Allied Universal
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Management is bias

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Managers do what they want for who they want. If the manager does not like you they will look to fire you or make work conditions hard.I enjoy a pretty steady schedule but often asked to be a team player with nothing in return.

Pros

8 hour shift

Cons

Pay, Hard to get time off.
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August 20, 2020
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Its Fine

Everything is OK Here but there is a lot of upheaval due to the constant devouring of other companies. My supervisors have all been excellent and I was decently compensated for my time, but there is constant ties to the work even when not in working hours.

Pros

None

Cons

None
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Counterproductive workplace, expected to work for free specially if you are an hourly supervisor and get constant phone calls while off duty

Counterproductive company, management expect you to answer your phone even when you are off duty and you get paid hourly so if you answer your phone you do not get paid yet you have to fix the problem or then the hammer of justice will fall on you.

Pros

Nothing

Cons

Extremely low wages to the demands the employer has, barely any sick time, no vacation, no PTO, terrible benefits
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Good place to work

Love the job, but they will hire anyone. This can be a bad thing when your job requires teamwork. Management at my branch is good. Not to many cons to report. A lot more pro’s.

Pros

Vacation. Pay.

Cons

Hire anyone
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Depends on the location you are posted

Allied secures multiple location but the unarmed locations are not worth the headache. Management is biased, supervisors are lazy and expect you to do their work for them. They change your schedule daily to fit their needs to make their job easier and yours harder. If you have children, they dont care; if you have to pick them up from school or if you don’t have a baby sitter they expect you to be at work when they say so until they say so.

Pros

$0.50 raise every January, union

Cons

Management, supervisors, pay for a parent isn’t enough to miss so much of your child’s life.
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Not worth it

Benefits suck. Company does not care about you and there is no growth. Pay could be better. Trying to get ahold of the allied office is impossible. But where I’m placed at to work I have a great team and nothing bad to say about them. Allied as a whole could be better for how big of a company they are
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ok place

Not the best place to work since you are just another number. frequent pay issues. Management is not always readily available to help you.

Pros

Easy money

Cons

Constant pay issues
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Good job for student

Great job for a student or someone who enjoys sitting for 8 to 16 hours. No opportunity for advancement. Management and coworkers were the best part of the job. Nothing really good or bad to say...just wasn't for me.

Pros

Friendly mgr and coworkers

Cons

Low pay, long hours
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Great job if you're in school or need a simple job that pays.

I use to work with ABM but then they transitioned to UPS then Allied and have been in security for atleast a decade. The office is terrible because you constantly have to remind them if you're taking days off, taken a sick day and need sick pay, need shift(s) covered, need new uniforms, etc. The list goes on. Allied keeps growing and absorbing other security companies and gaining new accounts but unfortunately they fail terribly in growing and improving their office staff.They fail to retain exception security officers who've had massive potential and regularly lose them to their clients. As a result the empty position gets filled with someone new who barely meets the minimum requirements.If you need a job that pays and is always in demand then join Allied. But if you want to grow within the company and feel valued, look elsewhere.

Pros

There's usually always a shift available somewhere.

Cons

Terrible management, little to no response from the office, have to constantly remind the OPS & Client Manager about coverage and day off requests/ sick days.
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Stay away

I worked at Allied universal for a little over a year after having 2 previous years of security experience. This company is terrible. The pay is bad (10$) for the largest security company In the world. They sent an email to all their flex guards that their pay would be reduced. The training was horrendous, would get drilled by the client on not knowing how to do things that the supervisor never showed us. But the worst part was the truck gate. Standing around for 12 hours, rain sleet or snow checking in and out trucks when you should be able to do this from a building. The employees for the client we were working along side were making 17$ while we were making 10$ and being the first to get blamed if something went wrong while suffering worst working conditions. The best part about this job was that I worked part time. All the fulltime employees ending up quitting within a year and I met several. Also spoke to several employees at other sites, even at better sites there was a lack of decent pay and benefits. Bad security company trying to monopolize the industry.

Pros

Security Guard License

Cons

Lack of Training, Lack of Leadership, Terrible Pay
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Egregious Job and Management

The management will say whatever they need to in order to get hours out of you due to them being severely understaffed. High turnover rate since the pay is terrible. You’ll put out almost $300 to get the job between the license, fingerprints, and applying for the license. There supervisors do not communicate so you could be told by multiple to go to different areas and they just expect you to do it.

Pros

Hours to pick up

Cons

Understaffed. Pay. Communication.
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It's a job, almost impossible to get fired.

The company hires just about anyone so your coworkers are hit and miss. The pay is low, so you must weigh risk vs reward. This job can be easy at the right site, but theres sites that pay minmum wage expecting you to get hands on with people.

Pros

Pay

Cons

Depending on the site it can be terrible.
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Great company to work for.

As security companies go, Allied is a much better company than the other agencies in New Jersey. The pay is better and the management treats you like a human being. Top notch organization.

Pros

Room for growth.
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It’s a job but not a good one

Management is horrible and fails to keep in touch or relay information effectively . When trying to reach out to management they must be called multiple times before reaching back to you
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ok

Management is terrible with schedules all over the place. It’s take them so long to find a new person to cover up a shift leaving us to do 12 hrs shifts back to back with 0 communicate on both ends.

Pros

None

Cons

No breaks, no communication
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Surviving job

Is a low pay job, no to many opportunities for advance, PTO/Sick days after one year. 40 cents raise after two years. Supervisors are unpolite, they aren't train properly.

Pros

Is a job

Cons

No flexibility, low pay, PTO after one year.
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Great entry-level job for college students.

I was able to work and go to school full-time while being a security officer at this company. Great for students at lower-key locations. Higher-paced locations may be more challenging. OT opportunities are great.
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Okay place to work

Easy to get hired. Management could use an overhaul. Good first security job. Gets experience and it is easy to commute to. Co-workers were the best thing about the job.

Pros

Paid lunch

Cons

Had to take lunch at your station
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Cons

The companies supervisors and higher upIs the worse. They overwork you and underpay your. Not to mention they do not have their employees back when the time comes for them to back their security guards up. The management is super rude.
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Decent Job

The company offers sites all over in different cities and townships. They keep you educated and offer advanced opportunities. Flexible and decent place to work

Pros

Flexible

Cons

Na
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Other companies pay better.

It's an easy but toxic job. Low pay. They lie about benefits, job flexibility, and vacation to get you in the door. It's very much a boys club where the dumber you are the more likely you are to be a manager.

Pros

Easy anyone can do it.

Cons

Everything else
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