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Updated February 19, 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 (3)

    "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. "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.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Manufacturing System Technician"

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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 (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


  4. "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


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Great company, very different than 3 years ago"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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)


  6. "technician i/shipping and receiving"

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    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 !


  7. Helpful (2)

    "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!

  8. Helpful (4)

    "Great Place To Be!"

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

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

    Pros

    The Brooks rotational program is a great way to become a well rounded Engineer and learn about a lot of different aspects of the company. It really allows you to get a feel for where you want to go with your career and gives you invaluable insight into the different areas of the company and how it can further improve.

    Brooks is doing great as a company (just look at the stock and all the new acquisitions) and is an amazing place to be working at right now.

    Cons

    The Rotational program is fairly new so there are some bumps but the company and the CEO are fully invested in it and grooming new young Engineers!

    Advice to Management

    Continue to invest in young talent and the Rotational Program because having a broad knowledge and experience in the company will prove to be invaluable in the future.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Great place for young engineers"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Chelmsford, MA
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Chelmsford, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people are committed, kind, and willing to lend a hand whenever asked

    Rotational program offers young engineers great opportunities to learn and grow

    Excellent benefits and compensation

    Many interesting challenges throughout different areas of the company

    Very open to change when possible

    Cons

    The rotational program is fairly new so it lacks structure

    Growing pains are evident: the resources are there, but not being utilized efficiently, things are often disorganized, and it can get chaotic

    Some people lack work-life balance due to chaotic environment

    Advice to Management

    Keep treating your people well and investing in young talent. Focus more on planning prior to beginning sales. Taking time to get logistics squared away before ramping up production goes a long way towards employee happiness and ability to deliver on sales promises.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Brooks Life Science"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The Life Science program is going strong. The leadership is eager to keep the momentum going and staff are pleased to see this and achieve results.

    Cons

    Experienced people seem to move on, they should work harder to retain employees.

    Advice to Management

    Keep sharing information with the employees.


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