AlliedBarton Reviews

Updated January 8, 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. A decent company to work for as long as you don't expect much.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Site Supervisor in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Site Supervisor in Seattle, WA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good benefits, good pay, great officer training, great manager training, adequate uniforms supplied by company,

    Cons

    High turnover, questionable hiring process, terrible office politics, lackluster support regarding employee issues, terrible supervisor training,

    Advice to Management

    Don't lie: to officers or supervisors or low level managers. This destroys all trust.


  2. Helpful (1)

    50/50 kind of company to work for

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

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

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

    Pros

    At most sites you are attached to people with good character

    Cons

    Management isn't all that great, The hourly wage is horrible compared to most other security companies and the benefits may work if you are young and single between the ages of 18-25, But if you are in that age range or older with or without families its horrible.


  3. Experience depends on your cause

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Security Supervisor in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Security Supervisor in Seattle, WA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    If your going to school full time, this could be a great place where you can get paid while doing homework during the off hours

    Cons

    People start here going to school, then become complacent and drop out. Before you know it, your there much longer than you should be.

    Advice to Management

    Pay is pretty low for what is expected. You get what you pay for. Pay more, and get more quality officers.


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  5. I have been given many opportunities and experiences while working for AlliedBarton.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Security Officer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Security Officer in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at AlliedBarton part-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Fairly flexible work schedules with the opportunity to relocate almost anywhere within the US.

    Cons

    Situations can arise, that will cause you to loose your benefits AND seniority, Such as relocating, and having more than 30 days gap between contracts.

    Advice to Management

    Cultivate promising people who have the desire and drive to succeed in this industry.


  6. Helpful (3)

    Disappointed by Poorly Trained and Poorly Informed Management

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Site Supervisor in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Site Supervisor in Seattle, WA

    I worked at AlliedBarton full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    There is room for advancement for anyone who is already skilled at providing security services in a customer service arena. This is a company that takes advantage of entry level candidates often to the detriment of customers. Experienced employees are given carrots, and attaboys, until it serves management better to replace them with novice replacements.

    Cons

    If you are novice you already have an EDGE over management. Beware of ill-advised directions, unlawful licensing practices, and in-fighting between managers trying to best each other rather than serve customers and assure compliance with law (regulatory and employment). There is so much room for advancement that you can easily advance beyond your skill set.

    Advice to Management

    Hire only experienced management familiar with the state jurisdictions they work in. A HR manager experienced with Pennsylvania employment law may overstep authority in Oregon or Washington. Field managers are under such pressure to produce paper that they are forced to punish employees, even if unwarranted and contrary to state and/or federal laws. Raise the bar for management.


  7. All in all, I enjoyed working at AlliedBarton.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Seattle, WA in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Seattle, WA in Seattle, WA

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

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I worked with very knowledgeable, considerate people who helped balance work and personal life while meeting business needs. The opportunities abound for advancement if you want to stay within the company and want to meet the challenges and people daily. Be ready to be flexible, professional, outgoing, willing to work flexible hours as needed.

    Cons

    I really had no downside issues with AlliedBarton. Due to nature of business there is simply a high turnover of people, some work out and others shine and advance in this career path.

    Advice to Management

    Tukwila branch office has great people working there.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Not a company to work for

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I worked at AlliedBarton full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    -Uniforms furnished
    -Flexibility of work schedule

    Cons

    -Lure you in with training but after you initial training they throw you out and expect others train you
    -when pay gets messed up you have to wait and jump throw hoops to get it corrected

    Advice to Management

    -Treat your workers like people and not drones or numbers
    -YourAllied Barton Edge is a joke, you either need to update it or get ride of it


  9. Helpful (2)

    Poor Management and Product

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Special Projects Officer in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Special Projects Officer in Seattle, WA

    I worked at AlliedBarton full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    If union, they have decent health benefits. Uniforms are provided. Can be very good for networking. In certain cases, there is good advancement.

    Cons

    Poorly qualified management. Unable to say no to unreasonable client requests. frequently makes decisions for buissnes reasons that endanger personnel or property safety. Very little experience in practical security. Frequent turnover, and poor hiring practices. Substantially lower than average pay for anyone other than Officers. Poor scheduling practices.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to front-line officers and seek their ideas and feedback. Pay people at least a median rate. Promote field leaders for security and site expertise, as opposed to buissness savvy and obedience. Recognize officer's needs outside of work.


  10. Tried Hard but Missed the Mark

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Seattle, WA

    I worked at AlliedBarton

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    They have a pretty good benefits package.

    Cons

    Lack on concern for a persons development. Very judgmental and lack of motivation to see things done in a manner consistent with their core values, (Mostly when it comes to personnel issues). Discipline first, then ask the questions.

    Advice to Management

    Officers are the best resource you have, why hurt your best resource with petty complaints that one of your "Golden Children" got his/her feelings hurt, because an officer did his/her job exactly as they should have.


  11. Helpful (1)

    It is all about the customer.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at AlliedBarton

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The possiblility to launch into the Security Field as a carrier. It is a great place to learn if the Security industry is for you.

    Cons

    AlliedBarton does very little to support and reward their employees, unless the client approves to pay for it. If you do not get a good client you will suffer and AlliedBarton will only give you lip service and not really do anything to help you.

    Advice to Management

    Take care of your people just like you take care of your customer. Your employees are your greatest assest, not your customers.



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