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Shipping and Receiving Officer (Current Employee) – Ashburn, VA – March 14, 2018
I am a high energy individuals that spends the majority of my day in a comfortable office with little to keep me occupied. There are times of extreme activity giving me the chance to engage customer and perform the functions of my job.
I desire more activity, in a vibrate setting with opportunies to blossom and advance.
Withheld (Current Employee) – United States – July 16, 2018
Allied Universal has recently underwent multiple acquisitions and mergers, becoming one of the largest security providers in the country. With the increase in job duties, there was never an increase in compensation, or support from management or corporate. With more clients to serve, administrative staff levels remain flatline, leading to increased administrative workloads, and less time for client engagement. My office has the same amount of administrative staff now as we did in 2012 when we were running a third of the hours. Haven't received a raise in 7 years except through promotions, and somehow every year there is a reason why our promised bonuses won't be happening.
Security Officer (Former Employee) – Tennessee – July 16, 2018
I worked as a security officer during college as a means of financial security and savings. For a time being, I worked as a nightshift officer, and eventually was able to move up to a early morning shift. I was able to manage school and work with both being full time. I would most definitely recommend security detail during school or as a summer job. There are almost always overtime hours you can pick up.
lots of overtime, decent benefits, decent pay, worked around school schedule
Many different sites have different rules, sometimes hostile feeling worksites
Site Lead (Current Employee) – Princeton, NJ – July 16, 2018
Probably the best contract security company to work for. A great starting salary with benefits once you are one year in. The company policy is that they promote from within first so there is ample chance for growth.
Security Officer (Former Employee) – Pittsburgh, PA – July 15, 2018
The job is great. I feel like the manager on my shift at the time has it out for me so I couldn't continue to work there, but you can join the union. The union helped out most of the time. The other guards are nice, friendly, and will help you if need be.
While this has not happened to me, there was a lost contract at an Apple Warehouse location. Several of my coworkers complained about not getting paid for weeks at a time. And management is not always as vetted as much as it should be.
Security Officer (Current Employee) – Atlanta, GA – July 15, 2018
I get called up at anytime to go report at a site without prior notice, this gets me upset most times. i have always complained i needed to know on time if i am going to be posted to a site. this always gets me disorganised
APO (Current Employee) – Saline, MI – July 15, 2018
This is a fairly decent place to use as a stepping stone into something bigger. I wouldn't recommend sticking around long term unless you have a vested interest in the company. A lot of people tend to wash out or take advantage of the job. There are times when it can be rewarding but those situations are personality dependent.
The biggest issue I have is that the site I work at is constantly understaffed at a seemingly purposeful level. At one point in time we were short 4 people and had 2 applicants specifically request to work at our site mostly due to having experience here. These applicants were told that our site was fully staffed, despite having 4 openings, and were placed elsewhere.
The second issue is that there is no room for advancement. This is the type of environment where advancement is based on seniority, not ability or merit.
The third issue is the pay scale. Everybody wants to be paid more money but you won't find it here. As a regular officer we make $10.50 an hour. As a supervisor we make $12 an hour. With the level of responsibility that a supervisor carries they should be making at least $15 an hour. This doesn't factor in the pay cap either. You could work at our site for 10 years and your pay will never change. Where is the incentive to perform well or even 'good enough'?
The fourth issue is the lack of support from management. They present themselves as being helpful and responsive to issues, even going as far as sending out 'Field Supervisors' to inspect us, but the issues do not seem to get resolved. It's as if we are on a deserted islandmore... and in the event of trouble we're supposed to tuck our heads between our legs and...
I cannot speak for Allied Universal as a whole but only the site that I'm stationed at.
Security Guard (Current Employee) – Los Angeles, CA – July 14, 2018
Working for Allied can be fun and frustrating. Depending on your post is the payment amount you will receive. advancement is rare but you get a lot of overtime if you accept it. do not be a rover its not worth it.
I wouldn’t recommmed this company. Horrible management. If you’re not kissing butt and flirting back with supervisors you’re getting put “under investigation” just to see if you quit. Then, eventually you’re going to get a call saying “we took you office the schedule for two weeks” lol. Just pitiful all around.
Working in the food stamp, and CPS offices for Allied Universal has taught me a lot of things. I have learned how to deal with all types of personalities, attitudes. It has helped me mold my skills as an security guard, and become better at solving conflict. Most of all I've learned how to deal with troubled kids of all ages.
Security Officer (Current Employee) – Omaha, NE – July 13, 2018
I have at three location for this company: a mobile patrol, an open mall, and corp. building type. The work is basically the same, but the pay is not great living in a city. The job require patrols, access control, and the ability to seem like your in control of any situation without coming off as threatening