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Guardsmark New York City Reviews

Updated March 17, 2017
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Pros
  • Guardsmark is the best security company in the world to work, it's a very rewarding experience (in 11 reviews)

  • Free uniforms, more inter-personable management (not treated like a rank and file number in the long run), better pay, unionized, flexible hours (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • Low pay and no yearly pay increase (in 16 reviews)

  • Expect late checks when you start and continue to expect them if direct deposit is not available (in 14 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Site Supervisor"

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    Current Employee - Site Supervisor/Liaison in Clark, NJ
    Current Employee - Site Supervisor/Liaison in Clark, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Guardsmark (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great company, fair pay, decent supervisors, great client locations, opportunity for growth, generally great people to work with, management opportunities available regularly.

    Cons

    Be careful to be sure what you are accepting and be sure that your site manager has your back! Sometimes, they are really great but do something they don't like or they think isn't in your best interest they will get rid of you!


  2. "working at guardsmark"

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    Former Employee - Security Officer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Security Officer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    continuous work. good working envirinments

    Cons

    four years of continuous work no sick days, pay increases were non existent and you are treated like a puppet. no benefits

    Advice to Management

    treat your employees better. pay better rates for services


  3. "Worst Company ever!!"

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    Former Employee - Loss Prevention Officer in East Fishkill, NY
    Former Employee - Loss Prevention Officer in East Fishkill, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There are None with them.

    Cons

    Mangers can write reports on you on a daily basis without you knowing. Make sure you ALWAYS see your daily report if you are working for this company.

    Advice to Management

    Really needs to re-evaluate on how they do things, treat their employees.


  4. "15 yrs of employment enhanced knowledge of customer service."

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    Former Employee - Learning/Development Administrator in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Learning/Development Administrator in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Guardsmark (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Constantly moving for account to account. Meeting new people

    Cons

    Poof Management, poor supervision, no support for officer


  5. Helpful (2)

    "They Suck"

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    Current Employee - Security Guard in Syosset, NY
    Current Employee - Security Guard in Syosset, NY

    I have been working at Guardsmark full-time

    Pros

    Free Uniform and sometimes free lunch

    Cons

    There are no Cons Period

    Advice to Management

    Close Up Shop


  6. "Account Manager/Facility Account Manager/National Accounts Manager"

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    Former Employee - Account Manager/Facility Account Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Account Manager/Facility Account Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Guardsmark full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    I didn't appreciate it while I was employed with Guardsmark, however looking back, the greatest pro was the flexibility that the position(s) allowed. The company pays well versus the industry standard and the firm does have a strong name & presence in the field.

    Cons

    Upward mobility is stagnant unless you have a military and/or federal law enforcement pedigree. INCREDIBLY difficult to get any definitive answers/direction without first obtaining the blessings from the owner which you could understand if it were a smaller company.

    Advice to Management

    It wouldn't help, they would not listen to anything we had to say while we were employed.


  7. "Security Officer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    This company really stands by its mission.

    Cons

    There is no room to grow within the company

    Advice to Management

    Take care of your employees


  8. "Security Gaurd"

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    Former Employee - Security Officer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Security Officer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Guardsmark part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Paid $11 an hour, recieved check on time and free security uniform.

    Cons

    Bad health insurance, not enough hours for Full / Part time employees and crappy job.


  9. "The Nature of the Business"

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    Current Employee - Site Supervisor in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Site Supervisor in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The company has one of the lowest turnovers in the industry. I've been in security for more than 25 years and I have worked for numerous companies and raises come from the client not the security company if your on the security officers side of the spectrum. Cooperate is a little different but even a raise for cooperate employees generally come about based on client revenue, ie lost of clients lose of pay/employees. A security company is not a 9-5 job and since the client is paying the salary it is up to them if they want to pay you for being off, hint the word salary (security officer's are paid hourly) therefore the benefits are not the same. If you want to move up continue your education, go back to school and complete a related degree from an accredited school.

    Cons

    Promotion are a little slow and are only available on a branch level if someone leaves The managerial structure is a little different than most top security company's on a branch level but advancement is there if you're willing to relocate to maybe another state.

    Advice to Management

    Some can be a little more considerate towards their subordinates, be a little more professional.


  10. "Ok work"

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    Former Employee - Security Guard in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Security Guard in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Depending on your location great for college students. In dome locations good pay and the clients are terricic. The management team that I worked for where amazing.

    Cons

    At that time no real benefits you had no sick time. Everything is based on what location your hired no set pay.


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