Kidde-Fenwal

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Kidde-Fenwal Reviews

Updated January 15, 2015
Updated January 15, 2015
6 Reviews
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6 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great environment to work in.. People are great and welcomed me with open arms started as am intern and worked my way u

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer Intern in Ashland, MA
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer Intern in Ashland, MA

    I have been working at Kidde-Fenwal

    Pros

    Every body was great.. A small place but more than 1 shift if you order... They also have flexible hours which is a bonus. Great utc benefits and great company to work for

    Cons

    They mind of just through me in there as an intern which was fine because I learned alot. Could take a but of time to train and develope an intern more

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good to gain experience, but very behind with technology and innovation

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    Current Employee - Technical Writer in Ashland, MA
    Current Employee - Technical Writer in Ashland, MA

    I have been working at Kidde-Fenwal as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible hours, easy parking, low pressure work environment make for some pluses. The people are all very friendly, and its not a hard place to get to, although isn't close by Boston at all. Its a good place to get some experience, then move on to something more modern. Many employees work there less than 6 months (especially engineers), or are there 30+ years because they have no formal education and can't go anywhere else.

    Cons

    Treats temps and contractors poorly, very poor communication, run-down old offices and facilities, outdated 9 year old computers, managers without any formal education, and mediocre pay. There is essentially no communication between departments and more time is spent on meetings about meetings rather than getting work done. The technology is very old, and there is a reluctance to change with modern trends. Working in technical publications, there is no UX or UI factors ever discussed or even part of the equation. For a large company like this, its time to move beyond traditional documentation and get with the 21st century. With a large focus on experience rather than education, the company has many people who have 20+ years of experience, but no formal education, so the same old fashioned trends and methods continue to be used without changing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend less time on ACE meetings and more time on communication, fix up the run down old building, and don't use and abuse contractors. Invest in some younger, educated professionals and encourage change rather than using the same old tactics that don't work. Technical publications is about 20 years behind the times, and needs a massive shift with better systems, a focus on UX and Usability of documentation, and the ability for this department to not be under the thumb of engineering.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    Great company to work for...

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    Current Employee - Finance in Ashland, MA
    Current Employee - Finance in Ashland, MA

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

    Pros

    Lot of opportunities to grow including parent company United Technologies Corporation. Healthy business with potential growth

    Cons

    Lot of changes during the last two years. but all of them to the good

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great innovation company to work for

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    Former Employee - Regional Sales Manager in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Regional Sales Manager in Phoenix, AZ

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

    Pros

    Innovation, competitive, strong product and branding

    Cons

    Management is a bit Top heavy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Office culture is one that is a bit unhealthy to future brand growth. Too many brands under one umbrella.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great learning experience, challenging work, lots of awesome co-workers, and tremendous opportunity to have huge impact

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Ashland, MA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Ashland, MA

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

    Pros

    Tremendous opportunity to have impact in an organization where everyone rallies around the mission of making live-saving products. Reward systems incentivize hard work and reward for it.

    Cons

    Work-load can be unbalanced overall within the organization, with some members being over-stretched while others are under-utilized.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    An enjoyable place to work

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    Former Employee - Financial Analyst
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst

    I worked at Kidde-Fenwal

    Pros

    Kidde-Fenwal is a very business and family orientated business to work for. There is a great group dynamic and a mutual understanding between all departments within Kidde-Fenwal. The upper management is very effective in taking precautions to ensure work is being done effectively and efficiently.

    Cons

    There is nothing really negative to mention about Kidde-Fenwal. The atmosphere is great and relaxing. It's a little laid back and that may be one of the downsides if you are looking for a more strict and uptight environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management at Kidde-Fenwal is very effective and there is a mutual respect between individuals holding leadership roles and employees in various departments. Maybe finding a more effective way of communication would help.

    Recommends

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