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GardaWorld Security Guard Reviews

Updated May 17, 2017
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GardaWorld Founding President and Chief Executive Officer Stéphan D. Crétier
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Pros
  • Pay is decent for a no experience required job (in 15 reviews)

  • Good pay, good people, state of the art building (in 17 reviews)

Cons
  • Long hours, need to be available 24/7 (in 23 reviews)

  • broke down trucks, no A/C in the trucks, protecting money that's not your's (in 10 reviews)

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  1. "Security Guard"

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    Current Employee - Security Guard in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Security Guard in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at GardaWorld part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Easy to get a job here even if you don't have any prior experience

    Cons

    Low pay
    Too much work
    Disorganized
    The management doesn't care much about their guards

    Advice to Management

    Some of the sites require a lot of work and the pay is not enough. Management needs to raise wages at such sites.


  2. "Think of your options carefully, do not quit your current job, this might not work out"

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    Former Employee - Security Guard in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Security Guard in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at GardaWorld part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    great pay and benefits
    very flexible schedule
    one of the highest paying jobs in the airport on the ground level

    Cons

    Management changes a lot, people get fired a lot in this company, every spot is a hot spot, no position is safe, the union does not do much to protect you, they do not have the legal training to vouch for you.

    The difficulty of the training is too high, they expect you to find bombs on the first day of training, there is no way to practice before hand, the training manuals are not published, notes in class are not permitted to be studied out of class, there is no rubric or standard the trainee can see, you can be gone for basically any reason, there is no explanation for your termination

    Most people seem to have the sense that their jobs are at risk at any time due to a breach or other violations

    do not quit your jobs because you start training with Garda, 90% of the class fails for the screening officer position, no matter if you did S1(front positions) or not

    The training was more like a lay off for the S1s than a training day.

    if you happen to be fired for this, go apply to EI right away no matter what HR tells you.

    file a freedom of information request to see what is the reason of the termination, make them explain.

    Advice to Management

    transparency and common sense, you did not learn your trade in a day in impossible conditions, why do you expect me to?

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Don't work here!!"

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    Former Employee - Security Guard in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Security Guard in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at GardaWorld full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Hard to find pros for a company like this. Really hard to think of anything.

    Cons

    There are better security companies to work for. Do not work here! Management will not treat you well at all.

    Advice to Management

    Take better care of your employees


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Good Place"

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    Current Employee - Security Guard in Saskatoon, SK (Canada)
    Current Employee - Security Guard in Saskatoon, SK (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    good co workers, decent pay.

    Cons

    benefits, some management, some post pay much less

    Advice to Management

    stop screwing the littleman


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Garda"

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    Current Employee - Mobile Security Guard in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Mobile Security Guard in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Union, a lot of sites,

    Cons

    Bogged down to details, alarm priority


  6. "Selfish management"

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    Current Employee - Security Guard in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Security Guard in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at GardaWorld part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Allows you to learn to be self managing and not have to work with someone looking over your shoulder.

    Cons

    Management is very selfish, have to go out of your way for them to believe you need time off, they never go to bat for you and make you feel like your dispensable to them, promotions are virtually nonexistent unless you really really brownnose management at the main office. Only reason I stay here is because I go to school during the week.

    Advice to Management

    Maybe its time to move on and let someone else take over.


  7. "Security Guard"

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    Former Employee - Security Guard in Saskatoon, SK (Canada)
    Former Employee - Security Guard in Saskatoon, SK (Canada)

    I worked at GardaWorld part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible working hour & management.

    Cons

    Rules are not followed strictly.

    Advice to Management

    Need a dynamic management.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "GardaWorld"

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    Former Employee - Security Guard in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Security Guard in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at GardaWorld (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible schedule
    Pay is good in comparison with other security companies

    Cons

    Some sites have disgusting management and employees. If you get a good site you will be ok.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Better Companies out there"

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    Current Employee - Security Guard in Brampton, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Security Guard in Brampton, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at GardaWorld part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    There are almost no pro's working for gardaworld as a floater in my experience except flexibility since you can work whenever you want by calling for shifts.

    Cons

    -Pay is horrible (minimum wage)
    -No increments , you start at minimum and you stay at minimum wage even if your with them for 1--10 years.
    -Terrible management, they give you shifts and cancel whenever they want at little notice. Sometimes I would show up to shifts and they would tell me to go home cause they dont need me or their overstaffed.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your guards better, and dont expect the world from them when you pay us peanuts.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Sleep for pay"

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    Current Employee - Security Guard in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Security Guard in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I get to sleep on the job and watch Netflix or study for school and get paid to write a report that no one cares to look at in the massive waste of paper stacks.

    Cons

    Worst pay, and worst employee care you will just be another employee number instead of a name. You will randomly get calls to work, when you ask? The second they call, don't fall for those shifts its the ones everyone else refused to work.

    Advice to Management

    Take care of your employees and don't pay them minimum wage to watch over trillions dollar companies when they are paying you 5 to 8 times our pay rate.