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Worst place in Life
Security Officer (Current Employee) –  Mobile, ALSeptember 16, 2017
This has been the most judgmental job I have ever in life worked for all the upper management talk bad about the security officers they promised us all 40 plus hours a week that was a lie they make you feel terrible at the things they say to you and behind you back it’s the worst job I have ever in life worked for
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Horrible job
EMT (Former Employee) –  Columbus, GASeptember 5, 2017
Place sucks with horrible management and no way to move up the ladder. It was a dead end job. Do not work for these people they are two faced, lie to you on a daily basis
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great for younger generation
Security Police Officer II (Current Employee) –  Aiken, SCAugust 24, 2017
Great Company to work for, can be physically demanding at times, and very slow at others, can be very time consuming. Can have a very high overtime requirements, can be difficult to do things outside of company life
Pros
great pay
Cons
changing work conditions
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Competative pay and benefits
DOE Special Response Team Technician (Current Employee) –  South CarolinaAugust 14, 2017
Competative pay and benefits. Poor work culture. Not much job satisfaction. There is a high distrust in management. Given all the negatives it seems to be fairly secure.
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Work with Navy
Lead Technician (Former Employee) –  Naval Station Guantanamo BayMay 8, 2017
Performed work on all types of vehicles, from lawn mowers to trash trucks. Work was high demand and low down time, but learned more about vehicles and had a great team to work with.
Pros
Never bored
Cons
Worked 7 days a week
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horrible work place
Armed Security Officer (Current Employee) –  Independence, MOMarch 29, 2017
This job was a great place to work, but over the years and a new name change, the work environment is awful. The company expects the officers to live to work. They do no respect the officers time off. At this moment, they expect officers to work upwards of 60 hours or more a week, due to operational need; their cover all to do anything they please. They do give you vacation time, but deny all requests to take your benefits due to operational need. The attitude the upper management gives is " well what's there to be mad about, we are paying you." While that's true, its the attitude that you are not a valued employee. The morale is at an all time low and management is too arrogant to see that and blames the officers for having poor attitude. Virtually no full time officers that are working are happy. this company will gladly mandate an officer for 16 hours, and then joke about the officers having to stay to said officer or call them and lie to them about being mandated, making the upset officer even more upset. While working all the OT sounds nice for people who want to work a lot of hours, the officers who are there have been doing this since early October of last year and are still staying strong carrying these duties and are completely exhausted. Several officers have gone part time or resigned. This company refuses to make this a better work environment. They do not appreciate the officer's sacrifice of their personal time to ensure the contract isn't lost. And when asked to show some appreciation to boost morale, the upper management refuses to see the value in that. There  more... are next to no benefits. While you earn 80 hours after 5 years of service, they are not granting any vacation currently. This is a draconian work place and you will not feel valued here. This job is literally a stepping stone job to something better, and that's the way this management likes it. good luck to all who apply here. Hopefully things change and this place becomes a fun work place again, but with the current management in place, that is not going to happen. If I could post zero stars, I would.  less
Pros
all the overtime you can ask for, holiday pay, vacation accrual
Cons
mandatory overtime in excess of 15- 30 hours OT, denial of oppurtunity to take vacation, expendable, horrible attitude towards officers from management, low morale, draconian management
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Great starting opportunity
Security Captain (Current Employee) –  Radford, VAMarch 21, 2017
Overall it is a good place for someone young to start and learn. However advancement opportunities are minimal, and benefits are lacking. Not a long term career choice.
Pros
Pay
Cons
few advancement opportunities
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Great job management is terrible
Fire Captain/EMT (Former Employee) –  Radford Army Ammunition Plant, VAFebruary 28, 2017
It is a great stepping stone for young firefighters, to get experience and training to move on to local paid fire departments.
The department is contracted for a period so no gaurantee that the company will be awarded next contract. The army states that there will be eight firefighters per shift.
Centerra will not back the personnel if the contractor BAE has a problem with any of the fire department personnel they will complete a badge stop, this does not mean you are terminated but you can not get on plant to work so same difference.
