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Wackenhut Services Reviews

Updated March 16, 2017
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  1. "Company rating for Wackenhut Services Inc. was a good work experience."

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    Former Employee - Labor Relations Manager in Aiken, SC
    Former Employee - Labor Relations Manager in Aiken, SC

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

    Pros

    This was an important service provided to the US department of Energy for the protection and security of the site location. This was an important managerial position.

    Cons

    I do not have any negative issues involved with this employment opportunity.

    Advice to Management

    N/A. This is a quality company.


  2. "JPSO Good Job"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - JPSO in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - JPSO in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Wackenhut Services full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Pay is great and management is engaged

    Cons

    Client is difficult to work for

    Advice to Management

    Try to get client to be more supportive

  3. "Crappenhut"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Security Operations Center Analyst in Dulles, VA
    Former Employee - Security Operations Center Analyst in Dulles, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Wackenhut Services full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Easy to get hired. Great orientation for newbies brings high morale when they start. You feel that you will be a part of a first class team. But that's where it stops. . .

    Cons

    Arrogant people they hire for their leadership positions; while they have a good pool of qualified applicants, alongside, they also hire the worst of the worst for their security positions. During the orientation, the presenter BRAGGED about how big Wackenhut it. Bad reputation within the security industry because of the "take anybody" approach in their hiring. While I was an employee, I saw on NBC news a less-than-flattering account of their nuke plant security program where they caught guards asleep! I don't usually believe everything I see on network news, but as one who was an insider of Wackenhut, that struck close to home as I saw the quality of people they hired.

    Advice to Management

    You want to have a high class company? Stop hiring "just anybody." Raise the standards on all the people you take in and enforce them when hired. You can't have arrogant people in your project management positions and have security officers who are clueless once they take their posts. The client at my last site was less than happy with the new security officers that had come in.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Wackenhut"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Armed Nuclear Security Officer in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Armed Nuclear Security Officer in Minneapolis, MN
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits, union, pay, only work 14 days a month. 48/36 schedule.

    Cons

    12 hour shifts, management not aligned with policies and procedures

    Advice to Management

    listen to subordinates more on issues raised


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Do Not Work For WSI"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - JPSO in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - JPSO in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Salary is decent. Job itself is not very stressful.

    Cons

    Management does not care about staff. Morale is extremely low. Supervisors play games with the work schedules and favoritism runs rampant.

    Advice to Management

    Treat employees more fairly. WSI corporate office in Florida needs to intervene.


  6. "Easy Job"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - CPO in New Orleans, LA
    Current Employee - CPO in New Orleans, LA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The company has some of the best assignments in the city. This is a great company to work for if you are ex-military or retired polce.

    Cons

    The company has too many supervisors but not enough workers, so workers are occasionally asked to work extra hours above 8 hours.

    Advice to Management

    Please closely monitor the number of hours worked in a two to three day spand. I've known of instances where employees have worked 16 hour days for several days in a row.


  7. "Not a bad part time job..."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Security Officer in Las Vegas, NV
    Former Employee - Security Officer in Las Vegas, NV
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Worked 3 days a week for 45 hours, so I had 4 days off per week which was nice. 15 hour shift was sometimes very long, but was very nice to have 4 days off.

    Cons

    Management seemed disorganized and unreliable at times.

    Advice to Management

    Have better organization for middle management. Institute better and more modern uniforms.

  8. "Moderate company to work for"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Security Site Supervisor in Greensboro, NC
    Current Employee - Security Site Supervisor in Greensboro, NC
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Job are easily attainable with the company. You can move up quickly if you have a willigness to work and have good credientials.

    Cons

    The hours are demanding. Not a good company to work for as sallary in a midle management position. Better to be a site suppervisor of a good contract or a district manager, however midle management does all the work.

    Advice to Management

    Send out more surveys to middle management on how to better improvise operations and efficiancy. Give support to the office staff. Remember bottom line is important but achieved thru the susess of the offices structure.


  9. Helpful (1)

    ""You get what you pay for!""

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Security Guard in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Security Guard in Tucson, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Easy place to work if you have homework. Clients have no idea that services are just for show and most guards get to watch Hulu during shifts. Supervisor at my location loves to bring in some home brew which really makes working for this company a blast!

    Cons

    You have to wear a uniform. Must be willing to put up with other peoples mistakes i.e. "I forgot my office key and ID, can you open it for me?"

    Advice to Management

    You really shouldn't cut peoples wages in this field of work. Use those community college skills and just lay one guy off! Why have the entire entire crew bent when one guy could have paid the price for all.


  10. "if you can put up with it, the pay is great."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Nuclear Security Supervisor
    Current Employee - Nuclear Security Supervisor

    Pros

    Wackenhut pays much better in comparison to other companies in the security field. Job security is very stable due to the nature of the nuclear world and today's security requirements, job security is guarenteed to anyone that wants to work. The job is not that hard and you do not need a college degree to get in the door.

    Cons

    The job is not that challenging and can be very mundane at times. Twelve and a half hour shifts and a schedule that rotates is very hard on any family life. There is very little job recognition for the employees and very little control over your own year end bonus. (The year-end bonus is based on a group or team effort instead of the individuals effort.)

    Advice to Management

    Give your people more recognition and the ability to achieve through some sort of bonus/recognition program.


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