AlliedBarton

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AlliedBarton Reviews

Updated September 26, 2014
Updated September 26, 2014
471 Reviews
2.7
471 Reviews
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AlliedBarton Chairman, President, and CEO Bill Whitmore Jr.
Bill Whitmore Jr.
203 Ratings

Review Highlights

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

  • Account manager was fair and honest person (in 15 reviews)


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

  • There is so much room for advancement that you can easily advance beyond your skill set (in 10 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great company

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

    I have been working at AlliedBarton

    Pros

    Great company, works with your schedule

    Cons

    None none none none none

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Good

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

    I have been working at AlliedBarton full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Good Benefits. Flexible Work Schedule

    Cons

    Highest Paid at this location, don't see myself getting much higher pay

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more clear about tasks and procedures

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Organized and constantly improving

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Site Supervisor  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Site Supervisor in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at AlliedBarton full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    I've been working for them for 8 years now. They have improved so much over the last few years. This is a big company so work is always available. They offer allot of training and if you show interest they will help you move up in the industry. They have really worked hard on changing the usual outlook of a security officer and have emphasized on hiring and training skilled, and hard working officers. no more sitting in guard shacks, they offer lobby positions, control room operations, emergency response. love it!

    Cons

    The district office managers tend to be a bit disconnected with the officers once they are all set up at a site. It's hard to make good money in this industry , they pretty much let the site decide what they want to pay so when they loose a site chances are you will be working somewhere making less than before. They don't really offer a stability of knowing whatever income you have earned due to longevity with the company will stay if a site is lost to a different security company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    check in with your officers , see how they have contributed to your sites , and offer more incentives. connect more with the client show them more of what allied barton could offer versus playing the if it aint broke dont fix it roll. . Give officers a better chance to learn more skills and move up if they have stayed at a position doing the same repetitive roles day after day.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Site Supervisor in a rewarding field that allows me to serve and secure the people homes and businesses of my community.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Site Supervisor  in  Phila, PA
    Current Employee - Site Supervisor in Phila, PA

    I have been working at AlliedBarton full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    This company provides great opportunity for personal growth and leadership development.

    Cons

    Hourly shifts can be inconsistent as all entry level security officers start out part time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider adding training course focused on internal communication and ditribution of vital information who should know what and when.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    It all depends on where you are posted.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Security Officer (Unarmed)  in  Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Security Officer (Unarmed) in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at AlliedBarton full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Working for one of the top security companies out there. Most sites pay at least 9 a hour. But if your at a good site like a office building(my favorite) you're good.It's a good right now job.

    Cons

    People coming in the security biz must realize certain things.1 moving up in the company isn't happening unless you got someone in your corner with some pull.2 Many accounts pay as is, meaning if it's 9.75 now, it will be 9.75 two years later.Also some contracts don't last long so you may be moved around. I went from Georgia Tech to Seven Palisades to APS to DPS.In which they just lost to dynamic security. Under bidding is very common in security biz.Funny how not just security officers but office personnel jump from company to company now.So it really based on your position currently.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't Under Bid. More Money Period.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    semi satisfied worker

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

    I worked at AlliedBarton full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    supervisors are good. pay is decent.

    Cons

    hard to get into contact with management. Account managers and main office people are very inefficient. They wont fire people who are a nuisance to the site unless it directly involves them because they are too lazy to find someone else.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    stop changing account managers so much, diversify shift times.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Below Living Wage, Okay Job, Stability

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

    I have been working at AlliedBarton part-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Stability, freedom to be independent a majority of your shift, good college job

    Cons

    The average wage is barely a living wage, making almost poverty but just over it so that you do not qualify for any help from the government

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay a living wage

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Very positive but can be better

    • 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 AlliedBarton full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Professional
    Highly respectful
    Pay on time
    Hoildays paid
    Ive been with Alliedbarton. For 4 years and working at city sites which pays 13 to 16 $
    I currently work at a very high profile site which Alliedbarton just renewed the contract this site is part of 32BJ and also currently has empire blue cross has its medical and offers vocation and sick days

    Downside is that management wants you to stay there and never promotes unless one of there favorites
    They don't give OT because its going to cost the company alot and away from the account manager bonus haha my boss is a funny guy though
    Overall its good but only if they ppromoted within and on the excellent service we provide but trust me wayyy better than any in security

    Cons

    Hire favorable within
    No OT when want it

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote people we deserve it
    Not pick and choose on likes

    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Long term employee.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Leader  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Leader in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at AlliedBarton full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Considering the companies available in the industry, AlliedBarton is pretty good. It used to be very good, but the realities of the market has forced all service industries to become more competitive, sometimes to the detriment of the employees. Training offered is best in class, and there are many very talented people that truly care. Unfortunately, just like with any large company, there are a duds in management as well, and they tend to get the attention on this site.

    Cons

    Many of the cons that people associate with this company are directly related to the customer at which an employee is assigned, and the realities of any entry level service job. This is true of any contracted service provider.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the people who run the business every day. Your best line level leaders will tell you how to be successful, and if you don't listen, they'll find a company that will.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Non - Commissioned Security Officer

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

    I have been working at AlliedBarton full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - It's a steady job with steady pay. As long as you show up on time, do your job, and put in your hours, you'll be fine.

    - Excellent for retired Military of Law Enforcement officers that are currently collecting their benefits.

    - Great job for college students looking to gain some work experience in the Law Enforcement field.

    Cons

    - Low pay for Non-Commissioned Security Officers depending on site in which you are placed after hire.
      As low as $8.00/hr.

    - You must work for 1 year before you are eligible to start EARNING vacation HOURS.

    - No sick time allotted.

    - Difficult to get in contact with supervisors when there are concerns.

    - You are required to work overtime/additional 4 to 8hrs. if your relief doesn't show up. (which happens often)

    - Management/Supervisors slow to fill vacated/open positions, forcing officers to work 12hr. - 16hr. shifts for weeks, sometimes months.

    - No raises

    - No night time differential

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Offer more incentives to officers; E.g. Christmas bonuses, give aways. Anything to boost morale.

    - Rethink the way officers earn vacation time. No vacation time at all for your first year is bad. Furthermore, earning only up to 1 week of vacation time after working for a full 2 years is just horrible. Come on, you'll can do better than that for your officers.

    - Everyone gets sick. It's only right everyone has some kind of sick time.

    - Shift supervisors should be better vetted.

    It doesn't seem like they know what they're doing most of the time.(the supervisors I've worked under) Properly scheduling shifts, and making sure payroll is correct is extremely important for officers. Shift supervisors should be expected to at least get these two thing right more than 95% of the time. There is no room for incompetence when dealing with people's time and money.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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