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AlliedBarton Reviews

Updated November 26, 2014
Updated November 26, 2014
527 Reviews
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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)

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


Cons
  • The account managers aren't very qualified to head some of the accounts (in 42 reviews)

  • There is so much room for advancement that you can easily advance beyond your skill set (in 11 reviews)

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  1.  

    Working with allied barton was a good experience

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AlliedBarton

    Pros

    The enviorment and the good people

    Cons

    Dealing with school children After school

  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Neglecting their people everyday

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

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

    Pros

    None

    At any traditional level position in Allied Barton you find the same wadges, benefits, and bonuses you could find at any customer oriented job.

    Can be a simple job depending on the site, client, and manager you get; yet aging another similarity with the customer oriented job positions offered anywhere else.

    Cons

    Nothing extraordinary here, just a temporary/ stepping stone job until better things come around.
    Training is a laugh online and at site. It is completely atrocious this company is legally allowed to arm certain accounts given their horrible management, support systems, hiring practices, and training. I am amazed more work related injuries don't occur do to this; however, they might and management could just be covering it up well. Middle level managers are only good at covering their own backs, and do not cover anyone else.

    Pay is dead locked, no raise, and its always low. They won't tell you they are legally obligated to pay you more if you are a receptionist, armed, or taking on an extension of your duties. Its in the union contracts that you have to be. Management is so misinformed and ignorant its often shocking.

    This company offers nothing that is worthwhile. I left after 6 months because I realized this a fact. I was offered a career in construction with a company called Rabine. I enjoy making boat loads more, dealing with competent management, staying active (compared to posting on my butt for 12 hours straight as security industry basic requirement), and when my manager talks about promotional opportunities he means it. Average company growth for Rabine has been 13% this year, and Allied Barton could never compete with that.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't make eye contact with you'r security guards anymore. You don't deserve to know the actual faces that are on the receiving end of your shafting.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    If you're a bright, smart individual with good potential do NOT try to invest your life in this company.

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

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

    Pros

    Standard paychecks. Vacation time after one year. Full time opportunities. An "okay" job to get you back on your feet. Meet outstanding customers with positive attitude. Your team(depending on who they are) will treat you like family. Being yourself will make everything will fall in place. You have the right to defend yourself legally if management tries to accuse you of anything. Just like the company can put you on paper you have the right to do so as well.

    Cons

    During my time of employment I have witnessed the following:
    Poor leadership from supervisors & account managers. VERY little concern for security officers. They only view their workers as "business profits." No pay increase. Too many broken promises.Little room for advancement. When people see you trying to get ahead in life they will try to hold you back. Possess too much jealousy, liars, animosity, backbiting, and backstabbing. Too much arrogance & egos within management. They do care if you have a life outside of the company. The rules & regulations are REALLY meant to protect the management, not the officers. They will try to blame you for anything. If you have too much common sense & intelligence for them they will try to get rid of you because they are afraid of strong-minded individuals taking their jobs. . Supervisors will try to dump all of the overtime on you knowing full well they are the first person on call to do so if no one else is available.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Instead of "Dare To Be Great" how about "Dare To Have Better Management With Family Values?" I've seen many people walk off the job because the management is too in love with the rules, the sound of their own voice, and show little compassion in their workers. Treat others the way you want to be treated, especially if you have people on the team busting their behinds for the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    What can you expect.... Allied's owned by BLACKSTONE GROUP... Basically a bank/investment company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Operations Manager in Dundalk, MD
    Former Employee - Operations Manager in Dundalk, MD

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

    Pros

    Good co workers stuck in the trenches with you; dealing with the exact same dissatisfaction you are.

    Great place to work at while you get an education or experience toward something real. Not fake like this company.

    I pray that my co workers can find better employment like I did everyday.

    Cons

    Allied Barton talks a big game but really they are nothing great in security and in fact are worst.

    This is because they are owned by a bank/investment company named Blackstone Group; therefore, Allied's loyalties do not lye in being there for their people, clients, or safety and security. No their loyalties are all towards keeping their investor/owner/master happy aka Blackstone Group. This means making money money money the ultimate and only possible ultimatum.

    Allied is often surprised when they are confronted by officers smart enough to know the garbage (blackstone group) it is tied too. Well informed officer you have been warned.

    Allied Barton does not provide anything that is world class for their security officers.

    Their online training is garbage. Any individual in security or not can find the information in their online training in any local library; therefore, their claims of innovative and advance training techniques is nothing but hot air being blown into your face. Since most sites don't allow Allied to use their computers and because allied is to cheap to supply computers to its officers the online training has to be done on your {off time}. Also Allied Barton doesn't send out certifications for the training you complete, and even if they did no credible origination would accept it. Because they too know that the training is nothing more than a piece of paper that Allied uses as a cheap selling concept to foolish clients. This is why agencies such as the DEA, FBI, TSA, Homeland Security would never accept such Allied Training concepts as Master Security Officer, Safety Officer, or MOAB as legitimate. So do yourself a favor and get a Bachelors in Criminal Justice, they would consider that legitimate and worthwhile. Lastly, even when you finish this training you remain a low paid security officer. You don't get a raise or additional respect in any way for having more training when compared to officers with none.

