The worst part about the job is the salary compared to the responsibility required of you. But that's the way it goes with private security companies. Some days it feels like you're employed as very highly-trained security officers, other times it feels like you're expensive cannon-fodder with a tonne of responsibilities that amount to little more than mind-numbing busywork.
Your experience with Paladin Security may vary - it really all depends on which detachment you're hired on with. Some areas offer great compensation, excellent work/life balance and have great management who treat their employees with respect. The right detachment, the right site really makes a difference. Others? The difference is like day and night. And don't expect to make much more than minimum wage, despite the distressing claim that they provide some of the best wages in the industry. In my current position, I made more money bagging groceries. The responsibility placed upon security guards in some locations is already pretty intense - add to that all of the responsibility of a supervisor and you have a job that asks for far more than it gives. For new guards, for new supervisors, it's easy to become jaded and that results in a high turnover rate.
Get hired onto a good site and you're suddenly constantly worried about getting kicked from it. It doesn't matter that there's a union, it doesn't matter if you have years of experience - if the client doesn't like you, if the client doesn't like something that you did, you're removed from the site. The company won't risk losing the contract, especially some of their higher-profile contracts. A lot of the time - yeah, there are guards that need to be kicked, but we've lost some pretty good people that way.
Paladin Security does offer more training for its uniformed guards than I've seen other companies offer. It's a refreshing change from companies that require that you have a cell phone and a car and then shove you at a site for a 12 hour midnight shift, only checking up on you to see if there's still a pulse. However, this could be your position, depending on the detachment. Depending on the site, management actually checks to ensure that you're actually learning and utilizing what you've been trained as well.
The best endorsement that I could give this company is that it's a good stepping-stone to a career in law enforcement. My current position allows me to work with people from all different walks of life, sometimes on good days, sometimes on bad days. It allows me to work with trainees and help guards that need assistance. Do the job well and you're rewarded with a good pat-on-the-back and a letter of commendation that looks nice on the wall and on a resume. Look at what you actually want out of the job and go for it. Do the job well and you can definitely move on to bigger and better.
Paid uniform, paid training, *actual training*, benefit package
Low wages, high turnover rate