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Wachter Reviews

Updated September 21, 2017
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Pros
  • Great health benefits, that really help you save a lot of your paycheck and salary is good as well (in 6 reviews)

  • Just a great company to work for (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • They want you to go out of town at a moments notice low pay,no family life if you work for them, you will be living in a hotel (in 3 reviews)

  • Upper management was not open to new ideas or suggestions, not a team environment at all (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Great Company"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Wachter full-time

    Pros

    Good pay, great atmosphere, nice benefits. Multiple shifts to choose from. Big name customers. Great reputation. Amazing field employees.

    Cons

    High stress, too many teams, management doesn't communicate effectively, not very diverse. HR complaints are not taken seriously. HR complaints do not remain anonymous. Upper management sometimes brags about having enough 'clout' to avoid consequences for their actions.

    Advice to Management

    Be more transparent with major changes. Instead of punishing the rumor mill, stop it entirely by being honest and upfront about changes.


  2. "Always have work for you but they do not pay well."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lead Technician
    Current Employee - Lead Technician
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    They work with large retailers like Wal-Mart and Amazon, this gets you the ability to work with very large Lan systems. They do camera, security, and network cabling.

    Cons

    They make you travel nation wide but they do not pay for you to go home except 1 or twice a year. This is a big turn off for people with children and close family.

    Advice to Management

    Try to compensate the workers better and you will have less of a turn over rate

  3. "Estimator Project Manager"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Estimator in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Estimator in Kansas City, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay and work environment

    Cons

    They have bad vacation and holiday policy

    Advice to Management

    Increase vacation and holiday pay


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Dysfunctional Family Environment"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Lowell, AR
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Lowell, AR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Wachter full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Medical and Dental benefits were great but comes at a price. The price paid for great Medical benefits is lower salary/hourly wages and poor vacation plan. Even after that consideration, they underpay industry standard by at least 10%. They do have a pseudo family atmosphere, better than most companies that boast of such. However, like any family there is dysfunction.

    Cons

    Owner of company holds the purse strings so tight, onward and upward movement is stifled. THE WORST Corporate vacation plan in the country, no accrual process. You have to be there 10 years before the national average vacation plan is met. If you are comfortable with the status quo this is the place for you. If you have drive and ambition this could be a stepping stone or just miss this step. Majority Dividends and control of the company are held within the brotherhood.

    Advice to Management

    Rather than bringing people in and placing at lowest level, negating, minimizing, and diminishing past experiences and drive...place people in more challenging positions that allow them to grow then flourish (Multipliers). There must be room for error, but Wachter does not foster this idea. As for TEAM...there is no I in team, however, a TRUE team acknowledges it is made of up individual members working for the team, and the team is must work NOT ONLY for the goal but for each individual of that team or there would be no team.


  5. "Good Company"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nobody breathing down your neck
    Company vehicle
    Great benefits
    Decent salary

    Cons

    Always chasing hours, always stressing are you gonna have work the next day.
    No set schedule

    Advice to Management

    Better communication, everything learned about the company is through the grape vine.


  6. "terrible"

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    Former Employee - Cctv in Fayetteville, AR
    Former Employee - Cctv in Fayetteville, AR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Wachter full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    truck, and they bought me lunch

    Cons

    They want you to go out of town at a moments notice low pay,no family life if you work for them, you will be living in a hotel

    Advice to Management

    management changes over night and thats not good


  7. "Technician level 3"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Wachter full-time

    Pros

    Unlimited OT, company truck ,gas card, laptop, cell phone, provided tools. Good people .

    Cons

    To much travel, job times fluctuate to much.

  8. "Forward-thinking company, invests in its employees"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lenexa, KS
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lenexa, KS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Wachter full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Amazing benefits
    Family-owned and values-based leadership

    Cons

    I am relatively new, but none so far. I've worked for large multi-national companies and small family-owned businesses, and everything in between. So far Wachter offers the best of all worlds, and works to continually improve when they discover issues.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to invest in your company and your employees!


  9. "Overall good company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Wachter full-time

    Pros

    good pay and benefits, knowledgeable people

    Cons

    Wachter is a Traveling company. if you don't want to travel don't work for Wachter.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Lowell Electrical"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - PMIT in Lowell, AR
    Former Employee - PMIT in Lowell, AR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Wachter full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great healthcare package. Now I am just typing because I need a minimum word count. Really no other good reasons to work here.

    Cons

    The upper management on the electrical side is terrible. If you disagree with them, they will find a way to fire you or make your life hell. The pay increases are a joke even if you prove your worth and that you are an asset. The vacation package is a laughable. One week for the first 5 years.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your people and start fresh with a new director


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