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    Well, I said goodbye to Wackenhut due to several reasons. One is the lack of hours enough to sustain me and, I just wasn't happy with them. I dunno if I can explain it. Maybe the corporate politics and lack of raises/advancements. I went back to a former company I enjoyed working for for a extreme drop in pay but enough hours to make a living with. And I am a lot happier!

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    Sorry to hear you didnt have a good experience with us. We just won a contract from another company and I have all but been allowed to build the Security Force from the ground up. Develop a lot of my own policies and what not. On my end of the spectrum I see nothing but advancement opportunities, its unfortunate things didnt work out as well for you.
    "Alright guys listen up, ya'll have probably heard this before, Jackson vs. Securiplex corporation; I am a private security officer, I have no State or governmental authority. I stand as an ordinary citizen. I have no right to; detain, interrogate or otherwise interfere with your personal property-... basically all that means is I'm a cop."-Officer Ernie
    "The Curve" 1998

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    • #3
      I never had a problem with Wackenhut. I worked for them for 6 months back in 99, I only quit because I got the chance to work at the Earl Campbell Federal Building here in Dallas (Federal Contract work is IMO the best thing you can get in Private Security, I was making more than most cops).

      Some of the best assignments I ever had I had with them. I never once worked a "seedy" post with them, and i appreciated that.
      ~Black Caesar~
      Corbier's Commandos

      " "The trouble with Socialism is that eventually you run out of other people's money." ~Margaret Thatcher

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      • #4
        I worked for Wackenhut in Dallas for one month back in 2000. I left for similar reasons. Then again, I wasn't commissioned at the time so they had little in the way of steady employment for me then. Their success seems to vary with each branch office.
        "We appreciate all the hard work you've done, the dedicated hours you have worked, and the lives you have saved. However, since this is your third time being late to work, we are terminating your employment here."

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        • #5
          Originally posted by 1stWatch
          I worked for Wackenhut in Dallas for one month back in 2000. I left for similar reasons. Then again, I wasn't commissioned at the time so they had little in the way of steady employment for me then. Their success seems to vary with each branch office.
          I wasn't commisioned when i started either, they gave me more hours than I could handle. I was a CPO.

          BUT, that was in 99, I don't know how it is know. I can imagine that Wackenhut could have taken a hit when the economy started to stutter. Wackenhut is expensive for the client.
          ~Black Caesar~
          Corbier's Commandos

          " "The trouble with Socialism is that eventually you run out of other people's money." ~Margaret Thatcher

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Black Caesar
            I wasn't commisioned when i started either, they gave me more hours than I could handle. I was a CPO.

            BUT, that was in 99, I don't know how it is know. I can imagine that Wackenhut could have taken a hit when the economy started to stutter. Wackenhut is expensive for the client.
            It also didn't help back then when they hired a scheduler/salesperson who was pro-gun control and did not want to make sales for armed contracts.
            "We appreciate all the hard work you've done, the dedicated hours you have worked, and the lives you have saved. However, since this is your third time being late to work, we are terminating your employment here."

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            • #7
              I was a CPO as well, and it did surprised me as well. The overall experience was really good, and I guess it is the Birmingham Branch that is different. A lot of CPOs have the same gripe, just not happy and no pay raises. And here they will make post orders that will work you to death for that $10.20 an hour they start most off at. I will go back to them and will recomemend them to others.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by medic15al
                I was a CPO as well, and it did surprised me as well. The overall experience was really good, and I guess it is the Birmingham Branch that is different. A lot of CPOs have the same gripe, just not happy and no pay raises. And here they will make post orders that will work you to death for that $10.20 an hour they start most off at. I will go back to them and will recomemend them to others.
                In what way are they worked to death on a post? I have been nearly worked to death for a lot less per hour, but it was in patrol, constantly driving, dealing with people's gripes and internal altercations, and running to calls all the time.
                "We appreciate all the hard work you've done, the dedicated hours you have worked, and the lives you have saved. However, since this is your third time being late to work, we are terminating your employment here."

