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Garda World Security Reviews

Updated Jul 30, 2014
Garda World Security – “G”

Garda World Security – “G”
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2.2 35 reviews

30% Approve of the CEO

Garda World Security Chairman, President, CEO Stéphan D. Crétier

Stéphan D. Crétier

(20 ratings)

30% of employees recommend this company to a friend
35 Employee Reviews
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    Senior Manager (Current Employee) Dallas, TX (US)

    ProsCant think of any. Its a tough place to work. Its really behind the times on so many levels.

    ConsThe company does not invest into its people. Hence, lack talent to move business forward. Medical plans have outrages family out of pockets expense. There is no 401-k match in any capacity. Hard to hire talent as wages are not in line with the industry.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou need to invest into your people and the resources its takes to grow the business. Upgrade the fleet. Outside of California the fleet is a mess. Find a direction and move forward. Stop all the freezes on hiring and then wonder why service is awful.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great Company

    Security Supervisor (Current Employee)

    ProsAlways been treated great. They have shown me great respect. They've been there when I needed help. Pretty much since day one with them I have always had full time work.

    ConsIt's a big company so sometimes it takes a bit longer to get stuff. Have had very few problems with them.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Horrible Hours, Horrible Risks, No Rewards

    Messenger/Driver (Former Employee)

    ProsAbsolutely nothing positive to say.

    ConsNo Overtime, took 4 months to get a reimbursement. No work/home life balance. They do NOT maintain the trucks, half the doors don't shut properly, the air doesn't work most of the time, and you can plan to break down and be stuck on the side of the road with millions at least twice a week. Unhappy? Talk to your manager. He will make you feel better for about 5 minutes and then act like you never had a conversation. Safety is the last thing in their mind. There is no accountability for people who constantly call out or don't show up. But why would you want to come to work when you risk your life for $12/hour with no ballistics vest, non locking doors, and no back up plan for breakdowns? Those people that DO go to work get punished for those who don't, by getting 15-20+ stops added to the already 50-60 they were scheduled for. 14-16 hours days are the norm. Turnover of employees is the highest I have ever seen, and I am part of that turnover after how I was treated in the short time I worked there.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMaintain your trucks, don't abuse your employees and realize that when it comes to keeping employees, you may want to put their lives as a priority over money. If you did that, maybe they would take pride in what they do and care more about protecting YOUR assets.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Re-branding hasn't changed employees or public negative perceptions on this company!

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsWhen realize you don't care anymore and you act def to corporate, poor co workers, angry customers, and barking middle management it inst to bad.
    Its money if your starving

    ConsConsidering we transport something EVERYONE wants more of (money), and we have to carry a weapon, the pay is extremely low.
    Again the pay currently is extremely low.

    Before Garda used to exist the company that owned us payed us well. Once Garda stepped in they changed the pay scale and took many things away from their workers.

    Branch management are just pawns who over time care less and less about anything.

    Run down trucks. The company poorly manages or neglects vehicle repairs. Trucks are topping 300,000-600,000 miles and it is common for them to break down a lot. They have non functional AC/Heat, seats were springs go threw fabric to stab your rear end, rusty whole in our supposed "Armored Vehicles," which you put your hands threw, balding or bald tires which explode, and my favorite non-functioning exhaust systems to ensure you are deaf at the end of the day.

    Employees that should be fired are not. And the company struggles to maintain good customer service due to staffing shortages caused from the revolving door virus which comes around every three months here. So the customers and other employees on the route suffer.

    Garda tried to get too big too fast. They didn't build a reputation in the armored car business like Brinks. Not that Brinks is anything to brag about because it is just as unappreciative of its staff. Instead they went around and bought up a lot of failing or smaller companies and took over their business. They bought their way in. And now their operating cost is more that their income, so there solution is to cut fat at the staffing level and by shorting people on what they should be getting paid.

    They recently hired an investment company to help try to slow their demise, and one of their wonderful solutions was to re-brand. So drivers and guards of the future welcome to Garda World! The same fun and amazing place that Garda used to be, but now with more BS, propaganda, and misguided future plans associated with it then it ever had before.

    May co workers at our company are Pimps of TIme. They don't make enough income so they figure if they can add 3 hours to the clock it will make up for it, so your day is longer than it needs to be. Many co-workers are rude to the customers and guess who gets to deal with their complaints when the routes are changed"? You.

    Morale is very low. So low imagine how sweat shop staffers feel... that is exactly the environment you will experience.

    No career growth. No support by the company to make yourself better and a more valuable employee.

    Calling Garda World a career should be a corporate crime with a given punishment of life in prison.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTerminate owner, consultant company, and bring back old managers from AT Armored they knew how to run this business.
    Fire unprofessional at all levels
    Stop being scummies and raise base pay to 13$ with a cap at 16$ so what if the work is simple. Its friggen dangerous you silly corporate people need to realize that.
    Stop allowing employees to Pimp Time and reward those who are on time

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Garda Wold... More like Garbage World

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsIts a place you can punch your time card at just don't have any high expectations in return.
    Company proves to me and others that the idea of globalization is nothing that restores value to the "little guy.'

    ConsConsidering we transport something EVERYONE wants more of (money), and we have to carry a weapon, the pay is extremely low. I've been told that before Garda bought the company my brach use to be, a lot more money was made. Garda took over and changed the pay system and took a lot of money away from employees.

