AlliedBarton

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AlliedBarton Reviews

Updated October 18, 2014
Updated October 18, 2014
492 Reviews
2.7
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AlliedBarton Chairman, President, and CEO Bill Whitmore Jr.
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Review Highlights

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

  • Good pay for CLEARED supervisors and receptionists (in 15 reviews)


Cons
  • The account managers aren't very qualified to head some of the accounts (in 40 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    Security Specialist

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Security Specialist in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Security Specialist in Saint Louis, MO

    I worked at AlliedBarton full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Can work nights while going to school during the day

    Cons

    no upward mobility with in the company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote from within

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    I was lead officer at Nustar Energy

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Lead Master Seciroty Officer in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Lead Master Seciroty Officer in Portland, OR

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

    Pros

    Excellent place to work, excellent people

    Cons

    They have cut the days down to monday thru Friday and only 16 hours per day at a Marsec site..

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase pay to the 2 officers that work there now

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Service of choice.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - District in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Former Employee - District in Fort Lauderdale, FL

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

    Pros

    Value driven for the internal and external customer

    Cons

    Knee jerk reaction type executives

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to listen to everyone not just a few!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Shift Supervisor in Reston, VA
    Current Employee - Shift Supervisor in Reston, VA

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

    Pros

    good company to start your security career and you can grow to the next level within the company.

    Cons

    the attendance policy i really dont like.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Worst job ever!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Security Guard in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Former Employee - Security Guard in Fort Lauderdale, FL

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours. Some of the people you work with are great. Those are few and far between.

    Cons

    There are so many cons it's hard to list. They tried to keep me part time for as long as possible. When I asked to transfer for a site that will be closer to my house,they held me just long enough so that I could not get a full time position.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get better uniforms for the guards. Pay attention to detail.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Working for Allied is a bad idea

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Security Officer in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Security Officer in Indianapolis, IN

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

    Pros

    Nothing... All of the pro's are the same ones you can get at any employeer

    Cons

    Everything imaginable coupled with the frustration of trying to fill the shoes of a false role called "security." You as a security guard have more in common with someone who works as a greeter.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You guys and gals are part of a larger issue in this country, income inequality. Sleep well at night knowing full well you'r greed creates more issues than it ever solves.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Not what its cracked up to be.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Lead Officer in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Lead Officer in Saint Louis, MO

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

    Pros

    There are no positives that you get from Allied Barton that you could not gain at any other employer.

    Cons

    Its a low pay, no respect, customer-servitude job. You will not be a security provider most of the time you will be a Walmart styled door greater who just so happens to be wearing a uniforms that looks semi-similar to law enforcement. Management is in constant disorganization and dish out the same old speeches you'd expect to hear from a bully or a crooked salesmen. Corporate structure set up to exploit its labor providers. No promotions unless your willing to travel across state lines. Training is hilarious and can not be done at many sites because they lack computers; yet, your manager will still expect you to go home and do it on you'r time, but don't worry its easy to cheat on the exams, and most are set up were anyone could pass them even if you don't review required material. On site training is shotie and leaves much that can fall threw the cracks. New uniforms don't ever arrive on time and they are in poor condition when they do. Allied Barton Operational Management do a poor job supporting sites, and I pray there is never anything serious that takes place at their sites because the poor security officers will be swinging in the wind. Human Resources also does a poor job staffing sites. Proof is online when you review law suits against the company. You will find officers who have done horrible things, and wonder how they ever got hired. That's what happens when HR employees the "as long as they can breath" standard of hiring.

    All in all as long as the corporate structures in the security industry look at the business as a profits oriented over solutions oriented everyone loses. This is because to the security company their officers just become numbers that keep them from profits, and clients who view the officers as an expense rather than a provider. Until the day we start getting real training and livable pay the security officer will always remain a pawn, a number on a spreed sheet, and seen with the stigma that security officers all bear.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop caring so much about you'r profits and bonuses. Your Security Officers have more responsibilities to bear than you. That is because it is our mission to protect life and property. Whereas its your mission to keep the money flowing. Start sharing some of that money with us, so we can discharge our duties with more professionalism and confidence. Reverse your mentality of cash being the propriety and focus on the human condition and that will restore balance.
    Stop viewing your officers as a liability and an expense.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 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 (more than an 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
  10.  

    Inconsiderate

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Dispatcher in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Dispatcher in Saint Louis, MO

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

    Pros

    Rate of pay is high for contract security and where I work is very safe.

    Cons

    They do not consider the employees very much. The bottom line is more affected by the client so who cares that the guards don't accrue vacation time until they have worked there a year and there is no such thing as a paid sick day. The benefits are laughable. It does not feel like there is room to grow within the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sometimes more than an email is required to address something.

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

    big company, not a great one

    • 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

    There are a lot of sites, if you have a pulse you will probably get the job. It isn't hard to get promotions.

    Cons

    Next to no benefits. The reason they get so many sites across the city is because they give the lowest health care benefits. It frees them up to low ball the competition.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give respect to the people who work for you. Security is a revolving door. When you have good workers, make them feel like they are part of the team.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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