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Whelan Security Reviews

Updated April 21, 2018
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Patrick A. Twardowski
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Pros
  • They were easy to get along with and easy to work with as well (in 7 reviews)

  • Hours - flexible, plenty of overtime available (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • Low pay, no real benefits, & unorganized managment (in 21 reviews)

  • I received absolutely no support from upper management in any situation (in 8 reviews)

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  1. "Security officer"

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    Former Employee - Security Officer in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Security Officer in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Whelan Security full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    There a caring, professional firm.

    Cons

    Didn't start new employees of with what they should have, at least minimum wage


  2. "Whelan is a wonderful company that has amazing potential and solid groundwork."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Security Officer - Site Supervisor in Oklahoma City, OK
    Current Employee - Security Officer - Site Supervisor in Oklahoma City, OK
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The management is very supportive and will generally teach you anything if you know how to ask. Since the company is still growing there is a lot of opportunity to make your mark on the sites and feel like you’re a significant piece of the bigger picture.

    Cons

    The expectations are unclear and sometimes that can leave you feeling like you have little direction. Depending on your client, you may be expected to do more than is capable with what is provided. Benefits are lackluster and are barely comparable to liability insurance. However, that is consistent with all contract work that I’ve experienced.

    Advice to Management

    Set clear goals and communicate often. Set expectations for all levels of employment and stand by them regardless of staffing concerns.

  3. "Great! Company"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Security Officer in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Security Officer in Saint Louis, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Whelan Security full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, good health benefits, paid vacation, bonuses, many variety of sites to work.

    Cons

    Sometimes the client service managers and site supervisors are not always professional when it comes to handling problems at posts/sites.

    Advice to Management

    Be more aware of what goes on at each post/site. Don't just take the site supervisors word. Just pop up more frequently and check on the other security officers.


  4. "I hate this company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Whelan Security part-time

    Pros

    If you like being overworked, this is for you.

    Cons

    The Houston branch is so unprofessional. The scheduling manager calls my phone at all hours of the night when I’m off the clock. (2-3 am) I don’t understand why they would think this is appropriate. They also have a habit of changing schedules at the very last minute! One time is understandable but it is continuous.
    Balancing work and your personal life may be difficult with this job!

    Advice to Management

    Learn to be more PROFESSIONAL. Take into consideration that we are people too!


  5. "Weekly Pay Periods? Yes, please!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Whelan Security full-time

    Pros

    Weekly pay periods for CA sites, great benefit for staff....good job, Whelan!

    Cons

    Throughout my employment it has been all positives so far.


  6. "Ok Company"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Site Supervisor in Columbia, MD
    Current Employee - Assistant Site Supervisor in Columbia, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Whelan Security full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Pay is good. Account managers are great to work with.

    Cons

    Benefits are terrible. Corporate makes promises they can't keep.


  7. "Appearance Matters"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at Whelan Security full-time

    Pros

    Reasonable pay, benefits, a lot of continuous training on various security topics.

    Cons

    Uniforms are very poor quality... the worst I have ever worn.

    Advice to Management

    Spend the money for better quality uniforms.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Whelan security is a great company to work for. The staff and supervisors are a great team to work alongside with."

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Security Guard in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Security Guard in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Supervisors are always watching out for their staff to ensure the safety of their staff and visitors.

    Cons

    Some of the staff are young with no experience in the security field. They should be more professional when in some instances.

    Advice to Management

    None


  9. "Needs work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    There are some good people working at Whelan

    Cons

    Culture based on fear, processes need work, most workers do not want to be there


  10. "Shift supervisor"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Whelan Security full-time

    Pros

    Hours, vacation time, management is good

    Cons

    Benefits, request for vacation, locations


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