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Toshikazu Koike
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Pros
  • Good benefits and work life balance (in 11 reviews)

  • Brother has great benefits and is a great company (in 10 reviews)

Cons
  • There are constantly new hires in upper management positions but there aren't enough workers to do the actual work (in 12 reviews)

  • There is also very little room for growth (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Accountant"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Accountant in Bridgewater, NJ
    Current Employee - Accountant in Bridgewater, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Brother Industries full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Nice modern offices, friendly coworkers

    Cons

    No vision, too many management levels

    Advice to Management

    Trust people more


  2. Helpful (2)

    "I love it here!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bridgewater, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bridgewater, NJ
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I have been at Brother for just over a year and felt that I had an appropriate amount of time to completely digest and share my thoughts.

    Overall, I have to say this is a very good company to work for and would strongly recommend working at Brother to any of my colleagues or friends.

    From my perspective there is very limited politics and if you detect any, it has absolutely nothing to do with your ability to do your job. I have met some great (and helpful) people from all departments in the company who are eager to help you. Employees are very proud of their company and want it to succeed.

    I came from a much larger company and I like the fact that there are very few layers in management is a plus in my mind. I have yet to hear of a manager or director being shot-down for trying something new. If you can articulate your idea and provide a good rationale, you can be successful.

    In the past many employees were promoted based on their tenure with the company and not their ability to get the job done. The company has recently recognized that it couldn’t continue to do that and needs to promote people based on performance. What holds back some employees is their lack of experience. However, these employees seem eager to learn how to do their job better. There has been an influx of new employees over the past couple of years and they are creating a change for the positive. They are bringing new ways of thinking, creative approaches and innovation.

    While there are some pockets of poor leadership, the overall culture of the company is good. On a regular basis, management openly acknowledges and provides monetary rewards, recognizing employees that have completed a successful project or have demonstrated an act of making the company better. I also like the fact that Brother is socially responsible and gives back to the community.

    Cons

    I don't see anything worth mentioning

    Advice to Management

    Let your vision be heard – loud and clear. Keep thinking (and implementing) ways to acknowledge and reward employees for exceptional work.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great people"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bridgewater, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bridgewater, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Brother Industries (More than a year)

    Pros

    People are fantastic. Management works hard to implement your ideas if you are willing to work hard alongside them. The Brother brand is small but mighty and that speaks volumes to its' growing presence across multiple industries. Brother embraces the entrepreneurial spirit and will reward you for going above and beyond. Lots of opportunities and resources to implement good and/or timely ideas for those who are persistent. The company has taken impactful steps to integrate employee development with their evolving business needs. Work/life balance is great and while not official across all departments management goes out of their way to help you regardless of title/org/dept. There is a place for everyone in this company whether you are a seasoned professional, ambitious intern, or mid-level employee. Benefits are plentiful and persistently broadcasted by the industrious and innovative HR team. Diversity, inclusion, and transparency is increasing company-wide. Leadership making an effort to "walk the talk" and show appreciation to their employees.

    Cons

    Innovation takes courage and persistency. Believe in the core values and mission that has kept this company strong for so long and those who share the vision will stay and help make the company great again.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing.


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  5. Helpful (8)

    "Play the game"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bridgewater, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bridgewater, NJ
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Brother Industries full-time

    Pros

    The company is competitive as far as salary and benefits go. If you present a vision for yourself and the career path you want to take as well as make sure you keep upper managements goals in mind while presenting your vision you can achieve your goals. Most employees are lifers which Brother encourages and seeks out in order to maintain a "family' atmosphere. If you do good work and are a go getter you will stand out and be recognized and rewarded. The company is doing well and very stable.

    Cons

    The company is having serious growing pains and identity issues as they find themselves boxed into the printer and sewing categories of womcumer electronics and not doing much in terms of finding new product categories. Coupled with the shift from big box retailers to online .com resellers. They have replaced their entire HR staff which is outnofntouch with the history and DNA of the company while there is serious cronyism among the new HR staff. Add to that, their old brothers club board of directors can't be touched and there are major conflicts of interest as some maintain multiple job titles across divisions. Some senior executives get away with making sexist remarks, offensive jokes, downright belittling some of their employees while that same executive enforces rules on others that aren't followed themselves. All in all as long as you make said executive look good and allow all your work flow through them you will be taken care of and compensated for your work. And at times be reminded how well you are compensated. The company is in the process of catching up with the 21st century as far as best practices and technology that employees need to be productive like many other companies enjoy and have enjoyed for some time. Upper management has a very bottom up approach to change meaning there is very little change being sponsored from the top brass albeit they talk alot about how they aspire to drive more change delm the top down but do very little to actually listen to the employees about what changes are truly needed. Much of the change being sponsored by upper management is too little and too late especially for a company who takes very long to implement things in general. As a result, while HR speaks of recruiting top talent, much of the top employees are leaving the company or have left already leaving a large gap in terms of succession planning and 'passing the torch' to keep things fluid.

