GardaWorld
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When things are going well, it is a fairly straight forward type of job - service ABMs, Banks, and conduct commercial stops. Fairly easy, especially with a partner you get along with.However, mismanagement at the corporate level and questionable decisions at the branch level have led to high employee burnout, cumbersome workloads, and a general feeling of low morale amongst the employees. Best to avoid if possible.

Pros

Decent training

Cons

No entitlements for a part timer, easy to be laid off, forced overtime on top of shifts
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Avoid. Poorly run company

This company is building a bad reputation. It puts the aspect of safety to its employees at risk. Typical big corporation that only cares about making max profit and cutting as many corners as possible to get the “job” done. Very little to no training provided. The trucks have seen better days and really should not be on the road. Poor to little support from management. Morale is non existent between co workers. Very monotonous work environment. The branch is in utter disarray.

Pros

full time pay is ok. Benefits.

Cons

To many to list
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Horrible company, uses and abuses employees

Toxic place to work. Company vs Union mentality. No training at all, no room for advancement whatsoever, zero job security. This company built up the Peterborough branch, hired many full time people while commanding experimental vaccines for its loyal employees. Only because of 1 or 2 people at the corporate level and their vendetta against the Peterborough branch, caused almost 30+ people including full time and part time staff to lose there job.Miserable untrained and unqualified management. Generally all staff are miserable. Armored trucks are in brutal mechanical shape. The company could care less if its employees are breathing in burning oil, antifreeze, or brake dust while driving in sealed truck cabs (no movable windows).Your pay is constantly wrong, missing hours, shifts, and vacation time. You will have to track your pay closely and constantly fight with management to get paid what is rightfully hours.Part time/casual employees get paid significantly less then full time employees, for doing the exact same job, while incurring the same dangerous aspects of carrying a firearm.Do yourself a favor, including if your a potential customer/client, avoid this company like the plague it is.

Pros

Ok pay for unskilled work

Cons

Night shifts, unless your full-time for 20+ yrs
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They think they own you...

Preface: All I ask of an employer is to be paid for the work I do, treated like a human being while I'm there, and left alone on my days off.I don't think I am asking for a lot.Garda cash services fails spectacularly on all of those expectations.You will start out as a "casual" which is just another term for on call/part time. You will have lots of work in the summer, and go weeks without a call in the winter. They want you to be available though, and can call you last minute, so forget about having another job. They want you to sit on unpaid on call. It doesn't matter if you have bills to pay or mouths to feed. The requisite monthly availability they demand will completely preclude you from having another part time job. That's right, part time at Garda trumps part time everywhere else.As a casual, you are paid less than a full time employee. If you are working with a full time employee, there will be tension because of the different pay structures.As a casual, you are paid by the hour, so you have no incentive to rush. Full time employees are paid by the shift. If their shift is ten hours, and they get all of their work done in eight hours, they get to go home and still get paid for ten hours. The full timer will pressure you to rush so they can get home, which costs you hours.After a while (months, or years) you may make it to a full time position. Now you will get benefits. No raise though. They negotiated that part out of the collective. You will make top rate after 6000 hours. If you are under that when you get a full time spot you will stay at your tier until - 

Pros

The ability to quit

Cons

Everything
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Fast paced work environment, possible to make over 100k/yr with overtime

Great new management at the Gardaworld Cash Services Vancouver branch. There were some problems with previous managers who have since left but their replacements are working hard to create a positive, respectful work environment and they are succeeding.20/hr to start as a casual which goes up to 29/hr after a few months once you get part time status.Opportunities to make over 100k/yr with overtime.Fast paced work environment suited for younger people. Vast majority of employees are under 35.
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no, I would not recommend this company as I did not get enough shifts a month to provide for myself and my family. Maybe a different branch is better.
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Lack of care from management and the casual salary during training period/overall makes no sense for the importance and danger of the job.

Overworked and tired out from the job very fast. The job itself has no change or challenge to it once you get the route to stay on, you feel like a robot doing the exact same stops for five days straight. Management also does not care and gives very misleading information and does not communicate with the other supervisors. Some of the people are great to work with but I never personally had a bad experience compared to others.
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"You vs management", Stressful, Great pay

There is very much a "you vs the management" feeling. Managment doesn't always understand what is capable of being completed in a shift. The job is very monotonous, but is an excellent stepping stone for anyone interested in moving on to policing. There are some great people to work with but also some very miserable ones. Job can be stressful at times, and fast paced especially during night shift. Pay is great for the work done, benefits are good.
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Overall

Overall come to work knowing you’re there to work not thinking you’re there to “look cool” wearing a gun. It’s a place for grownups not whiners that still live at home with mom and dad.
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Good for casual if it’s your only part time job and you’re fully flexible in when you can work.