    Allied Barton does a poor job of getting their officers good wadges, they often lock in contracts that do not allow for pay raises, and their non-union healthcare benefits are not good. They struggle to supply officers with uniforms on time or in one piece. They struggle to support managerial staff with "additional bodies" when sites are staffed low. They (HR) struggle to fill open vacancies or simply ignore vacancies hoping it will lead to a return in profits for the month. Many sites do not have over time, not because Allied Barton does not offer it but because site managers will refuse it in order to make their annual bonus. Even if this means jeopardizing site contracts with specific man hour counts.

    They do not pay individuals with Bachelor degrees or military experience more compared to those security officers who lack it. Yet this company brags about being a veteran friendly company. Yea you and every other company out their claims it but does little to support the claim. This is because you love the tax incentive you get on "using" your officers with military experience and the fact that you exploit them as a selling point; but god forbid you pay these officers more for the scarifies they made and the "real world experience they offer." Which is far more than corporate allied barton could ever offer.

    They do not pay individuals based on merit, and to make matters worst the limited promotions they sometimes have go to friends, family, or to security officers who have sat around for 10+ years who have ran out of any other opportunities that could have existed in their lives besides security work. Do not strive to be GREAT because you will not get a raise, promotion, or even praise for it. You will be suspiciously eyed my management who fear that you could be their next replacement, so if anything your just making yourself enemies by working hard or striving to do well.

    Allied Barton would rather have officers who are happy to sit on their hands for eight hours straight who do nothing but breath. They do not care how capable you are, they just want a mindless body who shows up for shifts. This is because they don't want people who are capable of documenting their shortcomings and presenting it to sources that would get them in trouble. If you can be that clueless person they are looking for, you are perfect for the company, but leave your opinions, suggestions, memo's, or education at the door they simply don't want any of that.

    Simply put this company cares little for its officers or its clients. It offers position that can be considered temporary. It offers positions that allow you to pay a few bills. But this company offers little of value when you start comparing it to actual career fields. Someone else here said it the best.... " It is just a Job " just over broke'

    And as long as allied continues to be tied to banks and investment companies the principle will always be to continue to exploit those who make up the majority of the company... in this case the officers.

    Dare to be great.... more like: I Dare to resist your Perilous Substandard Worthlessness

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cut the ties you have with money hungry business institutions that have no care for security or safety of this nation.

    Or continue to turn your check and pretend you never read reviews like these.

    Prospective applicants and current officer you have been warned.

  6.  

    This company has decent benefits and pay but doesn't promote sincere professional advacement

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

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

    Pros

    Decent health insurance benefits and opportunity for overtime pay.

    Cons

    No career advancement from within the company, their is no vision given to a security officer move up in the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hold your employees to the standard you teach to incoming newly hired employees. On the supervisory level their is no commitment to hold anyone accountable, their is also a lack of interest in doing their job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    can't get uniforms, updated schedules, post orders, forget a raise

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

    I have been working at AlliedBarton full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    My co-workers ongoing courtesy to each other despite lack of management support

    Cons

    Raises are non-existant; cannot get uniform parts incl State-mandated nametags; no enforcement of corporate rules aside from attendance; management unreachable & uncaring.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure your Account Managers are managing more than good-looking numbers - make sure they are managing their people!! 5 years and 7- yes, SEVEN - Acct Mgrs later, and I'm still waiting on l/s shirts & pants (3 incarnations of the pants later).

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

    I Thought that it would be a great career move and if you did your job you would be rewarded for a job well done but No.

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

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

    Pros

    Your co- workers and some of the people you come in contact with.

    Cons

    Management. Need to be more listening to the workers and consider there feeling.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I want great workers and you want people to respect there jobs then the top has to respect there workers as well and give good benefits and a decent pay.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Not worth the time and pay

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

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

    Pros

    Current location is very easy work.

    Cons

    If you like contract work, making just over minimum pay, working long hours and getting limited benefits, sign up.
    You have to be full-time to receive the "benefits".
    This is a dead-end job or okay for someone who definitely doesn't mind making peanuts, and doesn't have bills to pay. Otherwise each paycheck is another fight for survival.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    RUN AWAY!!!!

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

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

    Pros

    Edge training is useful and is set up so that officers can understand and get more knowledge for where they work. Pay is not to bad compared to a lot of other companies out there.

    Cons

    Leadership sucks. always adding on things at the post, EDGE training you get nothing for DARE to be great so if you think you are going to get a gift card think again, training is constant and on going and things change on a day to day basis

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I understand being in a supervisor role or even as an officer things are going to change. But compensate the officer. Vacation should add up as soon as you begin not after the first year that you have been there. Have the Site Supervisors train the officers and have scenarios that they go through.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Favorites in the workplace

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

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

    Pros

    The people are great to work with and the environment is friendly

    Cons

    There is alot of faviortism that plays a big role in the company. Post orders are do not apply to everyone and simply not fair at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay better attention to whats going on and do not assume based on rumors.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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