Garda World Security Reviews

Updated August 24, 2015
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Garda World Security Chairman, President, CEO Stéphan D. Crétier
Stéphan D. Crétier
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Pros
  • Full-time employment is stable and reliable (in 3 reviews)

  • Get to wear a gun and a uniform that holds a symbol of responsibility and respect (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • This is why no one I work with views Garda as a home or life choice (in 4 reviews)

  • 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 (in 3 reviews)

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  1. The Cash Vault Services department is a fast-paced work environment.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good entry level position with decent pay. Supervisor is doing her best to keep operations running smoothly. Fellow employees are willing to lend a hand. Major holidays off.

    Cons

    Haphazard operations and overwhelmed management. The department had acquired another account and therefore the employees are overloaded with work. There is a shortage of uniforms so not everyone has one even though they are required.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more employees to ease workload. Increase pay for the more senior employees.


  2. Garda Needs improvement

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Centreville, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Centreville, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Smaller firm in the industry with opportunity for growth

    Cons

    Upper management lack leadership and industry experience

    Advice to Management

    Get more involved in the daily activities and communicate with employees on a regular basis


  3. Security Guard

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Very Friendly co-workers. Good policies and procedures. Flexibility to swap shifts. Lots of overtime.

    Cons

    Sometimes communication is not uniform. Seems like every guard tries to follow own rules.

    Advice to Management

    Create better teamwork.


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  5. Garda

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Garda World Security full-time

    Pros

    Significant growth within the company but poor leadership and minimal investment in people at all levels. Good global reach if you can fit the culture.

    Cons

    Retention is not considered but rather focus is made on being able to replace those that depart. Founder and owner is interested solely in numbers and not quality of the service provided.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your people.


  6. Organize Employee Management Practices

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Premium Security Guard
    Current Employee - Premium Security Guard
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Garda World Security part-time

    Pros

    -Available hours and overtime -flexible hours -fair health and dental coverage

    Cons

    -Various changes due to new purchase of premium protection guards

    Advice to Management

    There should be more consistency in the management/head office practices. Set guidelines and supervision should be placed in the matter of handling employee requests to ensure inquiries/requests are handled in a timely fashion.


  7. GARDA Employee

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great benefits, reliable work hours, and high pay for only high school education.

    Cons

    Management is something to be desired. People you help are don't like you very much.

    Advice to Management

    Try to be more consistent, and work together for the safety of people, not the customer service.


  8. No training, lack of respect, poor wage

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Security Guard in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Security Guard in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    They will hire anyone who can pass the mirror test. This job is a stepping stone for the unexperienced.

    Cons

    No site training, management in disarray. Trying to contact scheduling is a nightmare.

    Advice to Management

    work with the employees that are making these contracts possible. provide site specific training.


  9. Screening Officer

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Pre-Board Screening Officer in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Pre-Board Screening Officer in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Garda World Security part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    -Pays Well -Ability to make own schedule

    Cons

    -Poor management -No chance of growth

    Advice to Management

    -Better management training for the company


  10. Gardaworld Security Guard

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Depends on your position and site, typically expect night shift hours if just starting

    Cons

    Disrespect from some members of the public

    Advice to Management

    N/A Site specific


  11. The company motto says "integrity", but I see little of it.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marine Facility Security Officer in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Marine Facility Security Officer in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of work, high turnover in managers, who come and go and only try to make themselves look good.

    Cons

    average pay, many payroll errors caused by site supervisors not submitting hours correctly. The managers commit errors that put contracts at risk.

    Advice to Management

    Evaluate your staff, promote based on competency and experience. Identify the poor performers and remove them from sensitive contracts.



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