Full time means nights. Positions based on seniority. Lots of hours available for casual but that can change at anytime. Good for people needing a couple years job history for applying to be a LEO or for older folks wanting long-term casual. The job itself is fun if you enjoy being on the road, no boss over your shoulder.
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You'll hate being an Armed Guard

I was hired at the Mississauga branch as a casual hire, and what a waste of time it was working here for 6 months of my life. The entire facility is unmaintained and extremely dirty, the amount of black dust everywhere is a major cause for concern. The locker rooms are extremely filthy to the point that if you drop any of your black uniform on the floor for even a second, they will have dirt all over them. All their equipment is either damaged, faulty, or jury-rigged to barely work. Their entire system is ridiculously out-dated and everything is done manually in a program that looks like it was made in the 1980s. The trucks are constantly on the brink (pun intended) of falling apart, and there is always issues with them. The managers are very disorganized and really don't care about anybody besides themselves and maybe the full-time guys that lick their boots. The work culture is absolute garbage. People will step over you to get ahead, so trust no one. Everybody is talking about you behind your back, so if somebody starts chit-chatting and asks something like how many shifts you got this week, just don't tell them. They will complain behind your back and you'll either get shifts cancelled or receive not as many the preceding weeks. Don't make friends here, just do your job and go home if you are really that desperate. Everybody here is a back-stabber. If you have the pleasure (sarcasm) of working with a full-timer, they will rush you to get the job done because they get paid their 10 hour shift regardless of how early their work is completed. As a casual you will - 

Pros

Look cool with a firearm, people think you're important

Cons

Bad hours, poor management, union politics, horrible work culture
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no gratitude for extra work done toxic enviorment.............

you get treated as if u are jus a number ..no uion help as thy are close to managment..working condtions are unsafe most of the time due to the trucks are not safe......no matter how hard or long u hve been there management would fire u in the blink of an eye..no future if looking for fulltime....stay away try brinks
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Won’t recommend

Union is basically on managements side, they won’t protect you if they don’t like you, lots of politics. Union members are working in the office doing management work with management, which makes no sense, that’s conflict of interest. Management does not fix anything, have fun on nights. Management is run by guys who don’t know a thing about effective business and business culture. Trucks have never been cleaned, always breaking down. People only complain about how bad their lives are. Pay is decent, not worth the problems. They expect work to be done in 5 hours on nights when your scheduled for 8 hours, makes no sense. Union won’t fix the runs and won’t do anything, unless it’s union steward runs, they will fix them, yeah lots of favouritism. Nights has the most issues, shop steward on nights won’t do anything for you, no point of even talking to him, might as well talk to a brick wall to get a response. Other so called senior members on nights won’t fight for their union members, but for management, hence why nothing gets fixed. Place needs classes on what a union is. They expect every run to be done under 6 hours, meaning speeding over 100km a night on residential streets, no breaks, doing the work carelessly, and working dangerously. Union workers are trying to get each other in trouble, how sad. Lots of issues with this location, very negative experience, best day was the day I left. There is some light with the election of the two brand new union members who are trying to change the culture. Really wish more people like that were working there and hopefully more guys - 
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Management is the worst

I would not recommend working here it has a toxic work environment. The new management don’t give a f@#k about you and your safety trucks are not safe and you work along side some real idiots that should not be carrying a firearm overall stay away try brinks believe it people you don’t want to work here
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Incompetently Managed and toxic environment!!

List of issues with this company: -Highly incompetent management -Safety concern for employees non existant -Culture of harrassment towards women -Unsafe equipment -Toxic work environment -Self serving union representatives
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Managment will use you then get any one for cheaper rate.

It’s a run down Managment, no respect for employees and it’s all about them saving money. They are currently getting rid of full-time employees so they can hire part time for less money. They will use you then get rid of you just like that. The problem is the management does not stay long . They change management often .
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Decent pay with zero advancement and little job security

I worked here 9 years. This place throws so much money away. Management is disorganized and will fire you at a moments notice. Its all senority based and the majority of senior employees are highshool drop outs.

Pros

Decent pay and philistine like management

Cons

No futue at a dead end company
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Worst Job Ever!!

I worked in the Peterbourgh,On branch for 2 years as a casual. The place is a soul sucking back stabbing monster. Everyone is fake and will throw you under the bus to get ahead. Management/Union conflict is never ending. You will live by your phone if you want any shifts. Stay way! I warned you!

Pros

The pay is decent

Cons

To many to list
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Armed Guard

The pay in nova scotia is higher than Alberta and all out west. Great job, great people, awesome pay, lots of hours as a full timer, medical, pension plan, and paid sick days. Customers are friendly, and good working rapport with company.

Pros

Paid meals after an allotted time.

Cons

Weekend work, night work.
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Double standards

the small branches throughout the country make it hard for compant standards to be withheld. although it is a union company it still didn't feel like myself as an employee was valued
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Horrible

No hours as a casual, sometimes you get one shift, sometimes three, or none. They always hire more and more people even though you are getting one shift and ready and able to work anytime! And this is the situation for people that have been there as a casual 5+ years with still no chance of full time. Don't waste your time! oh and the schedule is posted on wed evening for the schedule that coming sunday-saturday

Pros

I like the actual job

Cons

Very little hours, no respect for years worked, no notice for schedule
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2.5 out of 5 stars for Work/Life Balance
2.6 out of 5 stars for Salary/Benefits
2.4 out of 5 stars for Job security/advancement
2.3 out of 5 stars for Management
2.5 out of 5 stars for Culture

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