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Guardsmark Reviews

Updated February 23, 2015
Updated February 23, 2015
155 Reviews
2.6
155 Reviews
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Guardsmark Chairman and President Ira A. Lipman
Ira A. Lipman
89 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)

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

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    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

    Pros

    Excellent training, benefits, pay, and promotion potential.

    Cons

    Set schedules that sometimes occur over a 24 hour schedule.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    It was a great job to work for.

    Former Employee - Security Officer in Hartford, CT
    Former Employee - Security Officer in Hartford, CT

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

    Pros

    I meet alot of good people ON THE JOB SITE

    Cons

    There was no problems work at this company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It was great working for you Guys.

  3.  

    Supervisor

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

    I worked at Guardsmark

    Pros

    Benefit package is pretty okay.

    Cons

    No growth opportunities whatsoever for lower level employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote from within. Better manage turnover rates by incorporating mid level managers in decision making at sites managed by these managers. Incorporate technology in management as it WILL positively enhance the company's bottom line.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Supposed to be one of the better companies. Waiting to see if this proves to be true. Still too early to tell.

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

    I have been working at Guardsmark

    Pros

    Good screening process, mostly good leadership in middle management ranks. They like to give some of the ne'er do wells extra chances to succeed.

    Cons

    Top people and their practices are living in the dark ages as far as employee benefits, antiquated paperwork and questionable training practices and documentation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Join the twenty-first century. Electronic training modules. Check on the Checkers. I don't see my account manager unless I go track him down and he always has his undies in a bunch overereacting to something the client may have seen.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Terrible beyond words...

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

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

    Pros

    Well to start I actually worked from 2009-2010 at EH . The only pros are that I met great people through this job (both co-workers and client staff) and met my current girlfriend whom we now have a beautiful little girl. They worked my schedule to compensate for my college classes Thats about it.

    Cons

    The Actual company itself is just flat out racist and I NEVER scream that mess but this company did nothing to hide the fact. They would promote people with little to no experience only because theyre their friend or they are part of their little "clique". Ive seen great workers/candidates get snubbed because of this.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Resign. Let real workers take the helm. Ira need to sell or pass the torch to someone else because hes out of touch with his employers...and the outside world.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Not worth it

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

    I have been working at Guardsmark

    Pros

    Easy work some people are easy to get along with, Will help get you a schedule you want.

    Cons

    First line superiors poor and shows favorites toward others, bring a problem with things going on never gets fixed

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

    Expect the unexpected...

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

    I have been working at Guardsmark full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    This company has a number of clients in which they provide security services too. This gives you a little more variety in choosing where you would feel comfortable working. If you perform your duties and do your job, you will be ok.

    Cons

    The company pays everyone something different. Some people make as low as 8.75 and some make 12.50 at the same client location. Little to no room for advancement. Uniforms are also hard to come by. There is no sick pay. The company used to provide free health insurance to its employees but that is no longer the case.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    It was a professional business environment

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Guardsmark

    Pros

    Generous comp plan and benefits

    Cons

    Too archaic in business practices

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Come into the 21st century

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Still run by a bunch of old southern white men

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

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

    Pros

    If you're loyal and keep your mouth shut plus wait a long time you might get promoted. But it's not very even handed. loyalty is a guaranteed steady job in this company..

    Cons

    Way to much burocracy and paperwork, and it's all stored in the office which results in a very cluttered appearance. The company apparently hasn't heard about scanning and storing documents electronically. Still not very many women in upper management. Most females are relegated to the administrative support/HR positions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They should try hiring another administrator for most of the offices if they insist on having their managers keeping up on the paperwork on a timely manner. This would give them more time they should be spending at the sites, without having them work 70 or 80 hours a week!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Vice President Regional Manager in Charleston, SC
    Former Employee - Vice President Regional Manager in Charleston, SC

    I worked at Guardsmark full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Excellent money and upward mobility.

    Cons

    CEO and Senior Management very set in thier ways which it made it very difficult to change anything.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change the old fashion way of doing business.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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