Tyco

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Tyco Reviews

Updated December 12, 2014
Updated December 12, 2014
360 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The work/life balance is probably the best attribute to this company (in 16 reviews)

  • Great benefits descent working environment (in 18 reviews)


Cons
  • A company that promotes work life balance but does not grant it to you (in 11 reviews)

  • The current upper management and leader is running this company into the ground (in 21 reviews)

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  1.  

    No leadership.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales
    Current Employee - Sales

    I have been working at Tyco full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Gas card company car insurance is ok

    Cons

    Sales goals that are unrealistic and no leadership from management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take time to listen to the people working in the field and the sales staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Laid off with no explanation or warning

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Core Commercial Account Executive in Hayward, CA
    Former Employee - Core Commercial Account Executive in Hayward, CA

    I worked at Tyco full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Everything is laid out for you, company cars, company generated leads, training. Pay based on cost of living by particular state. Paid weekly.

    Cons

    Tyco has no sense of respect - I was the #2 CJE rep in the country and got laid off the next year. No warning, no explanation, nothing to do with performance. Micro Management if you don't hit quota in 2-3 months. Career Growth almost impossible with # of tenured employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Sales

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Tyco

    Pros

    Benefits, Company Car, 401K, College Tuition Reimbursement, Time off Policies

    Cons

    Leadership, Local Management, Office politics, nepotism

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Hide your kids, hide your wife, hide your husbands.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Santa Fe Springs, Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Santa Fe Springs, Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Tyco full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    A few of the manager were solid and leaders.

    Some of the support staff are really good people.

    Most of the field staff are solid.

    The product is solid.

    Cons

    It's too hop heavy. As they lay off core employees, say we are in the red, state we need to cut back on company events they are hiring managers and more managers.

    Most of the managers have kids that work there or have brought in a family friend. I can't this of a recent hire who was not related someone who already works there. And these related people get special treatment.

    HR reps are hard to get a hold of. There is a person handle some of the HR stuff locally but they can't make any real choices.

    Too much drama, too much gossip, too much decade/s old hatreds, and too many people just seeing it as place to beat their chests.

    88% of managers rule only by intimidation.

    People are pitted against each other for far too many reasons.

    Hard working people are laid off while management's favorites/kids are kept on.

    Managers hire their kids as 'temp' employees who have little to no experience and tasking employee have not been trained to train the new kids.

    Hard to get instruction in writing from management and when it comes it's only to scare people.

    Field staff who have decaled cars are monitored too much; if they go over the company speed limit (65mph) for more than few seconds, to many stops on the way home, unpaid drive time for even though California labor laws seem to say it should be paid.

    There is " don't make a scene because we can make your life hard here or lay you off".

    People who mention labor laws or right don't last too long.

    Hard to get need tools to field staff.

    Many field staff use own tools.

    Passive aggressive to "all" emails and "reply all" emails.

    Safety is a joke. The only time the did anything was before an audit. If you work here just grab your bag and run in case of an event.

    Manager have friends and family visit a lot.

    Different departments use different filing and cataloging practices even though all the department work at the same customer sites.

    Constant management turn over and new managers not trying to learn about staff roles and jobs.

    With management turn over comes their need to prove themselves, they often start by moving staff cubicles, then they try to change core tasks between the admins, once they realize the work slow down while people finish on job and start another is too long they switch back to the original tasks.

    Hard to transfer to another office unless you move.

    Very poor communication, a general communication will go out but it's not clear if it's a "cover our butts" email or it is an "do this" email.

    People yell at each other.

    People have crying fits.

    It's all about the bean counting.

    Out dated database.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Can't say anything you have not heard before...maybe it's from counting your annual bonus, or the party/sales trips , or all the company cars you have that is drowning out the reason and logic.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    SRC

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Scheuler in Westminster, MA
    Former Employee - Scheuler in Westminster, MA

    I worked at Tyco full-time

    Pros

    I met some of my best friends working here, none of them work there now- its just a bad place

    Cons

    Awful, Awful company to work for, you work for them, not with them, the playground bully atmosphere in the SRC is legendary. Favorites get promoted, the way to become a favorite is to nit pick and tell on co workers who may have made an honest mistake. everyone is out to get everyone. take time off and managers will demand to know the nature of your illness, no one can take a Friday or Monday for the entire summer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    treat people like adults, and you will get better workers, lead by example, get out of your cube and talk to people

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Talk about TOP HEAVY!?

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Service Technician in Delaware, OH
    Current Employee - Service Technician in Delaware, OH

    I have been working at Tyco full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    401k, vacation, modern technology like iPhones & laptops provided by the company

    Cons

    - Work/Life balance is WAY out of whack.
    - Service department FORCES overtime to perform service calls after normal business hours.
    - GPS installed in service & construction vehicles, with automatic e-mailing to middle managers if you're going 56mph, start your truck at 7:01am, or get home before 4pm.
    - So so sooooo many middle & middle/upper & upper & upper/executive & executive & senior executive & executive & vice/executive managers!!!!!!!!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Stop hiring middle & upper & upper/middle & executive & senior/executive BEAN COUNTERS & OVERHEAD & MANAGERS!!! At some point in time, the boat is going to capsize due to all the NON-PRODUCING MIDDLE-MANAGERS!
    - Design a paycheck that easily tracks your vacation time!!! I know SO MANY employees who get SCREWED out of vacation time because they don't know how much time they earned & have available! If you're intentionally going to make it difficult to calculate & keep track of how much vacation time you can use by March 31, bring back the SELL BACK of vacation days for $$$! For all you employees, be AWARE of the 'secret vacation buyback' program to the SELECT FEW!!!!!
    - Accountability?? Integrity?? Teamwork?? Excellence?? sounds good, doesn't it? If only managers & executives abided by the same 'rules' that we are required to annually sign!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Commercial Sales Representative

