Walden Security
2.3 of 5 21 reviews
www.waldensecurity.com Chattanooga, TN 1000 to 5000 Employees

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Updated Mar 15, 2014

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Amy S. Walden

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39% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Great start to get security work experience.

Unarmed Security Officer (Current Employee)
Atlanta, GA

I have been working at Walden Security part-time for less than a year

ProsWill hire you on the spot

ConsLow pay does always match workload.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Security Officer (Former Employee)
Charlotte, NC

I worked at Walden Security full-time for less than a year

ProsI saw/experienced absolutely nothing "pro" about this company.

ConsDuring the initial interview, the site supervisor told I had to go get a background criminal history done at my local county courthouse/law enforcement - that was the first 25 dollars from my pocket.
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Then they told me I/we had to attend a mandatory two day training (40 miles away one way - would be 160 round trip for two days) but they neglected to inform me/us (until the second day of class) that the two days would be unpaid. No one is this class was happy about that revelation.
Also, it should be noted that on all of our paperwork, we were told by the HR employee, as well as the classroom instructor, to use the first day of class as our "hired on" date - which we all did.
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On that same second day, they gave us a "fee list" - to the tune of 143 dollars that they said we had to sign a form which authorized them to deduct that amount (143 dollars) from our first paycheck.
The 'fee list' had five (5) items on it:
1. Thirty (30) dollars for the state license fee.
2. Thirty eight (38) dollars for the fingerprints fee.
3. Twenty Five (25) dollars for a (supposedly refundable) uniform deposit.
4. Ten (10) dollars for a background check
5. 40 dollars for an "administrative fee".
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Then, of course, you have to buy your own white tshirts, black shoes, socks - which, in my case, I bought a 30 dollar pair of shoes at Walmart, 10 dollars of tshirts, and about 8 dollars for the socks.
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So I add the 143 "fee list" - plus 25 background check fee and approximately 48 dollars for the shoes, tshirts,socks. That (my cost) comes to approximately 216.00 dollars
Then adding in the two days of unpaid (but mandatory per the state) "training", which, at the minimum wage of 7.25 an hour would come to 116 dollars - add that to the 216 and the grand daddy total of monetary debt/loss is
$332.00.
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I didn't add in the gas it took to drive the 40 miles one way a day for two days (180 miles total) - some in the class drove further than I had to).
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Where I come from this is referred to as shaking someone down for money.

Advice to Senior ManagementYou probably won't last long in the business world if this is how all of your offices do business with their employees.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Security Guard (Former Employee)
Knoxville, TN

I worked at Walden Security part-time for more than a year

ProsImmediate Hire
Supply uniforms for you

ConsLow Pay
People always call in
Will work you to death if you let them
Supervisors are out of touch with chain of command

Advice to Senior ManagementStart thinking of the client instead of getting upset at the employee for doing what they were told. You have clients asking for one thing and supervisors telling you another. The guard is usually stuck in the middle getting in trouble no matter what then. Stop treating employees as expendable. They want this job just as much as you need the spot filled so recognize your good employees that don't call in, try to fill slots for you and try to work with them instead of just treating them like trash.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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standard security

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Walden Security

Prossteady pay and basic health care

Consno room to grow and management was constantly changing and having to deal with walden and the building manager trying to please 2 bosses

Advice to Senior Managementpay more attention to employees

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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i was dissapointed branch management

Security (Former Employee)
Lynchburg, TN

I worked at Walden Security for more than 3 years

Prosin the nashville branch there is none.chattanooga branch is berter.

Consnashville tn.branch dont care.you are just a body at a post.

Advice to Senior Managementclean house in nashville branch.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Great place for learning and if you are just entering the work force, a good stepping stone.

Security Officer (Former Employee)
Chamblee, GA

I worked at Walden Security full-time for more than 8 years

ProsGood pay, flexible hours, and low stress work environment.

ConsLow promotion and advancement potential.

Advice to Senior Managementnone

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Charlotte NC Office is a disgrace!!!!

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Charlotte, NC

I have been working at Walden Security for more than a year

ProsYou got a job, because that's exactly what it is a job not a career!!

ConsNo promotions at all they do not promote within unless you are white
No paid Holidays
Pay as little as 8.50 and no one can afford to live off this income
Will fire you in a split second and want think twice about it.

Advice to Senior ManagementYou have guards that are living in shelters because of the income been loyal to the company for years with no raise whatsoever but yet they be eager to dicspline them!!!!! I hope they go out of business g4s get your sites back!!!

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Security Officer (Current Employee)
McDonough, GA

I have been working at Walden Security full-time for more than a year

ProsThe job is very quite and relaxing it is also real easy to do.

ConsAs for now the only con I can see is that I have to work with old and out dated equipment.

Advice to Senior ManagementAs for now there is no advice management for me.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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my experience was very good with Walden.

Security Officer (Current Employee)
Charlotte, NC

I have been working at Walden Security full-time for more than 3 years

ProsThey are a very understanding company.

ConsThey hire new employees that have no previous experience and start them off with top pay.

Advice to Senior ManagementI think that a new employee that have no previous experience should start and show that they understand the basic of security before they reach top pay level.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Dissatisfied

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Walden Security full-time

ProsGreat team members in local office

ConsOpinion held no value
Employees including management treated like cattle and expendable
Team is underappreciated

Advice to Senior ManagementThe company has lost the focus on employees and is all about the clients and their wants regardless if it is beneficial to the company or not.

Treat your employees with respect and show loyalty and the company will receive it back

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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