Murray Guard Reviews

Updated February 4, 2015
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  1. Positive expwrience, very reasonable.

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Knoxville office (cant speak for others) actually attempts to get you what you want. Security is a low paying field unless you get a government contract. I worked and showed my dedication for a year and showed my ambition to move up, they gave me a contract making almost $20/hr.

    You really get what you give here. Management does their best and it shows. We appreciate you guys.

    Cons

    Not just murray; but, when a contract is up for bid, everyone is on their toes. That is with all security companies though.

    Advice to Management

    Some of us know you guys do good and try hard, i recommend looking deeper into the wish-wash problematic contracts for better officers. Although i cant complain much.

  2. Says a security job but more of a shipping receiving switchboard job

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

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

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

    Pros

    easy workers to work with good work hours and less stressful job easy to get a job because of high turnover rates

    Cons

    company values low doesnt care about employee, bad pay, no work clocks so people lie on there time card and not timely to work

    Advice to Management

    have a time clock system besides a paper book and pay a dollar or two more a hour

  3. Retirement gig or if you really need a job.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Security Guard in Jackson, TN
    Current Employee - Security Guard in Jackson, TN

    I have been working at Murray Guard

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Super easy work and have no one breathing down your neck.

    Cons

    Where do I start? Far from a "career" oriented company. You really are just a number. If you put in for time off even if it's two months plus in advance you won't get it. You might as well not even do the right thing and give a notice just call in sick the day of. When people call in sick some people will be required to bring in doctors note some will not. Definitely favoritism. The company I'm contracted to work for the supervisor doesn't have any business to be in the role. if their is a problem he will not address it to your face but will leave a note up stating a problem for you to read... Even when you ask is their anything I need to know before I leave. Theirs way to many to list luckily it's short term for me and I'm on my way out.

    Advice to Management

    The job is easy, yes... I understand the rate of pay but pay time and a half on holidays like any other company, pay vacation time when used paying for vacation time the following year is the most ridiculous thing I've heard of, get supervisors that actually know how to be supervisors, have some standards. Every supervisor I met has zero security related experience and wishes they were a cop but couldn't cut it so now there a guard.

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  5. Low pay, no benefits

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

    I worked at Murray Guard full-time

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

    Pros

    A couple of people from corportate are nice and will do anything for you...most don't care though

    Cons

    Low pay, no raise, always asking more of employees, but not willing to pay for extra work.

    Advice to Management

    Pay security officers and office management what they deserve. A seasoned proffessional with a college degree deserves more than 25k a year.

  6. Not Really what I was expecting

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

    I have been working at Murray Guard full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    You are paid on time,
    Any errors that occur in paycheck are fixed on next check.
    Steady work, Set schedule

    Cons

    Hard to take time off when needed, (feel like it's a burden)
    Short Handed at my location.
    Management needs improvement.
    Benefits are non-existent.
    Long Hours.
    Schedule difficult to move around.
    Not enough pay for services expected.
    I was hired as a Security Officer not a receptionist / Assistant.

    Advice to Management

    Be more aware of whats going on at your sites.
    Provide Training to employees
    Have back up plans if one of the employees needs off for emergency
    Consider pay increase for additional services rendered.
    Provide more opportunity for advancement

  7. Extremely disappointed with how I have been treated the last 8 years

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Security Guard in Lexington-Fayette, KY
    Current Employee - Security Guard in Lexington-Fayette, KY

    I have been working at Murray Guard full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Job is easy, love the post

    Cons

    No raise ever, in 8 yrs of employment, checks are constantly wrong, worked EVERY weekend 12 hr shifts for 8 yrs, they hired one person to work one day so I don't get OT (all this does is make me place the floor at home when it's his night to work. If he doesn't show up, we could lose contract), no communication with Lexington staff, they all seem very uneducated and lack the skills to run the company smoothly, they are verbally abusive towards employees (actually got yelled at for taking time off for my mothers passing, because they say there is no one to replace me), emailed corporate over pay which got me no where, have been laid off by a piece of paper hanging in my office (couldn't even face me like a Man) but yet they write you up if you don't shave accordingly. Their paid vacations are paid by employees last name. Meaning, if your last name starts with a W, you're paid last week of August. Good luck scheduling a vacation. I'm so sick of the many consequences an employee can face due to his/her actions, while companies like these take no responsibility whatsoever for their many faults. I'm very seriously contemplating contacting the BBB, labor board and lawyer.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees like they make a difference and they will.

  8. If you're faithful to them you get the same in return

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lieutenant in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Lieutenant in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Murray Guard full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    For the most part they try to take care of you I'm A supervisor I get overtime or time off if I need it with no hassles

    Cons

    Finding coverage; dedicated officers most officers just look@it as A pay check&thats not good, I'm A very loyal supervisor&I take care of my officers

    Advice to Management

    Give raises to the supervisors that go over and beyond the expectations even some employees some of us really enjoy working here wanna grow they wanna stay just need a little more money but thank you for the opportunity you've given me (Atl Branch)

  9. Helpful (1)

    Horrible

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Branch Manager in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Branch Manager in Dallas, TX

    I worked at Murray Guard full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    None unless you apply all the bad examples as a learning experience of what not to do

    Cons

    Incompetence, promotion by attrition "dead men's shoes"

    Advice to Management

    At least Mormons go to heaven

  10. I have been jerked around and let down time and time again.

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

    I have been working at Murray Guard full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good work schedule. Uniform provided

    Cons

    Pay isn't great, promotion is slow or non-existent. Have to take a pay cut to move contracts.

    Advice to Management

    If your last name matches the bosses.

  11. no job securty

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

    I worked at Murray Guard full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    easy work mostly solo and not bothered most of the time. good for a short term job don't expect anything more.

    Cons

    the cons of this company are long some of there supervisors are very abusive will seek to fire anyone they simply don't like or have some sort of handicap not the ones that never show up for work and not do there job. there is no job security if your site contract is altered or expires they will fired without notice. the pay sucks even for security most sites are minim wage. benefits are a joke. fees are so high and the wage so low nobody can afford them. upper management has no clue on anything don't even know half there sites or who works for them.

    Advice to Management

    replace the supervisors you know who they are.

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