    Branch management are just puppets. They have no control over anything. They often get blown off by HR and accounts payable.

    This one seems very popular in other reviews... Run down trucks. Agreed!! The company has horrible fleet management. Out trucks are topping 500,000 miles and break down a lot. A/C, worn tires that finally blow, and electronic issues are just the tip of the iceberg. Trucks are rusting and there is no preventative maintenance what so ever.

    Employees that should be fired are not. The company has a hiring freeze and just laid off the newest hire from each branch. Instead of asking local managers who they feel should lose their job, they just picked the new hire. The local management won't request a termination to HR because most branches are working at a minimum capacity of employees. So the customers and other employees on the route suffer because of an unprofessional employee.

    Garda tried to get too big too fast. They didn't build a reputation in the armored car business like Brinks. Instead they went around and bought up a lot of failing or smaller companies and took over their business. They bought their way in. And now their operating cost is more that their income.

    They recently hired an investment company to help fund the massive wound that is bleeding money. They also have begun a "rebranding". Now it's Garda World.

    Disloyal coworkers. Some coworkers will purposely make your day harder for lots of reasons... They want to milk the clock, so your day is longer than it needs to be. They are rude to the same customers your not rude too. Now you have to do damage control. This list can go on and on...

    Morale is very low. So low that it was hard to go to work everyday.

    No career growth. No support by the company to make yourself better and a more valuable employee. It's a job, not a career.

    Advice to Senior ManagementImplement a better fleet system. Trucks with 500,000 miles is not safe.

    Raise the base pay.

    Make the work environment more employee friendly. Make it so employees want to work there!!!

    Discipline unprofessional employees.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    No leadership

    Pre-Board Screening Officer (Current Employee) Winnipeg, MB (Canada)

    ProsThe only real pro is coworkers. Pay and benefits are purely the result of union efforts.

    ConsGeneral Manager is unqualified ( was a bartender), Check Point Managers invent policies while ignoring labour code and the CBA, so-called quality leads are unfamiliar with CATSA sop changes and are highly confrontational, employer changes schedules without telling staff, health and safety concerns are ignored. CATSA would do well to cancel current agreements with Garda.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCome interview screeners WITHOUT the local senior mangers present to get honest answers as the local mangers use fear and intimidation to suppress truth.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    I would rather drink sewage than work here again

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsThere are no, none, zero

    Wait... Free toilet paper in washrooms but not always. Broken water fountains that give nothing in the break room. Facilities so old you might be able to get away with an Asbestos law suit claim naming Garda as the plaintiff.

    ConsThey will lye to you about how broke the company is. They are not. What is going on is that the top Executives are vampiring the company dry. Once they have made their millions/billions at our expense they will sell the company to a competitor who will more than likely cut our staffing in half to update our dysfunctional and lacking reaming facilities and equipment.

    The proof is in the pudding. Executives care more about profits and shareholders than improving the company for any future goals. Trucks and facilities are on their last legs. Held together by duck tape and hangers.

    Do not dye or get killed while at work because I hear that they refuse to cover medical expenses or funeral costs.

    Have fun working 10-15 hour days multiple times in a row. Due to a multitude of silliness the major one being low staffing levels, because the horrible moral and pay leads most to leave the company or get fire quickly because of asinine company policies.

    I could write a book, simply put... run away from this company, this industry, and such ignorant thinking. This company is sinking

    Advice to Senior ManagementI know why you managers up top never come running around any of our facilities. Its because you know you are unanimously disliked at all sites, that all of us want change from you, and you don't have the feet to fill the shoes or simply lack the compassion to care about our continual economic molestation from you.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Shouldn't be in business, such a joke

    Security Guard (Former Employee) Windsor, ON (Canada)

    ProsCant think of any, non zip..

    ConsTell you your going top get full time, then bring in more pt employee's to make sure you don't get full time, which means no benefits, 6 months, one pair of pants , one shirt, how's that for being professional, The only reason I give you one star, is because they don't have any more lower options, or you would get a minus , Garda doesnt want to send me my last check, its been a month now , and still haven't received it, going to the labour board very soon. If you want to be used to the fullest extent , try this place,, good luck you'll need it.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet one, you sit in your office all day , why don't you visit your sites, and show some kind of leadership, again what a joke of a company...

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Security guard at golf course

    Security Guard (Former Employee) Bedford, NS (Canada)

    ProsIt was easy work, not stressful or to demanding. I got to be outside in the sun all day out in the country. I never had to deal with anyone being violent or belligerent. My supervisor seemed like a nice, genuine guy

    ConsIt was very boring work, mostly I just stood around. It was not fulfilling, and I definitely would not want to be doing it for the rest of my life.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Decent employment, but lots of room to improve

    Security Guard (Current Employee) Hamilton, ON (Canada)

    ProsFriendly management. The company values employee safety and training. Benefits are decent. Full-time employment is stable and reliable.

    ConsHamilton area is ridiculously over-staffed. Part-time employment is abysmal. Cannot find job positions anywhere since there is a line-up of a hundred workers looking for positions ahead of you. Management rarely returns phone calls or emails. Frequent errors with payroll that take weeks to correct. Security guards are underpaid and have no room for upward growth. Majority of security guards have extremely poor language skills in an industry where clear communication is an absolute necessity.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPay your employees a competitive wage. Stop hiring new employees when you're already over-staffed. Stop hiring under-trained and unqualified people for positions. Re-train your payroll staff.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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