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Brooks Automation Reviews

Updated April 17, 2017
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Brooks Automation President, CEO, and Director Stephen S. Schwartz
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Pros
  • Nice place to work - good people - good product (in 8 reviews)

  • Great people, always busy and always will top (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • Senior management cares less about you (in 6 reviews)

  • Upper management in Corporate very distant when in plant (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Buyer Planner III"

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    Former Employee - Buyer - Planner, II in Petaluma, CA
    Former Employee - Buyer - Planner, II in Petaluma, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Brooks Automation (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great people, always busy and always will top

    Cons

    Moved the factory to Singaporeand close our pt

    Advice to Management

    Add more full time womlep


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Management has no clue"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chelmsford, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chelmsford, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Brooks Automation (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Hard working Technicians and lower management trying to please customers with limited assistance from Sr. Management.

    Cons

    Management does not understand the processes of each product line and tries to implement the same across all product lines. Buyers are not looking at MRP regularly so that are many shortages. Supply Chain management does not get involved until product lines are down.

    SR management is all about Life Sciences and is not involved with the Semi and CTI lines.

    Advice to Management

    Hire competent people that want to improve the company


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Meh"

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    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in Chelmsford, MA
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in Chelmsford, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Brooks Automation full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Some of the people are wonderful

    Cons

    there are too many layers of management, managers don't provide guidance or facilitate improvements, communication is terrible

    Advice to Management

    Think longer term, think about what your employees want, listen to what your customers want and convey that information to the engineering teams


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  5. Helpful (3)

    "It's a job, money is ok."

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    Current Employee - DLC in Chelmsford, MA
    Current Employee - DLC in Chelmsford, MA
    Recommends

    I have been working at Brooks Automation full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Benefits are great. Hours are there if you want them (if hourly)

    Cons

    Management completely oblivious to workers needs and requirements of jobs; out to further only the bottom line at the expense of those below. Little growth potential. Over-booking of time. Call-outs.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees; find out what they need to do their jobs better.


  6. "Great company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chelmsford, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chelmsford, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I worked at Brooks for several years. It was a great company to work for. Great management team.

    Cons

    Hard to say many cons. Hard to say as management did what was necessary at the time to continually improve the business.

    Advice to Management

    Great job managing the cycles of semiconductor and gaining share in a tough market. Keep on investing for the future.


  7. "director, product safety and compliance"

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    Former Employee - Director in Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - Director in Fremont, CA
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    good and friendly professional environment

    Cons

    No clear direction or goals


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Lacks Innovation"

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    Former Employee - Principal Technical Support Engineer in Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - Principal Technical Support Engineer in Fremont, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Brooks Automation full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    There are many talented individuals with good ideas to innovate existing products and services. Good people to work with.

    Cons

    Executive culture under-utilizes their staff and ignores any attempts at innovation. They increase profits by simply cutting costs and laying off talent, as oppose to actually growing their business.

    Advice to Management

    There are more solutions to increasing profits than downsizing. Stop being so short sighted and wasting your talented staff resource!


  9. "Default"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Brooks Automation (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I enjoy the people that I work with

    Cons

    Moving up in the company can be difficult


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Abiss of your career. Balck Hole avoid at all costs"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people I worked with were great. Focused and hard working.

    Cons

    Management has no clue how to run this company. it's all about revenue and nothing about the people that work their but of for you. Employees are nothing more than cogs in the wheel.
    They work you like dogs and then claim you don't do enough. Salary employees often work 70 + hrs. to keep heads above water. And putting in the extra hours is not an option if you don't do it they treat you something on the bottom of their shoe. And when you do put in all the extra work all they want is more, more, more.
    They just buy up companies, Take what they want and trash the rest of it including the people.
    Then farm everything out of the USA. Companies like this are why we are failing as a country!!!

    Advice to Management

    Get you head out of (you know) and start running this company and its people as though your life depends on it. Slavery was abolished years ago, get with the program and turn this company into a shining star and not the pile of (XXXX) it is now.
    Start living by your so called corporate values instead of it being the corporate lies that they are right now.


  11. "Production Supervisor"

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    Former Employee - Production Supervisor in Pepperell, MA
    Former Employee - Production Supervisor in Pepperell, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Brooks Automation (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    was there for 13 years only because of the location.

    Cons

    Management tread employees bad not a a good work environment. Not very family oriented.


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