Garda World Security Reviews

Updated February 3, 2015
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Garda World Security Chairman, President, CEO Stéphan D. Crétier
Stéphan D. Crétier
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  1. Helpful (1)

    I have been working at Garda World Security full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The secured place, the scheduling is reasonable. You can work another job while your working there

    Cons

    Long shift hours and the old condition of the trucks

    Advice to Management

    Order new trucks, new uniforms, understand your employees

  2. Helpful (6)

    They explain away their incompetence and tactics as being due to their "Corporate Culture" !!!!!

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Driver/Messenger in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Driver/Messenger in Indianapolis, IN

    I have been working at Garda World Security full-time (more than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Ego massage for some employees yet the majority of coworkers are some of the most upstanding folks I have ever met. I felt that my back was covered.

    Cons

    The majority of the truck flleet are death traps and a risk to operate by the employees and a danger to the public !!
    Deceit and misrepresentation is the operational business model of Garda. They will lie and cajole in every manner possible to not reimburse employees for expenses they incur that are outlined in the work rules I.E. costs of Licensing and certifications required for you work, being paid under the employee referral program, recognizing and properly paying holiday hours and denying benefit reimbursements. All done BTW to pad the branch budget.
    The company does not pay its bills in any sort of timely manner so mechanics liens get filed against their trucks that they get repaired by outside shops, simple operational support supplies go either unordered or not delivered for months. Management seems to have no eye for organization and cleanliness. COMPANY RULES, POLICIES AND PROCEDURES ARE IGNORED AT THE WHIM OF MANAGEMENT. There is no level playing field to allow an employee to have a handle on what is right or wrong but be forever ready to be disciplined if YOU mess up !!! Management does a stellar job of covering each other's tails.

    Advice to Management

    Have some engaged area management that travel and are directly involved in supervising your field operations and listening to the concerns of the Driver / Messengers. Your Branch Managers and the associated Operations managers in the branch network are a patchwork of folks who have reached their level of incompetence and they basically have no direct oversight other than conference calls.

  3. Helpful (3)

    Disconnected

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Cant think of any. Its a tough place to work. Its really behind the times on so many levels.

    Cons

    The company does not invest into its people. Hence, lack talent to move business forward. Medical plans have outrages family out of pockets expense. There is no 401-k match in any capacity. Hard to hire talent as wages are not in line with the industry.

    Advice to Management

    You need to invest into your people and the resources its takes to grow the business. Upgrade the fleet. Outside of California the fleet is a mess. Find a direction and move forward. Stop all the freezes on hiring and then wonder why service is awful.

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  5. Helpful (1)

    Avoid this company

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Development Manager
    Former Employee - Business Development Manager

    I worked at Garda World Security full-time (more than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Lots of good, qualified staff at middle and higher levels. Field staff includes many willing to put in long hours to get the job done.

    Cons

    Commitment to service execution is not very good. A culture of modest effort. No effort to respond in a timely fashion to the internal 'customer'. Management does not sufficiently share their real strategies and plans with mid-level ops and sales. Too heavily focused on cutting costs. Not paying vendors properly causing cutoff of vital services impacting service delivery.

    Advice to Management

    Invest less in buying smaller competitors and use those dollars to prove infrastructure and hire the best branch managers at competitive wages.

  6. 2 years security officer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Securiy Guard in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Securiy Guard in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at Garda World Security full-time (more than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Get paid on time, Good uniform

    Cons

    Firing guards with not acceptable reason

    Advice to Management

    Increasing of wage depends on the job requirments.
    Expectation is higher than standard in most of the sites.

  7. If I was the President, I would be embarrassed - YYZ

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - YYZ - Aviation in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - YYZ - Aviation in Toronto, ON (Canada)

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    coworkers - lower management - sympathize with each other when they are being crucified by upper management

    Cons

    no growth unless you speak French
    Upper management uses staff and throws them under the bus when it's their fault
    Upper management is clueless, naïve, and are majority retired Air Canada employees
    Your manager will mostly likely not know how to be effective manager
    Everyday there is a fear that you will be fired, walking on egg shells no matter if you do your job right
    You have to be "yes" person to survive in the culture, if you do what's right or speak up - you will be fired.

    Advice to Management

    Learn leadership, management, and integrity maybe you won't have so much turnover. Stop promoting GardaWorld as a great place to work you are just lying and wasting candidate's time. Upper management don't be threatened by your staff if they do your job plus your job better than you!

    Mr. Crétier if you are ruthless as a leader than kudos to you - your style definitely trickled down throughout your divisions.

  8. Helpful (1)

    Grey cup then floater then no shifts then "let go"

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Got to meet some decent guards and had some relaxed sites. Uniforms are free and they offer free training, but you don't get paid for it.

    Cons

    Supervisors are control freaks and look for any faults. You're surrounded by uneducated people who think their cops, completely unorganized structure. No hours and you worked for minimum wage. The more experienced guards are cynical because they realized they can't be cops and they're stuck at Garda, so they end up taking it out on the newbies. You can tell no one wants to be there, even the guy who ran my orientation flat out told us he's trying to join tps. The atmosphere is just depressing and just plain negative.

    Advice to Management

    What is there to say you guys offer contract security.

  9. a little chaotic

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

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    management 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 Management

    spare a moment to listen to employee grieveances

  10. Great for entry, but not as good as you think

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 full-time (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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

  11. It's big but not the best

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Security Guard in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Security Guard in Montreal, QC (Canada)

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The pay is decent when you add up all the premiums, you get to work in different environment very other day, you meet different kind people if you're lucky you might get a good contract with a stable salary.

    Cons

    They don't care about their employees's we'll being, not a career job and money is more important then the staff. Have been working for almost 8 years, I've been in many life and death situation while on duty and I've never received a letter to acknowledge my action.

    Advice to Management

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