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Bosch Security Fairport Reviews

Updated June 2, 2018
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  • "career growth opportunities low" (in 3 reviews)

  • "No local North America based product and technology decision making other than sales and marketing" (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Moving in the right direction!"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Satisfied Employee in Fairport, NY
    Current Employee - Satisfied Employee in Fairport, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bosch Security full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great people. Privately held company, owned by a charitable foundation. Recent management transitions have started moving things in the right direction culturally.

    Cons

    There are times when excessive processes and control from leadership in Germany inhibits more than helps.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you’re doing! Communicate, engage and support.


  2. "Intern at Bosch Security Systems"

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    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer Intern in Fairport, NY
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer Intern in Fairport, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Bosch Security (More than a year)

    Pros

    Highly technical work
    Hands on experience
    Exposure to high-level management

    Cons

    Too many meetings
    Lots of red tape preventing new ideas

  3. Helpful (6)

    "Avoid if you have goals of advancement"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairport, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairport, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Bosch Security full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Work/life balance for most employees
    Generally supportive of training initiatives

    Cons

    At the Fairport office, there is little opportunity for advancement, especially in certain business units. Human Resources and management put up roadblocks for advancement, saying things like people don't have experience in some application, or that other non-skill/non-business related things demonstrate lack of leadership skills. Bosch will pay for a long-term employee to obtain certifications or advanced degrees, but rarely promotes them, letting the people leave the company to earn the positions and salary they deserve. Most managers and executives are hired from outside of the company or other sites in North America or Germany. Positions are created for the friends of people in upper management, even for those who do not have the required experience.
    All of this leads to a toxic environment. Associates are pressured to work hard, expand skills, and demonstrate leadership without financial benefit or recognition commensurate with the effort. Many people who have been with the company a long time embolden former alliances and back stab those who are new and those who try to initiate change.
    The problems are especially acute for women. Women and some men will talk about the "good old boys club" that exists, despite Germany having a strong commitment to women (it took 20 years for the initiative called Women@Bosch to make it to Fairport from Germany). In my many years with the company, not one woman in the business unit was promoted, and only a few in the customer service arena (a different BU) were promoted. Women who are strong leaders and try to be heard are categorized as aggressive, and even shouted down in meetings. Gossip there focuses on accusing women of having sexual relations with men with whom they work closely. In my most shocking exchange, HR told me that being a woman won't hold me back; in the same meeting HR told me I should wear turtleneck shirts or shirts that button to the collar if I want to have HR support.

    Advice to Management

    Bring in the great things from the German office culture of leadership to Fairport; specifically respect for others, encouragement, and opportunity. When your associates tell you in every associate survey that people are not happy, have no influence/decision-making capacity, and that the environment is toxic, don't ask the same executives and "leaders" who cause the problem to fix the problem -- step in and actually listen. End the HR practice of holding people back, and have them give employees tools to actually grow their career at Bosch instead of learning, growing, getting an education at your expense and then having them leave out of frustration.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Good changes happening @ Bosch Security!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Fairport, NY
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Fairport, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Bosch Security full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Innovation on the up-tick
    - Enjoyable associates to work with
    - Excellent boss to work for!!

    Cons

    - People that have been around for a long time show less initiative and desire to change
    - Some cultural paradigms are changing, sometimes too slowly

    Advice to Management

    Think about your purpose and establish a healthy long-term vision that the employees can rally around.


  5. "Accounting Supervisor"

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    Current Employee - Accounting Supervisor in Fairport, NY
    Current Employee - Accounting Supervisor in Fairport, NY
    Recommends

    I have been working at Bosch Security full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great potential for those who work hard.

    Cons

    Not the most efficient processes.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Core values"

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    Current Employee - Accountant in Fairport, NY
    Current Employee - Accountant in Fairport, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Bosch Security full-time

    Pros

    Great to work with people from all around the world.

    Cons

    Management appreciates only who follows orders blindly. You will not be appreciated if you are honest, and put some thought on what you do.

    Advice to Management

    Look up the Bosch core values in the company web page!


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Proud to work for Bosch"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairport, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairport, NY
    Recommends

    I have been working at Bosch Security full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Stability, great people, work is challenging, learning opportunities, supports the community, a company you can proud to work for, products you can be proud to support

    Cons

    Big company process can be overwhelming and frustrating at times, limited growth opportunities locally, more opportunities if able to relocate

  8. "AP Intern"

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    Current Intern - Accounting Intern in Fairport, NY
    Current Intern - Accounting Intern in Fairport, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Bosch Security as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The culture is great, everyone is nice and they have lot of activities that you can be apart of. If you like doing Corporate Finance and working in a typical office it's a great place.

    Cons

    Many of the employees are older which is the only real con I can think of. Also there isn't much training. You learn as you go.


  9. Helpful (7)

    "To many audits and processes, hinders progress"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairport, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairport, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bosch Security full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    A lot of really good people work there. Every cares about the company. Good benefits and good pay.

    Cons

    The company is ruled with an iron fist. A lot of internal audits. It seems like they are always looking for ways to slap you on the wrist.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Big Company with a small company feel, for the most part."

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Fairport, NY
    Former Employee - Engineer in Fairport, NY
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Bosch Security full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Established culture and a nice working environment. A nice mix of people.

    Cons

    Sometimes had the "old boy club" atmosphere. Senior managers would leave the company, and then often return to assume similar duties. At times a little impersonal. You never knew what was going on at a corporate level. Some strangely timed staffing reductions. Never really felt like there was much chance for advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Remember that a huge corporation needs to try to relate to all employees directly, not just the local executive management.


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