AlliedBarton Reviews

Updated August 26, 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. Helpful (2)

    Don't expect professionalism

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Administrative Coordinator in Burlington, MA
    Former Employee - Administrative Coordinator in Burlington, MA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    If you can attain a Contractor position, with a well established client company, then it may be worth some of the dissatisfaction you'll encounter with the Alliedbarton management.

    Cons

    The Account Managers are not held to today's standards regarding "zero tolerance" on key issues.

    Advice to Management

    Do reference checks on the people you hire to ensure they don't have a track record leaning toward deviant behaviors. Once an issue arises and the Manager admits to deviant behavior and tries to say he was "joking' get rid of him (or her). It reflects poorly on upper management to keep that kind of person in a management position.


  2. Helpful (4)

    Management tries everything to increase profit margine, honest or not.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Unarmed Private Security Officer in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Unarmed Private Security Officer in Salt Lake City, UT
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    They don't have a weird name like Wackenhut.

    Cons

    Senior management prone to dishonesty. They will appease new clients by offering the illusion of carrying over requested employees. They then offer said employees unreasonable pay cuts (-50%) in order to place others in their place at a lower (yet more reasonable) rate, thereby increasing profit margins and giving the client the illusion that they are accomodating requests. I've witnessed them lie to clients and employees. It makes me sick to be a part of such an underhanded organization. I'll be leaving as soon as possible.

    Advice to Management

    A different business model might help you sleep better at night.


  3. Helpful (2)

    The boss does not care about you.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - The Worst Place to Work in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - The Worst Place to Work in Kansas City, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The job was easy to get.

    Cons

    The management treats you like trash. They don't give you time off. No advancement opportunity.

    Advice to Management

    Go out of your way to help your employees.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Disappointed in the Company's direction!

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    Current Employee - Manager In East Division in Conshohocken, PA
    Current Employee - Manager In East Division in Conshohocken, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    It had been a very good company. Senior Managers used to care about their employees. Some still do and make an effort to create a rewarding work environment. Compared to other companies in this business, benefits are better but still very expensive.

    Cons

    With few exceptions, the Senior Executive Committee is a rubber stamp for whimsical direction provided by the CEO, who has lost touch with reality. They are focused on bonus achievement and nonsensical awards that have nothing to do with marketability, create no value to the employees and have no relationship to the needs of the field.

    Advice to Management

    Focus less on winning arcane awards and look for ways to empower and reward the people in the field who are doing the work and creating the climate for your over-reaching annual bonuses from Blackstone. Invest in resources to grow the business and tough it out for a few years to build market position. Get rid of poor performing leaders...you know who they are.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Like a box of chocolates

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Console Operator/SOC in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Console Operator/SOC in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Your experience in Allied Barton may vary from site to site.

    Cons

    Management does strange things with checks, they fight with you about holiday pay and overtime rates, etc. Supervisors can be inexperienced and can cause headaches with senor employees at the site. I was at the "Swiss Bank" on 23rd st & Park Ave. site, where I constantly ran into problems with nepotism on a large scale.

    Advice to Management

    -Pay people properly, stop playing with people's money -Give promotions to senor employees, not family & friends who are highly inexperienced -Stop being abusive to lower employees. -create a work environment where employees want to work and are not worried about their job security on a daily basis.


  7. Helpful (3)

    This is the worst company I have ever worked for.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Security Officer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Security Officer in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    It is a job, and as long as you do not mess up to bad you can keep it.

    Cons

    I work at Samsung and once you are there they will never let you transfer out. The regional manager decided to not let us know about being a on call officer for the state because samsung is to important. they would cut your pay in half if samsung asked. 12.00 a hour aint bad but its not enough for working at that site considering how dangerous it actually is. They do not respect you and all they want are bodies to keep the contract. Most of the other officers are good people just not the supervisors and up.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing I can say will even matter just this review alone is going to raise hell.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Its ok to work if you desperately need a job

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Security Guard in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Security Guard in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    easy to get hired...great job if your fresh out of high school

    Cons

    no benefits....no raises....just sitting or standing waiting wasting your life because you dont get promoted unless you have a really good supervisor who fights for his guard. Its job a job nothing more so dont expect much from the line of security from Allied Barton.

    Advice to Management

    stand up for the security guards and fight for a living wage.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Don't believe the hype!

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Security in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Security in Saint Louis, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The pay, which is not dictated by Allied Barton. After three months under AB employ, my paycheck has arrived on time thus far.

    Cons

    Allied Barton won a government contract where I work earlier this year. All incumbent AB employees had to attend a mandatory 6 hour orientation, for which we were not paid and had to attend on our off time. During the orientation, we were all promised everything from vacation time, benefits and incentives. The recruiter told us all "At Allied Barton, the employee is number #1!!" It was all an empty sales pitch. About a week after beginning the contract, AB quickly reneged the vacation time promised to incumbent employees and suspended pay increases indefinitely. The benefits are laughable and serve no benefit at all. Employees would be better off finding their own elsewhere. The hands on support preached by the recruiter is now non existent.

    Advice to Management

    Follow through on your promises!! The motivational speech of your recruiter seems insulting in retrospect, as you have delivered on very little.


  10. Frustrating

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Mso in Las Vegas, NV
    Current Employee - Mso in Las Vegas, NV
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Its easy money for doing next to nothing. Its a job in this crap economy when others dont have one. If it wasnt for the economy being the way it is this would be a "revolving door" job

    Cons

    The RTC Acct mgr has no clue about People management and has been hiring people from outside the company while loyal dedicated employees look on in astonishment and as a result people are angry and looking for other employment

    Advice to Management

    Get your head out of your ass and maybe stop hiding in your office and get out and pat the guys on the back and tell them they are doing a good job and that you appriciate the good job they are doing AND start promoting from within instead of hiring these cluless people off the streets who have no experience on the account.


  11. Poor management,and no trust when it came to employee's.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Security Officer in Erlanger, KY
    Former Employee - Security Officer in Erlanger, KY
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Pay decent for part time.

    Cons

    No trust in that security guards had to walk through a metal detector coming and going to work and also subjected to the wand search. No respect.

    Advice to Management

    Supervise. Change some outdated policies.



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