Garda World Security

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GARDA Great for Summer Students, Hardly a Career

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Former Employee - Security Agent  in  Toronto, ON (Canada)
Former Employee - Security Agent in Toronto, ON (Canada)

Pros

Incredibly flexible hours. I worked as a temporary employee (for several months at 50-70 hours a week) and was given all of the hours I could want, by virtue of working at several different sites. The work was easy - mostly sitting around with lots of time to do what you want and get paid for it, while waiting for the few minutes of excitement that would come every few weeks (I am a student, and was able to complete a couple of calculus courses while on the job waiting for things to happen). Great place for students to work - really flexible hours, and the payrate was very reasonable for a student summer job in Canada.

Cons

Very long hours and continuous new sites - must be incredibly adaptive and excited for change to feel comfortable as there is almost no routine. Some jobs could be VERY boring if one is unable to keep occupied (often music or reading was unallowed). Often had to work 2-3 night shifts a week (sometimes for 12 hours overnight) and, obviously, sleeping on the job is not allowed so this can be tough also (however, fewer things happen so it is sometimes possible to watch films or play video games, read, listen to music, etc. when working a night shift to stay awake).

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Stabilize temporary employees more fully on one or two sites - it wastes time always trying to find new sites resulting in sometimes being late, etc.

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  1.  

    A performing service company will do so as long as it remembers that management is not alone.

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    Former Employee - Security Guard  in  Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Security Guard in Montreal, QC (Canada)

    Pros

    Work security is good. They always have work for you.

    Cons

    Treated like a number. No actual contact with higher management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep employees appraised of major changes BEFORE they read about it in the papers.

    No opinion of CEO
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    Disconnected

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager  in  Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Dallas, TX

    Pros

    Cant think of any. Its a tough place to work. Its really behind the times on so many levels.

    Cons

    The company does not invest into its people. Hence, lack talent to move business forward. Medical plans have outrages family out of pockets expense. There is no 401-k match in any capacity. Hard to hire talent as wages are not in line with the industry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need to invest into your people and the resources its takes to grow the business. Upgrade the fleet. Outside of California the fleet is a mess. Find a direction and move forward. Stop all the freezes on hiring and then wonder why service is awful.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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