Guardsmark Reviews

Updated July 3, 2015
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Guardsmark Chairman and President 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. any open

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Any Open in Hayward, CA
    Current Employee - Any Open in Hayward, CA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    i am looking for full time work

    Cons

    we got no sites right now.

    Advice to Management

    i am a quick leaner.


  2. they can do better nerd to improve

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

    I have been working at Guardsmark

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

    Pros

    Clientele is great. And most locations are clean

    Cons

    Management needs improvement. Better pay for officers

    Advice to Management

    Hire and establish a competent office of more than one person


  3. just a great company in my book

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Everything is great they are very flexible

    Cons

    Nothing is wrong they are great

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you doing


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  5. security guard

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Guardsmark

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    great pay. typical day at work roam around the building & fill out reports. easy job. supervisor are cool

    Cons

    gets boring & repetitive. training


  6. Good starter job

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Human Resources Specialist in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Human Resources Specialist in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at Guardsmark full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Decisive management style, former FBI colleagues, small branch locations, interesting work, bonuses. Great for a starter job out of school. If you like structure it's a good fit for you. Bases in Tennessee.

    Cons

    Cheap at times, many directives from corporate, low pay for security officers, high turnover. Corporate feels disconnected at times.


  7. Well

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

    I have been working at Guardsmark

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    pay is fair at some sites, others it is so-so.

    Cons

    some site supervisors are running their sites like its their little kingdom. more advanced training.

    Advice to Management

    update the GORI, this is the 21st Century.


  8. Security

    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Security Officer
    Current Employee - Security Officer

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    The company does very with working with your schedule, and they also do their best to provide their employees with work locations near their residence.

    Cons

    There is no room for growth especially being a secuirty officer, there are long drives to be expected if you do not live near the Orange County area. No challenge.


  9. Salaried professional

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

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

    Pros

    High pay and a lot of nice people.

    Cons

    Very behind the times technologically, very restrictive corporate culture.

    Advice to Management

    Stop fearing technology. Encourage creativity in your employees instead of making people afraid to speak up.


  10. Nice back-pocket job

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    From my experience the working schedule is rather flexible. Other officers will trade shifts depending on timeframe given. It's not too demanding of a job either, but it does require attentiveness. It's a pretty fun job honestly... let's be honest everyone dreamed of using a walkie-talkie and saying "10-4" as a kid.

    Cons

    Pay isn't the best, but it's better than minimum wage. The lack of competitive pay brings with it a lack of competency in some of the leadership.

    Advice to Management

    Raise pay to match the "top-notch" guards you supposedly have, then you might actually get some that want to stick around. Your best guards only work part-time because they like the job but have found something else that pays better.


  11. Security Officer

    Former Employee - Security Officer in Moorestown, NJ
    Former Employee - Security Officer in Moorestown, NJ

    I worked at Guardsmark full-time

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Decent wage for a security company

    Cons

    disorganized, antiquated systems, ineffective leadership

    Advice to Management

    Need to be more tech savy



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