Garda World Security
2.3 of 5 27 reviews
www.gardaglobal.com Montreal, Canada 5000+ Employees

Garda World Security Reviews

Updated Apr 11, 2014

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43% Approve of the CEO

Garda World Security Chairman, President, CEO Stéphan D. Crétier

Stéphan D. Crétier

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36% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Garda Needs improvement

Senior Manager (Current Employee)
Centreville, VA

I have been working at Garda World Security

ProsSmaller firm in the industry with opportunity for growth

ConsUpper management lack leadership and industry experience

Advice to Senior ManagementGet more involved in the daily activities and communicate with employees on a regular basis

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Horrible, fear based management

Office (Current Employee)
Boca Raton, FL

I have been working at Garda World Security full-time for less than a year

ProsConstantly too much work and don't pay overtime. Computers break all the time so you can look busy and do nothing....just smile and move fast and nobody gonna bother

ConsPoor attitudes and managers from Montreal Talk down and demean employees. Folks just complain about who be fired next in rif. Poor folk with kids can't afford the insurance

Advice to Senior ManagementPay your bills and maybe trucks will get fixed. Where's all the big sales win money going...not to pay bills or fix stufff

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

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,.Lies Fake contract, No overtime till 50 hours, unsafe vehicles and anti union goons

Messenger/Driver/Janitor (Current Employee)
San Antonio, TX

I have been working at Garda World Security full-time for less than a year

Prosfree water and a fan! A timeclock, handbook and uniform but very unrealistic performnce expections some of the crew guys are great some are just backstabbers and loyal to a very mean regime of goons

ConsIdiot managers, vault and branch and district and regional all of em...stoopid. Very long hours in very unsafe vehicles absolutely no one thta thinks safety to go to no one large disconnect from the branch to Garda cash logistics.

Advice to Senior ManagementListen to your emplyees, follow the law..FLSA and MCA and FMSCA and get rid of labor agreement ,to the employees!!!!!UNIONIZE or get screwed

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

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Decent employment, but lots of room to improve

Security Guard (Current Employee)
Hamilton, ON (Canada)

I have been working at Garda World Security full-time for more than a year

ProsFriendly management. The company values employee safety and training. Benefits are decent. Full-time employment is stable and reliable.

ConsHamilton area is ridiculously over-staffed. Part-time employment is abysmal. Cannot find job positions anywhere since there is a line-up of a hundred workers looking for positions ahead of you. Management rarely returns phone calls or emails. Frequent errors with payroll that take weeks to correct. Security guards are underpaid and have no room for upward growth. Majority of security guards have extremely poor language skills in an industry where clear communication is an absolute necessity.

Advice to Senior ManagementPay your employees a competitive wage. Stop hiring new employees when you're already over-staffed. Stop hiring under-trained and unqualified people for positions. Re-train your payroll staff.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Very Unprofessional Recruiters!

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Calgary, AB (Canada)

I have been working at Garda World Security full-time

ProsNothing really, other than the location and free parking

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

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

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

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a little chaotic

Security Guard (Current Employee)
Fort McMurray, AB (Canada)

I have been working at Garda World Security full-time for more than a year

Prosgood place for experience, and can be employed quickly as there's always vacancies. Just get your security licence and you're good to go.

Consmanagement out of touch and they dont care about employee issues. Incredibly high staff turnover, but that seems to be the norm in the security industry around here

Advice to Senior Managementspare a moment to listen to employee grieveances

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Its a good company but now I am waiting for a job and I need to work

Security Agent (Current Employee)
Montreal, QC (Canada)

I have been working at Garda World Security full-time for less than a year

ProsIts a good company but when you are new, you have to wait for a job

ConsWhen you are not working, the waiting is killing me

Advice to Senior ManagementWe need a regular job

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great for entry, but not as good as you think

Security Guard (Current Employee)
Toronto, ON (Canada)

I have been working at Garda World Security full-time for more than a year

Pros-Provides steady income
-looks good on resume
-solid company polices, most things on the book

if you ever come up to a chance for a better employment opportunity, which you will, go for it, do not think Garda will treat you well, its the same as every other company even if, and especially because it is the largest company right now. Pay and job title speaks words, company name speak little.

Cons-office politics when it comes to complaints and something needs to be done
-poor benifits package
-integrity to the company is punished
-you have to consider the union fees in your wage

if you are about to do something site or company general approved of but not on paper, make sure you do it smartly, do not get caught, company will never save you for your integrity to the company.
if there is ever some sticky situation, if you can do something about it, and if you can choose not to, just don't do it, call mobile, call the client, don't get your own hands dirty because of it, the union, the company DOES NOT have your back covered.

Advice to Senior Managementpreference to seniority, even when they are in the wrong is never the best idea. If they can, they will, don't forget that.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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I have seen worse, But so far the best

Security Guard (Current Employee)
Toronto, ON (Canada)

I have been working at Garda World Security full-time for more than a year

ProsThe entry wage is pretty fair to be honest, they don't let you play out of your league and it is a very strict customer service oriented sites, unless if you are working downtown which is a very unique environment for each and every site. But they don't force you to do something you cannot handle.

ConsI don't really see my self advancing to higher positions in this company, the more advance positions (such as mobile and screening) in this company need long term dedication with not half decent pay and a lot of work load. It is really a shame, when you realize you will jump aboard to other companies that are offering more.

Advice to Senior ManagementI am fairly aware of the contract competition, but I would just like to say, It is a job, and not very much a career, the money is what most of the people are in here for.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Decent and fair

Security Coordinator (Current Employee)
Vancouver, BC (Canada)

I have been working at Garda World Security full-time for more than 8 years

ProsManagement is actually involved and cares what employees thing.

ConsSome site are not suited for any guard and some people you work with are not theft good.

Advice to Senior ManagementRemove the poor performers so the rest of us who do hard work can be seen.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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