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Found 197 of over 201 reviews
2.5
36% Recommend to a Friend
62% Approve of CEO

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2.5
36%
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62%
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Brickman Chief Executive Officer  Andrew Masterman (no image)
Andrew Masterman
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Pros
  • "Good Benefits are about all that i can think of positive.(in 15 reviews)
  • "Good people to work with at Branch Level!(in 12 reviews)
  • "Flexibility, wearing jeans to work, the branch teams are absolutely amazing people and a pleasure to work with.(in 5 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 12 reviews)
  • "Low pay makes it hard to retain employees.(in 7 reviews)
  • "Long Hours sometimes from 5:30 AM to 6:00 P.M(in 7 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)
  • "Many area managers do their best but are often put in impossible situations and the contractors suffer.(in 5 reviews)
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  1. 5.0
    Former Employee, more than 10 years

    Branch Manager

    May 31, 2017 - Branch Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    The Leadership team was great to work for and the best in the industry. Open, honest place to work where employee development and process improvement was at the forefront.

    Cons

    Too good to be true! Knew it was only a matter of time before it was bought.

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  2. 3.0
    Current Employee

    Ok company

    Mar 5, 2021 - Water in Dallas, TX
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Learn a lot Some great people to work with

    Cons

    Poor oversight from upper management

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  4. 3.0
    Former Employee, more than 5 years

    75 Year Family business morphing into Corporate America

    Apr 7, 2014 - Corporate Office in Gaithersburg, MD
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    The people are very hard-working, principled individuals holding onto the values that grew this company from a Mom N Pop to a multi-million $ national leader: service, quality, continuous improvement. The branch teams in particular still have that "one-for-all, all-for-one" family feel. And some of them still hold true to the founder's belief that you do what's right and pay attention to quality and profit will follow (though that's harder to justify on a spreadsheet these days).

    Cons

    New management from outside the industry over the past few years has "codified" and sterilized the business. I believe this has served to increase the disconnect between corporate and the field offices. Too much corporate speak and impersonal spread-sheet jockeying can make the average branch manager's head spin. The danger in that is it's easy to get away from walking the talk that was responsible for Brickman excelling over the competition for all those years.

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    7 people found this review helpful
  5. 2.0
    Current Employee, more than 10 years

    This Company has lost its way

    Apr 16, 2015 - Account Manager 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Benefits are great compared to other industry companies. Co-workers are generally great and create a fun work environment, but it has almost become an us against them mentality when referencing upper management.

    Cons

    where do i start... This used to be a great company, but since the investment group buyout and valleycrest merger it has gone completely downhill. Upper-Management consists entirely of business people with no landscape industry knowledge whatsoever. So now it is all about profit with no understanding of where the profit comes from. When this company was owned by Scott Brickman it really felt like a family. Despite the lower than average pay you could be happy with your job because everyone was treated with respect and made to feel like a member of a team. Now, there is no clear direction given from management. you are told to hit your numbers, but not given the support or resources to do so. Company pays its general labor total crap money, so there is constant turnover and you are basically told to just do more with less.

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    12 people found this review helpful
  6. 2.0
    Former Employee, more than 5 years

    Going in the wrong direction

    Jan 16, 2016 - Account Manager in Chicago, IL
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Good people at the branch level. You get a company car, I phone, I pad and laptop if your in account management or higher

    Cons

    Poor wages, poor work life balance and quality of work is starting to get out of control. Instead of servicing the clients, upper management is more concerned with the hours reports and material spend, rather than the product they put out. They want you to do more with less and will cut corners (aka not provide contracted services) to hit profit goals. They are bringing in all kinds of corporate "big wigs" to become some sort of "academy company" but the people they hire are not familiar with the products or landscape industry, only competent at looking at spreadsheets. Everyone that used to work for Brickman or valley crest are being replaced by Aramark executives. I could go on and on with the cons as there are too many to list. Get out while you can and work for someone who cares about the products, employees and clients.

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    8 people found this review helpful
  7. 1.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    Operations Manager- Northeast

    Jan 29, 2015 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    some of line crew were great to work with.

