AlliedBarton
2.7 of 5 357 reviews
www.alliedbarton.com Conshohocken, PA 5000+ Employees

AlliedBarton Reviews

Updated Apr 10, 2014
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2.7 357 reviews

                             

47% Approve of the CEO

AlliedBarton Chairman, President, and CEO Bill Whitmore Jr.

Bill Whitmore Jr.

(154 ratings)

43% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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2.7 Stars... Allied Barton Has Earned It ! No regard or respect for it's employees.

Security Officer (Current Employee)

I have been working at AlliedBarton full-time for more than 3 years

ProsPay check on time. That is it.
Looking forward to resign from this fly -by-night company and work for a company that has it together..

ConsLow pay, poor benefits, no work / life balance, no raises based on merit or time employed, no advancement based on experience, education or skills. Advancement only given if your one of the good ole boys or a relative / friend of their client. Human resources is almost non-existent and provides almost no support to non-management employees. Owned by Blackstone Corp, Allied Barton is one of the worst and most unprofessional companies to work for. This is my personal opinion based on observations and experience with this firm.

Advice to Senior ManagementSince you are a group of management that is the worst of the worst, please stay employed with Allied Barton.. Society and business does not need you in position with good companies. Please stay where you are at.... Do it for the good of the U.S.A. Thank you.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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wasted 3.5 yrs of my life.

Security Officer (Former Employee)
West Palm Beach, FL

I worked at AlliedBarton full-time for more than 3 years

ProsClient/customer personnel. A work boots and blue jeans work environment where we all work together. Mutual respect, and co-operation. Client/customer personnel never disrespect you because your "just a security guard".

ConsAllied Barton management. No matter how well you do your job. No matter how faithful you are. You are worth no more than last weeks newspaper. You only exist to be the fall guy if something goes wrong. Expect NO support from A B management!!! HR only exists to provide cover for management. Once they come gunning for you, you are done. Years of exemplary service, awards, accolades, mean NOTHING!!! When they are done with you, you are done. Once they are done with you, they will do their best to see you never find employment again. Allied Barton Management is a place for small minded, non-productive people, with no marketable skills to establish minor fiefdoms where they can wield undeserved power over basically powerless people. People who only want to do their job, for pitiful compensation, and be left alone to do their job.

Advice to Senior ManagementWhy? The business model is what it is. The uniformed officer is nothing more than a name to be placed in a slot to fill the schedule. The cheaper the better. The customer be damned, the PRIME DIRECTIVE of management is CUT COST!!!! Lower wages mean more profit for the company, and the managers bonus.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Worst six years of my life...

Security Officer (Former Employee)
Jacksonville, FL

I worked at AlliedBarton full-time for more than 5 years

ProsIt pays the bills. Work and steady hours are available if you do not care about having days off on holidays. Some sites are nicer than others. Some coworkers actually know how to spell properly and are generally on time.

ConsNo chances for advancement. All their pretentious claims about promotion from within are a bunch of baloney. Absolutely no personal or sick days, and you get written up for anything short of a death in the family, even if you let them know WAY ahead of time. No pay raises even when an employee consistently scores the highest marks on the quarterly reviews. No differentiation between an excellent well-educated employee who knows every inch on the assigned site and always has complete and accurate reports versus someone who barely speaks English and only does just about the minimum - if that much - and messes up every other standard procedure.

Advice to Senior ManagementTake care of the quality people that work for you: you do not really get a lot of those. Do not hire every other thug that comes in and fills out an application.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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"Dare to work here only if you need to survive" should be the company's motto

Security Officer (Former Employee)
New York, NY

I worked at AlliedBarton full-time for more than 3 years

ProsDepending the site you work at you may have the opportunity to meet some nice people.

Cons1) No health benefits.

2) There is no room for advancement. Beware: You may be told to take certain internal exams and trainings to help you move forward in your career; these trainings do not lead to a raise in your salary. The trainings will only help Account Managers receive bonuses.

