AlliedBarton Reviews

Updated October 30, 2014
Updated October 30, 2014
506 Reviews
2.7
506 Reviews
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AlliedBarton Chairman, President, and CEO Bill Whitmore Jr.
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221 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Depending on the location, it is decent pay for not having to work very hard (in 22 reviews)

  • Current location is very easy work (in 17 reviews)


Cons
  • The account managers aren't very qualified to head some of the accounts (in 41 reviews)

  • Operations managers, not much room for advancement the harassment recieved over and over again (in 10 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great Company to Work For!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Single Site Account Manager in Huntsville, AL
    Current Employee - Single Site Account Manager in Huntsville, AL

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

    Pros

    Great opportunities and a promote from within mentality for those who work hard and apply themselves. They invest in their people in order to allow them to develop and grow with the company. Wonderful training programs and a desire to pursue excellence.

    Cons

    Some programs are rolled out before they are fully ready.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look closely at new initatives and work out the "kinks" prior to moving forward.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Very chill & relaxing

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Security Officer in Bridgewater, NJ
    Former Employee - Security Officer in Bridgewater, NJ

    I worked at AlliedBarton part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Working for allied barton was a good experience. I worked at the PSE&G switching site in Bridgewater. It was nice and chill place to work. You basically could do anything you wanted except sleeping of course.

    Cons

    The only thing I didn't like about work for allied barton was the inspectors. They would smile in your face but then talk bad about you to your site supervisor.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Security Job with AlliedBarton

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Security Officer - Site Supervisor in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Security Officer - Site Supervisor in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    Has training at the outset, which can be a bit outdated in some areas thought they try to keep current. They focus on the DARE to be Great Program. If you are starting out young and want part-time, a good place if you don't mind odd hours or shifts.

    Uniforms are provided, but part-timers only get two shirts and two pants with free replacements.

    Cons

    Very poor management in the Atlanta area, they have imposed new leave policies that are not in the AlliedBarton Handbook. Good luck after October 31st if you want ANY time off because you will not get it unless you are of course dead.

    Health Care from Pan-American does NOT meet standards and that company cannot be found anywhere in the website of HealthCare.Gov so stay far far away and get your own from that website to save tons of money.

    If you need replacement, be sure to get the phone number of the uniform shop for Atlanta as the managers are reportedly unable to pickup uniforms for their people as they seem too "busy" to do it now.

    Good luck on advancement. It can be difficult to move up. Expect threats from time to time from managers that if you don't toe the line, be fired.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Atlanta needs some serious help and reorganization. They have certain account managers managing the time-off leave from accounts that have no bearing on other accounts and they cannot focus on their own accounts.

    Get uniforms stocked and available. Atlanta has problems with their management being too "busy" to go get items ordered so this leaves it to the officer to order them. Tried that, they did not get an order in so instead of getting what was needed and so had to go elsewhere and pay out of pocket.

    Get the self-important people off their high-horses in Atlanta especially. Get the vacation coordination returned BACK to the Atlanta Offices and away from account managers who have become distracted by this so they can concentrate on their own accounts.

    Get the Atlanta office back with the program of allowing people to take the time off when needed by the listed notification amount in the employee handbook. Sure holidays can be tough but get the lazy managers to do their jobs.

    Proper accounting of working hours. Managers have been observed not fixing officers work hours quickly when incorrect and yes this is still a big problem with Team Time.

    Listen to the people in the trenches and get the managers back to managing their OWN accounts and not some clown's time off at a site 30 miles away.

    Read the riot act to the VP's and Mangers in Atlanta. If you have seen problems with individuals do not leave them there at a site which in turn can cause gawd awful turn over.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Management at it's finest.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Security Officer - Site Supervisor in Branchburg, NJ
    Former Employee - Security Officer - Site Supervisor in Branchburg, NJ

    I worked at AlliedBarton full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Being a part of the team, either entry-level, or up to Operations, makes you feel special. The training program alone is coincidentally, five star quality. You are not one of the forgotten in this company. Protecting life and property means a lot to those who allow it to. They keep up with current times, and always plan ahead for the future.

    Cons

    You have to have a belief in yourself that you can handle any situation thrown at you, as is such in this industry. Sadly, that moment fails to appear when the moment strikes. It is not a fault, it is just being human. Some people can handle crisis, other chose not to.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to not :forget the little guys" as they someday can be the new leaders the comapny will need as it moves forward.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good company dependig on your manager

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager in Overland Park, KS
    Former Employee - Manager in Overland Park, KS

    I worked at AlliedBarton full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good teams at various sites and good clients. Interesting work and critical duties that must be done right.

    Cons

    If you have a boss who is not up to speed, you and your team suffer. District Management is clueless and will not help as that would be too much effort.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't just talk about having good managers, execute.

    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    Questionable and frequent terminations of many hardworking employees so they can hire more people.

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

    I have been working at AlliedBarton part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Easy work for the pay

    Cons

    mind games from supervisors and schedulers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too much power in the hands of a few people. These people are easy to spot, because they are the only ones who don't fear getting fired. They look for any reason to run everyone off. I have been called a liar and threatened with a write up, because the people in charge play games with schedules and assignments. I've never seen so many people fired from one place and I'm 58 years old. Do they get money for each new hire? Something strange about the number of new hires.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Discrepancy logs, CCTV camera monitoring, fingerprints and badge making, incident reports

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AlliedBarton

    Pros

    Got a lot of training and experience in office needs and customer service in oral and dialouge communication

    Cons

    The challenges at this site were you must be able to multi task and expect changes to policies and procedures on a daily basis

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Just to promote from within

  9.  

    Helpful, good stepping stone

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Security Officer in King of Prussia, PA
    Former Employee - Security Officer in King of Prussia, PA

    I worked at AlliedBarton full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    I was placed at a location in King of Prussia; they were very helpful with matching me with a great company

    Cons

    They do not look out for their employees who are tenured

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Offer more training.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Poor management, worse sites, terrible pay.

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

    I have been working at AlliedBarton full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Some sites can be enjoyable to work on, most co-workers are competent individuals.

    Cons

    Management is poor and often clueless to what is happening on individual sites and with officers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Realize that you can't expect perfection from your officers if your account managers don't know what the hell they're doing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Good experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Secuirty Shift Supervisor and Security Officer in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Secuirty Shift Supervisor and Security Officer in Pittsburgh, PA

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

    Pros

    You will get lots of traing if you are placed at a good site. I became a supervisor at my site in the matter of one year. I loved to train all of the new officers and the training done at my site is has now been turned into company wide training policy.

    Cons

    The pay sometimes sucks depending on the site you work. Just watch you back because some officers will stab you in it and report everything you do.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When someone has some advice on how something can be done a lot safer you should listen to them.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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