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Updated January 13, 2018
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Toshikazu Koike
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Pros
  • Great people, good benefits an flexible schedule (in 14 reviews)

  • Brother has great benefits and is a great company (in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • There are constantly new hires in upper management positions but there aren't enough workers to do the actual work (in 13 reviews)

  • Senior Management let's you make decisions as long as it fits with their way of thinking only (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "My experience"

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    Current Employee - NOC Analyst
    Current Employee - NOC Analyst
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Exceptional working environment. They provide one month of training to give you a clear understanding of your job description, before you fully resume.

    Cons

    There is a slim chance for growth.

    Advice to Management

    None


  2. "Lost touch"

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    Former Employee - Regional Sales Manager
    Former Employee - Regional Sales Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Brother Industries full-time

    Pros

    Benefits were great. Prior managament had it right.

    Cons

    Current managment, lets just say the old saying "those that can't sell go into management". Titles should be earned and loyalty rewarded.

    Advice to Management

    Mr. Koike should take more notice of what is beiong done to the great company he worked so hard to build in The Americas

  3. "Well Taken Care Of"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Brother Industries full-time

    Pros

    Brother supplies their employees with choices with benefits and they are very good with being competitive in their salaries. They take care of their employees and they value your opinion for the most part.

    Cons

    If you don't have a degree you won't even be considered for employment...EVEN if you are more than qualified for the position withYEARS and YEARS of experience...like having a degree matters more than experience! Also you need to speak with your people to see who is being quite because they are afraid to speak the truth...because they know there manager will cause there work life hell.

    Advice to Management

    You need to consider ALL applicants regardless of not having a degree. Also, some of your managers need to be replaced, just because they have been there more than 10 years doesn't give them automatica rights to be management.


  4. "Very Corporate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    It was a well Oiled machine.

    Cons

    So many layers and difficult to accomplish change.


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Anonymous"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Brother Industries full-time

    Pros

    Good Benefits and average pay.

    Cons

    Too many newbies that don't know what they are doing. Too many people want to be the boss. Managers have no clue what their subordinates do, but will quick to belittle and demoralize your dignity when a mistake is made. Small mistakes are unacceptable, but making a $5 million mistake on the financials is just fine.

    Advice to Management

    Hire real managers. Not the fresh out of college and I have no clue what I should be doing and get rid of the promoted ones (they have no management experience).


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Not the company they once were"

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    Former Employee - Sales in Bridgewater, NJ
    Former Employee - Sales in Bridgewater, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Brother Industries full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great products. They once welcomed their people as if they had a job for life. Sadly their priorities have shifted.

    Cons

    Management lost touch with the fact that we were in the service business. Inclusion and reward became bully and threaten

    Advice to Management

    Remember your biggest asset is your people and the people will remember to do their best for you. Recognize the bully's and get back to real business.


  7. "A great company skillfully adapting to market challenges."

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    Former Employee - Human Resources Generalist in Bethlehem, PA
    Former Employee - Human Resources Generalist in Bethlehem, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Brother Industries full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Strong (and growing) emphasis on recognition, innovative HR function that operates at a strategic level, "at your side" philosophy applied equally to customers and employees alike.

    Cons

    Some restructuring happening presently to help the company better serve its business to business customers - a must in a competitive marketplace, but this always creates some uncertainty along the way.

    Advice to Management

    Keep focused on becoming an agile company. That's no easy feat for a company of Brother's size and diverse product lines, but it's critical to outshining the competition.

  8. Helpful (4)

    "Run away from Brother Mobile Solutions!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Brother Industries full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Pay is good for level of competency that is expected
    - It's not hard to be the smartest person in the room

    Cons

    - Benefits are not as good as HR/Hiring Managers like to tout
    - Majority of employees are disgruntled ex-Pentex staff
    - Most departments are very old school in thinking and practice
    - Company cleaned house at the end of 2016 and senior leadership boasted about it on LinkedIn
    - Many inexperienced managers, hiring nepotism
    - If you believe in responsible, conscious spending - run for the hills! Budgets are spent willy-nilly particular in marketing deparment
    - Marketing department is an administrative function

    Advice to Management

    - Claiming that you're modern and tech forward doesn't mean you are; bring company up to the 21st century
    - Company meetings are uninformative and a waste of employee time
    - Consider hiring some new media, forward thinking employees
    - Develop an overall vision and communicate is property, clearly and efficiently
    - Local senior leadership are just pawns to Japanese leadership; company doesn't know how to regionalize leadership, business development, culture
    - Consider cleaning house of older leadership, those who have been with Mobile Solutions since inception are dragging down business, slowing productivity and setting a negative tone


  9. "Excellent company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Brother Industries full-time

    Pros

    Great company, good environment, good benefits

    Cons

    No cons, as long as you accomplish your tasks


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Struggling to adapt to modern times"

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

    I have been working at Brother Industries full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good health insurance and many great coworkers

    Cons

    Internal processes and procedures are antiquated. Micromanagement at every level. Pessimism is widespread. Management has not been effective at implementing a strategy for operating in a declining industry.

    Advice to Management

    Allow people at all levels more freedom to create and implement ideas. Phase out upper management.


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