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Would recommend or maybe not
Passenger Service Agent (Former Employee) –  Diego GarciaJune 23, 2018
Most of officials are more on politcs and not favorable to others.

I would not recommend this company to others since it has a bad review on mine. that's all.
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Only work here if you are desperate for money.
Security Officer (Current Employee) –  Bacchus, UTApril 29, 2018
Do not work here unless you absolutely need the money. Morale is low and the atmosphere is oppressive. Management fairly regularly berates the security officers via email. In the years I have worked here I can only think of a few times that the security officers have been thanked and told they were doing a good job. The majority of those were from the client. Management talks about officers behind their backs. Site lead is annoyed when officers ask questions. Only nine out of eighteen full-time positions are filled and of those nine remaining officers a few others are actively looking for other employment. Minor issues that should be dealt with on a shift supervisor level are constantly brought up to site lead and blown out of proportion. We are asked to report suspicious activities but when we do we are mocked and berated by management. There is a fair amount of backbiting.

All that said, there are a handful of really decent people who work here who will do what they can to help you out. I am happy to work with and know them. The firearms instructors are very knowledgeable and professional. I would be happy to train with them more frequently.
Pros
Very good pay for contract security, Fire arms and body armor are provided by the company, Firearms training is excellent, Great PTO and sick leave, Everyone gets an automatic eight hours of pay on observed holidays, Time and a half if you work on holidays
Cons
Forced overtime, You are "owned" by the company, Bad atmosphere, Poor employee/management relations, Benefits aren't great, Limited opportunity for advancement
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Horrible
Special Police Officer (Armed) (Current Employee) –  Washington, DCFebruary 9, 2018
Worse job I ever worked for ...DO NOT APPLY . Always holding over and always getting written up ..
No order terrible terrible terrible...
Do not apply I cannot stretch this out anymore
Pros
None
Cons
Everything
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stressful work enviornment with no sense of direction
Security Guard (Current Employee) –  Radford, VAJanuary 30, 2018
Each day at work starts with management struggling to figure out who is going where and why things aren't working. The day is long and slow paced. there isn't any room to grow. the hardest part of the job is staying awake for 17 hours straight at times.
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site lead at Bacchus treats all officers like toilet paper on a bad day.
officer (Current Employee) –  Bacchus, UTJanuary 8, 2018
back stabbing, childish, cutting you down, you are nothing to them, you will be written up if you don't singe time sheet. out of a crew of 15 12 are looking for better place to go. the site lead at Bacchus treats all officers like toilet paper on a bad day.
Pros
grate pay
Cons
bad moral with in all sites
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A nice enviorment
Custodian (Current Employee) –  Middlefield, OHNovember 4, 2017
Overall, cleaning at night did not take too long and it was only once a week. The job it's self was actually quite fun since while cleaning one could work at their own pace. While fun, the place always looked spectacular once my colleague and I were finished with it.
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Worst place in Life
Security Officer (Current Employee) –  Mobile, ALSeptember 16, 2017
This has been the most judgmental job I have ever in life worked for all the upper management talk bad about the security officers they promised us all 40 plus hours a week that was a lie they make you feel terrible at the things they say to you and behind you back it’s the worst job I have ever in life worked for
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Horrible job
EMT (Former Employee) –  Columbus, GASeptember 5, 2017
Place sucks with horrible management and no way to move up the ladder. It was a dead end job. Do not work for these people they are two faced, lie to you on a daily basis
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Good pay and benefits, poor management
Security Police Officer III / SRT (Current Employee) –  SRS Aiken, SCAugust 24, 2017
Management does not know how to manage it's work force. They harp on safety so they can receive millions of dollars in bonuses from DOE while the work force gets 1 Honey Baked Ham.

The time you get with your family is good though.

