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Paragon Security Reviews

Updated April 26, 2017
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Pros
  • Friendly staff and free training (in 3 reviews)

  • They are fantastic at making you feel like you have nothing to worry about now that you have found a good company (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Low pay, low employee/coworker competence, low skill level job (in 5 reviews)

  • Promise of part time becoming full time but have heard that this does not happen (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Federal Contract Security."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Security Guard in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Security Guard in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Paragon Security (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    All uniforms and equipment including firearm provided. Work for the most part is pretty steady. Pay is better than traditional security.

    Cons

    Very weak benefit package. Management not receptive to the needs of officers on post. Discipline very harsh for minor rule infractions.

    Advice to Management

    Better communication news d.


  2. "Shady"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Security Officer in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Security Officer in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Paragon Security full-time

    Pros

    Great pay at the beginning

    Cons

    No room for growth and company is cheap with equipment.

    Advice to Management

    Be more proud of your employees and take care of them.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Over Accomplished."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Over 120 hours of training before hitting the spot. ICE-immigration custom enforcement gun training to carry a weapon. Duane Attkins, former chief of police in Virginia-911 witness, governing the class rooms.

    Cons

    Ex-everything. Sometimes this brings conflict for new beginners and ambitious youth in the field of law enforcement and security. Very positive company, but because you are an ex-?, you should show more of your weaknesses to teach and less aggression as solution to chastise. You might throw a positive brother off his game.

    Advice to Management

    Continue the open door policy and be watchful for what you already have inside. It is very hard to see everything when you are only concentrated on one thing. It takes a team to be great. I'd work for you any day of the week, that is as long as there are sufficient hours.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Roller Coaster"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits! Initial training was top notch!

    Cons

    No consistent work schedule. Upper management does not look out for their people.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Dissatisfied"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Paragon Security full-time

    Pros

    The training was better than many of the other security companies I have worked for. Staff are unionized so we have some benefits. Pay is consistent with competitors.

    Cons

    Company will hire the wrong people and reject people with experience. Mostly will hire people that come through their training academy. Raises are non existent and company ignores employee safety (other than lip service). Sites are persistently understaffed with no backup plan so taking time off is near impossible. Employees receive a letter at Christmas time every year that time off will not be allowed until after New Years due to understaffing.

    Advice to Management

    Have stricter hiring criteria and pay to reflect that. Check on the safety of your sites. Let your regular full time employees occasionally enjoy holidays with their families.


  7. "security guard"

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brampton, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brampton, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    i like this job heard about this company good one will definately learn & moreover experience to guard with much more responsibilities & care .

    Cons

    no drawbacks once I ll be trained no problem how like it is

    Advice to Management

    please revert me as soon as possible as i m in need for it immediately for my expenses.


  8. "Easy to get a position, hard to grow."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Easy to get a job, easy to find a shift. Always pay on time. Stable schedules.

    Cons

    Low pay, low employee/coworker competence, low skill level job. High liability.

    Advice to Management

    Hire better people.


  9. "Terrible company"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Security Guard
    Former Employee - Security Guard
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    * Good training program.
    * Nothing else

    Cons

    * Make you pay for your own uniform
    * Dispatch is very rude/disorganized. To the point that the shifts they give you do not match the reality. Many times I was half-way to a site before finding out I was scheduled to work there.
    * Be prepared to get jerked around by the dispatchers and management as they squeeze you for every penny you have, "creative scheduling" to make sure you never get OT or give you a 78 hour work period to keep you part-time and on probation as long as possible.
    * The salaries advertised online are patently false. Every online ad I've seen advertised $14-$18 yet most made under $13.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your staff like human beings.


  10. "Amazing Company.. Great work environment"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Receptionist, Security Guard in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Receptionist, Security Guard in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Paragon Security (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible Scheduling, Lots of Opportunities to grow and learn

    Cons

    No Cons, great workplace. friendly coworkers, amazing training program


  11. "Security Guard at Paragon"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Security Guard in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Security Guard in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Paragon Security part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible, interesting, various sites, good people, excellent job to learn soft skills from

    Cons

    Long shifts, sometimes boring work, low pay, heavy burden of responsibility, difficult of job depends on the public

    Advice to Management

    Offer better shifts to employees by taking their own time into consideration


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