Guardsmark Reviews

Updated March 13, 2015
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Guardsmark Chairman and President Ira A. Lipman
Ira A. Lipman
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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. Definitely not a career.

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    • 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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  2. 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)

    Pros

    Good co-workers, not too stressful.

    Cons

    Micro-management, outdated training, unnecessary amount of paperwork.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    None.

    Recommends
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  5. A Completely Honest Review

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. Amazing company to work for

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    • 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
  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. Supervisor

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    • 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
  10. 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
  11. 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

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