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  1. "Its a good company to work for if you ever become full time employer and not a contractor."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    1 hr lunch if you are full time TOP the thing is that it takes long time to become full time.

    Cons

    It's really hard to become full time. Most people took around a year or more.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Revolving Door"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Taunton, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Taunton, MA
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Advancement opportunities - if you're flexible and willing to change job function and location
    Great long-term employees

    Cons

    Revolving door in the mid-management ranks since UTC took over
    Too many new, self-serving managers

    Advice to Management

    Create initiatives designed to make employees at all levels feel valued and respected


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Nice People- Old Technology for such a large company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Kidde-Fenwal full-time

    Pros

    They education program is good to take advantage of..

    Cons

    Slow moving company .. Not very innovative

    Advice to Management

    None


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Kidde Fenwal (now Kidde Fire Systems) Training Dept. in Ashland, MA"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Graphic Designer In Training Department in Ashland, MA
    Former Contractor - Graphic Designer In Training Department in Ashland, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Kidde-Fenwal as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Interesting smart people, secure position if you can get full time. Benefits are good. It's a decent secure job, many people have been there 10+ years. Good if you're looking to clock in and clock out.

    Cons

    Old technology, bad management and communication. They need to catch up with the times. Treat temps and contractors badly.

    Advice to Management

    Find qualified person to run training department and work on better relationships with heads of departments. Move into the 21st century where technology and computer equipment are concerned.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Employee"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Worcester, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Worcester, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Kidde-Fenwal (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    It's a job. Don't make it a career

    Cons

    Big on ethics just not their own.
    Medical insurance has a lot of people angry.
    Raises are just 2% no matter how hard you work


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

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer Intern in Ashland, MA
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer Intern in Ashland, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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


  8. Helpful (2)

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

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Contractor - Technical Writer in Ashland, MA
    Current Contractor - Technical Writer in Ashland, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Great company to work for..."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Finance in Ashland, MA
    Current Employee - Finance in Ashland, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great innovation company to work for"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Regional Sales Manager in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Regional Sales Manager in Phoenix, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  11. Helpful (1)

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

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer in Ashland, MA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Ashland, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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.