UTC Fire & Security

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UTC Fire & Security Reviews

Updated November 18, 2014
Updated November 18, 2014
58 Reviews
2.0
58 Reviews
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UTC Fire & Security Chairman and CEO Louis R. Chênevert
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good people, good salary, good benefits (in 4 reviews)

  • As part of United Technologies Fire & Security, the pay and benefits were fairly decent (in 2 reviews)


Cons
  • If you ARE a manager, be prepared to choke on tons of unnecessary red tape (in 3 reviews)

  • This awful management style will hurt them severely in the long run when all the long term employees start to retire (in 2 reviews)

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  1.  

    Dysfunctional at the business unit I was with

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Field Sales in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Field Sales in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at UTC Fire & Security full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The Pay was excellent and consistent

    Cons

    Total Lack of Cohesion of Management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your customers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Communication is broken

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

    I have been working at UTC Fire & Security full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great education reimbursement package. If you are an employee take advantage of it, go back to school.

    Cons

    Non-existent communication between upper level management and the rest of the organization. Their strategy changes very often having confused employees and very upset customers.
    The benefits are not so great with the exception of the education reimbursement. Salary levels and raises were almost never reviewed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Good local people to work with - corporate management does not understand what it takes to support local operations.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff Management in Pittsfield, ME
    Current Employee - Staff Management in Pittsfield, ME

    I have been working at UTC Fire & Security full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great work ethic, quality conscious and dedicated employees, solid market position for the products manufactured made for a stable demand throughout the year.

    Cons

    Corporate management not in tune with the needs of a production environment. Unrealistic performance expectations that exceed current capabilities or capacities with no plans to expand either one. Extremely political environment at the senior management level.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    At the local level, nothing further to add. At the corporate level, they need to listen to what their local management is telling them and park their egos long enough to understand the implications of what is being proposed.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Not able to keep up with the professional competition in this advanced technological job market.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Costa Mesa, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Costa Mesa, CA

    I worked at UTC Fire & Security as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great flexibility.
    Choose what hours you want to work.
    Very little stress and low employee turnover rate.
    Not micromanaged, given responsibility to complete projects and tasks on your own.

    Cons

    First off the company I worked for is a small less than 100 person company that became a part of UTC Fire and Security around 3 years ago when they were bought out. Ever since becoming a part of UTC, this little company has had no power whatsoever to hire new employees. The position I originally applied for was a full time perm position. However, I had to take a contractor position because the line of communication between corporate was non-existent. I assumed after a few months I would be hired full time if my performance was up to par. After many conversations with management at this small branch, I quickly began to realize they had no power whatsoever in any decision making process. There is also no on site HR which makes getting anything processed a pain. Salaries are very low and are not competitive with the MMR for a technology company in Southern California. This company is still stuck in 2000-2003 thinking it's location is in the Midwest and that the average home price is 200k instead of 600k+. I would say most Senior Developers(10+ years experience) get paid in between 50-80k which is basically minimum wage is Southern California. All UTC corporate is currently doing is making cutbacks and not doing anything to grow their current businesses. This awful management style will hurt them severely in the long run when all the long term employees start to retire. They won't be able to attract new employees to work for them because they can't keep up with the competition salary wise in this advanced job market. UTC is getting too large for it's own good and it is only going to continue to hurt the smaller companies that corporate won't lift one finger for. All UTC execs care about is dollar signs and profitability. Well I hate to break it to you UTC, but it is the employees that make that stock price go up and if all of your former employees are leaving to work for actual worthy DOW 30 companies well we will see how well those layoffs and contractor positions help you in the long run. As a millennial I expect a lot from a company with such prestige as UTC. I am disappointed at how overrated they really are. I don't see myself ever working for this company again when there are so many better choices out there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire new employees to grow the business.
    Keep salaries competitive and actually look up MMR statistics.
    Learn how to correctly manage and communicate with the smaller businesses UTC owns.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Services Division Sold

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

    I worked at UTC Fire & Security full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great Leadership, good communication vehicles to workforce.

    Cons

    The Sale. Slow to integrate the Services Businesses into the UTC mainstream.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Good before Changes

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

    I worked at UTC Fire & Security full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Had great leadership in the location where I worked. Flexibility in the location was key to overall satisfaction. I had a great leader who provided me with wonderful career guidance, coaching and mentorship.

    Cons

    Many layoffs over a relatively short duration of time. UTCFS was still so young when compared to overall UTC which meant many of the long-standing practices were missing. Several acquisitions are what comprised UTCFS and it created a disjointed organization.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Strong sub-divisions, continual upper level re-organization

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Applications Support in Farmington, CT
    Former Employee - Applications Support in Farmington, CT

    I worked at UTC Fire & Security full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good ethics culture, Very process oriented, Strive for continual improvement. Strong team atmosphere

    Cons

    Work stability in flux because of continual re-organizations

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More investment in longer term employees

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    The Best company

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

    I worked at UTC Fire & Security as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Best ethical values in this company

    Cons

    You will give have the best time here

    Recommends
  10.  

    UTC is OK if you are advanced in your career, but it is a dead end if you are young and enterprising.

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

    I have been working at UTC Fire & Security full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Pay and benefits are OK.
    Good 401K.
    Stable environment if you are already working for UTC, but not if you are working for a company that they have acquired.

    Cons

    Ran by bean counters, not technical people.
    Emphasis is on cost cutting, not developing new products.
    No organic growth.
    All growth is through purchase of other companies, and then cutting their employees.
    Their ACE program is a DISASTER!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Current management should go to work for a bank or insurance company, and turn American industry and technology over to the Henry Fords, Thomas Edisons and Steve Jobs that are capable of making it great.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    5 Plus yrs middel management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Middle Management in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Middle Management in Boston, MA

    I have been working at UTC Fire & Security full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Some benifts are good. Everyone's required to contribute,

    Cons

    Unrealistic goals are always set, Company runs too lean. Not a good place to work if you have young kids as you won't see them much.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Set direction and stick with it. Stop always changing uppermangment.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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