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
Ira A. Lipman
87 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.  

    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

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    • 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.  

    Guardsmark - a Great Company for the 1980's. Owner only wants his profits!

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Relationship Manager in Memphis, TN
    Current Employee - Relationship Manager in Memphis, TN

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

    Pros

    If you want to be micro-managed from the corporate headquarters this is your company. If you feel safe and comfortable in the 1980's pull up a stool, Guardsmark is for you.

    Cons

    Guardsmark is stuck in the the 1980's. It kills trees by the thousands everyday because it's owner - Ira Lipman - who is too scared to move into the 20th century (yes the 20th). His Regional Managers are too intimidated of Ira to tell him he has no clothes on - read the story. Office culture - the King is always right and you become a "Whack-a mole" target if you offer improvements.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you insist on sending our those monthly "Insight" newsletters consider adding a Letter to the Editor or "Ask Ira" to allow the employees an opportunity to interact with Czar.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    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
  6.  

    An average security company.

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    • 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
  7.  

    Crazy interview process

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Security Officer in Norfolk, VA
    Current Employee - Security Officer in Norfolk, VA

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

    Pros

    Are you kidding? Just sitting through the interview made me realize there was none.What is wrong with companies today?

    Cons

    I haven't even started work here and it concerns me because the interview process was the most intrusive I have ever seen. Not even my friends in law enforcement went through a vetting process like I did. People are on here talking about a 500 question psychological exam are wrong. Its 567 questions. I felt like walking out then. Asking for a list of what medications I take is unacceptable to me. Its no ones business.Sorry. Stay away.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a life.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Don't expect too much

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • 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
  9.  

    Could be a better place with correct leadership in key positions

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    • 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
  10.  

    Regret

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

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

    Pros

    works monday through friday weekly

    Cons

    Low pay, no raises in 10 years for my location, understaffed, management is no help

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay your people what they're worth

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    No Future - Just a body

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Security Supervisor in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Security Supervisor in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Scheduling helped me get through college. The employees in lower level positions are the funniest and selfless people you'll meet.

    Cons

    No future within company, management intimidated by lower level employees seeking promotion. At my departure company began to lose account and were outbid by new and modern security companies. If you ask security officers about the companies culture dont be surprised if you hear of "racism."

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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