Apr 26, 2016 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Brickman was a great company but is now defunct. When Scott Brickman sold out to KKR the culture and goals changed for greed. Brickman is now part of BrightView and no longer represents the legacy. The key people that built it are gone. The culture has changed. The bottom line has replaced customer satisfaction as the top goal and integrity is no longer present.

    Cons

    Brickman no longer exist and BrightView has destroyed this once great company.

    3 people found this review helpful
  6. 4.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    Recruiter

    May 17, 2016 -  
    Recommend
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    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Great culture, caring of employees

    Cons

    High workloads, needs to hire assistants to help

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  7. 2.0
    Former Employee, more than 8 years

    Corp USA

    Sep 2, 2014 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Big company, Pretty Good Benefits, you can learn a thing or two if you can connect/relate with the right people

    Cons

    Too large, Too Corporate, lost a lot of good people, culture change is not based on what the founding family believes in. Huge disappointment

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    5 people found this review helpful
  8. 2.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    Can't imagine the atmosphere now

    Aug 16, 2014 - Controller 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    It's a job. Can't think of much else, hard to get excited about landscaping.

    Cons

    Low pay for many hours, paper pushing and so many spreadsheets! Office culture existed where mediocrity was rewarded as long as you towed the company line. With the merger or whatever you'd like to call it can't imagine the kill or be killed attitude and total panic that is going on! So happy to be out of there!

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    5 people found this review helpful
  9. 3.0
    Former Employee

    Used to have an amazing thing going for it...

    Feb 23, 2015 -  
    Recommend
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    Pros

    So many absolutely amazing people to work with. You learn a lot and there's usually room for advancement.

    Cons

    Overworked. Underpaid. People are often stretched too thin. Legacy family culture is gone. Too much emphasis on new sales without putting enough of a focus on managing current accounts.

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