Group Leader (Current Employee) – Kitchener, ON – 4 February 2019
I've been with Barber-Collins for 3 years now. They started me at a site in Cambridge. After working there for a year I realized it was boring and I needed something new, I went to the office and spoke to my manager at the time about a move/change in site. It did not even take a month before they moved me to a new higher paying site where I had more responsibility. Since I've been at this new site, I've been promoted to Group Leader, and I'm in charge of all the training that takes place for new guards.
I feel like Barber-Collins office staff wants to help you with your future goals, as long as it helps them as well, which is fair after all they are trying to run a company. If you are a good employee, that puts in the hours, comes in on time, stays late when need be, and does the job right they will help you when/if they can.
I'm using this job currently as a stepping stone for law enforcement, and when I told my manager that after the first year. This company has done everything to guide me into the right direction.
Some down falls... (Every company has them)
I wish operation managers visited sites more after hours, and not just the supervisor during the day hours. This would improve some of the guards attitudes especially on weekends.
Fellow staff arguing, gossip, staff that are late, or staff that no show.
They care about your future goals, pay rate
lack of manager presence, gossip between guards, guards time management skills
Supervisor (Former Employee) – Hamilton, ON – 2 November 2018
I worked in Hamilton location for BC for 2 years. Very supportive management. Easy to talk to and very understanding of personal circumstances. As a supervisor roll the work life balance can at times be difficult. Pay is good, but no other benefits or highlights. No advancement opportunities other then experience to move on. .Not once did i ever wake up and have that horrible feeling that i didnt want to go to work that day.
Good pay for supervisors, 8 hour regular scheduled shifts. Family atmosphere, good management
hard covering shifts, no benefits, on call 24/7, 12-16hr shift if someone calls in.
The Moorefield location is a rendering plant. Where livestock carcasses are processed into industrial fats and oils (as tallow for soap) and various other products. (as fertilizer) You will be overwhelmed with the stench of rotting animals coming in via trailers from all over south western Ontario. On the weekends you’ll have to patrol the plant, bring a mask. Combine that with Moorefield being 45 minutes to an hour away from large cities AND only being barely above minimum wage....seek employment elsewhere. P.S No boot reimbursement program for this site either.
Security Guard (Current Employee) – Kitchener, ON – 18 July 2017
Barber Collins is both innovative and progressive within an often stagnant industry.
Many aspects of the Job are your traditional security role, However the company prides itself on its Supervisors and that translates to a better work environment for everyone.
Pay is an issue, however this is an issue across the industry, that said Barber Collins pay scheme is industry standard or better in every case. Anyone getting into security needs to understand going in is that your pay is going to vary from site to site, and you cannot base your wage on any other person unless they are on your site with your exact same job details.
Finally the company takes time and energy to recognize employees who go above and beyond. Which is not something done in many other Firms.
Excellent Operations Leadership and Management from the top down