AlliedBarton Reviews

Updated August 30, 2015
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AlliedBarton Chairman, President, and CEO Bill Whitmore Jr.
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Pros
  • Decent pay compared to other security companies (in 22 reviews)

  • Current location is very easy work (in 18 reviews)

Cons
  • Most account managers don't really care about their employees (in 42 reviews)

  • No room for advancement, pay grades (in 11 reviews)

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  1. Commission and Non Commission Officer

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    Former Employee - Non-Commissioned Security Officer in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Non-Commissioned Security Officer in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at AlliedBarton full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Administration staff was great. Good training, scheduling, & benefits. Well known nationwide. Employee recognition help to build moral. Site supervisors knew they're role.

    Cons

    Certain accounts needed more employee back ups with training. Hour more people for on call shifts when sites have call ins.

    Advice to Management

    Encourage officers to get more training when available. This will improve performance and promotion.


  2. The most enjoyable job I have ever had.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nashville, TN
    Recommends

    Pros

    Easy work, great people to work with, exciting work.

    Cons

    Too many hours, mandatory overtime for full-time employees, management tries to force you to work extra hours if you're employed at Vanderbilt. Full-time employees also work 12 hour shift very often.

    Advice to Management

    Don't force employees to work 12 hour shifts almost every day then get surprised when they fall asleep on post.


  3. Great company

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    Current Employee - Bank Protection Officer in Shawnee, KS
    Current Employee - Bank Protection Officer in Shawnee, KS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AlliedBarton (More than a year)

    Pros

    Training is always available to the officers

    Cons

    Better communication with the office personnel on jobs


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  5. Consistent company

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AlliedBarton part-time

    Pros

    Being paid each week is beneficial to many of the guards and posts are generally easy and straightforward.

    Cons

    Difficult to move from a part time to full time position. Also graveyard positions tend to "lock" your job position in place and management become particularly dependent on this factor. Strongly consider this before taking such position.

    Advice to Management

    Consider the focus being shifted away from employee hour management and possibly spend more time getting to know employees.


  6. Helpful (2)

    AlliedBarton Security Services Review

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    Former Employee - Security Officer
    Former Employee - Security Officer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at AlliedBarton full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good starting pay Local management was great Benefits offered after full-time for a year

    Cons

    Horrible attendance policy Regional/national management terrible Little work/life balance

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the atrocious attendance policy. Hard-working employees should not be fired because they had four absences/late arrivals in a 90-day period. Take value in your employees and back them up.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Patrol Captain

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    Current Employee - Patrol Captain in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Patrol Captain in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AlliedBarton full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great pay for this particular site. Plenty of opportunities for overtime. Lucky enough to have a great Client. Work with a decent management team.

    Cons

    Work life tends to be primary life at this account at times. Sometimes people can fake a good interview and totally suck when on the job, like any other job. This doesn't apply for me or my account, but pay company wise in general could be better.

    Advice to Management

    Needs to be a better evaluation process with hiring officers, from taking multi questionnaires to evaluate personalities to physical agility tests to better test if their fit for certain positions. This will alleviate workman's comp claims and also help assure the right personalities are met for the customer service necessary for most client sites.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Security Officer

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    Former Employee - Security Officer in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Security Officer in Phoenix, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at AlliedBarton full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good co. benefits and high standards

    Cons

    Not much room for advancement


  9. Helpful (2)

    It all depends on the contract. Some are laid back others are really strict.

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    Current Employee - Security Officer (Unarmed) in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Security Officer (Unarmed) in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at AlliedBarton full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    A lot has changed since Allied merged with Barton years ago. So you have to wear dress shoes which is uncomfortable shoes not like it used to be. For me the income, holiday pay, busy and friendly environment. The hours on the contract are great for those with children, there's a union on this contract and I believe it's because it's a government contract.

    Cons

    I'm on the Smithsonian contract which is inside the museums in the national mall. The management (not specifically allied barton supervisors but special police management) tend to follow myself and my Co workers around our posts a lot during the slow season. Every once and a while there are pay discrepancies. The uniforms are cheap.

    Advice to Management

    I would say pick a company with better quality when it comes to the uniforms. Please work on minimizing the pay discrepancies to 0 and add a lot more empathy towards your officers being uncomfortable standing up for 8 hours.


  10. Helpful (2)

    A good stepping stone

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    Current Employee - Security Officer in Antioch, CA
    Current Employee - Security Officer in Antioch, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at AlliedBarton full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    A lot of your coworkers are really nice and occasionally you get a really cool client with a lot of perks. I happen to have an awesome boss who treats me well and listens to everyone's concerns. The benefits are decent but they vary by district and city. The job is also really easy and its a great for students and retiree's looking for something to do.

    Cons

    Every client pays you differently and your pay rate is not guaranteed from site to site. As a regular officer you required to join a union and although they offer you benefits after the first 90 days the dues are a killer on your check. Site supervisors do not have to join the union but they do not get the $0.25 raise that regular officers get. Benefits are still offered. Smaller sites do not have a lot of promotion potential and the district office people tend to be a bit snotty.

    Advice to Management

    Be kind to your employee's and treat them like human beings. Don't overwork your district supervisors or they will become monsters to their flex officers.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Security Officer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Pretty relaxed work environment. Perfect place if you wanted to focus on a college career and obtain degrees. Occasional downtime that makes it easy for you to study.

    Cons

    There are no cons for me at the moment.

    Advice to Management

    I have no advice for management. I love my position



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