Guardsmark Reviews

Updated September 18, 2014
Updated September 18, 2014
129 Reviews
2.7
129 Reviews
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Guardsmark Chairman and President Ira A. Lipman
Ira A. Lipman
75 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 12 reviews)

  • The hiring process is ridiculous (in 9 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Ehh ... At the client level, just so so ....

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Security Officer  in  Tucker, GA
    Former Employee - Security Officer in Tucker, GA

    I worked at Guardsmark full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Guardsmark is a nationwide company, so if you ever want to move to a different state or location, its not very difficult at all. The job responsibilities aren't that difficult, DEPENDING on what site you are assigned to. Uniforms are pretty nice.

    Cons

    You will only be making $10 an hour or so. Managers are set in their ways, and you may be extremely OVER-qualified for the work you are performing. Insurance is expensive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Instead of sitting back and getting paid to do nothing, actually support your employees. Senior management at the corporate level takes a hands-off approach, unless it's affecting their bottom line.

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

    My experience with Guardsmark has been great

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    Current Employee - Security Officer  in  Crystal City, VA
    Current Employee - Security Officer in Crystal City, VA

    I have been working at Guardsmark part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Overtime is always welscome and it is a very friendly enviorment

    Cons

    There are no challenges just do whatt you are suppose to do and there will be no problems

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Ok

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    Former Employee - Human Resources Specialist  in  Phila, PA
    Former Employee - Human Resources Specialist in Phila, PA

    I worked at Guardsmark full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Big Company
    Promotions for hard work
    Great Managers
    Bonuses

    Cons

    Ira Lipman is cheap and a nazi type leader
    Office had mice and roaches
    Long application process

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't be so cheap

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    The best experience is being having a job

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    Current Employee - Nsergeant  in  Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Nsergeant in Portland, OR

    I have been working at Guardsmark full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Several awards of Achievement Anniversary and Employee of the Month given to this gentlemen years later.

    Cons

    No promotion opportunities identifiea character haven't seen one black site Supervisor, and one kept getting promise a position and never got it. He actually cared about the site sad to say.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to communicate with the employees spend time at the site more to better understand the site

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great company

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Guardsmark

    Pros

    Pay, Employees, training, leadership, monthly training

    Cons

    Application, payroll department, insurance, supervisors

  7.  

    Good pay but stressful working environment

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Guardsmark full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    There are many nice people who work there, and most of them seem to want to work as a team and pull together.

    Cons

    There is a very authoritarian, inflexible corporate culture. When "the company" wants something, individuals don't matter. Your job takes over your life.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get in touch with reality and realize that money isn't everything. If people are not treated with consideration and respect, they won't stay.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Lead officer 3rd shift Security, the Med Memphis Tn. train officers, Show ability each post.

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    Current Employee - Security Officer  in  Memphis, TN
    Current Employee - Security Officer in Memphis, TN

    I have been working at Guardsmark full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Our shift is 12 am to, 8 am. We work as a team at the hospital. 9 officers, Dispatch, Patrol assigned areas, Mobil patrol. Work alone,or as an assigned pair. protect secured areas, and Escort staff members.

    Cons

    The hospital has a large number patients that come in 3 times a day to claim psych and get to stay in side the hospital. Some violent, We have 3 shifts All have a Supervisor, and 2 Lead officers. promotion is more from inside
    and recruit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My opinion is some people do not learn the skills needed to do this job, Others learn but get tired of working in the same locations.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Never paid overtime, never gave me my guard card.

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    Current Employee - Security Officer  in  North Salt Lake, UT
    Current Employee - Security Officer in North Salt Lake, UT

    I have been working at Guardsmark full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The site was great. The people there actually cared, nothing much else.

    Cons

    Everything, had to constantly work overtime, (then never get paid for it). Worked 15 hours several times, with nothing back. Pay was only 10hr, and not worth your time. Look for something better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Actually know what your sites are doing, don't just assume everything is fine.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Its been a great place for me to finish up my education...

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    Current Employee - Security Officer  in  Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Security Officer in Denver, CO

    I have been working at Guardsmark full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Easy, kept my secret clearance level up to date, a lot of the people you work with are either retired or going to school at the same time.

    Cons

    The pay, the monthly training is tedious.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stick up for your people more...

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    had a great experience, learned a lot, had a lot of hands on experience.

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    Former Employee - Security Officer  in  Arabi, LA
    Former Employee - Security Officer in Arabi, LA

    I worked at Guardsmark full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great atmosphere to work in, and great people.

    Cons

    different levels of security MARSEC LEVELS 1-3

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    wonderful workplace, great people, training classes were very helpful.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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