Security officer (Former Employee) – OH – April 4, 2014
I had two different locations with this job. One in Groveport, and one in Hilliard. The Groveport location, I would never recommend to anyone. The hours are long (60+ hours a week; I averaged 70), the work is tedious, you are watched like a hawk by the loss prevention guy, and they are so unbelievably strict on absolutely EVERYTHING. You will get yelled at, no matter your position, and no matter how well you think you're doing your job. The Hilliard location, I loved. However, the supervisor can and will at least try to take advantage of your work availability. All the workers are nice though, and the job is easy.
Nice clients, good pay
Strict locations, bad shifts/long hours, not willing to negotiate
I am a Shift Security Supervisor. Every day I wake up mentally ready for work. My work day always began with greetings from my coworkers and I everyday to start their day. next comes checking the schedule for today's events. theses events usually involve kids, Veterans or events that support the city or state. sometimes I enjoy my job so much that I hate to leave or end the day. I have never worked at a place and enjoyed my job so much. My Manager and I work great together with our team.
We have a great cafeteria with good healthy food to choose from
Custom Protection Officer (Current Employee) – Eugene, OR – September 27, 2016
Regional office never sends needed equipment. Hardly ever frees up the money to hire new people, leaving us short staffed and always working 50+ hours weekly. Significantly underpaid for the constant attacks we face, and how poorly the contracts treat us. Management can't seem to talk to each other, even when in the next office. Will schedule employee while they are not working, and discipline when you don't check your work e-mail from home and missing s shift
A job that's not a call center in the area
Poor pay, poor benefits, poor treatment of employees
Security Officer (Full-time) (Former Employee) – White Marsh, MD – September 26, 2016
The white marsh site was not too shabby, but leadership were unprofessional...They only train you for a few days, throw you on your own after, and expect you to have it all down... SMH!!!!! The turnover rate is high and call outs happen very often..Due to this you'd be forced to come in four hours early, stay four hours late, or even come in on your day off...The manager and the rest of the ones in authority are all just unprofessional....They talk about employees to one another and tell peoples personal business as well...Not my ideal workplace, and i sure wouldn't recommend anybody to work at this site..Not with the current people in charge!!!!
The management team is awesome, and the job allows you to learn as well as take on more responsibilities. At G4S Secure Solutions many elements of the values remain relevant to the business strategy today, I felt that they could better reflect the standards I expect from G4S staff and the commitments I make to our customers. G4S focuses on embedding these values in the processes and practices across the globe and building them into very productive manager. I perfected reports about incidents to clients and conducted patrols following standard operating procedures. I will always love and admire G4S in the utmost respect. .
Control Room Operator (Current Employee) – Manassas, VA – September 26, 2016
Been waiting for months to get the raise they told us we were getting, while the new hires are already getting paid more than us. They will not work with you, they will give you a set schedule, and they will tell you to take it or leave it. Management isn't good at all. If you need them, they can't help but they expect you to help them out when they need you. In order for you to get vacation, you have to wait an entire year. I would never recommend this job to anybody, not even my worst enemy.
Supervisor Unarmed and Armed Security Officer (Current Employee) – Petersburg, VA – October 7, 2016
Organize an efficient method in obtaining multimillions in merchandise. Cross train officers to ensure efficiency. Effectively communicate to departments within the facility to ensure efficiency. Negotiate in positive manner problem resolution activities proactively within a team setting. Prioritize and plan work activities, use time efficiently and develops realistic action plans. Actively promote and observe safety and security procedures
Security Officer (Current Employee) – Atlanta, GA – October 21, 2016
Great Opportunities for Career Advancement. Lots of overtime available. However, there seems to be a revolving door at the company, and each new officer must bring to the job their own motivation and inspiration because the management team can be a bit careless and unfocused at times leaving team members open for workplace apathy. Nonetheless, this is a great starting point for a person who feels his life calling is security work , much valuable experience can be gained here.
Great Opportunities for Career Advancement
Pay Raises needed; Mgmt unfocused at times; inspiration can vasilate.
Security Officer/Fire Officer (Former Employee) – Trenton, MI – October 7, 2016
Not a bad company to work for. There are many different avenues you can pursue. Management is a little different, they rotate out a lot so there isn't a lot of stability there. Many very different styles of managing makes for unorganized working environment.
A lot depends on the contract and type of site you work at. I worked in the manufacturing area and it came with good benefits and decent paying positions.
Not one to talk bad about a company especially when I liked working there; but promotions seemed to be based on who you know not experience and education
Security is a most! I enjoy what I do! Nice work force!
Security Officer (Current Employee) – Puerto Rico – September 10, 2016
A typical day of work consist in wake up very early in the morning and drive all the way through my work spot about 15 miles away from home. Then switch place with my co worker partner officer. Ask him or her about his time when work. Incidents during the day. Then my primary duty is make a list of everybody who enters to the perimeter of the company. Make rounds to secure company's employees and equipment. In fact I enjoy what I do! And I'm always try my best!!