Pros
Great department personnel
Cons
Management
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Daily life
Battalion Chief (Current Employee) –  Kennedy Space Center, FLNovember 3, 2016
Morning Meetings, Office Work, Apparatus and Station Duties, Training, Work Outs,
Management is Great very Supportive of Firefighters and Officers, Everyone works together and great team work.
Hardest part of the job for me is the Long drive.
The best part is the interaction with firefighters on shift technician rescue and Haz-Mat training as well as seeing the Space program rebuilding and the Launches.
Pros
Up close Rocket Launches
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Fulfilling
Manager (Former Employee) –  Washington City, DCSeptember 27, 2016
As a manager I learned a lot about people working with this company. It was a great life experience working with multi cultured people. We worked with individuals from around the world.
Pros
Fullfilling
Cons
No time for family
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Good pay, no life
Officer (Current Employee) –  CaliforniaSeptember 13, 2016
The position I have with this company offers great pay and training. You will work a lot of overtime which includes over 12 hour shifts and occasionally one of your days off. The management has no interest in watching your back and will throw you under the bus if it saves them. Management is reactive and never proactive. As far as employee recognition for doing a good job, forget it. But, if you're looking for good money, they probably have a contract for you. Since Centerra took over, they have nickel and dimed us ever since. Cars are falling apart, equipment is falling apart, can't even get basic needs. Officers have resorted to just buying things themselves.
Pros
Pay, training and coworkers
Cons
Poor home/work balance, unsupportive Management
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Ok temporary work, decent money, not long term.
Armed Security Officer (Former Employee) –  Clearfield, UTJuly 29, 2016
Centerra(formerly G4S GS) has a terrible work life balance, and a complete unwillingness to work with your schedule. You go to work or you find a new job must be their company motto. I had done 8 months of over time because the contract manager could not keep people due to no benefits not being flexible and mediocre pay at best. It does a vastly better job than most other security guard company's but that is all you can say. It's a decent temporary job, but not a career as they do not treat it as such.
Pros
Payed lunch break, mediocre pay
Cons
Worthless coworkers, and no benefits.
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Jr Security Specialist (Current Employee) –  Washington City, DCJune 30, 2016
A typical day at work can be very busy or consist. It's always something to do and makes your day go fast.
I learned how to communicate more and network with people.
Management is horrible and very strict.
My coworkers is a pleasure working with and makes the job a lot less stressful.
The hardest part of the day is when someone call out and we are very busy.
The most enjoyable part of the job is meeting diverse people in different work aspects.
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Well organized company, very professional.
Project Manager / Fire Chief (Current Employee) –  Lake Charles, LAJune 29, 2016
The company is well structured, professional, and treats its employees well. The company stays up with the newest standards and equipment.
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Great place to work.
Central Alarm Station Operator (Current Employee) –  Livermore, CAMay 13, 2016
Great place to work if you are looking for high pay and a lot of overtime. The people and environment is really wonderful here.
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Good work environment
Armed Security Officer (Former Employee) –  Promontory Point, UTMarch 13, 2016
Great location to work. Lots of training offered and good opportunities for advancement. I enjoyed working there. Benefits were not very good but had a good rate of pay. Shift hours were not very good for those with family.
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Good environment to work
Shift Supervisor (Current Employee) –  Washington, DCFebruary 18, 2016
Job pays well and clearly defines what your role and responsibilities. Emphasis on training provides an environment that sets you up for success. Good place to work!!!
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Professional
Wisconsin Licensed Protective Security Officer (Current Employee) –  State of WisconsinJanuary 13, 2016
When working under Department of Homeland Security professionalism is foremost in security issues. Take nothing for granted and be thorough in your duties. Helping keep the country safe and secure is a very rewarding feeling.
Pros
Good pay, uniforms and equipment (firearms, etc.) are furnished.
Cons
Dealing with some of the public is unpleasant.
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Poor atmosphere
Special Police Officer (Former Employee) –  Headquarters, DCAugust 24, 2015
9/10 employee's were lazy and there for a check. This along with a poor management made it very difficult to work. Great first line supervisors.
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