Guardsmark Reviews

Updated May 29, 2015
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Guardsmark Chairman and President Ira A. Lipman
Ira A. Lipman
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Pros
  • If you like working a lot of hours this company is for you, Free health insurance at the time was fair (in 8 reviews)

  • They give you free uniforms, offer free health insurance, offer direct deposit (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • Expect late checks when you start and continue to expect them if direct deposit is not available (in 13 reviews)

  • Oh, and did I tell you there's no pay raises (in 6 reviews)

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  1. The Nature of the Business

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Site Supervisor in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Site Supervisor in New York, NY

    I have been working at Guardsmark

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The company has one of the lowest turnovers in the industry. I've been in security for more than 25 years and I have worked for numerous companies and raises come from the client not the security company if your on the security officers side of the spectrum. Cooperate is a little different but even a raise for cooperate employees generally come about based on client revenue, ie lost of clients lose of pay/employees. A security company is not a 9-5 job and since the client is paying the salary it is up to them if they want to pay you for being off, hint the word salary (security officer's are paid hourly) therefore the benefits are not the same. If you want to move up continue your education, go back to school and complete a related degree from an accredited school.

    Cons

    Promotion are a little slow and are only available on a branch level if someone leaves The managerial structure is a little different than most top security company's on a branch level but advancement is there if you're willing to relocate to maybe another state.

    Advice to Management

    Some can be a little more considerate towards their subordinates, be a little more professional.


  2. Ok work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Security Guard in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Security Guard in New York, NY

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

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

    Pros

    Depending on your location great for college students. In dome locations good pay and the clients are terricic. The management team that I worked for where amazing.

    Cons

    At that time no real benefits you had no sick time. Everything is based on what location your hired no set pay.


  3. very skilled company to work with.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Security Officer in Parsippany, NJ
    Current Employee - Security Officer in Parsippany, NJ

    I have been working at Guardsmark full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    to acquire more knowledge about security operations.

    Cons

    must be up to the task to your assigned duties, be regular and punctual.

    Advice to Management

    nothing to advice about.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Guardsmark is a Joke, not a professional security company.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Security Officer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Security Officer in New York, NY

    I have been working at Guardsmark full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    You may like it or not but it's a job. Free but already used uniforms. Some sites offer direct deposit.
    You get 5 days vacation after 1 year of employment.

    Cons

    No room to grow. If they promise you a rewarding career, believe me it's a lie.
    A little pay and of course no pay raises for officers. Guardsmark is so desperate not to give you over time.(Lipman and his buddies must make good money not security officers).
    The hiring process is ridiculous.! Just to give you an idea: 40 pages application, 500 psychological questions, Polygraph test, Drug test, Background check, you need to get 6 references from your neighbors and then.....welcome to Guardsmark, you can enjoy a "career" for $10/hr.
    After 5 or 10 years of employment you can expect to get a pin with a letter from Lipman. (What a joke!)

    Advice to Management

    Lipman! Maybe it's time to stop sending stupid Guardsmark newspaper, a Christmas card and instead of that...give security officers a pay raise! I have no words to describe how cheap this company is.


  6. Great

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Security Officer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Security Officer in New York, NY

    I have been working at Guardsmark full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    My site is a great site with guarantied hours, and I work with people that help me out for further job opportunities.

    Cons

    Nothing particularly negative, just wish there was a better benefit package.

    Advice to Management

    There should be a better raise system in place.


  7. Helpful (4)

    Wyorst in the Security Industry

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Security Officer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Security Officer in New York, NY

    I have been working at Guardsmark full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Have not seen one yet

    Cons

    Basically the people do not have regards to floor employees. Security officers are treated like garbage. Company style of document compilation is so outdated. This company is not technology friendly. It prides itself as the finest security company within the security industry but on a more serious note it is the worst. Some of its management leaders are nothing but dictators.

    Advice to Management

    Be real and get rid of those dictators you have as managers.Flash them out and bring creative thinkers on board. Scrap slave drivers so as to pave way for motivators who can challenge employees to add more value


  8. Helpful (1)

    They Suck, I think My Boss is a piece of Crap

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Security Officer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Security Officer in New York, NY

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

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

    Pros

    The pros are that you get breathe once in a while

    Cons

    The cons are the still Suck

    Advice to Management

    What Management


  9. Helpful (1)

    guardsmark was ne of the worst companies i have worked for.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Security Officer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Security Officer in New York, NY

    I worked at Guardsmark full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    i don't have anything goodto say about guardsmark

    Cons

    guardsmark treats their employees like crap.
    there is no respect.
    there is no appreciation for hard work.
    after 5 years of work,never callimg out and always available if needed for extra assignments they will not even give you 1 sick day

    Advice to Management

    respect your workers
    show some appreciation


  10. Company has the worst management

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Securuty Officer in Glen Cove, NY
    Current Employee - Securuty Officer in Glen Cove, NY

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

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

    Pros

    There are none to think of

    Cons

    You never get any respect

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees the way you would treat your mother


  11. Guardsmark is the biggest joke in security industry.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Security Officer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Security Officer in New York, NY

    I have been working at Guardsmark full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    It's a job, very little pay but still you can have a job as a security officer.

    Cons

    Hiring process is ridiculous. Tons of useless paperwork, Plus you need to pass background check, polygraph test, drug test and then....you can enjoy a "wonderful" job for $10/hr.

    No raises! ( what a shame, lipman for you and the rest of your Guardsmark buddies)
    Very poor benefits
    No room to advance!

    Advice to Management

    tell lipman that officer will always hate guardsmark.



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