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                • #9
                  They don't seem to pay much around here for most posts. They average between $7.25 to $8.50 AH. As for the posts with CPO's they seem to pay a bit more. They have the JV detention center, the court house and a few county offices here and there. The only post I have heard that is rough are the interstate rest stops. The hours are long, sometimes back to back, they are way out on the main drags in another county and you have to use your own vehicle to get around or on foot. A fellow bowfisher works at the JV center. He says its a fairly easy job, they get along well with the LEO's. And beats standing around all day at a bank for $9.00 AH or driving a bank car for 12 hours hauling around 75 pound bags of money. The last time I saw him he told me he was at $11.15 AH. Not to bad. As long as they don't start shifting you around from post to post or something. Thats the only bad thing about contract around here. You have no idea where you will end up next month or what your shift will be even with the bigger companies.
                  My views, opinions and statements are my own. They are not of my company, affiliates or coworkers.

                  -Being bagger at Publix has more respect these days

                  -It's just a job kid deal with it

                  -The industry needs to do one of two things; stop fiddling with the thin line and go forward or go back to that way it was. A flashlight in one hand and your set of keys in the other

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                  • #10
                    The lowest paying Wackenhut Site I worked was 9.75 per hour. For entry level traditional security around here... that really, isnt too shabby. Right now I am at 12.50 per hour as a site supervisor. I am actually more of just another officer on the site, I just happen to do the schedule and payroll... so its not a big boost in duties. The regulars there make 11.50 per hour. Most CPO sites here pay at least 13.00 an hour if not more. I actually havent seen a CPO site that doesnt pay that much yet.
                    "Alright guys listen up, ya'll have probably heard this before, Jackson vs. Securiplex corporation; I am a private security officer, I have no State or governmental authority. I stand as an ordinary citizen. I have no right to; detain, interrogate or otherwise interfere with your personal property-... basically all that means is I'm a cop."-Officer Ernie
                    "The Curve" 1998

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                    • #11
                      Been doing some research since they contacted me. Found this site. Looks like a watchdog group that has it in for Wackenhut. Not that it has phased my interest but I must admit it's an eye opener.

                      http://www.eyeonwackenhut.com/
                      My views, opinions and statements are my own. They are not of my company, affiliates or coworkers.

                      -Being bagger at Publix has more respect these days

                      -It's just a job kid deal with it

                      -The industry needs to do one of two things; stop fiddling with the thin line and go forward or go back to that way it was. A flashlight in one hand and your set of keys in the other

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by 1stWatch
                        In what way are they worked to death on a post? I have been nearly worked to death for a lot less per hour, but it was in patrol, constantly driving, dealing with people's gripes and internal altercations, and running to calls all the time.

                        Work in un-air conditioned/heated bldgs., 30 floor rounds w/ 125-286 "Strike" pads you are expected to do in 70 mins., Take all OT requests without refusals or questions. Some posts have no shelter from elements and you are forbidden to utilize your vehicle, ETC...

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by medic15al
                          Work in un-air conditioned/heated bldgs., 30 floor rounds w/ 125-286 "Strike" pads you are expected to do in 70 mins., Take all OT requests without refusals or questions. Some posts have no shelter from elements and you are forbidden to utilize your vehicle, ETC...
                          That's ridiculous. No wonder they are being watched. 286 "keys" in 70 minutes means that the focus of the patrol is hitting the checkpoints, not looking for safety and security issues. That's exactly what not to do.
                          Security: Freedom from fear; danger; safe; a feeling of well-being. (Webster's)

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Mr. Security
                            That's ridiculous. No wonder they are being watched. 286 "keys" in 70 minutes means that the focus of the patrol is hitting the checkpoints, not looking for safety and security issues. That's exactly what not to do.
                            Haven't I said this before? This is how the largest companies set performance metrics - those stupid key hits.

                            BTW, the rest of that stuff sounds par for the course. For those wondering, the anti-wackenhut site is operated by the SEIU.
                            Some Kind of Commando Leader

                            "Every time I see another crazy Florida post, I'm glad I don't work there." ~ Minneapolis Security on Florida Security Law

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by medic15al
                              Work in un-air conditioned/heated bldgs., 30 floor rounds w/ 125-286 "Strike" pads you are expected to do in 70 mins., Take all OT requests without refusals or questions. Some posts have no shelter from elements and you are forbidden to utilize your vehicle, ETC...
                              Ouch! That's quick hospitalization waiting to happen.
                              "We appreciate all the hard work you've done, the dedicated hours you have worked, and the lives you have saved. However, since this is your third time being late to work, we are terminating your employment here."

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