Garda World Security Reviews

Updated February 3, 2015
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Garda World Security Chairman, President, CEO Stéphan D. Crétier
Stéphan D. Crétier
29 Ratings

Pros
  • Full-time employment is stable and reliable (in 3 reviews)

  • Great place for students to work - really flexible hours, and the payrate was very reasonable for a student summer job in Canada (in 2 reviews)

Cons
  • This is why no one I work with views Garda as a home or life choice (in 4 reviews)

  • Very long hours in very unsafe vehicles absolutely no one thta thinks safety to go to no one large disconnect from the branch to Garda cash logistics (in 3 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful

    I have been working at Garda World Security full-time

    Pros

    The secured place, the scheduling is reasonable. You can work another job while your working there

    Cons

    Long shift hours and the old condition of the trucks

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Order new trucks, new uniforms, understand your employees

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. The Cash Vault Services department is a fast-paced work environment.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR

    I have been working at Garda World Security full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Good entry level position with decent pay. Supervisor is doing her best to keep operations running smoothly. Fellow employees are willing to lend a hand. Major holidays off.

    Cons

    Haphazard operations and overwhelmed management. The department had acquired another account and therefore the employees are overloaded with work. There is a shortage of uniforms so not everyone has one even though they are required.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more employees to ease workload. Increase pay for the more senior employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful

    No training. No Hope. No Future.

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    Current Employee - Driver/Messenger in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Driver/Messenger in Portland, OR

    I have been working at Garda World Security

    Pros

    Just need a heart beat a clean record and no hope for the future and you to could work here.

    Cons

    This is where hope comes to be buried. No communication, no ability to improve. Dead end job no advancement. No training. No hope. No future.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in people. Security training shows employees matter. This is not a complicated job and pay is limited by the market and industry but there is no reason that this job cant be satisfying and enjoyable. Happy employees means happy customers wich means low turn over. Happy goes far beyond pay and benefits. Additude creates the culture. If employees were happy and satisfied, pay would not be a concern.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful

    The Neverland Ranch of the Armored Cash Industry

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Garda World Security

    Pros

    Lets be completely honest all of the pros are dynamited away by all the cons.

    Cons

    No leadership, vision, management with backbone, most managers more comparable to Mister Scrooge or the Grinch, no work-life balance (enjoy not knowing your families faces anymore), pay is godawful low, people get shot and killed, people get injured on the job often, safety organizations are fought off like the plague by Garda corporation, just like how they fight unions and good employees willing to speak out, worst of all no training or brotherhood in an industry that should be a career but is only a part timers haven.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You created the deplorable circumstances we are in on purpose. The constant turn over means that you have a fresh supply of uneducated bodies that you can sell you'r lies to. Lets be honest you have no will or want to create positive careers for drivers or guards, because you fear the change that they could bring.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful

    horrible

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Garda World Security

    Pros

    You get to work away from the company.

    Cons

    terrible pay and benefits. Pay your employees what they are worth

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your people with respect.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 6 people found this helpful

    They explain away their incompetence and tactics as being due to their "Corporate Culture" !!!!!

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    Current Employee - Driver/Messenger in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Driver/Messenger in Indianapolis, IN

    I have been working at Garda World Security full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Ego massage for some employees yet the majority of coworkers are some of the most upstanding folks I have ever met. I felt that my back was covered.

    Cons

    The majority of the truck flleet are death traps and a risk to operate by the employees and a danger to the public !!
    Deceit and misrepresentation is the operational business model of Garda. They will lie and cajole in every manner possible to not reimburse employees for expenses they incur that are outlined in the work rules I.E. costs of Licensing and certifications required for you work, being paid under the employee referral program, recognizing and properly paying holiday hours and denying benefit reimbursements. All done BTW to pad the branch budget.
    The company does not pay its bills in any sort of timely manner so mechanics liens get filed against their trucks that they get repaired by outside shops, simple operational support supplies go either unordered or not delivered for months. Management seems to have no eye for organization and cleanliness. COMPANY RULES, POLICIES AND PROCEDURES ARE IGNORED AT THE WHIM OF MANAGEMENT. There is no level playing field to allow an employee to have a handle on what is right or wrong but be forever ready to be disciplined if YOU mess up !!! Management does a stellar job of covering each other's tails.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have some engaged area management that travel and are directly involved in supervising your field operations and listening to the concerns of the Driver / Messengers. Your Branch Managers and the associated Operations managers in the branch network are a patchwork of folks who have reached their level of incompetence and they basically have no direct oversight other than conference calls.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful

    Desperately needs to change

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    Current Employee - Armed Guard/Driver in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Armed Guard/Driver in Indianapolis, IN

    I have been working at Garda World Security part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Garda world was not what I expected. They have more in common with Burger King than security or law enforcement

    Cons

    Its fedex with a gun, without fedex pay, and without fedex union representation... nothing more needs to be said.

    Join at your own peril

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop neglecting your associates.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful

    One of the worst rated Armored Car Companies on Glassdoors..... For a reason

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    Current Employee - Armed Guard/Driver in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Armed Guard/Driver in Miami, FL

    I have been working at Garda World Security full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Get to work outside far away from the office.... which is a great thing to me
    Get to wear a gun and a uniform that holds a symbol of responsibility and respect
    Company at one point hired great people to work with... those days are gone.

