This is the absolutely worst job I have ever had. They make you go to a training class unpaid for 72 hours, then you get to meet Mr. Cooper, the "scheduler" he gives you your initial schedule then from on CBI dispatch proceeds to give it to you every Thursday by phone.
My complaints are: the training is unpaid as is the cost of uniforms. They charge you $100 paid over the period of 4 checks all $25 deductions. The name badge is $8 and that comes off of your first check.
Being full-time, you would expect being given 40hrs, but that didn't happen. The first 2 weeks I got 40 hours and I was perfectly fine with it, then all of a sudden, the 3rd week I got the call and was working 20 hours. Hearing this I freaked out. It took 3 days for Cooper to get back to me and he didn't have a good reason. I got a few calls that brought me up to 38 hours.
I got shorted on hours yet again. I complain again and he increases my hours to 30. I wasn't too worried about that, so I just went with it. Now, I was told to stop in before I went to my site at Lone Rock. I found out that it was 2 hours away in the middle of nowhere just past Tooele and North of Dugway.
Once I saw how long the trip was, I inquired if I were to be taking a CBI Patrol car out there; I got told no. I asked if CBI was going to be paying for my gas out there; I got told only when the production company pays me for it. I told him that I was not getting paid enough to have to travel half way across the state and that I needed to be paid in advance to go to that site, at least the gas money needed. He again told me no and that I needed to go to the site. I told him that I was not going out there without gas money unless I was going out in a patrol car. He told me that if I couldn't take this shift to stop complaining about not having enough hours.
Ok, this is where I am pissed off. So I told him that I will take the hit on hours that week, but for future reference, I can not travel that far without some sort of compensation for it.
Now lets map this out:
I work for $9/hr. I work for 12 hours = $108.
I have a 1994 Isuzu Rodeo which costs $55 to fill the tank completely.
$108-$55 = $53 left.
Now, this is is for a 1-way trip. Now if I were to drive round trip as required to get there and back home, I would use approximately a tank 1/2 of gas. Now to add this up:
$55/2 = $22.50
$50 + $ 22.50 = $72.50 in gas money needed to get down there.
Does this sound right? I didn't think so. So I am literally paying 3/4 of what I am making for the night all in just getting there and back. Come on now, I have bills to pay guys, I can't afford that trip! Not even just bills, but a wife and a baby...there is no way!
This week I was given 20 hours again. I am so fed up with this job, I would never recommend it to anyone, CBI is driving me under - as if it weren't for not getting paid enough anyway, now I don't have hours!! There's no excuse for this.
Don't apply or work for these guys, not worth it. Even if you want to go armed, $10/hr and they still short you enough on hours that you might as well be making $9 an hour. This is a terrible company and not deserving of me even giving 2 weeks. Once I have a guaranteed job, I am going to drop CBI - no 2 weeks notice, just going to quit on the spot. Tired of them, tired of Cooper.
There are a lot of good people getting screwed with this company, a lot of them that shave and are properly groomed, that come to work with a clean pressed uniform and aren't given recognition in any way. Aren't given hours, given crappy job sites and having to pay to get out to these places. If you really want to do security out in Utah, go with Metro or Securitas - don't give CBI the pleasure of screwing you over.
Thanks for reading this long review and hopefully it will help some people out.