Guardsmark Reviews in New York City, NY

Updated October 7, 2014
Updated October 7, 2014
139 Reviews
2.6
139 Reviews
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Guardsmark Chairman and President Ira A. Lipman
Ira A. Lipman
81 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • No co-pay health insurance for full-time employees (in 8 reviews)

  • Free Uniforms ( a lot of them were worn by other people, before you (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • No direct deposit on most accounts/locations (some apparently have it now) (in 13 reviews)

  • The hiring process is ridiculous (in 9 reviews)

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  1.  

    Ok work

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

    I worked at Guardsmark full-time (more than an year)

    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.

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

    very skilled company to work with.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    nothing to advice about.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Guardsmark is a Joke, not a professional security company.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    There should be a better raise system in place.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Wyorst in the Security Industry

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    Pros

    The pros are that you get breathe once in a while

    Cons

    The cons are the still Suck

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    What Management

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    respect your workers
    show some appreciation

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Company has the worst management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    Pros

    There are none to think of

    Cons

    You never get any respect

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees the way you would treat your mother

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Guardsmark is the biggest joke in security industry.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    tell lipman that officer will always hate guardsmark.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    MY time went well, but some pay issues.

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

    I worked at Guardsmark full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Guardsmark is a large company in an industry that has an abundance of players. The size assists in making it a visible and known quantity.

    Cons

    The cons of the company are no different from any other security company. Employees rotate to frequently to develop any sense of friendship.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees with respect. Despite the relative disposability of the security personnel, good relations between management and employees are conducive to providing a good and productive work environment.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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