Guardsmark

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Guardsmark Reviews

Updated December 3, 2014
Updated December 3, 2014
150 Reviews
2.5
150 Reviews
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Guardsmark Chairman and President Ira A. Lipman
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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.  

    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
  2.  

    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
  3.  

    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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  5.  

    An average security company.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Security Officer in Vacaville, CA
    Former Employee - Security Officer in Vacaville, CA

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

    Pros

    The company provided uniforms. If a client required a certain piece of equipment, the management would make sure that it was provided for their employees.

    Cons

    The training that they had for some of their more modern facilities were out dated.

    Recommends
  6.  

    Don't expect too much

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

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

    Pros

    If you do your job, you can pretty much get the schedule you want. The work is not hard. They do pay more than minimum wage. Sometimes you can get overtime.

    Cons

    There is not much room for advancement, position or pay wise. You have to keep an eye on your check for mistakes. You may have to fight for vacation or raises. The hiring process is ridiculously long due to HR's incompetence.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus more on quality rather than quantity.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Could be a better place with correct leadership in key positions

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Security Officer in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Security Officer in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    Not a difficult job. Promotions if you stay long enough, overtime, flexible schedule, great for college.

    Cons

    No pay raises, low pay, paper time sheets, some unprofessional behavior, PTO sucks, working holidays, low morale.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To the management I would say to listen to your employees and show them appreciation. If they are working on holidays thank them for it or if they are telling you about unprofessional behavior don't gloss over it and hope it goes away. Stop showing favoritism and start providing raises. You know better than anyone prices are rising in Austin.

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

    Guardsmark would be great if the supervisors were experienced and well trained.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Security Officer/Bus Driver in Memphis, TN
    Former Employee - Security Officer/Bus Driver in Memphis, TN

    I worked at Guardsmark full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Guardsmark is one of the highest paid and presentable (uniform) security companies in Memphis.

    Cons

    The chain of command was screwed up, Guardsmark recruited/hired some of the most untrained and unprofessional supervisors to be over the security guards

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take the supervisors through more than a weeks worth of training and psychological tests because they need it Pryor to supervising any employee.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    It's an okay company.

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

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

    Pros

    Flexible schedule and it's easy to get overtime hours.

    Cons

    Low pay, dead end job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Google search your company.. You'll see enough advice from your old employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great experience for the new security guard who needs to learn the job from the ground up.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Security Guard in Rochester, NY
    Former Employee - Security Guard in Rochester, NY

    I worked at Guardsmark part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    In my location the training was detailed thorough and consistent. Communication from the Client to the local office was detailed and constructive. While this may vary widely depending on the client, my experience was on the whole positive.

    Cons

    Security is about repetition and consistency in doing your assigned tasks. If you look for ways to keep it fresh and ask for additional training when offered it will improve your outlook. Benefits are minimal. Company culture favors the mature minded individual ('Do The Right Thing' is a company motto) who takes ownership for their tasks will be the happiest.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    In service training by shift supervisors would be effective in keeping those working together focused and motivated.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    Great company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Site Supervisor in Lemoore, CA
    Former Employee - Site Supervisor in Lemoore, CA

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

    Pros

    Good culture, decent pay, decent benefits. The company treats you like a human being. They will often back you up in times of trouble.

    Cons

    A little behind on the technology end of things. I would like to see the company allow direct deposit. When I worked there it wasn't allowed at all locations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep supporting your Supervisors, you're doing well.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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