3) It is easy to become complacent and forget to make goals for yourself. It is your responsibility alone to not allow this to happen.

4) Lack of sick days and personal days makes it stressful to take off from work. You are threatened with being written up or let go even if you have emergencies that arise out of your control.

Advice to Senior ManagementYou have great values on paper. Try to shift these values from words to action. Please provide great health benefits for your employees and better pay.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at AlliedBarton full-time for more than 3 years

ProsSome experience when working at secured sites or bring an spo

ConsOperations managers, not much room for advancement the harassment recieved over and over again. Also the decline in contracts.

Advice to Senior ManagementFire everyone who works out of the silver spring office

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Allied Barton in Vegas is the worst company to work for

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Las Vegas, NV

I have been working at AlliedBarton for more than 5 years

ProsIf you can get a fulltime post you'll get paid every two weeks. Ok dental plan. Their health insurance is a joke. It isn't even insurance it's just a discount plan.

ConsManagement is a complete joke. i think they hire guys off the street. It's sad when the guards are smarter then the account managers. Also the site supervisors are borderline brain dead. They always hire the guy with no personality just because he was in the military. Another con is if the next shift calls in sick or just doesn't show up they expect you to stay late. It's illegal but of course they get away with it. Always a very high turnover. I'm constantly training new people and I don't get paid to train. You get written up if you are late or call out. But if you have great attendance they never recognize you for it. Just a horrible company to work for. Definitely just a job for the moment.

Advice to Senior ManagementNote to managers just because someone was in the military doesn't mean they know how to supervise security guards.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Terrible company to work for

Assistant Supervisor (Current Employee)
Saint Louis, MO

I have been working at AlliedBarton full-time for more than 3 years

ProsFree baseball games, and free food.

ConsAccount manager was very unprofessional

Advice to Senior ManagementNeed a new recruit team

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Horrible

Security Supervisor (Current Employee)
Overland Park, KS

I have been working at AlliedBarton full-time for more than a year

Prosalmost free uniforms from Africa

Conspay, treatment of officer and family

Advice to Senior ManagementThe staff in local branch officers need to be fired

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Poor management who either don't care, or too swamped to return calls/e-mails and address any issues from employees.

Security Officer (Former Employee)
Redwood City, CA

I worked at AlliedBarton full-time for less than a year

ProsEASY to get hired. Steady employment if you don't have any other ambition other than being a security officer for the rest of your life.

ConsI was working at a horrible site where I encountered "ghetto" clients on a regular basis. I was verbally attacked on a regular basis here from welfare clients who didn't like being told what to do by a security officer. Thew would scream and curse at me. When I called my manager and asked for a site change, he brushed me off by telling me to ask the Recruiter. I then phoned the recruiter, and left him a message. No call back. Neither of them addressed the issue in any way.
Management doesn't answer the phone very often, nor do they return calls or e-mails in a timely manner. You have to chase them down if you want o speak to them.
They also DEMAND a doctor's note if you call in sick for 2 days. How can one even see a doctor, if they don't even offer insurance to their full time employees???
If I had a doctor or dentist appointment, I was forced to take the whole day off so they could REPLACE me for the day, which lead to a loss of a day's salary

Advice to Senior ManagementReturn calls and e-mails promptly. If an employee calls you with an issue, ADDRESS that issue. Don't just ignore them!!!
Work on offering health insurance to ALL your full time employees, instead of finding some nonsense reason to hold it back. Apparently if you take time off in the beginning of your employment for appointments, they use this as an excuse to not offer you health benefits! Terrible!!!

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Poor benefits, poor job security

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at AlliedBarton

ProsAlliedBarton offers online training which can be pursued during work or at home. This is great for developing employees and offering growth.

ConsAlliedBarton offers very poor benefits, which in turn offers little incentive for long term employment. Employees have no real reason to providing effort to the company.

Advice to Senior ManagementOffer better benefits in MA. Currently the health insurance does not meet state minimum credible coverage, which results in tax penalties. This is not fair and shows how little you care about employees.

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