G4s Wackenhut has a "mobbing" work culture. It is a security company that plays favoritism and if your are not liked or accepted within the group you are done. Management, with their evils "angels" will start creating a hostile working environment. You will be the victim of labor harrastment until they hook you up with something to fire you up. Those are "common practices", or the unwritten ilegal standard procedures for G4s Wackenhut now Secure Soultions U.S.A. They have so many complaints with the Department of Labor and lawsuits, that they even had to change their name.
My site placement was a third shift empty factory building that I had to make hourly walk arounds to be sure it was locked and secured. On the occasion of filling in on other shifts I would have to check individuals in and out that were looking to purchase the building. When the building was finally purchased security was no longer required and there were no job placements within my area so I was laid off with no call back
USO Security officer (Current Employee) – Daytona Beach, FL – July 26, 2017
Depending what post you are on, you have different rules and regulations. If you are the Rover, you are constantly patrolling on the golf cart while observing and reporting the warehouse. You are also the officer who relieves officers for their breaks, lunches etc. If you work at Employee entrance and Freezer entrance your job is to ensure that each employee who works for the warehouse has their proper equipment on and ID badges at all times. You also observe and report anything unusual. If you are outside at the Inbound or Outbound post your job is to ensure that you receives all proper information dealing with the truck drivers, their paper work, products and directing them to their proper location. You are also responsible for maintaining a safe environment and not allowing anyone on property who doesn't have a ID badge, appointment, or picking/dropping off someone.
There's always over time for the most part.
Not really flexible and the work environment could be a lot better.
Upscale Security Officer (Current Employee) – Lexington, KY – July 25, 2017
Great job, good superviser, just what I needed, I am retired after 29 years in security, work 2 days a week, they don`t bother me on my days off. Good pay. Have only worked there a little over 2 months, haven`t ask for a day off sense I only work 2 days a week but I am retired and the reason I am working there is to get the money to go on vacations, so we will see what happens when I ask for a weekend off, which will be about every 3 to 6 months.
Employee (Former Employee) – Indiana – July 25, 2017
If you want a job that offers little pay, horrid benefits and inept management then this is the job for you. Rampant nepotism and terrible treatment by the office staff is what you can expect. If you have a family or want any kind of social life DO NOT work for this company
Armed Security Officer (Former Employee) – Denver, CO – July 24, 2017
A typical day at work consisted with ensuring that my uniform was at the highest standard in the eyes of the public. I was also able to ensure that my side arm was functional and my shooting skills were in qualification of the SOP of the company
Case Manager (Current Employee) – Fort Myers, FL – July 24, 2017
The youth we serve are in need of help and that is why I am here. The environment can become stressful but is rewarding when a youth who was transitioned back into the community contacts the program and states they have moved on and are doing well.
Armed Security Officer (Former Employee) – Las Vegas, NV – July 23, 2017
I worked armed security for this company. They play favorites so if they dont like you for any reason you will most likely not work there long. Very unprofessional supervisors who talk down about people employed by the company. The pay is low and the benefits are way too expensive. The gear we are issued is mostly previously used by other people and in bad condition. Their weapons are poorly kept as well. If you decide to try this company (which i highly advise against) do not join the Bank Protection Program. The hours per week are low with low pay and you have to drive around to different banks around the city. I had to drive anywhere from half an hour to an hour and a half from my home to get to certain banks in the city having to go to a different bank every day. The Bank Protection Captain would talk bad about other bank protection officers to officers he favored constantly and doesnt let you call off of work unless youve lost an arm or a leg then guilts you about not being able to come to work as if youre a child. This company tries too hard to be like the military as far as appearance goes (no facial hair, tattoos showing, piercings, etc.). Overall a very sub par security company to work for. Very unprofessional and low paying even though they try to appear professional on the outside. Would highly reccomend against considering working with this conpany find a better security company that pays what you deserve and treats you like a human being with professional people in charge.
Short breaks, unprofessional supervisors, low pay, expensive benefits
Armed Bank Protection Officer (Former Employee) – Buffalo, NY – July 23, 2017
I started working for G4S as a armed Bank Protection Officer, supervisor(wanna be drill sgt/cop) will sneak up on everyone to catch them do something they weren't supposed to do. Job was boring. Benefits and pay sucked. No room for advancement and it's not a stepping stone for somewhere esle as you're not supposed to do anything but stand outside and look good. No paid holidays .
Security Officer (Current Employee) – Ypsilanti, MI – July 23, 2017
Your experience working in this job is highly dependent on where you are stationed. For me, I am someone who came into this job thinking I would constantly be moving around patrolling or doing building searches. When I got to my site that was not the case. I sit in a box and check trucks into the site, a much less exciting job than I thought I was getting. The office I work out of has been almost impossible to reach via phone or email. The worse part about the job is that they employ the minimum amount of employees per site, so if someone calls off or quits you are forced to stay over your hours to compensate for them until they come back or someone else is hired in. For the work I do I think I am paid fairly, but in this job there is not lot of room to grow. My coworkers have been working at the same site for 15 years, doing the same thing they did when they started. The benefits of the job are decent, by no means amazing, but they give you a little extra here and there. Let me reiterate, this has been my experience, I hear other stations have it much nicer, so my piece of advice to you is, do plenty of research before going into a station. It is not easy transferring from one station to another.
Flex Officer (Former Employee) – Bloomington, IL – July 23, 2017
As a flex officer you can be TOLD you are working a new schedule with less than 24 hour notice! Schedule constantly changing. Day shift one day midnights the next, not guaranteed a certain number of hours, although, I was told at least 32 when hired, not always true. sometimes as little as 16 a week. Didn't tell me when hired that they don't contribute anything to 401k. Health insurance doesn't go in effect until after 3 months employment and its not that great! They always want to communicate through E mail. But if you e mail them you are lucky to get a response, same goes if you call them.
pays more than most security companys
if a flex officer you cant schedule a life for yourself.
This was my favorite job, I'd have to say. The environment was hectic, because I worked in the county jail through this company. Even though it was hectic, this job is one that I would definitely go back to if I had the chance and ability.
I enjoyed working at G4S and the variety of places to work.
CPO SECURITY OFFICER (Former Employee) – Aurora, CO – July 22, 2017
I really like the variety if places to work with G4S. If something did not fit your schedule they worked it with a site that did. I was able to see many things I haven't before working with this company.
Armed Security Officer (Current Employee) – Marinette, WI – July 21, 2017
great company with tons of available overtime. The job is easy to learn and pick up on. There is a high turnover in employees, but mainly if you can walk and use a computer the job is generally very easy.
A very fast paced working environment. A highly transparent but relevant security team infused with a culture that compliments the clients needs. The supervisory team is a highly trained management work force that is meticulous in every policy and procedure. Pin point accuracy in every action taken in any system that the supervisory team compliments.
Fast paced work environment.
No real benefits, pay raises or forward advancement.