Total Service Manager (Former Employee), Elkhart, IN – August 13, 2013
Pros: relative autonomy to do my job
Cons: too many bosses
Manage a $5m dollar service business. Daily review of pl/, financials, customer service, and employee development. Hardest part was answering to regional managers, v/p's, and service directors. Most enjoyable part dealing with customers, employees
Job Site Foreman / Project Manager (Former Employee), Austin, TX – November 29, 2012
Pros: excellent benefit package
Cons: none !!!
I've work for Simplexgrinnell for 12 years. I have no REGRETS. I had to Leave on personal matters.They have a great management system. My coworkers were excellent to work for. I miss them dearly. It will be hard to fine another job like this 1
- non traffic hours make work days easier - learned NFPA 25 codes, how to test and inspect fire protection systems, leadership skills to better me in my career - management is fair, a lot of confusion and mis-communication from managers to inspectors - co workers are great people, very easy to get along with, and fun to work with
Service Coordinator/Sales Support (Former Employee), Ottawa, ON – September 18, 2012
Pros: great staff, good compensation & benefits
Cons: lack of interaction between management and the rest of the staff
I began with this company as a reception and then was promoted to support the sales staff. On a daily basis, I would help put together RFP's for bids on sprinker & fire alarm systems.
After about 6 months I was promoted to Service Coordinator. In this position I was responsible for taking service calls, created a job number and finding a tech to send – more... to location.
Management did not play a role in my daily acitivities although they were friendly. The co-workers were great to work with a good comradery was built amongst us.
The hardest part of the job when I left this company was trying to fill all of the service calls when technicians were already on other jobs. We also went through a merging of two companies which had it's challenges initially.
The most enjoyable part was that the staff was very friendly and always willing to help one another. I also enjoyed being challenged on a daily basis. – less
doesnt matter (Former Employee), Pa – August 30, 2012
Cons: all management levels!!
I was with this company for 9 years and from day one.. manager was horrible!! Always causing trouble among employees. Never professional! I asked to take a week off to go to Florida and was told "it MUST be nice"! As this person was angry and slammed their date book on my file cabinet!! Upper management must of liked this person cause they are still – more... there. I am soooo happy I am no longer employed with this company. It was a terrible 9 years of my life!! My health declined and the stress was unreal... Good Luck to all that are still there... now I have a awesome job with a awesome company! I am just sorry I didn't leave sooner! – less
Inspector (Former Employee), Livermore – August 28, 2012
Pros: some great field and office people
Cons: idiot management
Management is run by morons. They are run by guys with unisex names. If you can suck a at your job u can become a manager. If u can play golf, and have zero experience as a manager, u can become a manager. If u were turned down to become a sales person, u can become a manager. If u can posed liked "Superman" u can become a manager. If u like being a – more... puppet u can become a manager. The hardest part of the job was the constant idiot support staff, the admin "cows". And the know nothing inspections manager who was quoted as saying " I remember helping u 5 years ago and this job should only take 3 days". This how stupid he was, he was a helper, who left to walk around the neighbor while I stayed at fire control room. – less
Accounting/General Ledger (Current Employee), Westminster, Ma – July 8, 2012
With company splitting, there is no type of job security. Lack of communication. Rules change for each employee. Inconsistant practices. Uneven workload. Company states that they have an open door policy, but they do not practice it.
District General Manager (Current Employee), Johnson City, NY – May 22, 2012
Pros: quality company, local presence and a large backing
Cons: levels of approvals needed to make change
Typically every day is a challenge and one the felt very rewarding overall. Being in the life-safety business, what you did actually avesd peoples lives and property. I learned a great deal in my tenure at SimplexGrinnell, including the structure, P&L, HR, sales planning and development as well am much much more! The management are full of integrity, – more... recognize talent and drive for results. My co-workers were a great team, we have done some amazing things despite a down economy in regards to growth and profitability. The hardest part of my job was not being able to get to every one of my customers' needs, both internal and external. There are many people that needed things, so prioritizing is a challenge. Overall the best part of the job is the people and the relationships that have been built. I was a part of something that was growing and that allows that ability to impact peoples lives in a positive way. – less
Pros: great team of people, talented, always eager to help
Cons: nothing of any significance
A typical day at work was spent working with specialists from IT and the business to build new enhancements to the systems there. I learned about the consumer safety business which I had not worked with before. They have some very interesting challenges, particularly in terms of inventory and keeping all the right parts for servicing equipment in the – more... hands of the technicians out in the field. The management was a good team, both on the IT side and the customer side. I found that working with both management teams to be a good learning experience. My co-workers were a really talented group of project managers and they made my stay there the most enjoyable part of the job. The hardest part of the job was just learning the business since it was new to me. – less