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Current Employee – been working at Victory Security full-time for more than a year
Pros – I personally love working for this company. Supervisors not only DO NOT micromanage, but they are also professional, competent, kind, and friendly (as long as you actually do your job). This job is low stress and to be blunt...SIMPLE. The guards are also permitted numerous ammenities to make the work place more comfortable; such as T.V.s...some with satelite cable, internet, DVD players, cushioned comfortable computer chairs, refrigerators, microwaves, radios/stereos, books, and others that aren't coming to mind. The guards have complete autonomy while working because they are alone and supervisors only come by the sites once per shift for 15 minutes at most. This reduces employee conflict and uncomfortable, forced conversations This is not a demanding job and its perfect for any students with study needs as well as employees with 2nd jobs who need alotted time to complete outside work. I agree that 10 dollars an hour is low, but this a position aimed towards those without college degrees. I HAVE a college Bachelor's Degree and I worked in positions at UPMC that required a B.S. and I only received 10.50. Regardless, I make more than the average ten dollar per hour wage and I am completely satisfied with my pay. Perhaps I am paid more because I do the job I am expected to do well and I care....unlike many of the employees I have worked with. The turnover rate is so high because of the high number of unmotivated workers who cannot and will not follow directions, sleep on the job, and show up late and/or call off frequently. If you cant do this job well, you deserve to be let go. It is true that employees are in jeopardy of losing their positions when sites close, but it is evident that if you are an effective, role-model employee, your employment will be retained. In terms of benefits, I agree this is a major con...In terms of myself, this is not an issue because I am a veteran and have access to the VA health care system. I have never been forced to work a double in the almost 1 year I have been with the company. On the contrary, I have been OFFERRED a number of double opportunities which I believe to be a PRO since it is always optional, and overtime (Time and a Half) is given. Scheduling is an issue for many workers because they do not realize that shift times are given according to senority. The employees with the undesireable shifts receive the shifts that they perceive as bad because those who have been there longest have the first choice of shifts. You have to EARN your status, rank, and senority with time and dilligent work.
Cons – Lack of benefits is a problem for those without access to Veteran's hospitals etc...
Pay is low but as I mentioned, this is based on lack of experience, education, and our current President who does not comprehend that the cost of living does not coincide with American wages
Promotion is difficult and it is confusing regarding promotion to Sgt, Lt., etc...
In terms of the Armed Victory guards, 11 dollars an hour is absolutely ridiculous and the fact that the company maintains job retention is baffling
Advice to Senior Management – Keep doing what you are doing, but establish promotional opportunities and educate employees how these opportunities can be attained
Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company
2012-10-03 18:50 PDT
Current Employee – been working at Victory Security
Pros – Like I said, it's a good place to start, depending on the location of the position. I'm in a small but wealthy community, and the pay is pretty bad for what other companies are making in the same area at similar communities. No benefits at my site, and annual raises have to be begged for.
Cons – Turnover rate is through the roof. In the 2 years I have been here, I have seen more people come and go than I can count on all my fingers and toes (no lie), and I have all my fingers and toes! No room for advancement because the tiers of the job titles are very set in stone. Once a contract expires at a location, everyone who works there is in jeapordy of losing their job when the new security company moves in. Management needs improving - scheduling is poorly done, and many people are forced to work doubles against their wishes.
Advice to Senior Management – Take a step back and re-evaluate lower management, down to the directors of each site. If a site has a very high turnover rate, or other employee related issues, then it's a good idea to review the scheduling at the site to see if the problem can be narrowed down (and really pay attention to the employee separation reports!) Also, $11/hr for an armed guard is very low. How do you expect to keep employees at that rate, with almost no advancement, no benefits, and meager annual raises that have to be begged for?
No, I would not recommend this company to a friend
2012-04-21 21:12 PDT
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