Security Guard (Current Employee) – London, ON – 12 April 2013
I can only speak for unarmored guards. This company will hire anyone off the streets with a security license, so be prepared to work with a circus of clowns, including management. There are some good people, but the insane number of clowns give the company a bad reputation. Management is sneaky and two-faced, you never know what to expect from them. Luckily, the guards are unionized (under the CAW) because you will need to go up against management for almost everything.
Most jobs are 12 hour shifts, with no breaks, and straight nights (or at least rotating shifts) and make minimum wage. Some sites also force you to use your own car as a patrol vehicle, and the gas/mileage allowance for these positions is very cheap.
The hardest part of the job is usually sitting in a chair for 12 hours straight without falling asleep.
The job security is awful. I have already been out of a job twice in the past two years with this company, because they are losing security contracts with companies faster than they are getting them. If this happens to you, don't expect the company to lay you off, they will cut your hours down to 6 hour/week so you are ineligible for EI benefits. If you are lucky enough to have less hours than that, you will have to beg them for your ROE to make an unemployment claim.
They will then call you with a less-than 2 hour notice and give you the worst shifts they have, and will not take "No" as an answer.
Kiss up to management and do not get on their bad side, or they will make your life a living nightmare and you should be fine.
P.s. Your uniform will take monthsmore... to come in when you first start. Once you have it, it will not likely take long for it to fall apart/rip, and will take a lot of begging, pleading, and phone calls to get a replacement. There are employees working without a sweater or jacket in the middle of winter.
P.P.S. Always check your pay stubs, they will often be incorrect and missing hours. When they are, be prepared to jump through hoops of fire to get your earnings. (6-12 month battle of constant phone calls and emails to and from 10 different people on the other side of the province)less
free online courses through the union, some good people
12 hour shifts, no breaks, must pack a lunch, working nights/weekends/holidays, poor quality uniforms, poor management, poor job security, outdated benefit plan for fulltimers
Screening Officer (Current Employee) – Richmond, BC – 11 October 2017
Its not a bad place to work for but there is plenty room for improving. Management staff are most often professional. Not too much room for advancing in my situation but for others it might be different. The communication needs improving down the pyramid lines to the employees. Also there can be improvement in caring for the well-being of the employees such as lunch room and the stocking up of these lunchrooms, timely breaks. No extra benefits such as coffee or simple things that other companies offer for free so its very basic in that department but again maybe it depends on the job description or position. The best advantage is the flexibility of schedule can work more or less as there is a very active shift trading.
Security Guard (Current Employee) – Guelph, ON – 9 October 2017
Scheduled patrols – Interior & Exterior Patient Watch for mentally ill patients: Involves documenting patient activity and behaviour at an interval of 15 minutes. Constant vigilance to ensure patient and employee safety. Warning offenders regarding rule infractions Using reasonable force in order to prevent violent activity. Using restraints as per supervisor instructions & providing assistance to teammates Providing assistance to Hospital employees & responsible for patient protection
Security Guard (Former Employee) – Toronto, ON – 17 September 2017
Professional work place at G4S Security company as a full time Security Guard (Concierge). I deal with Guest , provide parking spots & made sure guests parked properly. Sometimes dealt with fire and police officers when the fire alarm went on.
Who knows. Didn't get that far. (Former Employee) – Halifax Internation Airport – 14 September 2017
Hired but not hired then processing of application terminated with no explanation despite many requests. So disorganized and everything is so casual. I didn't know if I had a job or not. Turns out is was NOT.
Regional Service Delivery Manager (Former Employee) – Sidney, BC – 9 September 2017
this position requires a high degree of diligence and dedication and a strong sense of team work to complete task at hand. training is ongoing and self directed. Start early stay late, with a hard working dedicated staff.
Security Officer (Current Employee) – Toronto, ON – 29 August 2017
It's a good and co operative workplace. Sessions which take part time to time help employees to achieve more and more. a good company to work with. Thank you for giving the opportunity to new candidates.
Security Guard (Current Employee) – Toronto, ON – 9 August 2017
I've been working for this company a long time. If job security is important, than this is the place for you. Otherwise you're just a simple number to them. This company is riddled with problems. Simple requests such as vacation or uniform orders often get lost at head office. Employee growth is almost nonexistent however, thanks to the union, it's incredible hard to lose your job.
Security Guard (Current Employee) – Belleville, ON – 8 August 2017
Decent place to work not physically demanding, laid back environment. Mostly observing and reporting daily duties carried out. Not much room for advancement, I have college Diploma with Customs and Borders and they still will not offer me a full-time position.
Shuttle Bus Driver (Former Employee) – Enfield, NS – 2 August 2017
Management seems to have little knowledge of what is happenning. I was hired in one position, told to start training on Monday, arrive to start training, no one knew I was coming, so they started me in training, changed their minds and moved me to a different position with only 28hrs/week, and no training, then they realized that I would need training, but that never panned out. After 1 month of this, I found other employment and departed
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