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AMK9 Reviews

Updated December 3, 2014
Updated December 3, 2014
7 Reviews
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  1.  

    fine

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AMK9 full-time

    Pros

    you get a steady paycheck

    Cons

    good luck using your vacation days

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    Typical government contractor

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

    I worked at AMK9 as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Payroll is usually on-time
    Vacations are paid, which means you don't have to pre-plan your finances to account for it

    Cons

    They have a willingness to force employees to work obscene amounts of hours without compensating them for the extra work.
    The living conditions (although not entirely AMK9's fault) are spotty at best.
    Pay is lower than average the average for most companies

    Doesn't Recommend
  3.  

    overall, very easy job for the money in Basra, Iraq

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - EDD Handler in Al Makīnah, Basra Governorate (Iraq)
    Current Employee - EDD Handler in Al Makīnah, Basra Governorate (Iraq)

    I have been working at AMK9 as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Work schedule is very easy- 4 days one week and 3 days the next week- work is not hard- only entry check points and searching bags and vehicles. Everything is paid for (living quarters and food). It is like being in a minimum security jail with no supervision. Pay is slightly lower that industry standard but if you compare to the amount of hours worked, I guess it balances out.

    Cons

    Kennel master is a joke- has lied repeatedly to handlers on various issues- does not do his job- stays in his room unless he has a meeting to go to or is going to chow- you will not see him anywhere else. Delegates all duties he can so he doesn't have to work. It seems there have been positions "created" to assist this KM. When we requested the job description for the titles of "Team Leader" and "Assistant Kennel Master" as it pertains the to the Basrah contract, we was told those were not valid positions for this contract. This "team leader" or "assistant kennel master" as they have been called does not work a post and only does "Admin" things since the KM delegated this person to do them.
    New trainer (assigned in August) is also a joke. ZERO professionalism towards handlers- curses and yells at handlers on numerous occasions. No one is sure if he is even certified as a trainer- research on my end has shown he is not but I cant say for sure. Trainer is very careless during training sessions.
    Leave issues are a big problem which created moral issues. Contract discrepancies have been identified and brought to the attention of management but handlers were told "that the contract was not accurate". Contract states you will accrue a 35 day R&R for every 105 days you are in country. All handlers leave date has been pushed back by as much as 90 days for some. Accrue means earn, so if your R&R date was pushed back for just say, 30 days, that 30 days WILL NOT COUNT towards your next R&R, even though you are in country. Some guys will not even get a second R&R since their first was pushed back for so long.
    Management overall is a joke but if you can put up with the little issues, the job is not bad.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Address the management issues to improve moral with the handlers. Handlers are afraid to speak out regarding the issue for fear of some type of retribution. If there are concerns from the handlers, and there are many, do not tell them to send an email with those concerns. Have a member of management, other than the Kennel Master and trainer, meet with the handlers.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    Canine Detection Handler (K9)

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Canine Detection Handler: in Kabul (Afghanistan)
    Current Employee - Canine Detection Handler: in Kabul (Afghanistan)

    I have been working at AMK9 as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good company to work for, salary is great

    Cons

    Mostly contract work, limited permanent positions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employ more international people

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    experience as EDD handler

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Handler in Kaf Taskī (Afghanistan)
    Current Employee - Handler in Kaf Taskī (Afghanistan)

    I have been working at AMK9 as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Its good but vacation remain a huge challenge because your R&R is never defined.salary and pay is ok and in time.

    Cons

    Training is good and you can gather the best skills ever on earth

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider and mind about families left behind because employees need time to rest and atleast spend some time with families back home.Long time before R&R keeps torturing employees especially married couples,please be fair and humane.

    Recommends
  7.  

    Learned a lot about war, people and dogs.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - PNDD in Dabak, Kandahar Province (Afghanistan)
    Former Employee - PNDD in Dabak, Kandahar Province (Afghanistan)

    I worked at AMK9 as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    I was working as a Patrol Narcotic Detection Dog handler(PNDD), Team Leader and kennel master, and also as an instructor.

    Cons

    You never knew when was your next leave.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treed your employees good, and they will look after the company.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    It sucked tremendously

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Kennel Master in Bagrām (Afghanistan)
    Former Employee - Kennel Master in Bagrām (Afghanistan)

    I worked at AMK9 as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Kennel master pay was 102,000 a year

    Cons

    Company often pays late or doesn't pay full pay. Fights against paying full bonus. Leadership treats subordinates with disdain

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire current afghanistan leadership.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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