If the company was more focused on the actual mission instead of their bonuses, the job would be much better.
Pros
Good pay and benifits, time with family
Cons
Company has been trying to reduce employee benifits for several years now
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great for younger generation
Security Police Officer II (Current Employee) –  Aiken, SCAugust 24, 2017
Great Company to work for, can be physically demanding at times, and very slow at others, can be very time consuming. Can have a very high overtime requirements, can be difficult to do things outside of company life
Pros
great pay
Cons
changing work conditions
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Competative pay and benefits
DOE Special Response Team Technician (Current Employee) –  South CarolinaAugust 14, 2017
Competative pay and benefits. Poor work culture. Not much job satisfaction. There is a high distrust in management. Given all the negatives it seems to be fairly secure.
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Work with Navy
Lead Technician (Former Employee) –  Naval Station Guantanamo BayMay 8, 2017
Performed work on all types of vehicles, from lawn mowers to trash trucks. Work was high demand and low down time, but learned more about vehicles and had a great team to work with.
Pros
Never bored
Cons
Worked 7 days a week
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horrible work place
Armed Security Officer (Current Employee) –  Independence, MOMarch 29, 2017
This job was a great place to work, but over the years and a new name change, the work environment is awful. The company expects the officers to live to work. They do no respect the officers time off. At this moment, they expect officers to work upwards of 60 hours or more a week, due to operational need; their cover all to do anything they please. They do give you vacation time, but deny all requests to take your benefits due to operational need. The attitude the upper management gives is " well what's there to be mad about, we are paying you." While that's true, its the attitude that you are not a valued employee. The morale is at an all time low and management is too arrogant to see that and blames the officers for having poor attitude. Virtually no full time officers that are working are happy. this company will gladly mandate an officer for 16 hours, and then joke about the officers having to stay to said officer or call them and lie to them about being mandated, making the upset officer even more upset. While working all the OT sounds nice for people who want to work a lot of hours, the officers who are there have been doing this since early October of last year and are still staying strong carrying these duties and are completely exhausted. Several officers have gone part time or resigned. This company refuses to make this a better work environment. They do not appreciate the officer's sacrifice of their personal time to ensure the contract isn't lost. And when asked to show some appreciation to boost morale, the upper management refuses to see the value in that. There  more... are next to no benefits. While you earn 80 hours after 5 years of service, they are not granting any vacation currently. This is a draconian work place and you will not feel valued here. This job is literally a stepping stone job to something better, and that's the way this management likes it. good luck to all who apply here. Hopefully things change and this place becomes a fun work place again, but with the current management in place, that is not going to happen. If I could post zero stars, I would.  less
Pros
all the overtime you can ask for, holiday pay, vacation accrual
Cons
mandatory overtime in excess of 15- 30 hours OT, denial of oppurtunity to take vacation, expendable, horrible attitude towards officers from management, low morale, draconian management
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Great starting opportunity
Security Captain (Current Employee) –  Radford, VAMarch 21, 2017
Overall it is a good place for someone young to start and learn. However advancement opportunities are minimal, and benefits are lacking. Not a long term career choice.
Pros
Pay
Cons
few advancement opportunities
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Great job management is terrible
Fire Captain/EMT (Former Employee) –  Radford Army Ammunition Plant, VAFebruary 28, 2017
It is a great stepping stone for young firefighters, to get experience and training to move on to local paid fire departments.
The department is contracted for a period so no gaurantee that the company will be awarded next contract. The army states that there will be eight firefighters per shift.
Centerra will not back the personnel if the contractor BAE has a problem with any of the fire department personnel they will complete a badge stop, this does not mean you are terminated but you can not get on plant to work so same difference.
Pros
Great department personnel
Cons
Management
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Daily life
Battalion Chief (Current Employee) –  Kennedy Space Center, FLNovember 3, 2016
Morning Meetings, Office Work, Apparatus and Station Duties, Training, Work Outs,
Management is Great very Supportive of Firefighters and Officers, Everyone works together and great team work.
Hardest part of the job for me is the Long drive.
The best part is the interaction with firefighters on shift technician rescue and Haz-Mat training as well as seeing the Space program rebuilding and the Launches.
Pros
Up close Rocket Launches
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Fulfilling
Manager (Former Employee) –  Washington City, DCSeptember 27, 2016
As a manager I learned a lot about people working with this company. It was a great life experience working with multi cultured people. We worked with individuals from around the world.
Pros
Fullfilling
Cons
No time for family
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Good pay, no life
Officer (Current Employee) –  CaliforniaSeptember 13, 2016
The position I have with this company offers great pay and training. You will work a lot of overtime which includes over 12 hour shifts and occasionally one of your days off. The management has no interest in watching your back and will throw you under the bus if it saves them. Management is reactive and never proactive. As far as employee recognition for doing a good job, forget it. But, if you're looking for good money, they probably have a contract for you. Since Centerra took over, they have nickel and dimed us ever since. Cars are falling apart, equipment is falling apart, can't even get basic needs. Officers have resorted to just buying things themselves.
Pros
Pay, training and coworkers
Cons
Poor home/work balance, unsupportive Management
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Ok temporary work, decent money, not long term.
Armed Security Officer (Former Employee) –  Clearfield, UTJuly 29, 2016
Centerra(formerly G4S GS) has a terrible work life balance, and a complete unwillingness to work with your schedule. You go to work or you find a new job must be their company motto. I had done 8 months of over time because the contract manager could not keep people due to no benefits not being flexible and mediocre pay at best. It does a vastly better job than most other security guard company's but that is all you can say. It's a decent temporary job, but not a career as they do not treat it as such.
Pros
Payed lunch break, mediocre pay
Cons
Worthless coworkers, and no benefits.
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Jr Security Specialist (Current Employee) –  Washington City, DCJune 30, 2016
A typical day at work can be very busy or consist. It's always something to do and makes your day go fast.
I learned how to communicate more and network with people.
Management is horrible and very strict.
My coworkers is a pleasure working with and makes the job a lot less stressful.
The hardest part of the day is when someone call out and we are very busy.
The most enjoyable part of the job is meeting diverse people in different work aspects.
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