ABM Security Services Reviews

Updated March 30, 2015
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Chris Hanson
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Pros
  • Good work sites and good guys to work with (in 3 reviews)

  • There are no pros unless you absolutely needed to make a few more dollars than minimum wage (in 2 reviews)

Cons
  • Upper Management has little to no involvement with the operations of the company (in 3 reviews)

  • upper management are not friendly, bad decisions that does not help its workers, workers get the lower end of the stick (in 3 reviews)

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  1. ABM Security Services experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director of Security in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Director of Security in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at ABM Security Services

    Pros

    Competent managers/directors are allowed to run their team without micromanagement from ABM managers. The benefits are great if you happen to be lucky enough to have benefits offered to you. Corporate teams (i.e. Houston, Atlanta) are responsive to employee issues/requests.

    Cons

    Branch level operation's team are nearly ineffective. Many requests take months to be completed and some are never fulfilled. Staffing is a nightmare; site level managers/directors are left to fend for themselves and then penalized for doing everything they can to get contractual hours covered. Branch forgets about you unless there is a problem which may lose them an account. Opportunities are not attainable if you are connected to a large contract and keeping the client happen.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember the ABM employees; not just the contract. Get the branch and regional folks in sync with the rest of the company. Security division needs to get on board with One ABM. Tell the branch and local HR teams to Stop recycling poor performing employees. They are just juggling liabilities around and creating new problems for the business especially account retention.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. Poor pay,Poor Management, No room for advancement.

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

    I have been working at ABM Security Services full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Post assignment was ok. Loggin in truck drivers and vistors. Lost account. I only worked there 10 months

    Cons

    No pay rate increase,No advancement opportunities,totally unorganized management. No overtime hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    How do you expect to keep good people. Pay your employees better pay. Or at least more hours. Would you support your family with the type of income you are paying your employees.I have been with the company 7years i had never seen a pay increase.Or a advancement opportunity. I wont miss the company . I had to work a 2nd job for 2 and a half years to support my family. Its sad when you commit 7 years of hard work and deication and hard work.And there is no reward incentives.The management is
    terrible employees learn of changes in post
    orders and shift changes. Not good communication.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. It's a job

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Officer in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Officer in Portland, OR

    I have been working at ABM Security Services full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    It's a paycheck
    most sites 24hours so shift options

    Cons

    Branch management tells you what you want to hear,
    little to no room for advancement
    Paid per contract no incentive to work hard, paid the same wage as the guys that have been found sleeping on site.
    promotions if any go to supervisors friends not based on skill or work ethic
    At times you deal with aggressive drunks and people who wish to do you harm and they gave you a cell phone.
    Health benefits are a joke- pay a lot out and not much on plan is covered... pretty much its there so I don't get taxed by the government

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    >Step up for your people
    > give incentives for those that do the job and work hard
    > Offer better benefits

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  5. Do not expect any appreciation.

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

    I have been working at ABM Security Services

    Pros

    Lot's of time to contemplate finding a new job. No one looking over your shoulder, because there is no one else. Lot's of overtime, not by choice.

    Cons

    Low pay, poor benefits, no vacation in your first year on the job (which lets face it, at $8.50 an hour how many employees can possibly last over a year). If someone does get a vacation you will most likely be forced into working every shift they are gone as well as your own.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    change your vacation/(non-existent) sick pay policies. Cross train employees for different sites so that if someone does leave, or just go on vacation the 2-3 other employees at that site don't have to suffer.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. Not the best, they okn

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

    I have been working at ABM Security Services

    Pros

    If you looking for experience this is a good starter company

    Cons

    I would say getting the hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lack of communication fix it please

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. Stacked Deck

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

    I have been working at ABM Security Services

    Pros

    In-house Premonitions, uniform supplies, vacations

    Cons

    Operations Managers treat subordinates with a parole officer type attitude focusing on catching them in wrongful acts more than proper training, perks, or personal growth. Operations Managers, place aspiring site managers in positions the Operations Managers know as doomed for the site managers. Then, the site managers receive little to no support of their management in the form of roper training, perks, or personal growth. Instead they receive verbal abuse, ultimatums, and a six month position life expectancy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider a more ethical approach to leadership vise a parole officer type attitude focusing on catching those lead in wrongful acts. balance strict discipline with subordinate moral support, proper training, perks, and subordinate personal growth. The payoff for Management will include highly trained, ethical, and positively motivated subordinates, resulting in higher client retention and increased profitability.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. Employee

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Security Officer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Security Officer in New York, NY

    I have been working at ABM Security Services

    Pros

    Good hours and location with good amount of people.

    Cons

    Payroll not being consistent with their function

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please fix management and more paid time off

  9. Worst company to work for

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at ABM Security Services

    Pros

    There is no pro to working here, nothing!

    Cons

    The entire company, HR, Vacation time, EVERYTTHING, they suck horribly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the company in general they suck

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

    Collect a paycheck while you look for something better.

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

    I worked at ABM Security Services

    Pros

    Will hire nearly anybody, good starter job
    Depending on qualifications, can work in some very nice areas
    Unarmed security positions

    Cons

    Management drama (when I was there)
    High turnover
    Low pay
    No vacation time first year there
    Not much room for advancement

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. I wouldn't recommend this company to anyone with experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Fire Safety Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Fire Safety Director in New York, NY

    I have been working at ABM Security Services full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    There are none except they hire you on the spot without a formal interview as lkng as you have a security license

    Cons

    Work schedule are not stable, account managers doesn't care about you as long as you work, account mangers are not professional, probably the saddest and lowest company I ever worked for in my 20 years experience in security.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Shows some loyalty toward those who work hard for abm, offer pay raises and stop using the security officers as if they are a body to cover a site, care and show respect to employees just like you do to clients.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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