Tyco

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Tyco Reviews

Updated December 7, 2014
Updated December 7, 2014
359 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. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not the company it use to be....

    • 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 10 years)

    Pros

    Flex time (for some), telecommuting (for some)...some decent people.

    Cons

    Layers upon layers of management.
    Constant upheaval and change.
    Lots of "Our Employees Matter Most" talk, not a lot demonstrated.
    Lots of new people in management positions that have little industry experience.
    Long term knowledgeable people seem to be dwindling.
    Lack of innovation and creation of new products....possible because the people who do the innovating, do it for someone else now.
    Completely disconnected senior leaders from the employees below.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put some meaning behind all the slogans and catch phrases.
    Create some new products.
    Thin the top of all of the org charts before they tip.
    Outsource less and try to build up and retain some knowledge again.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Bureaucratic

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

    I have been working at Tyco

    Pros

    Compensation, Benefits, Health related activities

    Cons

    Lots of politics
    Always cost focus

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Too many chiefs, let go the indians.

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    • 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 8 years)

    Pros

    Good benifets. Some great people.

    Cons

    Middle management is killing them. Company moral is way down. Comp plans adjusted every year so you make less money. Once your on the GM's bad list, your done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think about employees as much as numbers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    Not a happy place, full of politics and now run by HR with frequent stack rankings and little coordination across BU.

    • 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 5 years)

    Pros

    A few good people with ideas and insights sprinkled around. George and new guy Brian say some of the right things.

    Cons

    Not well managed with lots of politics from the entrenched mid-senior leaders who've made a living out of crunching the lower and new echelons. HR runs this organization with frequent stack rankings right out of the 1980 GE playbook. Can't seem to make the turn from a holding company to an operating company that has to compete on open standards, innovation and cross organization teamwork. Common business systems don't exist. Still very paranoid about the Koslowski era and burdened by auditors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Break it up further, there isn't a growth culture that will sustain Tyco through the transformation and the mid levels are too busy with CYA to tell the bitter truth about employee and customer satisfaction.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Their demise was not exaggerated!!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Electronic Systems Sales Representative in Livermore, CA
    Former Employee - Electronic Systems Sales Representative in Livermore, CA

    I worked at Tyco full-time

    Pros

    Company car, average benefits solid fire alarm product that is backward compatible. You can upgrade an older system without replacing the field devices.

    Cons

    Poor management not efficient at development of is employees, high turnover of technician and sales reps and managers, mediocre service department.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They won't listen SimplexGrinnell hasn't performed at a high level since the early 90s.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not an IT Worker Friendly Company Anymore

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

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

    Pros

    Not much to count on as pros - Keep your head down and hope that you don't get restructured.

    Cons

    If you were an employee and heard management say the full-time employee to contractor ratio was to high what would come to your mind? If you said a year of layoffs, restructuring, and vendor changes then you would be right. Tyco used to be an IT friendly company but one of John Repko's objectives when he was hired was to lower the employee to contractor headcount ratio. Since that time we have let go dozens of employees while the headcount at the top keeps growing (specifically Director level positions). In addition, senior management also introduced voluntary separation for anyone that has over 15 years in IT. We are now working with our new ADM vendor to train them on everything that is support related and more. You can bet that once they are trained on all of current onsite support that there will be more layoffs. Finally, to make it even more interesting we are restructuring into centers of Excellence (BI, ERP, etc.).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    While it's nice to be a lean mean fighting machine don't forget that you need people to do the work who understand the business. In addition, don't forget that every full-time employee contributes to the overall success of the company and should be allowed to take part in the bonus program. In addition, with all of the outsourcing it's hard to feel that Tyco values its employees when you are told that our headcount is too high.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    soul stripping

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - AR Specialist in Westminster, MA
    Former Employee - AR Specialist in Westminster, MA

    I worked at Tyco full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    good pay- a good learning expierience

    Cons

    if you aren't friends with the right people you can and will get destroyed

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    stop micro managing- if someone ha great results but simply does't work the way you want them too IT SHOULDN'T MATTER if the results are what are desired..if you actually practiced what you preached it would be a better place

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    After 30 Years Fired Over the Phone

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Middle Management
    Former Employee - Middle Management

    I worked at Tyco full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good compensation, some very talented individuals.

    Cons

    Leadership was a good old boy's club run by bean counters and still is.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Judge your talent not by whether you like them or not but judge them on their contribution to the corporation. Get a real leader at the top. Someone who understands people and not a bean counter.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Slow to change, top heavy, and full of politics

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

    I have been working at Tyco

    Pros

    You can learn something from the Tax and Treasury departments, they're probably the most cohesive groups in the Company.

    Cons

    No guidance, or conflicting guidance given by multiple managers.
    Lots of ineffective middle managers who truly only know "how it's been done", and do not strive for improvement or change
    Everyone in corporate is more concerned about appearances than taking a risk

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Actually lead by example, mandate employee training aligned with corporate objectives (and don't allow training budgets to just add padding), figure out that Yammer isn't a replacement for all communication channels and is terrible at centralizing key policies, procedures, organization charts, etc.

    Think about all of the vendors / contractors we have employed, and realize not a single one of them actually cares about you, the Company, or making Tyco a better place to work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good company but headed in the wrong direction

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

    I have been working at Tyco

    Pros

    Have provided me with a great career that has afforded me outstanding upward mobility. If you show the initiative, they truly believe on promoting from within.

    Cons

    There is a recent push toward as much centralization of services as they can. This has taken most leadership positions in the moral districts and turned them into administrative and managing up roles.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow local management to make business decisions on needs and direction of their local business instead of trying to turn every district into a carbon copy of each other. Local markets act differently and should be treated differently.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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