Securitas Securitas: poor treatment of employees Internet
Back in 2010 I had the opportunity to work for Securitas at a location in Branch County, Michigan. I had no security experience when I was hired however for me Securitas was going to be the perfect job for my situation. I had faced an unexpected layoff and I needed an income. Although the pay wasn't good (8.90hr), with my unemployment benefits ready to end, any income was better than no income. I ended up staying with Securitas for about four months and many things I witnessed just have me shaking my head in disbelief. I was lucky enough to find a better job and just give my two weeks notice an move on, however, many people I worked with weren't so lucky. The supervisor on site had absolutely no character and if anything went wrong she was quick to point the finger at any other employee. For example, there was a report by a guard of a possible theft of material and the supervisor stated it was there when I left, I remember seeing it when I left. She pinned the possible theft on the guard who was on duty who had releived her that evening. We learned from the plant that there was no theft and that the material was process the day before. I remember the guard asking the supervisor what material did you see when you left. I heard that other guards had made complaints about her to management at the Lansing office, however, nothing was done about it. This supervisor took offense one time when a new guard asked her if there was any room for advancement. The supervisor was telling me that the new girl asked if there was any room for advancement and the supervisor told me that she told her yes, but for that to happen would mean that I'm gone. The supervisor told me that the new girl was after her job. I'm thinking to myself, whats wrong with a little ambition, there's nothing wrong with wanting to advance in a company. The supervisor was paranoid about it I think a bit because the new girl had a family member who worked at a Securitas main office somewhere. This new girl made it for about two weeks before she quit because the supervisor was just jumping all over her for the smallest mistakes. It was all common mistakes that all new guards made, even the supervisor when she was new. I could just tell from the get go the new girl stood no chance. There was another time a guard told me that he got written up for calling the police due to a possible break in instead of calling a plant supervisor to come over and check it out first. He told me he came up to a door that was opened and it had damage to it. He called the Securitas supervisor and told her he thinks a building was broken into and he didn't feel comfortable walking thru it himself. He asked her if he should call the police. The Securitas supervisor told him, yes, go ahead and call the police. He was upset that he got a write up for not following the chain of command because he called the Securitas supervisor first to find out what to do. He told me he asked the supervisor why she didn't tell him in the first place to check with the plant supervisor and not call the police. I guess she acted like the whole situation didn't happen. It was reasons like this that there was such a high turn around. People would work a week and quit, we were always short handed which meant working many double shifts. I was fine with the double shifts and if my relief didn't show up for me that was more money in my pocket. However, there were several guards, who were retired and just looking for something to do two days a week, took exception to it. We had retired police officers, corrections officers, and teachers who quit because there relief didn't show up, they couldn't get ahold of the Securitas supervisor, and they ended up on site sixteen to eighteen hours. All of their complaints to the Securitas main office fell on deaf ears. I never had anything happen to me personally but with all of the problems my co-workers were facing my feeling is if I had not moved to a position elsewhere, the same would have eventually happened to me. I know there were several complaints made to the Lansing office. I just wish they would have made an effort to resolve there complaints. Securitas lost a lot of good workers.