It's an OK in-between job, or a job for students or old men. There are few to no opportunities for advancement, and job security is practically nil.
Security (Current Employee) – Ottawa, ON – 27 March 2013
A typical day at work is thus: Sit in front of three computer monitors that cycle through CCTV security camera feed. Make sure no one enters the building without express permission of the employer. Foot patrols every couple of hours or so. Minimal interaction with the clientele. Lots of opportunity for reading.
I learned that security is not a career, but a job.
Management has been shaky, but corrections have been made and people replaced, and now it's tip-top. The operation at my job-site is now extremely efficient, which is a relief and a welcome change.
There really is no "hard part" to this job, provided you have the most basic people skills and can stay awake for 8 hours with little to do.
The most enjoyable part of the job is the people I work with on my shift. They're great guys, and the employees in the building are generally very friendly and personable. There have been a few challenges, but that was mostly because the employees had come to expect difficulties from the guards; when they found that the new management and guard (me) were willing to actually help them, those difficulties were smoothed over immediately.
lots of opportunity to get caught up on my reading.
too much time to get caught up on my reading, no opportunity for advancement, not the best pay in the world.