Guardsmark Reviews

Updated April 16, 2015
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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)

  • A little pay and of course no pay raises for officers (in 6 reviews)

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  1. security officer

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Guardsmark full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    I work in a good location

    Cons

    the staff is overworked need more people in there maybe everybody won't be so angry

  2. The best.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Security Officer in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Security Officer in Raleigh, NC

    I have been working at Guardsmark

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Guardsmark is the best security company in the world to work, it's a very rewarding experience.

    Cons

    Promotions are some times slow.

    Advice to Management

    keep up the good work.

  3. guard

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Guardsmark full-time

    Pros

    People you work with

    Cons

    Company treated you a number and not a person. Also, the pay.

    Advice to Management

    Need to pay more to keep good employees from leaving.

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  5. Helpful (1)

    Definitely not a career.

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

    I have been working at Guardsmark

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Good company to work for if you are a student.
    They tend to work with your schedule.

    Cons

    There are no raises. Most of the managers that I've dealt with are pretty incompetent. Majority of the time when I have a question, I get the "run around" type of answers or I don't get an answer at all. There is small chances of career growth also. If you start as an officer, most likely that's where you will stay. If you're lucky, you might get some growth but the pay still wouldn't be much.

    Advice to Management

    Give raises! Even if it's not a lot.

  6. Just okay

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good co-workers, not too stressful.

    Cons

    Micro-management, outdated training, unnecessary amount of paperwork.

    Advice to Management

    Give set schedules, less micro-management, stop playing favorites.

  7. Excellent!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Security Guard in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Security Guard in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Guardsmark

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    My best to describe about this company I work for is their excellency in keeping up to date with the training month to month!

    Cons

    The Sites Supervisors are very friendly.

    Advice to Management

    None.

  8. A Completely Honest Review

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Relationship Manager in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Relationship Manager in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Guardsmark full-time (more than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Most likely you can have a consistent schedule, but it's typical in this industry that you will work some overtime (sometimes mandatory) which makes a bad work/life balance.

    Cons

    Low pay, No pay raises, especially for management, benefits tanked after the Affordable Health Care Act, Family Owned (Means you can only go so far in your career.) Management has to jump through hoops to make decisions for the company. Micro Management.

    Advice to Management

    Lower level management doesn't have the authority to make things happen when things need to be done. Most decisions worth any value need to go all the way up to "The Boss." Let you managers make decisions for the company. Take care of your Security Officers. 5 years with no pay increases on most of these accounts. Don't talk about values every day and you can't even take care of the people that make make you millions. Create opportunities for lower level management to move up in to rewarding careers and stop hiring outside every time an opportunity opens up. Don't you have enough retired FBI on your payroll already. You can only have so many 80 year old managers. Eventually you need to train up your younger class.

  9. Stay away, if possible

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

    I have been working at Guardsmark

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

    Pros

    Really easy to get hired.

    Cons

    Don't expect to have a consistent schedule. It'll change day to day, and if you don't call and find out, you're at fault for missing the shift.

  10. Amazing company to work for

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

    I worked at Guardsmark

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

    Pros

    Excellent training, benefits, pay, and promotion potential.

    Cons

    Set schedules that sometimes occur over a 24 hour schedule.

  11. Horrible company supervisor's choose favorite to move up instead of hard working employees.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Guardsmark

    Pros

    None don't work there lies.

    Cons

    Supervisor's have sex with Co workers.

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