UTC Fire & Security Reviews

Updated March 28, 2015
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UTC Fire & Security Chairman and CEO Louis R. ChĂȘnevert
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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. Great Company to work for

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at UTC Fire & Security

    Pros

    I absolutely enjoyed my 4 years at this wonderful company. I have a no complains. Management and employees are really working together toward a common goal

    Cons

    There is nothing really wrong with UTC, I would definitely recommend this company for employment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great Company, Continue a great job

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Need to train management not to be so bias.

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    Former Employee - National Payment Center Coordinator in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - National Payment Center Coordinator in Charlotte, NC

    I worked at UTC Fire & Security

    Pros

    Free food most of the time.

    Cons

    Manager favoritism. Fighting in the team. No team players. No positive people there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs more training and should be fired if you so extreme favoritism.

    Doesn't Recommend
  3. 1 person found this helpful

    Communication is broken

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    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
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  5. Dysfunctional at the business unit I was with

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    Former Employee - Field Sales in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Field Sales in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at UTC Fire & Security full-time (more than a 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
  6. Good local people to work with - corporate management does not understand what it takes to support local operations.

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    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 a 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
  7. 1 person found this helpful

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

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    Former Contractor - Software Engineer in Costa Mesa, CA
    Former Contractor - Software Engineer in Costa Mesa, CA

    I worked at UTC Fire & Security as a contractor (more than a 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
  8. Services Division Sold

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    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
  9. Good before Changes

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    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
  10. Strong sub-divisions, continual upper level re-organization

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    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
  11. The Best company

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

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

    Pros

    Best ethical values in this company

    Cons

    You will give have the best time here

    Recommends

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