Office Assistant (Current Employee) – Phoenix, AZ – September 8, 2016
typical day at work is making sure all employees are able to gain access into the building properly and in a timely manner. I've learned that team work is essential and management can be helpful at times. I work with a great team my coworkers are the best. the hardest part of my job is not being able to help someone when all avenues have been exhausted. The most enjoyable part is knowing that I did my absolute best.
Field Supervisor (Former Employee) – San Francisco, CA – September 4, 2016
G4S is a fair and balanced company with a high velocity of prestige and growth. G4S is also a diverse company that has the capability to fulfill the needs of individuals who are willing to perform the duties required of them. My duties required a lot of driving (log distance), but I really enjoyed working out in the field, My co-workers and management were always willing to assist when needed. The hardest part of the job was when I had to physically cover post when officers were "No Shows" multiple times a weeks.
quiet time all the time with unsanitary guard shack
Security guard (Former Employee) – Honolulu, HI 96819 – October 5, 2016
i just started working with this company one week was off Monday and tuesday. i returned back to work on Wednesday to find out my shift was given away to a new employer, they sent me home that night so i could go into the office and they tried to offer me a schedule that would not work for me and my fiance due to the fact we just moved from the mainland and have only one vehicle, so i told the supervisor if i could have my old schedule back and she said she has to talk to the G.M and call me back, i did not work for 1 week. a typical day at work was basicailly patrol every hour, and return to a room that was very unsanitary, and small. there was no one working with me. i enjoyed the site, meeting the tenant.
This is a sort of company that tries to find legal ways to discriminate, and it seems that big managers are racist. At this time they are trying to fi
Supervisor Security Officer (Current Employee) – Manassas, VA – October 4, 2016
This is a sort of company that tries to find legal ways to discriminate, and it seems that big managers are racist. At this time they are trying to fire about seven hundred employees, for no reason. They pay to new employees about $8, more than experienced, is it not discrimination? .........
Even though there was a good feel of unity amongst coworkers and supervisors the job itself was not taken seriously enough.
Special Police Officer (Current Employee) – Washington, DC – August 28, 2016
In day to day operations there were problems with scheduling, distribution of information, and a general feeling of the clients micromanaging the contract. I learned a lot from the consistent training and the wealth of experience and education due to the requirements of the site that every employee had to have. Management was decent however, due to the interference of the client sometimes to a large degree, their performance suffered. The hardest aspect of my time at this job was transitioning from my last job to this one. I enjoyed the flexibility of the position I was in.
Scheduling Manager (Current Employee) – Milwaukee, WI – October 18, 2016
I have enjoyed my almost 10 years with the company as it is a leader in the security industry but I feel that my time within the security field has come to an end. I'm looking for a new career path. My coworkers and managers have been extremely supportive throughout my time with the company. I started as an entry level employee and I'm now one of the managers running the office for the entire state. The hardest part about the job is the time it takes away from your family as the job seems to never have a time where the duties don't become easier. The most enjoyable part about my job is being able to help not only the company with relations with clients/vendors but also being able to help employees advance as well.
Safe and clean work environment. Clients were friendly.
Security Officer (Former Employee) – Chesapeake, VA – September 21, 2016
There was plenty of overtime when you needed it but the turnover rate was too frequent. The pay was not competitive and the rate of growth was nonexistent. After three years of no raises, the company also took away half of our benefits and asked us to work more without extra compensation.
Team Lead (Patrol / Console Operator) (Current Employee) – Houston, TX 77092 – August 23, 2016
This company will start ok but once you go to your job site you will be thrown around and tossed into a high school gossip environment. Unless you become your managers best friend don't expect time off, vacation, or even a shift that you like. I am on year 4 of being stuck on nights and my requests to change and transfer have been blocked.
Security Officer (Current Employee) – Salt Lake City, UT – August 22, 2016
G4S has been very good to me, because I'm the kind of person who enjoys not knowing what the day could hold in store, and the need be aware and prepared for sudden changes to the daily task. Also the people I've met within this company have always treated me as family and with the respect I would want from my co-workers.
Different professional aspects and learning opportunites
Security OFFICER (Former Employee) – Skokie, IL – August 11, 2016
The problem with this company it does not communicate information in a timely manner. I found out the company had moved its headquarters through the grape vine. Not much consideration is given to advancement and employees tend to do the job the way they were thought in past and not at current standards. Not much leeway is given for innocent mistakes. You are usually transferred out after a tiny mistake.
what I learned in training and on the job is like day and night
Lieutenant (Former Employee) – Command Center at the Court House – August 12, 2016
Dont Come here, You will be sorry. More management problems. Serious turnover. Most Spanish employees worked in the court house in the daytime while employees of color worked mid or night shift. One or two employees of color met the CQ
Pay was alright for the bull...you had to put up with from certain Supervisors.
Rules are not for everyone especially if you are sleeping with management