Im not a staff member or client of simply security, just a concerned citizen and business owner who was for a time considering utilising the services of this company as one of my closest friends worked for them and gave me rave reviews.....that was then, this is now. My friend worked for simply for many years and was one of their longest serving employees, only recently was he made redundant after the contract he worked for was not renewed and taken on by another company. For several years my friend worked at this project, though the pay wasnt that of a rocket scientist he was earning a reasonable wage (above minimum), he put in 120% sometimes workin six days a week. He was well liked by his coworkers and clients and forged friendships which are now lifelong. Back then simply security had an excellent gentleman as an operations controller who if their was something that couldnt be agreed upon simple negotiations would mean staff and this guy could meet halfway on the issue - a win/win situation, everybody was happy. Then in 2014....it all changed This gentleman left and things started falling apart. The company employed an HR person and now it would be unethical to name names but things at simply security started to get bad from that persons arrival on. Little subtle annoying things such as ringing them into work while on annual leave at first quickly esculated into serious issues. My friend told me 1001 horror stories about the company, totally unprofessional and illegal issues such as negating to inform an employee weather or not leave had been approved or declined, lying to staff over issues, backstabbing them and taking bad about them behind their back, breaches of every labour law imaginable such as ignoring requests for essential equipment to do the job safely and with proficiency, making staff work up to 18-19 hour shifts during major events. My friend applied for a position within the company and was lied to over the outcome - my friend is a straight up honest person who expects nothing but 110% honesty in everything and he literally went into a rage when told "we have sufficient cover for the positions" yet that job was short staffed ever since. And whats worse is that my friend, a stern man is unfortunatley the sort that finds it very hard to forgive especially when lied to by his managers. It got so bad that i heard horror stories of staff being called into work when they where lying on their death beds in hospital...something that was confirmed after speaking with several other simply guards including one whom had this happen to them directly. Who would think that after all these years the minimum wage would catch up to my friends rate of pay leaving him, a very senior guard on minimum wage in the end? For two weeks once he was paid below the new minimum wage and was given the excuse "the payroll system only accomodated to new employees" sounds like a load of BS to me. Before he was so condescendingly shafted they even refused to pay his public holiday rates which is in breach of new zealand law. All these things my friend has told me has been confirmed by other simply staff who had the same thing happen to them and bear in mind they hire alot of indian migrants on student visas people who are vulnerable to exploitation has they have no knowledge of their rights. Also my friends health has deteriorated - once he was an outgoing happy and healthy person, now hes irritable, grumpy, snappy, sarcastic and very cynical if not anti social, hes gone as far as picking fights with people in the street, i once had to calm him down after he challenged somebody to a punch up because they refused to apologize for nearly bumping into him in the street, he now has an explosive temper aggravated by his poor treatment by his managers, a temper that he takes with him everywhere from the car to the shops and street. Furthermore ive seen many simply guards, rude, angry and downright hostile when ive tried to speak to them, i dont blame them cos i see why. I am disgusted with the way this company treats its workers and i feel for those still left at simply i wouldnt even recommend my worst enemy work there.