    Cons

    Garda simply doesn't care about their employees or the plights they put them threw. Garda only seems capable of making decisions and policies that are debilitation to staff moral and capabilities.

    At 10.00 dollars an hour with no chances of a fair raise or overtime.... many employees only stay for a year. Meaning heavy company turnover and you will have to constantly parent the new guy on top of your heavy work load.
    To add to the negativity training is not really there, so you will be lucky if you ever get anyone who is an actual professional.

    Most employees who stay longer than a year feel stuck and act just like Garda... They do everything they can to exploit time, new hires, and the company so that they can have something positive. Meaning they pimp time, make the new guy do the hard work, make others take the liability, take hand outs from clients, ect.

    At 10.00 dollars an hour if the fast food industry is successful in increasing their pay rate to 15.00, I am sure I will quit to go flip burgers. And I am sure Garda will struggle to keep anyone working for this company.

    All and all after working for Garda as long as I have I am truly disgusted with how they do business and what they find to be "acceptable."

    Here some advice look at employment here as a last option.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have got to start making some positive changes that affect us.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful

    Corporate executives don't know how to stop companies hemorrhaging of talent.

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    Current Employee - Armed Driver/Guard in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Armed Driver/Guard in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Garda World Security full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great watercoolers
    Get a taxable income
    You get to look somewhat like law enforcement just in a lesser form

    Cons

    Pay which doesn't amount to the risk or long long long hours you will put in
    No overtime.. Thanks Department of Transportation for defining us as over the road truck drivers.
    Training is not a priority
    Horrible schedules
    Punished with more stops or additional work for being in early
    Equipment that is comparable to a boat with holes
    Management who have never done our job and have no idea how their ignorance affects our accomplishments of our duties.
    Cruddy communication from management
    Not many opportunities to move above branch manager, since those jobs go to ex-bankers: who obviously have so much military/logistic/ and law enforcement experience they are clearly the RIGHT PEOPLE for the job...

    Which with actions speaking louder than words would tell the competent guard/driver that.... Garda World Executives for them little.

    This is why no one I work with views Garda as a home or life choice
    This is why everyone uses the job as a stepping stone
    This coupled with Garda's questionable managerial style has led to a work environment of constant turnover where your lucky to work with anyone who actually knows what they are doing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need to do undercover boss for a year that would open your eyes.

    You have good employees and you neglect us.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful

    The writing on the wall speaks

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    Former Employee - Shift Supervisor in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Shift Supervisor in Phoenix, AZ

    I worked at Garda World Security full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Get to work outdoors with little supervision, that is until you make it back to your garage.
    Good uniforms but have to pay for just about everything else.
    Some good co-workers trying to make it big somewhere else like most of us are.
    They will give you time off if you absolutely need it

    Cons

    Its a temporary position for most trying to get into better/real careers. One can't call Garda a career.

    Training is very lackadaisical and doesn't represent the troubles or dangers we faced.
    Orientation period is lackadaisical
    Training that does exist sets a very poor image for Garda.

    Pay is meager which would be acceptable if training was something that was marketable to higher paying contract security gigs, law enforcement, or the likes. However, pay is a serious issue at Garda and is one of the primary reasons why turnover is high, moral low, and competence level of co-workers questionable. Pay is not worth you possible death or serious physical injury

    Overworked, expect 12 hour days, early starts, late dismissals, picking up stops for others, given extra stops for being early, carrying bags that weigh 40+lbs, driving around in traffic, weather delays, customers delaying the whole process, and being blamed for all of the misfortunes this stuff causes your routes. Somehow Garda expects you to be capable of controlling the weather, parting traffic like Moses did to the ocean, and constantly explain to customers why its important for them to be on time and ready to go (so much for the sales force informing and educating the customers )

    Many people believe that our trucks are full of three-four man teams... this is a delusional misconceptions. Most trucks are two man crews, and if the company could get away with making them one man they would. Also don't expect to be rockin a shotgun or a rifle, only the BADGUYS get to carry "better" weaponry. Your just a pawn to Garda so they wouldn't waste their time or money training you to use BETTER weaponry or making sure you stay safe with three-four man crews. God forbid Garda's insurance premiums going up because of this.

    If it is an extended crew its likely due to an insanely high risk... such as mall moves during Xmans or a Federal Reserve run. Pray its a Fed run cause the feds send their people and they are much better trained and prepared than any of us working for Garda.

    Management likes counting their beans not solving issues we face. They read these reviews and just think its a few disgruntled employees, in reality these few reviews highlight serious issues that need solutions; which have remained issues for countless years.

    Taking our equipment and comparing it to Fedex or UPS makes it look like we have the hand me downs.

    Scheduling is impossible there is no work life balance here.

    No time to take your 30 minute lunch or 15 minute breaks you will eat on route in your truck... If you bring food.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your employees are yours... they are your family... your team... your representatives...

    Neglecting them just hurts your business and budget book. And it makes you look unhuman, robotic, and ignorant.

    There would be real befits from solving the problems I discussed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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