Guardsmark Reviews

Updated August 2, 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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206 Employee Reviews

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  1. L&D Specialist

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

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Customer is the first priority.

    Cons

    There was not enough technology.


  2. OKAY

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

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

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

    Pros

    Weekly pay in my area. Very laid back and relaxed.

    Cons

    Lack of communication between officers and supervisors so as an officer it will leave you clueless. Unable to view your paystub online. Unorganized scheduling.

    Advice to Management

    Increase communication and pass down more information.


  3. Security Officer

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    This company really stands by its mission.

    Cons

    There is no room to grow within the company

    Advice to Management

    Take care of your employees


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  5. Not too bad.

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

    I worked at Guardsmark

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Supplies uniforms and outer wear (coats, jackets, hats).

    Cons

    Work a whole year before having any vacation time to use. Needs to fight harder for employees with the clients. (raises versus duties)


  6. Security Officer

    • 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 full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Easy work and co-workers. Plenty of opportunity for overtime.

    Cons

    Bad pay and hours can be a pain. No room for advancement would only recommend to those who are retired or students.


  7. Great employer, overall!

    • 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
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Guardsmark is great employer for career development, and provides great opportunities.

    Cons

    Span of control is a bit off

    Advice to Management

    The RVP positions are filled with top notch talent, keep them at all costs.


  8. Much better jobs out there

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

    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 was good for going to college. My boss was pretty cool and flexible with scheduling.

    Cons

    The pay wasn't enough to justify being talked down to by upper management in Portland. They treat employees like they are stupid, broke laws, and then get upset if you complain to someone above them. Absolutely no room for advancement and if you are a rural site they will ignore everything you say.

    Advice to Management

    Get some adults to work in your Portland office and you might be able to turn this joke of a company into something worth peoples time.


  9. Good Company

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

    I worked at Guardsmark

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

    Pros

    Nice people and boss and location

    Cons

    low wage low able to advance

    Advice to Management

    Pay more


  10. Good company

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

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

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

    Pros

    Their starting pay is very good compared to other security companies.

    Cons

    You still have to put up with people in upper management dropping the ball on things, same as any other security company.


  11. Needs work.

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

    I have been working at Guardsmark full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    What Pros? There really aren't many I can think of. I work in a well-lit office.

    Cons

    Compensation sucks! It's no where near comparable for the cost of living in CA. Vacation policy is terrible. Salaried employees should accrue vacation immediately not after one year. Especially, considering we normally work long hours. Policies are never consistent. Corporate never keeps people in the loop about what's going on within the company. Everything is always hush-hush. Not having voice mail or an answering machine for office staff. If you have to use the restroom or step out of the office for lunch, you have to forward calls to another branch. Long office hours are ridiculous! So much that should be changed but the big man in charge refuses to listen to anyone regarding changes.

    Advice to Management

    MOVE INTO THE MODERN DAY! Stop it with all the paper. Modernize your offices to help streamline processes for your staff! And stop with all the ridiculous fines you dish out to offices for silly policies that should not be enforced in the first place. If the CEO could only see that times have changed drastically and this company is falling behind in the times. If he fails to make much needed changes.....then him and his company will fall behind.



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