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Representative
    Former Employee - Sales Representative

    I worked at Tyco full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Outside Sales Position. Paid for ramp-up

    Cons

    Working in the one Texas office was as follows:

    1. I was hired with no knowledge of the electronic security industry.
    2. No product training from Tyco, none .. only from pestering my co-workers, independent study, and presentations from vendors. The industry learning curve is 2+ years, even with a background in security.
    3. The technical installation staff is non-existent, Tyco Subs out almost all of their installations to local installers, who will approach the jobs on a basis and priority of who screams the loudest . It is not uncommon for the installers to just walk off of an incomplete job. leaving the client with no system for days at a time. Most of the installers are not trained on the current technology. The sales people are forced to become project managers with the words "I apologize" being the most common phrase used. 70 percent of my time was spent on tasks that had nothing to do with sales and negated any commission you made on a job.
    4. The installation support staff are overwhelmed, inefficient, and ambivalent to the sales staff, and the customers.
    5. Database is old!!, inaccurate, and spread across 4 different divisions, each a separate technology, each with conflicting information, none are integrated. Creating a proposal that should take 2 hours takes a 2 days.
    6. Senior management is only concerned with delivering the sales forecasting information, which in turn determines the projections for the stock. Reverse engineering of those numbers would be interesting.
    7. Middle management is there to make those numbers look right.
    8. The favoritism by the direct sales manager is obvious. A select few get handed jobs on a regular basis. The rules of engagement change at the sales managers whim. The base pay is low, the commissions are paltry, compared to the effort required to bring business in the door, and the sales staff is micro managed and demotivated.
    8. Tyco Could care less about their clients, once they have signed a contract.
    9. Tyco as a company shows no concern for, or value in, the sales people ... the turnover is like a revolving door.
    10. In Texas they will make you have a company car. They pay for all of the gas, maint., and insurance.
    sounds like a benefit until you find out they will charge you around $200.00 per month for the economy car, because of "personal use". If you happen to already have cars, and car payments ... too bad. Taking the car is not an option.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    After 100 plus years in business, and being a giant public company, any and all advice to Tyco is like advising a train to slow down before it hits you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    No growth opportunities

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Tyco full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    People are nice. My former direct manager trained me thoroughly and I learned a great deal from her.

    Cons

    Ah where to start. Other management was so bottom line driven they completely lost sight of customer satisfaction. Many a time I would receive a call from an irate customer (who got the phone system run around) demanding to get answers on what the heck was going on.

    People were nice, some of them. Don't be shocked to have a nice conversation with someone then they will talk about you behind your back as soon as you step away. Complete Jr. High mentality, from middle aged women none-the-less.

    Some people there were straight up whack-a-doodles. Alleged drug use, dodging drug tests, and getting permission from management to bump up the date of their drug test.

    I genuinely did love this job. But there is ZERO opportunity for advancement. I asked some of my peers how long they have been in their positions and many of them were well over a decade... in the SAME position.... and some were even demoted over the years. I watched others become demoted while I was there. And many did not have pay raises for years at a time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your peers like humans. We are all in the same boat, we all have bills to pay. Play nice in the sandbox.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    CEO and Ombudsman office cover up Director's unethical behavior, Code of Conduct is not followed by Tyco

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff Accountant in Boca Raton, FL
    Current Employee - Staff Accountant in Boca Raton, FL

    I have been working at Tyco full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The co-workers and the valuable professional experience of working for a Fortune 500 company.

    Cons

    Lack of controls in employee background checks and financial systems. Tyco has employee agreements and a code of conduct that are in violation of Federal regulation and if employees exercise their employee rights under the Federal Act, Tyco terminates them, which is completely illegal. Employees are encouraged to speak up, but when they do, Tyco retaliates including termination. The ombudsman office doesn't maintain confidentiality and encourages retaliation against employees who speak up about wrongdoing and unethical behavior. Employees who discuss unfair labor practices are terminated while the unfair labor practices continue. The North America Controllership of Tyco is run like a factory.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    All levels at Tyco need to adhere and be accountable for violating the Code of Ethical Conduct. Employees who commit resume fraud should get fired and not covered up. Tyco is violating basic employee rights for fair labor and hiring practices. The rule should be the same for everyone. Employees who speak up are terminated, but the ones engaged the wrongdoing are not disciplined or held accountable for wrongdoing. If top management is not accountable, Tyco may be in the news again and the story of 2002 and Enron will repeat soon. Shareholders should consider investing somewhere else a corporation that doesn't follow its own Ethical Code of Conduct is not trustworthy.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Does Not Follow Ethical Code

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Finance Manager in Boca Raton, FL
    Current Employee - Finance Manager in Boca Raton, FL

    I have been working at Tyco full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    A good company for engineers.

    Cons

    Worst place I ever worked due to long hours, poor management, lack of employee screening, and most importantly not following their own Ethical Code of Conduct. People who voice concerns are dismissed by the Ombudsmen at best and retaliated against at worst.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean up ethics or investors will find out and choose other companies to invest in.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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