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Updated Jul 23, 2014

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    Low Pay For A Ton Of Hours and Travel

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGas card, CLC Lodging card, company vehicle (with gps hidden in it so they know your every move). Established company and cutting edge.

    ConsTravel like a dog. They make you travel at the last second for cases, You could be scheduled off and you are expected to be on call 24/7/365 and have their company cell phone on you at all times. Expect to hear things like "Need you to drive here for a RUSH job" and that "RUSH job" is 6 to 7 hours away. If you are hired in a major city and expect to work in your metro area only then you are being misled. They will send you 3 states away and have you drive 7 hours and then demand you be on site at something ridiculous like 5 AM or 6 AM and then you are not allowed to break away to go to the bathroom or do anything but sit for up to 10 to 12 hours. Then they want you to write a report and notes and then video uploads back at your hotel. They pay you for 30 mins of work back at the hotel or home when in reality it takes 2 hours to do. By the time all is said and done you are cooked and they want you back out in 6 hours.

    After that you either spend 3 days there and on the 3rd day you work a full day and then they tell you to drive home on the same day after working 8 to 10 hours. So that makes almost a 19 hour day and you are just getting home and still have to write reports and do videos and then you are up 21 hours now and then you are expected to go work a case in the morning at 6 am. Ridiculous.

    Pay is very weak. Most P.I.'s make about 25 to 35.00 an hour at a bare minimum. ASI pays about half that and you are on salary so any overtime is not very much at all because it isn't time and a half really. More like what you would be paid if you broke down your salary to hourly.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't burn your investigators out. If you are doing salary then keep your people at home more often and stop sending investigators out to other states and expect them to work at 5 am and reports and video and then go home same day and then expected to be out again the very next day again. Manage employees better. If you have a single non-married investigator then send that individual out on the long road trips. Keep the ones who are married with kids closer to home and you will keep them longer. Having investigators away from home 12 to 14 days a month will wind up stressing marriages and relationships at home. Hire more people.

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    Horrific

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat job for a new person just in the field. As a matter of fact 90% of their employees are just that.

    ConsVery low pay
    Managers that have no clue
    Owner who doesn't care about the investigators and shows it daily

    Advice to Senior ManagementPretend to care about the investigators. Asking them to work 60+ hours a week without overtime cause you found a loop hole with the I.R.S. and classify them as "seasonal" is no way to treat them. No wonder the turnover rate is so high. Great job there Mr. Boston!

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    A good company that allows young managers to abuse staff

    Assistant Manager (Former Employee) Tampa, FL

    ProsA small but growing corporation

    ConsAbuses salaried staff by expecting 24/7 work 365 days a year

    Advice to Senior ManagementQuit giving young managers unbridled power to overwork staff

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Investigative Company Experience From Hell

    Surveillance Investigator (Former Employee) Columbus, GA

    ProsVery few. They did provide the vehicle and equipment. They gave us a gas card.

    ConsAt the time that I worked for them the area manager was awful. They did not want you to stay in hotels very often, or even stop for lunch. He played mind games and wore down employees. The pay was not that good, and I agree,they wanted you to be ready to leave the state at a moment's notice. The training was weak and ineffective.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFind some loyalty to your employees. They make your business. Not you.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Worked like a slave.

    Private Investigator (Current Employee)

    ProsGas is paid for, hotels are paid for, company surveillance vehicle is provided. Poor quality laptop and poor quality cell phone is also provided.

    ConsWork you like a slave. I was the sole investigator covering Ohio and Indiana and also worked in Kentucky very often, even driving 5 hours one way several times a week. A lot of nights away from home and in hotel rooms in crappy little towns. Do no underestimate the workload you will receive if you take a job with this company. They will do little to help ease the burden, i.e. hiring other investigators as they initially promise to do.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet off your asses and help out the investigators. Expecting them to work 70 hours a week, to complete 3,4,5 hour drives then work 8 hours then get a room, then drive home or to some other town possibly another 5-6 hours away is unrealistic and crazy. HIRE MORE PEOPLE.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    This place is unprofessional.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsYou get a company car, gas card, and hotel card.

    ConsThey do not have an experienced management staff. The employees are more experienced than the management staff.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHire a new manager.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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