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Brooks Automation Reviews

Updated Sep 12, 2019

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  1. Featured Review

    "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
  2. "Managment is out of touch"

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    Current Employee - Current Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Brooks Automation full-time

    Pros

    a lot of great people to work with

    Cons

    Management does not listen. They think that employees will just work 50 - 60 hours a week to make sure the promises that they make happen. Directors and above get all of the bonus cash and rewards but the people that actually do the work get nothing but more unrealistic schedules tossed at them.

    Advice to Management

    Stop letting sales make promises that everyone else needs to make happen. Reward the workers more!

    Brooks Automation2019-09-12
  3. "Good people, hard working"

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    Former Employee - Senior Scientist 

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

    Pros

    Family atmosphere, hardworking ppl, great products that fit industry need.

    Cons

    Clarity lacking in upper management, trust between departments in deliverable.

    Brooks Automation2019-08-17
  4. "Brooks Automation review"

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    Current Employee - Shipper 

    I have been working at Brooks Automation full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good benefits 401K stock options

    Cons

    It takes quite a long time to get hired permanently

    Brooks Automation2019-08-02
  5. "Decent place"

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    Current Employee - Lab Tech 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good hours Friendly people Flexibility with time off

    Cons

    Unstable job No job security Dull work

    Brooks Automation2019-08-01
  6. "Terrible environment"

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    Former Employee - Marketing in Indianapolis, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits are second to none, but unlimited PTO is abused by some and inadequately approved for others

    Cons

    Toxic culture, fast M&A without transition plan, lack of corporate communications, people are just numbers and not treated humanistically

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your culture if you want to experience positive growth

    Brooks Automation2019-08-12
  7. "Poor upper management and horrible favortism"

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    Former Employee - Technician in Indianapolis, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Can leave work at work Can listen to a lot of music or podcasts

    Cons

    Monotonous job, micromanagement, lack of stability, does not require a degree, not a lot of room for growth in the company The job itself leads to a lot of free thought time, you are checking numbers all night. Bent over a bucket of dry ice that will cause hand pain. CO2 levels are not monitored in the main working area and leads to headaches and breathing problems for people with lower lung capacity.... Management goes so far as to have individuals track their restroom time. There are kindergarten-esque mats for tools used Safety gear is present but not sufficient for the job done. The company boasts growth but it is unlikely that individuals not favored by management will see any They recently fired all new hires to make room for the third shift they dismantled. People who were there a month or a week were let go. No job stability. Impossible standards constantly made more and more difficult put on employees.

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    Advice to Management

    Let people do the job you pay them to do without counting every minute. It's dehumanizing

    Brooks Automation2019-08-05
  8. Helpful (2)

    "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
  9. 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
  10. Helpful (1)

    "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
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