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3.2
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59%
Recommend to a Friend
75%
Approve of CEO
Stephen S. Schwartz
68 Ratings
Pros
  • "Nice place to work - good people - good product(in 11 reviews)

  • "Great people, great opportunities to work across multiple engineering teams(in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • "Their primary line of business-industrial robotics seems to have limited growth potential(in 3 reviews)

  • "Management was always changing, frequent layoffs, no loyalty to good, hard working employess, no room for growth(in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Brooks Automation is one of the best places to work."

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    Former Employee - Manufacturing Technician 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Brooks Automation full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    Clean , takes good care of its employees

    Cons

    There's nothing bad to say.

  2. "Great Business - needs work on internal infrastructure"

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    Former Employee - Product Marketing Specialist in Chelmsford, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Brooks Automation full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    Strong upstream position in the industry. Market leaders in most of their portfolio. Good work-life balance. Thoughtful senior management.

    Cons

    Many teams have holes on extra resources. Engineering Project Management needs to be reshuffled to enable growth-oriented strategic initiatives. Not ready to handle more than simple immigration situations. "Employee Value" - which is one of their core values may not be recognized through compensation at all times.

    Advice to Management

    Improve the quality of hiring to increase workforce calibre especially at corporate levels. Reshuffle to provide enough resources to move forward strategic product initiatives. Provide more attention to organic growth while the company is on an acquisition-based growth trajectory.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Growing Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Brooks Automation full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    Brooks Life Sciences is a growing business Good Benefits Good Work Experience in support functions, really have to use critical thinking

    Cons

    Leadership isn't able to keep up with growth; they want to become Fortune 500, with Mom & Pop Mentality, it's exhausting No real investment in resources, profits are reinvested in Operations and Sales; has yet to be reinvested in People; no career leaders/development or growth for anyone in mid-to senior level positions

    Advice to Management

    Watching the gross margins is fine, but when you're losing key talent you might want to change your focus a bit

  4. "Good company, great benefits"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Brooks Automation full-time for more than 20 years

    Pros

    Great bunch of people to work with. Friendly atmosphere, nice working environment. Good cross functional teams.

    Cons

    Too many chiefs and not enough indians as with any semi large company.

    Advice to Management

    Senior management needs to keep up with their "constituents" a bit better. Losing good talent due to some people in management positions that should not be.

  5. "Glassdoor is making me do this review"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

      I have been working at Brooks Automation full-time

      Pros

      Love the atmosphere, friendly people

      Cons

      Cold from all the frozen samples

    • "Mechanical Engineer I - Rotational Program"

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      Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Chelmsford, MA
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at Brooks Automation full-time for more than 2 years

      Pros

      Get to learn a lot about the company. Good flexibility.

      Cons

      You either get a lot of work or not enough depending on where you go.

    • Helpful (1)

      "Will suck the life out of you"

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      Former Employee - IT Specialist in Chelmsford, MA
      Doesn't Recommend
      Neutral Outlook
      Disapproves of CEO

      I worked at Brooks Automation full-time for more than 20 years

      Pros

      Flexible work environment, most coworkers at the worker bee level are good people

      Cons

      This is the most chaotic company I ever worked for. Projects are never well defined and deadlines are beyond laughable

      Advice to Management

      Treat your people better

    • Helpful (1)

      "Great place to start!"

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      Current Employee - Manufacturing Systems Technician in Chelmsford, MA
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at Brooks Automation full-time for more than 6 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.

    • Helpful (1)

      "thrown under the bus"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      No opinion of CEO

      I worked at Brooks Automation full-time for more 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

    • Helpful (4)

      "Operations"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN

      I worked at Brooks Automation full-time for more than 6 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.

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