I don't think they do......however i will say that they do try and get away with a few more things than men, i suppose its the cunning nature you posses, also females seem to take a lot of things personally. I have said before that females do bring it on themselves, but i would generally work with them. I have had bad experiences, but i have had bad experiences with blokes. I don't see why they should get a hard time if they can do the job they are set out to do.
The only posts ive deleted have been the spin offs from a job advertised for 1x male BG and 1x female BG in southern Europe which is totally seperate from this 'Ask the expert' forum.
Within three posts the thread had spun off in the wrong direction and was deteriorating into a rather heated debate concerning me wearing bras........oh... maybe that was the other 'specialist' forum.....oops......its busy here com'on thrown me a bone.
I personally have not encountered any bad experiences because of my gender, and what I am about to write is from a professional stance. I have been called in after a 'bad experience' where a female operative has let the team down, either by being emotionally charged, having a fling, or inappropriate action. A few times the contract has been on the line and it has been the last chance the company has had to put things right.
I prefer to work with male colleagues - something goes wrong it can be sorted there and then, some, not all females tend to be emotional and will carry the negativity on throughout the job.
That being said, I would rather work with the 'best' whether it is a male or female operative.
The most negativity I experience is not having a military/police background but when I train the devils who have, they change their mind when they are left hanging!!!!
Dand I agree with you there are some good females and some good guys and like you I have worked with both and some can be awful. I do think the military guys who are not as used to working with a lot of females as say the Police give girlies a harder time. Thats certainly been my experience.
I dont think females get a rough ride. If you are capable of doing a job and you are the best person for that job then it shouldn't matter what gender you are.
Sometimes being female can be an advantage.
Sometimes there are comments made by members of the public when I am working (retail job) - like im an alien or something, usually the gobby male chavs that I arrest for shoplifting - lol
As they say " If it doesn't kill you.. it will only make you stronger". Wouldn't say that I have had a "tought ride", but I have encountered resistance from guy who perhaps feel threatened when something that used to be a "male domain" suddenly has opened up to the benefit of highly skilled and motivated ladies.
Personally I prefer working on mixed teams. A female can do the job just as good as any man. From what I have seen recently, a increasing group of clients actually requests female CPO's as they in general possess excellent presentation skills, and don't generate unwanted attention in high profile events.
Even for an untrained eye, it is not hard to spot a male cpo or surveillance officer in for example, a fine dining environment...
The general perception seems to be that females can not cope with the physical side of the job.. I have worked with many females and never had a problem. In fact, most female CPOs are aware of the fact that they are a minority and therefore try very hard to be on top of the game at all times.
With regards to female surveillance ops, the more experienced generally get alot of respect and they should too as they can always get away with that little bit more when on the follow especially on foot, I have worked with some really great female officers, but then some really lazy ones too but I suppose the same can be said for some male op's aswell. The surveillance industry (& maybe some of the other trades here) is mostly made up of guys so more female op's is a good thing but it takes a unique type of female to do what we do so once you find the ones that work well with you it pays to keep hold of them because they are like gold dust.
I've never had a problem with any blokes I've worked with. I think the fact that I'm not politically correct helps and a warped sense of humour, I'm also a bit of tomboy. I work hard to gain their respect but it has to work both ways
Hi guys and girls,
Ithink the last post touches on it better than most. There is sometimes a tendency for a female to feel the need to try to provoke a comment as to her ability. Personally i feel that if an operator.... be they male or female, can crack it and has a sense of humour without a shoulder chip, no problem. Of course there are men who have an attitude towards women doing a 'mans' role. They are deplorable idiots who probably bear some kind of inferiority complex. Having said that, there are some women who try to challenge the men, i don't mean physically. In those situations most men i think ( myself included ) would react to that as they would react to a man who is pushing himself forward over someone else.
This industry in particular is not forgiving of anyone who shoots off at the mouth, but cant come up with the goods. We rely on each other far too much to put up with anything that upsets the equilibrium of a positive and professional environment.
The only time I've had a problem is one guy I work with now, sometimes he forgets that we're there for the protection of the people and property on site and focuses on protecting me. It's fine to watch each other's backs, that's why you work in a team but he has to forget that I'm a woman and focus on the job in hand. Having said that he's relatively new to the job and learning all the time
Depends on the person, I have worked with three of my partners so far and each time it was a great experience, after all we knew each other like a book, trusted each other implicitly and just seemed to know what each other was thinking which is handy. Depends if you can keep detached while working and depends if you really want your partner around all the time!