Security Officer (Former Employee) – Fredericton, NB – 30 May 2017
The job was quite fun and the tasks were easy, sat around a lot. Watched cameras and did patrols. Found lay offs happened a lot and you would find that they would advertise an open position while you were laid off. This happened to quite a few others as well. Most of the management staff were very helpful but liked to gossip about other employees and staff, hours were never regular either, you could work 90 hours one week and the next only work 8 hours.
Lowest paying of the large companies and while the benefit plan is extensive it is only covered under limited providers (dental).
Corporate Security (Current Employee) – GTA, ON – 27 September 2016
There is very little room for advancement. You do get regular raises 1.5% (less than inflation) through the unions collective bargaining agreement. Generally you can get your 40 hours a week, overtime with the exception of the summer months. Even working as a spotfill the hours are generally there if you are willing to work overnight shifts constantly. As far as security companies go the contracts are very good quality in general but the pay is the lowest of all the major players. Experience wise you can not go wrong if you are dedicated to yourself and engage in the extra provided unpaid courses offered. Management is hit and miss. They are tied to the clients they serve so they are highly self interested, poor negotiators and the actual security guards fulfilling the contract get stuck with constant add-on work. Satisfaction with co-workers depend entirely on the individual. Anyone who can pass the test and get a license gets hired as at any contract security firm. The most enjoyable part of the job is when you are around co-workers who come from diverse careers outside the industry and offer helpful advice and are there to network with later, likely outside the industry.
Co-workers from diverse careers outside the industry that share their knowledge on other industries, Can be an enriching environment, Night shifts at time allow for you to work on other projects at the same time
Low pay, no advancement in title or position. You are lucky to get a few day shifts let alone straight days.