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G4S Reviews

Updated September 20, 2017
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Pros
  • Somewhat decent pay, unlimited overtime, good co-wokers (in 31 reviews)

  • Good pay rates and flexible with hours (in 30 reviews)

Cons
  • No bonuses for good performance, attendance policy is a joke which is why they have such a high turnover rate (in 19 reviews)

  • No room for advancement, especially for females (in 19 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "It's a stepping stone"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Armed Security Officer in Melbourne, FL
    Former Employee - Armed Security Officer in Melbourne, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at G4S full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good people to work with. There's job security and you get good perks denepending on which site you're on.

    Cons

    Long hours and small pay. They want college degrees or prior LEO, military experience but won't offer the salary that goes with it. It's hard to move up

    Advice to Management

    People there work hard and have prior LEO and military experience. Pay them the wage they deserve and there won't a high turn around rate. Give them a reason to stay.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "I love G4S overall"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Security Site Supervisor in New Orleans, LA
    Current Employee - Security Site Supervisor in New Orleans, LA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at G4S full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Pay some what good, benefits are reasonable and most post are good.

    Cons

    I don't like sitting at a post for 3 years without getting a raise and G4S office tells you clients have to give raises and Client tells you that they thought raises came from G4S. Getting only a week vacation a year. If I'm on a post for 3-5 years I should get 2 weeks after already 2 years at that post.

    Advice to Management

    Should look into creating PTO paid time off. Starting with 2 hrs per paycheck after a year and after 5 years 8 hrs each pay check, giving a % raise each year with the company that's base on your proformance, and adding a week vacation to every year you are with the company

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Shady at best"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Armed Security Officer in Niantic, CT
    Current Employee - Armed Security Officer in Niantic, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at G4S full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Pay is somewhat comparable to what we are there for. Could be paid more for the type of work but it'll do.

    Cons

    Long days that last 14 hours. Company doesn't seem to care about employees concerns or personal life forcing you to choose between your kids or your career.

    Advice to Management

    Pull your head from your fifth point of contact and stand up for your team. Don't be the typical corporate yes man and try to please company while upsetting those making you look good.


  4. "Good for starting out."

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    Current Employee - Custom Protection Officer in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Custom Protection Officer in Tucson, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at G4S full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good place to start in security.

    Cons

    Horrible management, long hours for not that good pay and favoritism

    Advice to Management

    Remove the current upper management.


  5. "Good experience"

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    Former Employee - Shift Supervisor in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Shift Supervisor in Boston, MA

    I worked at G4S full-time

    Pros

    Great to help build experience

    Cons

    Forced overtime was a big turn off


  6. "Managing security is worse than managing college kids"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Memphis, TN
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Memphis, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at G4S full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great advancement opportunities available if you possess the skillset.

    Cons

    Unrealistic goals for managers/supervisors. High turnover due to stringent qualifications/better opportunities elsewhere. Management constantly bending the knee to the client.

    It's the security world, what do you expect, the A-Team?

    Advice to Management

    Stand up for employees/subordinates when necessary. Negotiate better pay or incentives in contracts for standard officers


  7. "non commission officer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at G4S full-time

    Pros

    Depending on the site you are at its a great company to work for. Great benefit options.

    Cons

    The company needs improvement with management but it has gotten better.

  8. "Poor Choice of Employer"

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    Current Employee - CPO in Winston-Salem, NC
    Current Employee - CPO in Winston-Salem, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at G4S full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Starting Salary is above average.

    Cons

    Horrible Management,No Raises,No Chance for Advancement,Poor hiring choices resulting in high turnover and no relief,No Account ability.

    Advice to Management

    Promote from within,Performance based raises,Develop a better Management model,put your employees FIRST.


  9. "Security"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at G4S full-time

    Pros

    Great Job. Easy money

    Cons

    Not any . It’s a great job

    Advice to Management

    Need more overtime


  10. "Armed custom protection"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Custom Protection Officer in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Custom Protection Officer in Miami, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at G4S full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Unlimited over time, travel the country an state alot company cover all expenses. Vacation time, benefits

    Cons

    scheduling. Communication an show appreciation

    Advice to Management

    Try to communicate better with employees


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