Tyco Reviews

Updated June 30, 2015
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Pros
  • The work/life balance is probably the best attribute to this company (in 16 reviews)

  • A very diversified company with some great benefits (in 18 reviews)

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

  • Upper management is constantly breathing down employees necks (in 21 reviews)

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  1. Project Manager

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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Tyco

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Vast technology to work with and in.

    Cons

    Short term focus hinders management


  2. Accounting analyst

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Tyco

    Pros

    Nice environment. Care about employees. Gym.

    Cons

    Cost containment. A little overkill.


  3. Helpful (4)

    some truth would be nice

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Field Service Technician in Buffalo, NY
    Current Employee - Field Service Technician in Buffalo, NY

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    company vehicle and free gas

    Cons

    huge cloud of BS sugar coated by typical "we are the best and care about you" corporate lies

    Advice to Management

    lying and faking to care about employees/customers will get you nowhere. everyone knows you only care about money


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  5. Helpful (6)

    Company heading in the wrong direction!!!!

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Manager in New York, NY

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits
    Great People at the Local Level
    Local Management Cares
    Awesome and Loyal Customers
    Protecting People and Property makes this job exciting and important.

    Cons

    Senior Leadership has decided to place more of a focus on their share holders, than the employees and customers who actually drive this business. Every decision made is to make the share hers happy and pad their pockets.

    The messaging to employees by the Senior Leadership team is that we are in a pay for performance culture, yet every chance they get, they find a way to "Not" pay the employees. The company can have an outstanding year, but pay raises get put on hold for several months, or eliminated all together. Some managers receive bonuses based on certain criteria, however even if you meet that criteria the Senior Leadership team may decide to knock down your bonus by 50% for some arbitrary reason to make sure they hit the target promised to Wall Street. The pay scales are not fair for everyone. If you are a long time employee and have advanced through the ranks, your pay will be anywhere between 15 & 25% less than someone who assumes a similar role that came from an outside company. There is a running joke that says to get a decent pay raise, you need to quit and reapply for your vacated position.

    The technology we use is out of date, certain programs are so old, they cannot run on any windows system newer than Windows XP, which is no longer supported. Some of the "New" technology that has been rolled out is actually "Old" technology in most other industries. Examples include "New" Inspection Software which competitors have been using for years, Work Order Management which competitors have been using for years and one person inspection tools, which certain competitors have used for years.

    Senior Leadership is not interested in Leaders and innovators, they are more interested in "Yes" people. Many Manager's are afraid to speak up and question some decisions because they fear that if they say the wrong thing their career will be over. On several occasions Senior Leaders have sent mass emails to all Managers threatening to fire them or reduce their bonuses if certain, unrealistic expectations are not met.

    Advice to Management

    Stop worrying about the shareholders and start investing in your employees, technology and our customers and the share holders will be taken care of.

    Listen to and trust your local managers as they are the ones who understand the day to day needs of their business in their market. Not all districts can be run the same. The market in Pittsburgh is much different than the market in say Houston, TX. The cultures are completely different and you can't expect to change these cultures at the same rate.

    I hope that the hiring of Girish Rishi is a step in the right direction and that he sticks around longer than some of the recent Senior Leaders that have come and left the company within months because of the companies culture.

    Clean out the Senior Leadership team that is more focused on cutting costs to turn a profit and have trouble adapting to the 21st century way of doing business and replace them with Leaders who really understand that, to truly turn a profit you must invest in technology and employees if you want to be a successful company.

    SimplexGrinnell has been around for over 100 years and we were doing fine without shareholders and will continue to do fine today if some shareholders left because they didn't want to hang around while we invested in our future. The customers aren't going to stop calling in for service because Joe Shareholder decided to sell his stock and invest in Honeywell or GE.


  6. CUSTOMER SERVICE

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Customer Service in Westminster, MA
    Current Employee - Customer Service in Westminster, MA

    I have been working at Tyco

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

    Pros

    Like the people I work with

    Cons

    Will hire incoming at more than you are working at


  7. Helpful (6)

    Long-term planning means "who can I lay off next week?"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Boca Raton, FL
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Boca Raton, FL

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    1) As HR says, "Be happy you have a job!"
    2) Florida
    3) Reasonable salary at hire
    4) No one ever got fired for making a mistake
    5) A nice group of people, for the most part

    Cons

    1) Currently making employees re-apply for their jobs. A woman who's been there 35 years apparently was unqualified for her own position, so she was fired.
    2) Florida
    3) Salary likely to remain at that original level for the forseeable future: no raises for 2 years
    4) Very few mistakes made because very few people ever have to make a decision
    5) Don't get too close to anyone because they won't be there tomorrow

    Advice to Management

    Management? Which management? The guys in Princeton, New Jersey? Or the guys in Cork, Ireland? Or the guys in Neuhausen, Switzerland? (And yes, I mean "guys". And by "guys," I mean "white guys over 40". And by "white guys over 40," I mean "white guys over 40 who once worked at GE and worship at the altar of Jack Welch.")
    Advice: You can have monthly 5% cost-outs, or you can have "a culture of growth & innovation." You can't have both.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Used to be a good place to work.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN

    I worked at Tyco full-time

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

    Pros

    It used to be a good employer. I can no longer attest to that.

    Cons

    Last few years you constantly have to worry if you will have a job the next day.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Marketing

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Tyco full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Solid group of people who work to make things better. Nice location.

    Cons

    Poor track record of carrying through with initiatives.

    Advice to Management

    Perform a VOC from your employees to understand.


  10. Helpful (4)

    Soul sucking

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - SPECIAL PROJECTS PROGRAMMER in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - SPECIAL PROJECTS PROGRAMMER in Indianapolis, IN

    I worked at Tyco (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Company not going anywhere. Can move up quickly if you have any common sense to you
    at all. At least it's a job.

    Cons

    Tried to give suggestions to help efficiency, every time I was turned away. Wrote a list of all complaints from fellow employees and gave it to management and they told me point blank that "we should all be happy that we have a job." Call center only looks at metrics, but no common sense. Bonuses based on metrics, and since they pay so little and have ignorant employees that are poor they end up cutting every corner to make the bonus, like hanging up on callers or not fixing the callers issues. As far as training or telling concerns to hr, just forget about it. Also the company let so many people go to try and drive up the profit margin after they gutted and got rid of ADT that they should be ashamed.

    Advice to Management

    For the love, why do you think that employees would care one bit about doing a good job for the company if they are A) never concerned about or listened to, and B) all the company cares about is the stock holders but not paying the employees a living wage.


  11. Sales

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

    I have been working at Tyco

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Comp plan is performance based.

    Cons

    Support your sales teams and be more competitive in the marketplace.

    Advice to Management

    Support your sales teams



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