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G4S Reviews

Updated August 19, 2014
Updated August 19, 2014
283 Reviews

2.5
283 Reviews
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Ashley Almanza
39 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Until I got hurt, it was pretty easy work, despite the low wage that was paid (in 7 reviews)

  • Decent benefits for full-time employees (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance can suffer (if not careful) (in 8 reviews)

  • There is absolutely no room for advancement or any kind of growth (in 5 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    A very enlightened experience.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Shift Supervisorvisor  in  Rowe, MA
    Former Employee - Shift Supervisorvisor in Rowe, MA

    Pros

    Good Training, good benefits, excellent pay

    Cons

    close minded leadership, unable to capitalize on employee experience, treated like a number.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try and learn about your employees. Vet and put the proper people in leadership positions. Be fair to all employees when rewarding or discipline is needed. The company has developed a very impersonal attitude to the very employees it depends on.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Helps with some of the bills

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    People call out all the time so overtime can be made

    Cons

    Pay for level of duty isn't worth it/

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of your troops and they will work their butt off for you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3.  

    IDK what to say about this company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Security Officer  in  The Dalles, OR
    Current Employee - Security Officer in The Dalles, OR

    Pros

    nothing nice to say about this company

    Cons

    they are rude company and dont care about their employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    pay your employees who do their job

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  5.  

    Not looked after by middle management.

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

    Pros

    There are opportunities for relatively quick advancement. The pay could be worse. Some of the training is useful, and it provides experience if you're looking to get into law enforcement or emergency response/fire.

    Cons

    Poorly thought out decisions about operations from middle management regularly implemented. Expected to work without a break, no bathroom, no heat, old and broken equipment, and expected to do things not related to the job because company bends over backward to retain the contract. If the wrong person witnesses you make a mistake and complains, middle management gets rid of you, no questions asked. Months straight of forced overtime, with scheduling done the DAY OF. Extremely high turnover rate, extremely low morale. High level of military being employed puts even greater strain on civilian employees due to frequent absences for military duty.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take some time every now and then to see for yourself how the decisions you're making are impacting your employees and daily operations. Have enough backbone to advocate on your employees' behalf when they're being abused by the company you're currently contracted with, and you wouldn't find yourselves desperately understaffed 24/7, 365 days a year.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Terrible management

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

    Pros

    Pretty much nothing. They don't keep track of leave days so you can take as much as you want.

    Cons

    Payroll is always messed up. Management is just like the movie "the office". They don't care about you at all. Scheduling is a nightmare. You can be fired or transfered to a different site without notice. They preach chain of Command but promotions aren't calculate that way. This is a terrible company. Stay away.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Jump.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Easy Going

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant I  in  Tukwila, WA
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant I in Tukwila, WA

    Pros

    The benefits are pretty good. There are always opportunities to move up with this company for sure. I would recommend to anyone military to start and move up the chain.

    Cons

    The pay is decent, not bad or great. This is really the only down side. Time off is great, paid vacation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Perhaps change some time-off policies and make it easier to plan ahead of time. And pay a little more for the amount of work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    It's been cool

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Tso  in  Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Tso in Sacramento, CA

    Pros

    Good hours, meet new people, lots of resources

    Cons

    None it's really an ok job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Military Attitudes. They are Bullies.

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

    Pros

    It was a job, steady employment. That's all.

    Cons

    Management bullies their staff. Compensation is very poor. They promoted me to a site management position with no increase in compensation! Training in my new position was very poor.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None. They are inflexible. With their military mindset, the always think they are right.
    Working with them was a big mistake, and I have 15 years law enforcement exp.

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Easy job but incredibly boring and not very friendly or helpful office staff

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Tso  in  Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Tso in Saint Paul, MN

    Pros

    - It's really easy
    - You can get a lot of reading done on your average shift
    - The pay is decent considering it's less physically demanding than working at Walgreens or Wal-Mart for minimum wage (where I live the lowest paying security position offered by G4S is $11.00/hour).
    - Fits all scheduling needs. The 24-hour need for security means you can often work overnight if you're a night owl it's the perfect job because you barely need to be alert. Just manage to stay awake and you'll be okay.

    Cons

    - Boredom sets in quickly; how much reading can one really do at a time.
    - If they lose the account you worked, prepare to wait for a while without pay before you find another suitable position
    - Don't plan on getting unemployment in the event you get laid off/they lose an account. They always have a bunch of other accounts you could theoretically take but don't want to for one reason or another (location, pay, hours don't fit with your schedule) so if you apply for unemployment, you'll almost always get denied because they'll point to the list of open positions that you didn't accept.
    - Staff at office is incredibly unfriendly and unknowledgeable.
    - Supervisors/management basically never communicate with you. I worked an account that G4S lost and didn't find out that I was losing my job until a week prior to it ending, and that was only through a coworker as opposed to any official communication from management. As a result, I was forced to wait 6 (unpaid) weeks before getting another position.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Improve your communication and provide better training for your office staff so they actually know what they're talking about in the event a guard needs to contact them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - CPO  in  Toledo, OH
    Current Employee - CPO in Toledo, OH

    Pros

    Size, Growth, Training, Meeting people

    Cons

    Money, No GM support, Issues go un resolved, Keep people employed that consistently screw up for years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put the people in the right position and get rid of non-performers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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