Garda World Security

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Garda World Security Reviews in Canada

Updated October 28, 2014
Updated October 28, 2014
48 Reviews
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Garda World Security Chairman, President, CEO Stéphan D. Crétier
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Absolute. Garbage.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager
    Current Employee - Senior Manager

    I have been working at Garda World Security full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    There are no pros. This company is a nightmare to work for. The pay, considering the industry is okay, I guess.

    Cons

    Even if you set your own schedule, even if you process your own payroll, they somehow manage to mess it up. I'm nearly $2000 behind on my paychecks over FOUR pay periods. Every time I e-mail them, I get the response "We'll look into it ASAP", and despite constant follow-ups, I get no response.

    They don't care about their employees, and they would rather lose a contract than pay for something out of their own pockets (even something as miniscule as $40).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start to listen to your employees, and start to promote the good ones. You have a lot of idiots who somehow move up the food chain, but your hard workers don't.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    As a mid level manager I found upper management were clueless as to what happens in the checkpoint and the VP's think they know what to do before setting foot on site.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Garda World Security

    Pros

    Honestly tough to find one. I left of my own accord although I had peers that were forced out. The best thing I could say is that some of the people I worked with were good at their jobs.

    Cons

    Upper management think they know best without setting foot in the checkpoint and don't listen to improvement suggestions from those that work there everyday.
    The union only protects employees that should be fired and adds no value to the good employees. They traded away most of their good benefits for things like an extra sick day that they aren't even paid for. So terrible leadership there too.
    Poor management + bad union leaders = awful place to work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I understand the restrictions with CATSA regulations and maybe it would be worthwhile explaining them to the screening officers to give them a greater understanding of the challenges faced by management. Could create more of a cohesive group effort instead of an us vs. them mentality that exists now.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Not a good employer, if you're looking for substance...

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Security Agent in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Security Agent in Edmonton, AB (Canada)

    I worked at Garda World Security full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    It's work and it can pay you.

    Cons

    Awful management
    More drama than a high school
    Lack of benefits
    No sick pay
    No vacation days
    Management promoted on a brown-nosing basis
    Management does not take responsibility for actions
    Lack of crisis management
    No training for new employees- employees are assigned to sites way beyond their scope and skills and not offered any additional training in advance as basic security training does not cover most aspects of actual, hands-on securit work
    14 hour+ days with awful overtime

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More transparency, treat your employees with respect, and pay them what they deserve. They deal with a lot of situations and don't get paid nearly enough.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    So unprofessional, they completely under look great leaders

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Screening Officer in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Screening Officer in Edmonton, AB (Canada)

    I worked at Garda World Security full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Pay is the only reason people stay
    hours are brutal beyond words
    clicky lots of groups
    the managment sells drugs

    Cons

    opps those were as nice as pros can be...
    clicks
    hours
    management
    disrespect

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    No leadership

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Pre-Board Screening Officer in Winnipeg, MB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Pre-Board Screening Officer in Winnipeg, MB (Canada)

    I have been working at Garda World Security full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The only real pro is coworkers. Pay and benefits are purely the result of union efforts.

    Cons

    General Manager is unqualified ( was a bartender), Check Point Managers invent policies while ignoring labour code and the CBA, so-called quality leads are unfamiliar with CATSA sop changes and are highly confrontational, employer changes schedules without telling staff, health and safety concerns are ignored. CATSA would do well to cancel current agreements with Garda.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Come interview screeners WITHOUT the local senior mangers present to get honest answers as the local mangers use fear and intimidation to suppress truth.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Shouldn't be in business, such a joke

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Security Guard in Windsor, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Security Guard in Windsor, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Garda World Security part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Cant think of any, non zip..

    Cons

    Tell you your going top get full time, then bring in more pt employee's to make sure you don't get full time, which means no benefits, 6 months, one pair of pants , one shirt, how's that for being professional, The only reason I give you one star, is because they don't have any more lower options, or you would get a minus , Garda doesnt want to send me my last check, its been a month now , and still haven't received it, going to the labour board very soon. If you want to be used to the fullest extent , try this place,, good luck you'll need it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get one, you sit in your office all day , why don't you visit your sites, and show some kind of leadership, again what a joke of a company...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Very Unprofessional Recruiters!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at Garda World Security full-time

    Pros

    Nothing really, other than the location and free parking

    Cons

    Recruiters are very unprofessional, ask questions very irrelevant to position.
    Compensation offered well below market rate!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire people with experience to work on your Recruitment so that you can get best quality candidates hired.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Disgusted

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Garda World Security

    Pros

    Benefit package from local union, and that's with NO help from Garda

    Cons

    Dispatch officers are RUDE, well more like IGNORANT
    Management does NOT address issues in a timely matter
    Schedulers are NOT on top of things, they complain about your vacations, like I'm NOT suppose to take them.....DUH,,, you take yours, don't you !!!??!!!!
    The provide little if ANY of your Union information, they don't want to see you informed..
    I have NEVER disliked a job or company in my WHOLE entire life, that in it;s self is SAD
    The Human Resource employers are actually VERY immature and silly and BULLIES !!!
    Garda says they will give you proper training, more like NOT, I worked at a job for 3 hours and they left me on my own in a condominium, DOWNToWN TORONTO, on a FRIDAY night.. HELLLOO !!

    My overall impression of GARDA is this:

    I would rather be jobless..!!!!!!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have your Head Office and Over night staff, take a lesson is in importance, respect and compassion. They are the MOST rude people I have EVER dealt with, EVER !!!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Stay away from this company, horrible treatment of employees.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Security Guard in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Security Guard in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Garda World Security

    Pros

    Honestly i can't think of any? they treat you like crap, and expect way to much for what they pay!

    Cons

    You can never get a day off from dispatch, they will wine, complain and threaten with loss of employment if you dare ask. Going above dispatch doesn't help either, no one cares, your only a number to them and that number is disposable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start treating your employees with respect they deserve. Reorganize the company structure so lower employees are treated with respect and replace dispatch with people who like what they do!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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