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    Guard Management Inc is the dream job of any entry level security officer because of their professionalism.

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    Former Employee - Asset Protection Officer in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Asset Protection Officer in San Diego, CA

    I worked at GMI full-time (more than a year)


    They have very professional protocols and manner of operations. They use technology to their advantage in on the job situations and technical support to back up their employees as needed. The opening wage is comparable to other openings at other security companies and it is possible to get promoted quickly within the company. The work hours and schedules are very stable and rarely change unless necessary. The working environment feels safe and secure, even at night in most areas (perhaps I'm just comfortable in most environments). People generally respect the uniform, few exceptions being teenagers, transients and the intoxicated.


    Pin classes take time away from work and time is not paid to attend, meaning the associate is out a day's wage and receives a literal pin to place on their uniform. Some employees can't afford to lose a day's wage if they are not full time.

    Failure to have Guard Card renewed prior to expiration will result in termination, regardless of BSIS situation cause. GMI is following mandated law regarding this matter and the same is true for all security companies. It is strongly recommended to renew all credentials 6 months in advance with BSIS due to the nature of the bureaucracy. BSIS is understaffed and overworked, resulting in extreme delays in paperwork handling, lost files and long call waiting periods. If you possess both a guard card and firearm carry permit, you must pay cash or check for joint renewal as digital payment is disallowed.

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    Keep up the good work, customer service and employee trainings/little talks. Be advised that employees possessing firearm carry permits will be delayed in guard card renewal, automated online renewal is NOT ADVISED due to BSIS not allowing digital payment for dual renewal of guard card AND firearm carry permits. Advised to press employees hard for renewal 6 months in advance. Use same method currently used, just do so earlier.

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    Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
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    I applied online. The process took a weekinterviewed at GMI in June 2012.

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    I first heard about GMI through a Craigslist ad which clearly stated "Looking for armed and unarmed guards." "Requirements: CA ID, Verifiable proof of eligibility to work in the US and CA BSIS State Issued Guard License" "NO EXPERIENCE REQUIRED" so I clicked on the website link and applied online which took about 60-70 minutes. The next week I get a call from HR requesting that I come in for an interview (which just so happens to be the next day at 8am in the morning). The next day I arrive at a small building at 7:40 in the morning to a large group of people (mostly men) standing outside of it. The door was locked and there must've been nearly 30 people standing outside with me. They let us in at 8:08, a few minutes late but it happens so whatever. The HR woman who I assume called me just the day before herds us like cattle into what looks like a small classroom with small tables, a projector and screen hanging on the wall. There are not enough seats to accommodate everyone, forcing a few people to stand up. The HR person tells us that we will be pulled out in groups to be interviewed. The HR woman hands us all packets with about 5 pages of job duty related questions and while we fill them out goes over a power-point presentation of the company, job duties, benefits, salary etc. (basically an unpaid orientation) and tells us that "if all goes well once your interview is over you will be given a 12-panel drug test, background check and be fitted for your uniforms." It must have been half an hour since she had given us this presentation that the manager actually started pulling people out for interviews. Two groups of 5 people are interviewed, one girl in each group. Ten people leave the room, only two come back, both men. As I wait my turn to be interviewed I notice there's a question on the last page with questions that asks to show proof of "one verifiable year of work experience" because it is required in order to "complete the application process". At this point I almost walk out of the building because this is NOT what the Craigslist ad I mentioned early had said, but I then I notice the guy sitting next to me (like myself) who also has no work experience. So I suck it up and wait another half hour and I am finally called in for an interview with two other people. The two other people are told to wait outside the room in chairs while I go in with the manager. I extend my arm for a handshake, the manager does not shake my hand so I just smile and sit down. The manager asks me if I'm in school and what I plan to do with it in the future. He then asks me why I want to be a security guard, I give a brief, direct answer and then says "what else?" which catches me off guard. Apparently my answer wasn't good enough. He then asks me what area of town I live in so I tell him and then he says "Okay, we will keep your application on file" which is a nice way of saying "we don't want to hire you, please leave." I stand up and wait for a handshake, he directs me towards the door, no handshake. I finally leave the building at 9:52am, nearly two hours after my “scheduled” interview. This is where the “if all goes well” remark comes into play. It’s a set up to make you feel like a tool, if you don’t get the job. A few days later I get an email from GMI telling me in print that I did not get the job, go figure! This is one of the worst job interviews I have ever been to, the lack of professionalism and clear disregard for the interviewee’s time stunned me in a very negative way. I just recently applied to Universal Pro security and received a job offer almost on the spot and I waited at most ten minutes for my interview. There isn’t even a comparison because the two companies are like day and night.

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Headquarters Ramsey, MN
Size 16 to 50 Employees
Founded Unknown
Type Company - Private
Industry Manufacturing
Revenue $1 to $5 million (USD) per year
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