    Advice to Management

    Just really read all of the above and face reality - listen to your employees and empower them. All of them who work hard not just the ones who are good at playing the game.


  6. "Good Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bridgewater, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bridgewater, NJ

    I have been working at Brother Industries full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits and work life balance. Great coworkers. For the most part their is a family atmosphere.

    Cons

    Decisions making process is slow. Difficult to move up in the organization. Lack of diversification in Brother's product offerings.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "OK"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Bridgewater, NJ
    Current Employee - Manager in Bridgewater, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    pay is pretty competitive to the market

    Cons

    management needs to change in order to bring the company to the 21st century.

    Advice to Management

    n/a


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great Company with Exciting Opportunity"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Bridgewater, NJ
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Bridgewater, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Brother Industries as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    Brother cares about its employees more so than the average employer. They are committed to innovation, which presents a lot of opportunities to gain experience and work on awesome projects, both as a regular employee and an intern.

    Cons

    Decision-making at the top-level tends to be a bit sluggish, which can be frustrating at times, but the overall decision-making pace is improving. Subsidiaries don't collaborate with each other, which is a lost opportunity in terms of resources.

    Advice to Management

    Sometimes a "less involved" approach is a better choice than being overly involved in all your team's projects and initiatives. Encourage your employees to constantly challenge others. Just because something is done a certain way does not necessarily mean that it's the "right" or "best" way.


  9. Helpful (7)

    "What a Mess II (Update from May 23, 2015)"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bridgewater, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bridgewater, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Brother Industries full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Many Brother employees are trying to implement the "change" strategies of Top Management (read the Board). However, as you'll see below, this is still an impossible task. Change is inevitable, but when being requested to be a lemming and the company can't even get the tools in place to set up the jump off the cliff, even the best employees get frustrated. There are lots of good people here. Just no way to display their talents. Benefits remain strong. However, the company isn't the "family" atmosphere of the past and is now churning through employees at an ever increasing rate.

    Cons

    To the surprise of only a few top people, things have gotten progressively worse as the older, long term employees take early retirement. There is a major "brain drain" under way with many years of experience evaporating into thin air. Few retirees are being replaced in time to train their replacements. Most of the replacements are floundering as they have little or no guidance (and what they get is usually convoluted at best). Major cracks are developing as many, many tasks are being either handed to overburdened existing employees or being ignored. Add to this the continued HR insanity (3 times the staff of two years ago with cronyism and very little understanding of the employees and/or processes they are putting into place). Add a Board woefully out of touch, and you get a very unstable environment.

    Advice to Management

    1) Listen to your employees. As mentioned elsewhere, at this point this is only given lip service by Management.
    2) Don't micromanage everyone to death. Nothing ever gets done and only blame remains.
    3) Develop some new products. As the lifeblood of a sales company, the product development for the next few years is pitiful.
    4) As mentioned many times on this site, get rid of the Board. Give them their golden parachutes (a fact most of the employees are unaware of) and send them on their way.


  10. Helpful (6)

    "What a mess!!!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bridgewater, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bridgewater, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Nothing good to say about Brother.

    Cons

    I wish I would have taken the advise from this board when I was offered the job. Everything that was written is true. The place is a mess and the people are downright nasty. Management hasn't a clue. HR is run by a bunch of egomaniac bullies. The head of HR is the biggest phony I have ever met. Smiles at you while stabbing you in the back. I was told stories of how HR turns on you if you report sexual harassment...they tolerate it and treat you as a pariah. I reiterate...what a mess. So glad I saw the writing on the wall and got out of there!!!

    Advice to Management

    Fire yourself.


  11. "Enjoyable place to skews a bit older in workforce population."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Intern in Bridgewater, NJ
    Former Intern - Intern in Bridgewater, NJ
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Brother Industries as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good pay, good work life balance, interesting cross-section of departments. Have their hand in many things and great discounts as an employee!

    Cons

    Hierarchy is sometimes hard to navigate, culture is not ideal. Skews a bit older a lot of boomers who spent their whole career at brother.


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