Garda World Security
2.3 of 5 27 reviews
www.gardaglobal.com Montreal, Canada 5000+ Employees

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Updated Apr 11, 2014

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43% Approve of the CEO

Garda World Security Chairman, President, CEO Stéphan D. Crétier

Stéphan D. Crétier

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36% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Security guard at golf course

Security Guard (Former Employee)
Bedford, NS

I worked at Garda World Security part-time for less than a year

ProsIt was easy work, not stressful or to demanding. I got to be outside in the sun all day out in the country. I never had to deal with anyone being violent or belligerent. My supervisor seemed like a nice, genuine guy

ConsIt was very boring work, mostly I just stood around. It was not fulfilling, and I definitely would not want to be doing it for the rest of my life.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Decent employment, but lots of room to improve

Security Guard (Current Employee)
Hamilton, ON

I have been working at Garda World Security full-time for more than a year

ProsFriendly management. The company values employee safety and training. Benefits are decent. Full-time employment is stable and reliable.

ConsHamilton area is ridiculously over-staffed. Part-time employment is abysmal. Cannot find job positions anywhere since there is a line-up of a hundred workers looking for positions ahead of you. Management rarely returns phone calls or emails. Frequent errors with payroll that take weeks to correct. Security guards are underpaid and have no room for upward growth. Majority of security guards have extremely poor language skills in an industry where clear communication is an absolute necessity.

Advice to Senior ManagementPay your employees a competitive wage. Stop hiring new employees when you're already over-staffed. Stop hiring under-trained and unqualified people for positions. Re-train your payroll staff.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Very Unprofessional Recruiters!

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Calgary, AB

I have been working at Garda World Security full-time

ProsNothing really, other than the location and free parking

ConsRecruiters are very unprofessional, ask questions very irrelevant to position.
Compensation offered well below market rate!

Advice to Senior ManagementHire people with experience to work on your Recruitment so that you can get best quality candidates hired.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Grey cup then floater then no shifts then "let go"

Security Guard (Former Employee)
Toronto, ON

I worked at Garda World Security part-time for less than a year

ProsGot to meet some decent guards and had some relaxed sites. Uniforms are free and they offer free training, but you don't get paid for it.

ConsSupervisors are control freaks and look for any faults. You're surrounded by uneducated people who think their cops, completely unorganized structure. No hours and you worked for minimum wage. The more experienced guards are cynical because they realized they can't be cops and they're stuck at Garda, so they end up taking it out on the newbies. You can tell no one wants to be there, even the guy who ran my orientation flat out told us he's trying to join tps. The atmosphere is just depressing and just plain negative.

Advice to Senior ManagementWhat is there to say you guys offer contract security.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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a little chaotic

Security Guard (Current Employee)
Fort McMurray, AB

I have been working at Garda World Security full-time for more than a year

Prosgood place for experience, and can be employed quickly as there's always vacancies. Just get your security licence and you're good to go.

Consmanagement out of touch and they dont care about employee issues. Incredibly high staff turnover, but that seems to be the norm in the security industry around here

Advice to Senior Managementspare a moment to listen to employee grieveances

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One of the best and fastest growing

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Garda World Security

ProsLots of opportunities for growth with the company and lots of sites to choose from.

ConsThe branch here has too many projects on the go at the same time and sometimes is late dealing with some outstanding issues

Advice to Senior ManagementContinue to be fair to employees

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Its a good company but now I am waiting for a job and I need to work

Security Agent (Current Employee)
Montreal, QC

I have been working at Garda World Security full-time for less than a year

ProsIts a good company but when you are new, you have to wait for a job

ConsWhen you are not working, the waiting is killing me

Advice to Senior ManagementWe need a regular job

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great for entry, but not as good as you think

Security Guard (Current Employee)
Toronto, ON

I have been working at Garda World Security full-time for more than a year

Pros-Provides steady income
-looks good on resume
-solid company polices, most things on the book

if you ever come up to a chance for a better employment opportunity, which you will, go for it, do not think Garda will treat you well, its the same as every other company even if, and especially because it is the largest company right now. Pay and job title speaks words, company name speak little.

Cons-office politics when it comes to complaints and something needs to be done
-poor benifits package
-integrity to the company is punished
-you have to consider the union fees in your wage

if you are about to do something site or company general approved of but not on paper, make sure you do it smartly, do not get caught, company will never save you for your integrity to the company.
if there is ever some sticky situation, if you can do something about it, and if you can choose not to, just don't do it, call mobile, call the client, don't get your own hands dirty because of it, the union, the company DOES NOT have your back covered.

Advice to Senior Managementpreference to seniority, even when they are in the wrong is never the best idea. If they can, they will, don't forget that.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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I have seen worse, But so far the best

Security Guard (Current Employee)
Toronto, ON

I have been working at Garda World Security full-time for more than a year

ProsThe entry wage is pretty fair to be honest, they don't let you play out of your league and it is a very strict customer service oriented sites, unless if you are working downtown which is a very unique environment for each and every site. But they don't force you to do something you cannot handle.

ConsI don't really see my self advancing to higher positions in this company, the more advance positions (such as mobile and screening) in this company need long term dedication with not half decent pay and a lot of work load. It is really a shame, when you realize you will jump aboard to other companies that are offering more.

Advice to Senior ManagementI am fairly aware of the contract competition, but I would just like to say, It is a job, and not very much a career, the money is what most of the people are in here for.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Decent and fair

Security Coordinator (Current Employee)
Vancouver, BC

I have been working at Garda World Security full-time for more than 8 years

ProsManagement is actually involved and cares what employees thing.

ConsSome site are not suited for any guard and some people you work with are not theft good.

Advice to Senior ManagementRemove the poor performers so the rest of us who do hard work can be seen.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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