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Guardsmark Reviews

Updated February 28, 2018
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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. "Branch Manager"

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    Former Employee - Branch Manager in Oklahoma City, OK
    Former Employee - Branch Manager in Oklahoma City, OK
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Family environment good support and helpful management

    Cons

    Pay was too low to attract quality personnel


  2. "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

  3. "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.


  4. "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.


  5. "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.


  6. "Poorly Managed"

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    Former Employee - Security Supervisor in Rancho Cordova, CA
    Former Employee - Security Supervisor in Rancho Cordova, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some opportunity for advancement, but not much.

    Cons

    Poor management, always someone telling you how to do something when they don't know your job.

    Advice to Management

    Better management, coaching, planning.


  7. "Financial Systems Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Memphis, TN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Memphis, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Pay, Bonuses and Benefits

    Cons

    No autonomy, micromanagement, scare tactics

    Advice to Management

    Do not scare there heck out of competent people.

  8. "Quality company"

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    Former Employee - Unarmed Security Officer in Aurora, IL
    Former Employee - Unarmed Security Officer in Aurora, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Assist you in obtaining your required License (PERC for IL). Place you at a sight closest to where you live. Always attentive to providing quality uniforms.

    Cons

    It was a little slow on getting through the hiring process, other than that there is nothing to complain about.


  9. "Manager Business Development"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Guardsmark full-time

    Pros

    Great company to work for

    Cons

    No negative comments about this company


  10. "Guard"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Guardsmark full-time

    Pros

    Easy job not stressful at all.

    Cons

    Needed to work Holidays


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