Stanley Security Solutions

www.stanleysecuritysolutions.com
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SSS & SCSS review from an old timer

  • Work/Life Balance
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Former Employee - Manager in Indianapolis, IN
Former Employee - Manager in Indianapolis, IN
Doesn't Recommend
No opinion of CEO

Pros

Pay & benefits are pretty comparable to other large companies, more than small private companies. Financial stability If you're in headquarters, it can be pretty exciting for a while, BUT read the first line of the cons before you jump. Most areas have little beaurocracy. Very high ethics, particularly on financial activity

Cons

SSS "actively adjusts staffing to meet market conditions", which means it's a meat grinder. It's OK if you need to make some money for a while, but don't fool yourself into thinking it'll be a career. There are always a few exceptions, but most people won't last too long. Their growth strategy is almost exclusively thru acquisition, not organic growth. They'll spend a lot of money on acquisitions (some good, some pretty bad), but very little on your good idea. If you are an innovator, this is not the place for you. If SSS buys your company, you better believe heads will roll. Headcount consolidation is natural for any acquisition, but it will catch still catch many people off guard. If you're in a leadership position, then expect the strategic direction to change quarterly. It's unlikely you'll be given the time or resources for a significant initiative. Bureaucracy is limited mainly because of thin staffing. This also means you're not likely to find a procedure or knowledgeable manager with spare time to give you direction. Morale is pretty low in many areas because of the constant headcount reductions. The thin staffing burns a lot of people out and leads to short sighted actions.

Advice to Management

Acquisitions are nice, and necessary to grow a company that fast, but start enabling more organic growth. The excitement will motivate your employees and change the culture from personal survival to owning a stake in the company success. Most importantly, treat people the way you want to be treated. I know some headcount reductions are necessary, but you can't kick that many people to the curb without killing morale. Most people at the line or supervisory level are only focused on personal survival, not your customers or company.

Other Employee Reviews for Stanley Security Solutions

  1. every man for himself

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Just Another Number
    Current Employee - Just Another Number
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    some of the people that you work with actually have a head on the shoulders...this obviously excludes sales, upper management, HR, etc.

    Cons

    a Canadian company forced to run like an American company 'do more with less' attitude is an outdated phrase HR is a non-existent entity salary increases are few and far between, no incentives given to anyone other than sales staff are like cattle, pushed to produce numbers only to end up a number in the end

    Advice to Management

    why not pay your people better to get the results you want?


  2. No doubt the worse company I have had the misfortune to work for! I only gave one star because there's not zero option.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Monitoring in Swindon, Wiltshire, South West England, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Monitoring in Swindon, Wiltshire, South West England, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Stanley Security Solutions full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Hmm.....None. Some could argue you get a discount on tools, but I'm sure all would sacrifice that in favour of a respectable salary and positive working environment.

    Cons

    Stanley love to harp on about their 'Stanley Values'. The irony is that the business displays the complete opposite of each and every single one. There is no accountability or communication. There is a real culture of 'slopy shoulders', it's always someone else's problem. I worked for Niscayah originally and although not perfect, they were at least custom focused and things seemed to work pretty well. So much was lost with the Stanley acquisition, not least, the best experienced staff. During the couple of miserable years I spent there, Stanley was a constant turnover of staff and customers alike and nobody seems to care!

    Advice to Management

    In all honesty, what's the point? Stanley adopt such arrogance and set in their ways. A failing business model of trying to run a UK business that replicates the US will only continue.


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