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Yaj

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Posted: 08/07/10 04:26pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Please add me to that PM list also.


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Posted: 08/07/10 04:35pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We visited The Texan once at his gate job in the Rio Grande Valley, looked like a good deal $100/day. The company supplied generator, water (big tank) and tank pump out, all included in the daily rate. We got together several times that winter, so the 24/7 deal can be worked out with other attendents.


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Posted: 08/07/10 05:42pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Texan, please PM me also. Thanks Linda

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DianneOK wrote:

Texan, why don't you post your info...I will try to keep the responses civil......
Will do Dianne, as I have so many request and can not send one PM to multiple people. Thanks for offering to keep it civil.


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We have worked as gate guards for 3 years so far and will be returning for our 4th year this fall. I have knowledge of 3 different companies, but very sure there are others that do operate different and try to hire as cheaply as possible. The 3 that I am aware of treat their folks very well and don't try to go cheap, as the position is hard to fill most of the time, due to all the misinformation that folks put out.

The locations can be almost anywhere there are oil/gas wells, but the company we work for and the other 2 I know about, concentrate their job contracts in Texas and LA. You may be in a very remote location, like on a ranch, 35 miles from no where, or in the middle of a city, like Ft Worth and we've been in both. The job may be 24/7 or it may be 8 to 5 Monday thru Friday and again we have done both. In either case, you park your RV on site and do check vehicles in and out, plus are security for times that the wells are not in production. The 3 companies I am familiar with pay anywhere from $100/day to as much as $150/day 7 days a week, depending on company, location and job requirements. They also furnish an 8 or 10 KW generator with fuel, fresh water tank and holding tank pump out as part of your compensation package.

You are an Independent Contractor, but you are covered by workman's comp while on the site. You are required to be state certified as a security guard and the companies usually pay the expenses for you to get certified, if you stay with them awhile. These jobs can last anywhere from 3 or 4 days to as long as 3 years and you are not required to sign any contract and are free to leave, with sufficient notice. You will go from job site to job site as the jobs end and very seldom do you set for more than a couple of days before you get a new job site.

If a new gate guard last more than a couple of weeks, then they generally are with the company for years, either part time as we are are. or full time as some are. Don't get me wrong, the job is not for everyone and the pay is OK, but not great, if you are on a 24/7 gate. As Terry said earlier, we can trade with other gate guards, so that we have time off to go to functions, if we are working a 24/7 gate.

If you have any individual questions, PM me and I will answer them as best I can.

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Texan, why don't you post your info...I will try to keep the responses civil......


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Posted: 08/08/10 12:35pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I talked to one of the guys that do the hiring some months back and he said about the same thing you said, thats why I had trouble beliving some of the******that came up about the job. They wouldn't be able to keep a gate guard at all if thats how they were treated. After all we all have wheels under our homes.

I can't remember the guys name that I talked to, I would have to look it up but he was very nice and helpful. Couldn't take the job at the time because some health problems came up. Will be looking into again soon though. Thanks for all the right information!

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Thank you, Texan, for a very concise explanation. It certainly clears up some misconceptions that I have heard stated here.

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Posted: 08/08/10 07:39am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thanks Texan, I replied to your PM. This is what I was looking for was info from folks who have done this not just words from folks who don't want to do it. We fully understand that it will be hot, dusty, and windy, and that it can be boring at times. But I believe we will give it a try and see how it works, if it doesn't work out than that's okay too! That's why our home has wheels on it, if we're not happy where we are than we just move on. I received another PM from a couple who tried this and didn't like it due to equipment break downs (generator) and they said the response from the company when problems arose was not all that good. But, as I said we will never know if we don't try it. Thanks for all for the response.


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Posted: 08/09/10 01:37pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We are full time gate guards and The Texan got it right. 24/7 means just that we have had as many trucks at 2am as 2pm. This is not for everyone but if it works for you it will work good.

ps. Some Oil Companys DO NOT allow pets especially in La.

* This post was edited 08/09/10 01:47pm by Haulinhazmat *

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