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Brunswick Reviews

Updated June 22, 2017
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Pros
  • Good benefits and a great office working environment (in 4 reviews)

  • Worked with a lot of great people that i actually enjoyed working with (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Senior management very political and if you are not the in-crowd, you have little chance hope of advancing (in 4 reviews)

  • Management and upper management relation (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    "The People Behind Life's Passions"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lake Forest, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lake Forest, IL
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Brunswick full-time

    Pros

    Working at Brunswick Corporation is a breath of fresh air. The people working here are truly passionate about our 50+ brands and products. Our products are made to bring joy to peoples lives. Brunswick has generous vacation time and the list of perks are endless. Who doesn't love "Summer Fridays?" to enjoy time with Brunswick products and family. Or a great 401K match, stock option, tuition reimbursement and not to mention the health insurance is truly wonderful. At Brunswick, you are working for a company that truly cares about your career development and passions. The atmosphere is surrounded by numerous people who have been with the company for 10+ years and worked different career paths at the various divisions. Brunswick cares about their employees and is one of the best companies you can work for!

    Cons

    Depending on your department their will be some growing pains.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work! Employees are truly happy to be employed at Brunswick because of the strong reputation the company has.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "A shell of its former self"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in Fond du Lac, WI
    Former Employee - Director in Fond du Lac, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Enjoyable product lines with well known names.

    Cons

    Lack of consistent direction from senior management

    Advice to Management

    Determine what the future holds for the company. What are the competencies and how to leverage them to make the company relevant in the 21st century. Can you be a viable entity long term

  3. Helpful (4)

    "Inconsistent and deleterious management style, including senior management."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Corporate in Lake Forest, IL
    Former Employee - Corporate in Lake Forest, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fairly competitive pay and some employees are very dedicated (and long term).

    Cons

    During my entire 9 year tenure at Brunswick, I was consistently amazed and aghast at the incompetence of the entire Human Resources "team." The failure to take appropriate disciplinary action for clear violation of policy was/is egregiously random. The "Ethics Program" is ineffective and a joke among employees. Also, management, including (and especially) senior management, are very egocentric and fail to foster a positive environment for employees (there is no departmental cohesion). My last six months there, I literally only spoke with both my manager and my senior manager once (my manager spent more time on shopping websites and emailing friends than actual work). It is common knowledge that several senior managers are just biding time until retirement to cash in millions in stock.

    Advice to Management

    Be more involved and create a positive departmental dynamic. Make employees accountable for violation of policy, including failure of acceptable performance.


  4. Helpful (4)

    "Run for the hills"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Accounting in Lake Forest, IL
    Current Employee - Accounting in Lake Forest, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are a lot of long term employees.

    Cons

    Management sucks. Hardly ever see or hear from those making the decisions. Performance reviews are few, far between, and a joke. The long term employees (mostly useless) are not accountable for poor performance and "new" employees are there to pick up the slack.

    Advice to Management

    No advice other than 98% of management sucks.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Ineffective (and invisible) senior management."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fairly competitive salaries (but bonuses are at the discretion of managers and can be allotted unfairly).

    Cons

    Employees are set up to fail due to the constantly increasing job duties and projects. Not to mention constant meetings where nothing is accomplished except for the decision to have another meeting. No guidance provided. Managers are ambivalent. Long-term employees are treated differently than others and are not held accountable or disciplined as others are. This was the most negative environment in which I've ever worked. So glad to be gone.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention and provide input to employees.


  6. "Poor management"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Minion in Fond du Lac, WI
    Former Employee - Minion in Fond du Lac, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Brunswick full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Easy to get employment with very little understanding

    Cons

    Employment advancement is poor unless related to or a part of the yes sir circle.

    Advice to Management

    Abandone the edipis complex and realize that your managers have no idea what they are doing and are not willing to communicate value added principles, but would rather rely on the flavor of the moment to get through the shift.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Exec review"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Brunswick full-time

    Pros

    Working with a broad range of clients on different issues

    Cons

    Elitest, hierarchical and there is an expectation that you will dedicate your whole life to the firm.

    Advice to Management

    Invite people from different backgrounds to work for the company, and appreciate their presence.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Change in management left a lot to be desired"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Auditor in Lake Forest, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Auditor in Lake Forest, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Work life balance was appropriate and pay was very competitive.

    Cons

    The ineptitude of IA management mixed with a co-source arrangement whose sole purpose was to increase their presence and budget left a lot to be desired in terms of opportunity for growth.

    Advice to Management

    The senior management at Brunswick is very capable. They made tough decisions when necessary but were always upfront, honest and very approachable. Management within the audit department however was deceptive and extremely political.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Financial Analyst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lake Forest, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lake Forest, IL
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Exposure to upper management. You have the potential to stand out and showcase your skills. There are many different departments in one corporate building that offer many different skills/opportunities.

    Cons

    Micromanagement. There's also a lot of politics within the organization. Nothing is ever submitted on time resulting in hours past 9, multiple days in a row. Management does a poor job of managing. They don't know how to use your skill set and don't allow you to grow by listening to your suggestions.

    Advice to Management

    Less corporate drama, more independence to emoployees


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Career Dead End"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Salaries and benefits are competitive with any industry outside of financial services

    Cons

    Training and development are alien concepts, there is an expectation of a 24/7 commitment, and the leadership is schizophrenic about what it says it values and what it rewards and encourages.

    Advice to Management

    Resign


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