I worked for this company for approxiately 4 months and after I resigned I found another site called fireguardsmark when I did a google search on this company. Could everyone be wrong about this company no I dont think so. I was appreciative to get a job since it did get me thru the holidays yet the price I paid in the long run stress wise and not being appreciated has put a bitter taste in my mouth.
The application for this company is the longest application I haave ever filled out in my life only to find the company not to stand for anything they tell you about themselves. I told them I needed full time employment and I was lead on to believe I would in fact have that but it was far from the truth. I went to over 8 different sites until someone left the company/ I never knew how many hours I was working week to week or what my pay check would be for the two weeks. I cannt budget or pay my bills this way and I know of noone that can do so. Most of the site captains or lietenants had no mangement experience and ran alot of staff off. Yet when I was promoted after a short period of time due to my extensive experience in security I was not appreciated at all. I was told I was defensive and abrasive yet I only have had two employers prior to this job and received promotions very quickly and the upper managers thought I was the best thing since sliced bread. The vendor was very difficult to get along with and instead of appreciating my suggestions he changed and downgraded the security at the site despite the fact that he had no security experience. Why hire a security company to do the job if you dont trust us to do the job well.
I went the extra mile for the employees and no other manager at any of the sites did what I did which included getting employees uniforms, getting one of the officer's license renewed for him, doing audits on the training records, attempting to correct the key control problems etc. Instead of being appreciated by the vendor and manager of Guardsmark, I was removed as the site supervisor. Many employees as well as managers feel the way I do about this company but they are afraid to speak up or make waves due to the poor economy and job market so they take what this company dishs out.
It was been an awful experience for me and never Have I quit a job but when I am not appreciated in a job or relationship I have learned not to stay. I unlike alot of people had other incoime to fall back on so it was easier for me to leave but I feel sorry for the security officers who stay with this company. In the site I was at you were not just a security officer but you also were a receptionist so the vendor is really getting his moneyworth out of the security company. The person who has replaced me has no management expereince or extensive security experience like I have but if she does not take initiative or make any suggestions to the vendor or guardsmark she may do very well.
This has left an awful taste in my mouth and I suggest you look for another security company to work for before you work for this company.