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Brooks Automation Reviews

Updated Jul 1, 2019

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Found 137 reviews

3.1
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55%
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77%
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Stephen S. Schwartz
72 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
  • "Senior management currently making commercialization decisions have no clue about selling capital equipment and consumables(in 8 reviews)

  • "Upper management uses people and then disgards them once they are burned out(in 7 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review
    Helpful (2)

    "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 a year

    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.

    Brooks Automation2018-09-27
  2. "Love Coming to Work Everyday"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Indianapolis, IN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Brooks Automation full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Every day is something different. Great team to work with. Benefits are awesome.

    Cons

    Not much to complain about.

    Brooks Automation2019-06-29
  3. "Superior benefits, poor culture"

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    Former Employee - Marketing 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Brooks Automation full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Excellent medical benefits...the best I've seen. A lot of opportunity to take ownership of work.

    Cons

    Poor culture and strategy. Very convoluted M&A processes creating a tangled and frustrating culture.

    Advice to Management

    Listen and take action before quality people exit. Start with better leadership. People should be the cornerstones and foundation for the culture and strategy; however, the life sciences division has a really negative culture.

    Brooks Automation2019-07-01
  4. Helpful (1)

    "Upper Management Uses People"

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    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Indianapolis, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Brooks Automation full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good benefits and nice coworkers

    Cons

    Upper management uses people and then disgards them once they are burned out. Senior managers have very short term vision, only concerned about the stock price, investors and their annual bonuses to the point that they make terrible decisions for the long term growth of the company.

    Advice to Management

    Don't take shortcuts and plan for long term success

    Brooks Automation2019-05-31
  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great benefits"

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    Current Employee - Operations Technician in Indianapolis, IN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Brooks Automation full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Employee feedback is taken seriously Benefits are great Laid back environment A lot of room to grow because they like to promote from within

    Cons

    This position is contract to hire , you are eligible to convert after 90 days but expect it to take around 6 months. Inconsistent rate of work, some days you feel like you don’t have enough time in the day. Other days you are scrapping to find work. Turnover high

    Advice to Management

    Follow up with employees more often

    Brooks Automation2019-05-08
  6. "Good work life balance"

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    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in Chelmsford, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Brooks Automation full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Brooks has great work-life balance, although with like any Engineering job there are times when overtime is required. The ESPP can provide an extra boost in pay when the stock market is good.

    Cons

    Management has dismantled any safety nets that other players in the semiconductor industry provide (given the industry's volatility). For example, severance is minimal and you do not accumulate vacation pay. As a result, if you are laid off when the downturn comes you may be in very bad shape.

    Advice to Management

    Need to strengthen process execution and update practices. Bring new talent into engineering management. Some of the processes in place are extremely dated when compared to what other companies are doing.

    Brooks Automation2019-04-05
  7. "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 a year

    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.

    Brooks Automation2019-03-09
  8. Helpful (2)

    "Growing Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Brooks Automation full-time for more than a year

    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

    Brooks Automation2019-01-29
  9. Helpful (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 3 years

    Pros

    Clean , takes good care of its employees

    Cons

    There's nothing bad to say.

    Brooks Automation2019-01-10
  10. Helpful (2)

    "Good company, great benefits"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Brooks Automation full-time for more than 10 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.

    Brooks Automation2018-10-22
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