    Cons

    poor branch management, no communication, make you work round the clock with snow work with 1.5 hours sleep and wondered why you are tired. regional staff seem responsive but may just be looking at numbers and not exactly what a branch is made up of--- the competent managers and line staff. They do not take any time to meet anyone so they must be getting the little info from branch managers with is sad b/c those are the people that lie to us, harass staff regarding work yet they have no ability to get any of their work right

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    1 person found this review helpful
  8. 1.0
    Current Employee

    Stay clear of Brickman - Valley Crest - Bright View

    Jan 31, 2016 - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    They gave me a truck, only so I can go pick up the crew to take them to the job site. they give uniforms and a title, but actually you do the job of three people and they only pay you as 1.

    Cons

    STAY CLEAR FROM THIS COMPANY There is no The management teams and the company is the worst in the USA ! They have no clue about landscaping, they operate with a corporate structure.. and the labor is just counted as a number not a person.. they make it look like they treat the employees good, but they do not ! they make it look like they care and take care of them with the safety strategy and uniforms, 401k retirement etc etc.. it is all a front! they burn out the crew and crew leaders and supervisors , them out season to season and fire them and lay them off and then keep rehiring year to year to get fresh new cheep labor and keep the wages down for BIG company profits that's why there are so many labor law suits against Brickman Valley Crest and Now the New name Bright view is just a tactic to try and deceit workers, labor dept. , taxes, law suits and clients. The NJ, NY labor dept and other people are keeping a close look at them.. The pay scale is minimum wage, and below the industry standard.. the OT is like Chinese wages..

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    5 people found this review helpful
  9. 4.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    Rewarding due to great teammates

    Feb 18, 2015 - Operations Manager in Denver, CO
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    A lot of resources in terms of personnel and equipment to help you solve issues that arise from client demands, staffing, and efficiency. Our values are trust, honesty, respect, teamwork, and excellence and we strive to mention and live them on a daily basis.

    Cons

    The pay is an issue from the crew level up, which makes it difficult, if not impossible, for operations managers to first do their job and second take pride in their job because there aren't enough people to perform the work. Instead of being able to delight their clients, they're instead struggling to get all of the mowing and weeding done in less than 12 hours per day.

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    1 person found this review helpful
  10. 1.0
    Current Employee

    "Denver is a good ol' boys club!'

    Nov 8, 2010 - Operation Manager in Paris
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    You get a Ranger that has AC. There are a few good guy that you work with at the Denver formerly the Wheat Ridge Branch.

    Cons

    There are only a few guys that get to move up in the company and if you are not apart of this group then you are at a stand still in the sense of you career progression. Our branch was told by the Regioiinal Manager that you selected this career and you know that this industry doesn't pay well. This is as his new Acura TL is sitting in the parking lot. So everyone that does the ground work gets screwd and the good ol' boy club gets increases. The company hires inexperienced Account Managers that have NO business in the job. The reason that they do this is they can offer them a lower then average offer. The Branch Managers are more worried about the numbers then the accounts unless that account is ProLogis. They promise great service, but provide sub par service.

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    4 people found this review helpful
  11. 2.0
    Current Employee, less than 1 year

    Brickman time management?

    Apr 30, 2013 - Crew 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Nice guys in the field, everyone seems nice.

    Cons

    You don't get paid for time worked. It's 2013 but Brickman still uses an antiquated system for tracking hours. At the end of the day your crew leader fills out a sheet of paper for you to sign that has the hours you worked that day, the problem is they are clipping me 15-20 minutes everyday. We are scheduled to go home at 4:30 and that's what we are paid for...the problem is we leave at 4:45 or 4:50. It doesn't seem like much but when you add it up it's real money that could be used to help feed a family or pay the rent. When you only make a very small amount of money every penny is precious. I'm required to be there at a certain time, I guess if I was allowed to be late everyday 15 or 20 minutes and still get paid for it I wouldn't mind.

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    4 people found this review helpful
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