You think working at the hospital would offer great training and be a good career path. It really isn't. You make $12. They really low balled the heck out of the contract. There are no opportunities to move up or to make more money. You're forced to go to security meetings that talk about everything but security. The director of the hospital meeting is ridiculous. Feels the need to hand everyone his biography with detailed information. The guy has no security experience and did not go over any legitimate security issues. Overtime is really out of hand due to the high turnover rate. I don't blame anyone that leaves. In the process of doing so myself. Something serious wrong when the valet guys make more than you. You get burned out real quick from the long hours. It's disappointing that the main hospital supervisors in charge of the contract are cheap. I work with a great team that busts their butts. It's a shame they don't care. You deal with dead bodies, crazy people, the homeless, etc. I cannot recommend this company to anyone. Same if you have your armed permits. Most you can get is 14 armed in Orange County. But you can only take the job if you have over 10 years military experience. To be honest. This job eats your soul and makes you very depressed knowing that you're working a dead end job.
MANAGEMENT: The management (similar to most large-scale security companies) is horrible. When I was first hired on, the individual responsible for uniforms and gear did not understand what officers need to satisfactorily do their job. The wrong holsters were ordered (did not fit the firearms), belts and pants were cheap, the wrong ammunition was bought and given out to officers on the job site (FMJ range ammo instead of self-defense JHP), and some less than lethal tools were promised but were never given because they could never find a "trainer" in the area. Issues like this were only changed after myself and others (who were former mil/police) addressed them directly. Even then, most complaints went unfixed.
***TRAINING: The training was sub-par at best. We had to teach our own officers on the job site and rely on facility staff to help with things that were not initially covered. In de-escalation/ defense training, the instructor was not only inexperienced, they often did not know the correct ways to perform various holds, restraints, and techniques and it ended up turning into a "let the military guys show us then" type of class. The firearms instructor was a joke. Not only were they teaching questionable techniques, the instructor handed me the reigns halfway through the training class and I ended up teaching the rest of it! I had no issue with this because I was also a firearms instructor, but you can see an obvious problem here that shouldn't need further explanation.
***HIRING: They could not hire adequate candidates for the positions offered. For my specific job site, most of the officers were in good physical condition with experience, but we also had some that were either 10 years into their retirement, or very overweight and barely able to conduct rounds without needing a half hour break. When an officer would leave or get fired, we would go many weeks without a replacement, so all vacant ***shits*** would go to the full-time or part-time officers. If part-ti
It's very disappointing working at a hospital knowing there are no opportunities to move up and no healthcare benefits. It's one of the lowest paid hospitals in the state and makes me wonder if the hospital is hurting badly on cash. We only get paid 1.50 more than minimum wage, and most holidays you do not get holiday pay like the rest of hospital staff. Somehow if they go over budget, you're forced to take days off and do mandatory security training that won't help you in any world setting. You're pretty much there just to act like you're doing security when you really don't. Half the time is spent transporting lazy people who can't walk half a block, or getting food from the cafeteria and taking up to the upper floors. And most of the time you're at a security booth checking hospital badges. It gives you way to much time to think. You start wondering why you're wasting your time at such a low paying job. The motto is you're giving back to the kids. That's cool and all, but we all got rent to pay. There will always be overtime due to how bad the pay is. Even with the overtime, pay is terrible. The turnover rate is very high due to this. I myself can't wait to get out of there.