Contract Security in General is a stepping stone job
Security Officer (Former Employee) – TN – May 1, 2017
Security does not pay well, but the work is not hard.
It is a good job to do while in school or for those who just need a few hundred dollars per week (such as people who are retired and collecting money another way.) It is not a career unless you are willing to be paid poorly for a long time until a career advancement opportunity opens, and then it is mostly a who-you-know not what -you-know business.
Whelan has a good reputation in the business due to a long hiring process but it is not much different than any other security company who may or may not pay more.
Though corporate management believes they know what is going on in all of their locations, they really don't. There is no appreciation for those who are working day to day doing the job unless that person happens to be a part of the Good Old Boys Club. Asking for any kind of assistance from the management or corporate office may lead to your termination, when it becomes convenient for them to let you go, not when it is proven you have not done a good job--this happened to an office person who always helped me.
It seems that underqualified management stay longer than the qualified as the qualified ones resign leaving no one but those not responsible for those jobs to man them. Those underqualified people keep their jobs as they are part of the group that work in management and can get away with being less than stellar at their jobs. It does not look good when you call the office to talk to someone and no one you hired in with works there anymore.
OT available with overnights, being a Security Officer is easy work, no heavy lifting.
Hiring Process is too long, Pay is low so never enough officers for relieving one another on post, No feedback about whether a person is doing a good job or a bad job.