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Guardsmark Reviews

Updated October 26, 2018
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Guardsmark Chairman and President Ira A. Lipman
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Pros
  • "Low stress, good pay, good benefits" (in 10 reviews)

  • "Easy job monitored place that did not really require secuirty, used more as receptionist for company" (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • "Management that doesn't back up their employees, low pay, high turnover, menial benefits, pretty much a dead end job" (in 17 reviews)

  • "Little to no room for advancement" (in 9 reviews)

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  1. "Security Company"

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    Former Employee - Registered Nurse in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Registered Nurse in Saint Louis, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Guardsmark full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Excellent place to work, great staff, good hours, assignments are flexible and convienient, I would recommend this Employer to anyone seeking satisfying career.

    Cons

    Pay is not great but it’s worth it when you consider the caring and considerate management team, and the flexibility they allow working families

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work, continue to hire dedicated staff although it isn’t always easy to find hard working and commited staff.


  2. "Guardsmark"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Guardsmark full-time

    Pros

    HR satff is works with everyone fairly.

    Cons

    The starting wage is too low.

  3. "Office Employee"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Guardsmark full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Decent benefits; 401k (%match); referral program; safe driving program; great staff at branch levels.

    Cons

    Vacation policy not the best, but at least they had it; limited technology

    Advice to Management

    HQ needs to update technology practices


  4. "Company"

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    Former Employee - Relationship Manager in Nashville, TN
    Former Employee - Relationship Manager in Nashville, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Guardsmark full-time

    Pros

    Great local team and management

    Cons

    Poorly managed from the top


  5. "Dental"

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    Former Employee - Security Officer in Sunrise, FL
    Former Employee - Security Officer in Sunrise, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Had a good post at General Dynamics

    Cons

    Dental Benifits Never implemented during employment was deliberately not given until layoff

    Advice to Management

    Hire new staff--corruption


  6. "Not much"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Guardsmark full-time

    Pros

    Nothing can be a Pro for this company

    Cons

    Always under manned. Management was poor. Regional Manager wanted you to travel grand distances just for little pay. No compensation for travel.


  7. "Great Company"

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    Former Employee - Armed Security Officer in Troy, AL
    Former Employee - Armed Security Officer in Troy, AL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay, great hours and friendly supervisors

    Cons

    horrible uniforms, some coworkers were selfish

  8. "Security Business"

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    Former Employee - Account Manager in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Guardsmark full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Independent.
    Never a pay issue.
    See your manager more than once per year.
    Try to do things right.
    Better than average customer locations, minimum of dangerous or hazardous work.

    Cons

    Pay increases disappeared after 2008.
    Antiquated policies, training, and systems.
    Lack of commitment to vision from middle management.

    Advice to Management

    Re-invest in the company rather than continuing to employ the same practices. The brand was valuable enough to re invent the core.


  9. "Security Officer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Guardsmark full-time

    Pros

    Overtime, Nice Coworkers, You can work as much as you want.

    Cons

    Odd hours, start off by getting a lot of weekend shifts, No OT

    Advice to Management

    Continue to reach out to workers.


  10. "Typical Security Job"

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    Former Employee - Security Guard in Oak Brook, IL
    Former Employee - Security Guard in Oak Brook, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fairly easy work. Not much else.

    Cons

    Management that doesn't back up their employees, low pay, high turnover, menial benefits, pretty much a dead end job.

    Advice to Management

    Quit going to the graveyard to find employees. You need more then dead bodies and mindless twits with huge egos to the job.


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