Allied Barton customers are the best, easy work(in 19 reviews)
work perks, decent pay, all over the nation(in 17 reviews)
Account Managers and employees are frequently thrown under the bus to save a contract(in 37 reviews)
Operations managers, not much room for advancement the harassment recieved over and over again(in 9 reviews)
Pros – It pays some bills, can work on school work, twiddle your thumbs, laugh at idiotic patrons/employees/managers, and it passes time.
Cons – Uniforms-dorky, pay-poor-poverty level, manager-tyrants-bullies-yes men, no promotions-lye's, sanity level of some guards-very low, benefits-nonexistant, security in general-not respected, CEO- lives on philosophy (money over bodies) did I mention poverty pay.
Training- Smoke and Mirror tactics or Lip Service
Advice to Senior Management – Your doing a great job buttercups keep up the lie fest.
No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company
Pros – - A paycheck -- albeit sometimes for less hours than you worked
- Work itself is simple to grasp
- Can be a good work out
Cons – - Incompetent management that cares only for the bottom line and have no background in security/enforcement
- Your suggestions for improvements on site security are ignored; you're lucky if they even remember your requests for additional report sheets (which is mandatory for you to fill out every day)
- Even if you're assigned one site with 40 hours a week you're essentially always on call w/o pay. They will wake you up right after you get off shift and tell you to be at another site within hours. And they will do everything possible to avoid ever having you work overtime, so they'll shift your set schedule at the snap of a finger.
- The wage is incredibly low and not livable on your own
- This is the one security company that won't allow you to have any self-defense weapons or able to touch anyone, so you have to run with your tail between your legs with any hostility. This is especially dangerous when they dump you outside a retail store in the middle of a ghetto neighborhood, or on railroad tracks in the dead night of a graveyard shift.
- Anyone can get the job. This is an issue, because too many fellow employees are either very strange, incompetent, or lazy. I've seen some officers scare the cliental so much they were requested to be replaced. Others enjoy sitting there twiddling their thumbs and do not do their job.
- This is less security and more costumer service. The sites that hire these officers use them more as a cheaper option to their own employees. You will do jobs such as delivering news papers and receipts to hotel rooms, answer room calls, janitorial work etc.
- The physicality of the job could be difficult on some. There are assignments where you're supposed to be walking an entire 8-10 hour shift.
-The cheap uniforms give you rashes
- You are always the fall guy or scape goat for any issue
-The company is constantly severely underbidding other security companies, so you KNOW they're providing the top of the line service *sarcasm*
Advice to Senior Management – Let employees have lives outside of work, and if they don't at least pay them decent wages. Stop being so cheap in every single regard to everything.
Pros – Steady hours, nothing else really
Cons – Management
List goes on and on
Advice to Senior Management – Pay your officers a decent salary, or else you will get what you pay for and lose the ones worth keeping. Make a change in the site supervisor and account manager, because neither are getting it done. The turn-over rate is insane. Officer shouldnt have to work 15 days in a 16 day stretch, nore should they have 8 hour turn arounds in between 12 hour shifts.
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Pros – Ummmm really?
There are no pro's that can be named. A job like this could be found anywhere. Especially one with better hours. There are no pro's. Don't take a job doing security the industry is crooked.
Cons – Everything: pay, scheduling, tyrannical bosses, corporate structure designed to alienate and exploit the majority of its staff members, no real world experience gained here that cant be gained somewhere else.
Don't take a JOB in the security industry do something that will get you a CAREER.
Advice to Senior Management – Hahaha hard to keep the sliminess of your business industry behind closed doors? Welcome to the 21st century.
Hopefully the information I provided has kept someone from making the same mistake I did. Joining the security industry.
Pros – Consistently poor pay
Some training material looks good on resume
My manager was good with time off
Cons – Pay is no were near what it would take to keep actual professionals.
Company thinks they are something they are not....which is professional.
Company policy is all smoke and mirrors.
Officers are expendable at all levels.
Security Industry is garbage in general.
Most managers highly incompetent and get by day to day through lying and scare tactics.
Advice to Senior Management – Change the uniforms, stop acting like your security officers are professionals, hire competent managers, and for goodness sake pay a person what they are worth.
As it stands you managers are as useful as an empty toilet paper roll.
Pros – Simple job most of the time. Its a pay check if you don't have one. Could be easy to file a false worker comp claim or legal claim based on their negligent practices; however, I wouldn't recommend this because you't better then this company is.
Cons – No were near law enforcement in the terms of training, capabilities, or respect. As a security GUARD (you are not an officer no matter how you shake it) you are as valuable as a used diaper, and a diaper is exactly how Allied Barton will treat you.
Expect them to lye about how important and valuable you are; then they will show you threw actions like crummy raises, issuing torn/damaged uniforms, providing little to no support, providing training without a computer so you can't learn while you work, and providing little to no site specific training or hands on training, that will support the fact that they are trying to deceive Security Guards.
Deception and tricking from security management is an industry standard, expect it.
Advice to Senior Management – Stop running around pumping your fists in the air. Your Jersey Boy antics are embarrassing.
Pros – Good starting pay
Good first job
Friendly office staff
Usually willing to work with your schedule
Cons – Rarely get raises
PTO is a joke
No room to grow professionally
Benefits are poor
Doesn't follow proper procedures
Advice to Senior Management – Everything about the San Diego office needs to be fixed, especially the organization. Perhaps they need to hire more account managers for the amount of contracts they have? Fix guard placement as well..managers should not be pulling un-trained guards from one site to another because they have no one else to fill in.
Pros – None
None none none none none none. Its a sub par "job"
Cons – Upper management do not care, company is on the stock market-care more about share holders, management sticks- lairs, con artists, mafia styled approaches mixed with narcissistic and sociopathic mentalities, security officers can be replaced by cameras easily meaning we are not viewed as a company asset, in fact I am sure the corporate office views its officers more as a liability and vampire on budget rather than anything else.
Being a security guard is degrading work and being a security guard at Allied Barton is even further degrading.
Run away from this sub standard industry
Advice to Senior Management – You are useless and non existent to the little guy who makes your company what it is.
Pros – Pay check and some of the people I work with. They paid for my state security license. Paid lunch and breaks.
Cons – The management is a joke. I have never been so unhappy at a place of business and I have worked at call centers. I have been assaulted harassed and discriminated against. I would never ask my worst enemy to work for this company. The district office is a huge joke. They are ignorant and rude. I have been denied overtime from my district manager and then he gives it to my coworker. There is no room for growth. Getting benefits is a nightmare. They never send you the paperwork till it's too late. There are no sick days. The only way to miss work is if someone dies and I have been told that multiple times.
Pros – Easy work, steady shifts, decent pay, 5 personal days every 90 days, overtime, holiday pay (the few days they actually consider a holiday)
Cons – uneducated workers and management, wrongful training, uniforms, writing reports, minimum days they consider holiday pay
Advice to Senior Management – Learn to train the employees properly, treat all employees fairly, quit writing certain people up for doing things while others do the same with no punishments. Start greeting your employees, I worked for 4 months without once ever meeting my supervisor or boss, finally met the supervisor, and my duration at the job I never once met my boss.