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Alarm.com Employee Reviews about "career path"

Updated Oct 17, 2018

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117 Ratings
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  • "Everyone is very intelligent and supportive, which provides for a great work environment(in 15 reviews)

  • "The run-ins I've had with senior management have been very enjoyable experiences and there is a true work/life balance here(in 12 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Device Engineering"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tysons Corner, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Alarm.com full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Work/Life balance is there, but you have to take ownership of it. Collaboration across groups is starting to pick up. Ability to innovate and bring new ideas to the table no matter your current position. Great culture and events.

    Cons

    Pay can be a little low, but made up with bonuses. Career Path and Opportunities are hard to discern.

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    Alarm.com2018-07-26
  2. Helpful (14)

    "Don't Believe the Hype"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Alarm.com full-time

    Pros

    The office space is great, full of great perks. Social elements are great, if you have time. Training staff is supportive and strives to offer lots of opportunities. If this is early in your career, it's not a bad place to cut your teeth/get a big 'name' on your resume.

    Cons

    Before I started writing this, I read the past few years of reviews and had to do a double take the make sure I hadn't written a review before. So, let me repeat what others have said: LOTS of favoritism/clickish behavior. Mid level leadership protects their friends. Department heads who have 70% department turnover in a year (the lionshare leaving for better jobs) continue to fail upward. For a progressive company about access, no real support for remote work/flex hours. Pay levels 10-30% below market, hence the BIG campus push. The 'freedom' to chart your own career path means that unless you get a supportive manager, you're just a cog. HR department is absolutely focused on the companies benefit, not yours. Read and use the employee handbook and know your rights.

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    Alarm.com2018-10-17
  3. Helpful (3)

    "Great company, poor pay, advancement track, and remote work flexibility."

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    Current Employee - Sales in Tysons Corner, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Alarm.com full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Benefits are good as a single with no dependents. Atmosphere and employees are young and energetic. Work can vary greatly, which keeps things fresh. Work events can be a blast!

    Cons

    Work hours: Absolutely no flexibility for remote/work from home hours on sales team. A majority of similar companies in the area (and generally in this field) provide this due to heavy congestion in the Tyson’s corner area. Nature of work does NOT require one to be in the office every day. For those who have a track record of successful remote work experience, please be more flexible. Pay: Lower pay on average than similar roles in the area. No stock options. Yearly bonuses or compensation increases are not rewarded. It’s just something they “don’t do”. You have to constantly beg for any adjustments. You will never use the entire ‘total benefits package’ they provide. Career Path: Very hard to be recognized for your work. You have to be excessively vocal about the ‘good things’ you are doing for the company.

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    Alarm.com2018-10-03
  4. Helpful (20)

    "Good for a start, but NOT for career growth and salary"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Alarm.com full-time

    Pros

    -Fun culture with lots of activities and freebies in the office. The office is modern and decorative with cool designs and colors. -Young and energetic. Everyone is friendly -Good benefits, except the tuition support is very low. ~$2k per year or so. That barely covers anything if you are looking for decent education. -This is a good place to start out when you're a college grad.

    Cons

    Alarm.com's pay is lower than market value, and they are very stingy with the raises, despite the amount of work you do. You can complain and ask all you want about the salaries/wages, but upper management and HR takes no action on this. Even after good reviews, they hardly give out raises or promotions. I can speak for the engineering roles here. Many people become stagnant in their roles. There is no clear career path. You find there are people working hard who deserve more and others who don't work that hard and get more. I would not suggest that anyone stay at Alarm.com for more than 2 years, as they will find that they are not learning enough to stay competitive in their fields, and their pay would be a short end of the stick. Their processes seem to be behind the norm. They are not using many advanced approaches in their product/software deliveries. There is a lot of manual testing here that should've been automated from the start. My advice to people who choose to work for Alarm.com would be to not get comfortable. Be alert and start realizing when you need to take a step forward in your career, knowledge, and salary.

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    Alarm.com2017-11-02
  5. Helpful (20)

    "Engineer Review"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Tysons Corner, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Alarm.com full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    1. This is a great place to start one's career. As a software engineer I have gotten a chance to work on multiple projects where I got to learn a lot of new things and work on large scale projects. I think this is a great place to start for any college grad. 2. Work / Life balance is great - You are not micro-managed and given the flexibility to work on your own schedule. 3. Good Co-Workers - Generally speaking all the people I work with are great. 4. Others - You have a direct line to the VP. You will get to learn a lot if you get an opportunity to work with him. However, I think this is generally not the case anymore.

    Cons

    Until recently I barely used to think about leaving the company or searching for new opportunities even though I would constantly get bombarded by emails from recruiters. However, this is not the case anymore, and I find myself constantly thinking about this topic. There are 3 main reasons - 1. Career path - The career path is not very well laid out at Alarm. This in all fairness is probably because we are a growing company. However, this is still frustrating and concerning. As other reviewers have also pointed out, promotion process seems a bit ad hoc (not sure if it really is behind the scenes). Few people have been promoted and others who I think should have been promoted by now are still in their old position. In general, I don't think any SE knows what their career trajectory will look like. They are also in the dark about what will be required for a promotion (i.e. what skill sets, experience level etc.). I know just by talking to people that this is a concern for more people than just myself. A lot of people in other departments have left the company recently because of this same reason. 2. Compensation - I don't think the compensation at Alarm is very competitive. In my research I have found that my pay and even the average pay for an SE here is below the average compensation around Tysons and DC area. The raises are not that great which I think makes the problem worse over time. Initially, I used to think that the compensation was at par / competitive. However, every year during my research I find that my pay is below the average around this area. I know that compensation is even a bigger concern in some other departments. 3. Technology - I think this would be true after a while in any company. However, after working here for so long, I find that I am not learning a lot of new things anymore. At this point I have my doubts about how much longer I will be with the company.

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    Alarm.com2017-04-10
  6. Helpful (24)

    "Considering to work for Alarm.com? Read this!"

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    Current Employee - Quality Engineer in Vienna, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Alarm.com full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    ADC's culture is fine, benefits are good, people are colaborative, a lot of fun. The product is interesting, releases are weekly, so the builds are not that huge.

    Cons

    First, salary is not competitive! Not at all!!!! People accept the offer expecting room to grow. They got excited during the interview process, but what will happen later? A lot of fresh graduates like you are being hired while a lot of very competent professionals are being left behind. Yes, you'll become one of them. Did you do a excellent job? This is your prize: - Thank you, you are a winner!! This is your parking permite to use one of the reserved spots in our free parking building, for a month. - Yes... this the way ADC values their employees. Newbies, pay attention to this: 4.5 stars rating you see in Glassdoor was motivated by fun activities. Fun activities and parking spots don't pay mortgage or rental, they don't pay your bills, they don't move you forward in your career path! It's frustrating!! I'll be the next one leaving this company. I'd love to be here for years, but my time is over. Now I understand that ADC is like a long term internship, not a place to be for more than 2 years if your goal is the career you studied for. If you accept the job, keep studying, because most of what you learn is specific to ADC, and you'll not apply in other companies. Good luck!!!!

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    Alarm.com2017-01-26

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