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Brooks Automation Reviews

Updated July 21, 2018
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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 9 reviews)

  • "Great people, great opportunities to work across multiple engineering teams" (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • "Senior management currently making commercialization decisions have no clue about selling capital equipment and consumables" (in 7 reviews)

  • "Upper management has little appreciation for the day to day grind of the every day worker" (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (4)

    "Refreshing work culture"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Chelmsford, MA
    Current Employee - Director in Chelmsford, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    After having worked exclusively for Fortune 100 companies in my career, Brooks' culture is a breath of fresh air. At least on the Semiconductor side--we have clarity of purpose, a GM who is fanatically customer-centric, and relatively few levels for decision-making (travel approvals, hiring, capital expenditures, etc.). The company is very close to its customers which is also forcing us to continually get better on product quality and not accept mediocrity.

    Very accommodating on time off and occasional flexible work arrangements, and great PPO health plan.

    Cons

    Still weak on process in a number of areas. Also, employees seldom step up and take the lead without being pushed by a manager. Well-connected to direct customers but less so with end users.

    Advice to Management

    Upper management is setting a clear direction, but at the next level down, we are still getting bogged down with too many projects which is hurting our ability to execute. The next level down is reluctant to say no and/or focus on the clear areas where Brooks can add value, choosing instead to take on a lot of stuff hoping some of it will strike gold.


  2. "Great place to start!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Systems Technician in Chelmsford, MA
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Systems Technician in Chelmsford, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Brooks Automation full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits; time off, health care, 401k, tuition reimbursement, student loan assistance, ESPP, bonuses etc. Current management is focused on safety and customer satisfaction. CEO Steve Schartz is a class act.

    Cons

    Advancement is by favoritism, not skill or tenure. Can be challenging to achieve permanent status.

    Advice to Management

    Promote within, hire the temps full time that deserve it not ones that have connections.

  3. "thrown under the bus"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Brooks Automation full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    decent benefits, salary and work life balance

    Cons

    antiquated processes and mind sets - politics exceeds merit, experience and know how

    Advice to Management

    reward those with the best technology mindset, not those who you simply like better


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Operations"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN

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

    Pros

    Generally, the people are nice

    Cons

    HR sucks and don't care about employees like they claim to. Its a favoritism game and promotion is not based on skills.

    Advice to Management

    Take advantage of the skilled employees.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Project Manager @ Brooks Automation"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager
    Former Employee - Project Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Deep pockets, competitive compensation package and tuition reimbursement system.

    Cons

    A company run by the balance sheet. High turnover, low morale. Very top heavy.

    Advice to Management

    Make better attempts to build loyalty among staff.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Manufacturing System Technician"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Systems Technician in Chelmsford, MA
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Systems Technician in Chelmsford, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great experience and place to explore

    Cons

    more pressure to get the job done

    Advice to Management

    great team coaching


  7. "Not a bad place to work, still needs to get outof the rut of a mid sized company mentality."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chelmsford, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chelmsford, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Offices are clean and nice. Nothing really fancy since it is a manufacturing company. People are nice also.

    Cons

    Limited solid growth potential at the Corporate office level

    Advice to Management

    take the bull by the reigns and move to the next level

  8. Helpful (4)

    "Great company, very different than 3 years ago"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chelmsford, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chelmsford, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great group of people to work with
    Advanced technology
    Very flexible work environment

    Cons

    We always have too much to do. It can be overwhelming

    Advice to Management

    Keep on the track you have set over the last 2 years (and not the ideas from before that time)


  9. "technician i/shipping and receiving"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technician in Colorado Springs, CO
    Former Employee - Technician in Colorado Springs, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    it was downtown,and the restaurants were great!!

    Cons

    everything the people the work the attitude!!!!

    Advice to Management

    clean house !


  10. Helpful (3)

    "My Time with Brooks Automation"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in Chelmsford, MA
    Current Employee - Analyst in Chelmsford, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    In addition to Brooks offering a competitive compensation and benefits package, they offer vast work environment and experience. I work with a lot of wonderful people cross functionally. Great work/life balance. The Management Teams are really in touch with the business.
    All in all, this is a GREAT company to work for, I look forward to the many years ahead.

    Cons

    There really aren't any cons that will make me look elsewhere.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work and continue letting your employees know how much they are appreciated!


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