Bay Alarm Reviews

Updated June 2, 2014
Updated June 2, 2014
10 Reviews
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10 Reviews
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  1.  

    At Bay Alarm, there was a lot of Multitasking, it was a fun and fast-past environment with strict deadlines.

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    Former Employee - Purchasing in Pacheco, CA
    Former Employee - Purchasing in Pacheco, CA

    I worked at Bay Alarm as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    I liked Communicating with the Branch Managers and I enjoyed the family feel of the Corporate office

    Cons

    Middle Management needs to be audited more to assure they are doing their job correctly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get to know your administrative staff better

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Bay Alarm is a great experience for college grads or anyone trying to gain some type of experience.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Bay Alarm full-time

    Pros

    This is a great opportunity to start your sales career. The company events are awesome and the staff is great. I am also surprised that the current CEO's of the business had to work from the bottom as installers to gain their current position. Great company overall

    Cons

    I was really surprised how hard it was to close "big" deals. It takes a lot of negotiating with CEO's and branch managers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend more time trying educate your employees. Everything should not rely on last months number. Working as a team to educate customers will only increase your numbers throughout the years.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Dispatch

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    Former Employee - Dispatch in Pacheco, CA
    Former Employee - Dispatch in Pacheco, CA

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

    Pros

    The team was nice. Generally a good bunch to work with.

    Cons

    The company is stuck in the past.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't be such busters.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Solid company, very profitable

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pacheco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pacheco, CA

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

    Pros

    I liked Bay Alarm for its stability and overall good management. I was there for six years and liked working with most of the people I met. There was sort of a family feel to it because it's privately held, which I liked.

    Cons

    I didn't see a lot of opportunity for advancement there, at least not in my department. On the whole, I think my department was under appreciated. As with many companies, Sales is most valued.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay people more. Your family is wealthy enough to afford it.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  6.  

    It's great to be able to say I love my job!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    They promote a culture of respect and invest a lot of money and energy in employees' training and success.
    If you demonstrate desire and ability, you have a good chance for being promoted, especially since promotions are made from within as often as possible.

    Cons

    Since it's a CA only company, it doesn't have as much visibility/advertising as the national companies.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Great place to work!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Incredible culture based upon respect of employees and customers. Management truly values input and direction from all employees. If you want advancement, it's available to those who are successful and work hard. Finally, out of 700 employees, the average tenure with the company is nearly 10 years... Bay Alarm must be something right.

    Cons

    Bay Alarm's 100% focus on the satisfaction of the customer is the key to their success.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep growing, keep focused on the employee and keep making sure your customer remains the focus of all of your efforts.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Low Pay, Family Company, No technology

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    Former Employee - Outside Sales Representative in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Outside Sales Representative in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Bay Alarm full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Easy job to get....family run company. They have long term employees that always tell you how long they are there. Simple sales process. great Ca footprint. Great tech's.

    Cons

    Horrible training program. VERY low pay. Turn over in sales is high. Only way to to move up is stay there for a long time. Technology is lacking. Old schools ways of business.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Advance smarter people. Listen to them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Bitter sweet

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carson, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carson, CA

    I worked at Bay Alarm

    Pros

    Great support for sales staff as well as a deep commitment to customer satisfaction.

    Cons

    Poor salary. Little to no job growth opportunites.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Offer a competitive salary to retain your sales talent. Offer leadership positions

    Recommends
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work

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    Current Employee - Manager in Pacheco, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Pacheco, CA

    I have been working at Bay Alarm

    Pros

    Very low turnover. Family run business. Bay Alarm is a very good place to work. Everyone is professional and courteous and there is never any drama.

    Cons

    base salary is a bit low and could be higher. Other than that no real complaints. Great place to work overall.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    no complaints about management or leadership. This company has been around for a long time so they know how to keep employees happy.

    Recommends
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Just okay. Privately held company.

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    Current Employee - Commercial Sales Representative
    Current Employee - Commercial Sales Representative

    I have been working at Bay Alarm

    Pros

    Great starter place for security or fire sales experience. Very structured.

    Cons

    Management tends to promote only from the corporate location. If you are creative or like large systems sales, this isn't your company. They like the small to medium sized businesses only.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Step outside the box and be creative.

    Recommends

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