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Gavin de Becker & Associates Overview

Studio City, CA
501 to 1000 employees
Company - Private
Security Services
$50 to $100 million (USD) per year
Gavin de Becker & Associates (GDBA) provides protection and peace of mind for the world’s most influential people and enterprises. For more than forty years, GDBA has developed pioneering strategies and resources to provide seamless security and ... Read more

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  • GDBA is looking for focused, career-oriented individuals who are interested in joining our Northern California Protective Security Division. Apply now to connect with one of our recruiters.

    Security & Protection Agent

    Gavin de Becker & Associates is a dynamic security firm innovating threat assessment and public figure protection. Our mission aims to protect and enhance the lives of those we serve. From media figures and transnational corporations to universities and women's shelters, GDBA stands on the front line of the assessment, prediction, and management of violence.

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Gavin de Becker & Associates – Why Work For Us?

About Gavin de Becker & Associates

Our clients have designed this firm. It is built to respond to their needs, and thus, it is always growing and changing. We have services today that none of us ever imagined 40 years ago; by the same token, we have resources today that would have seemed like science fiction back then.

Gavin de Becker & Associates is a very unusual firm. Our clients are a wide-ranging group: media figures, government agencies (including the U.S. Marshals Service and the Central Intelligence Agency), media companies, universities, giant corporations, cities, police departments, cultural figures, religious leaders, champion athletes, politicians, battered women’s shelters, and children’s schools. Clients include the world’s most famous and the world’s most anonymous.

Exceptional Training of our People

The training of our protectors includes areas you might imagine, such as emergency driving, but also areas you probably never considered, like jet evacuation techniques developed on-board aircraft simulators that actually fill with smoke. All our protectors are trained in the use of Automated External Defibrillators (AED).  They are trained in CPR and first aid, of course — though most firms can’t say that. (Actually, they can say anything.) We also train our staff in CPR for infants. How can firms whose clients have infants justify their lack of this training?

If you ever work with another firm, ask them to show you their training material, and see if they can produce any original material at all. Ask to see the actual personnel files with documentation showing what training each person received (if any) – and prepare to be disappointed.

Then there is the matter of readiness: Our people are in the best physical condition of any private security agency or law enforcement agency in the world bar none, and our regular and random Physical Fitness and Readiness Tests ensure they stay that way. 

undefinedCareer - Find Your Niche

GDBA protectors are more than just bodyguards. A security career at GDBA includes proficiency in first aid, technology, and defensive tactics. And many of our associates step outside their protector roles to help with recruiting, investigations, and training. When you branch out, when you expand your abilities, you add to our mission and future.

People - Diversity of Talent

From medical proficiency to martial arts to communication skills, each associate brings his own unique skills and background to every GDBA protection team, creating an entire firm that’s stronger than the sum of its parts.

Growth - Forward We Go

Through Constant and Never-ending Improvement, GDBA associates are catapulting themselves into the most respected legion of protectors the world has ever known. Stretching from Hawaii to London, GDBA continues to grow…

Mission - Way of Life

GDBA associates have the profound responsibility of protecting America’s most at-risk public figures both at home and when they travel.

We are physical and cerebral Men and Women of Action who value merit and detest bureaucracy. We are people who can be trusted with secrets, trusted with the safety of others, trusted with anything. We're committed to making a contribution to others, yet also ambitious professionals who seek self-improvement. We choose challenges rather than a lazy life. We have escaped the typical job environments that value "Wait your turn" in favor of one that encourages "Give your all." We know we are the best in our field, and we know that doesn't come easy.

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    1). Management is fantastic. They are always accessible and willing to help out on assignments. Management provides a lot of flexibility to pursue projects useful to the client.
    2). The pay & benefits are good.
    3). Merit based company.
    4). Global Intelligence Operations (GIO) is well run and growing, which provides additional opportunities for professional growth and job security.


    1). The schedule is sometimes a little rough sometimes but management attempts to accommodate when possible. Rough schedules are pretty standard in this industry so it's nothing abnormal.

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    Keep up the good work!

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Gavin de Becker & Associates Photos

Gavin de Becker & Associates photo of: The Essential Protection Skills Academy is ten days of full-immersion training, day and night, at our Southern California training camp
Gavin de Becker & Associates photo of: Gavin de Becker & Associates Threat Assessment & Management Division maintains the world’s largest library of inappropriate and alarming communications sent to public figures
Gavin de Becker & Associates photo of: Our investigations range from the standard to the unique, all conducted with a long track record of discretion, confidentiality, and thoroughness
Gavin de Becker & Associates photo of: To ensure the security of our clients’ homes and offices, our Technical Security experts conduct full safety and privacy reviews
Gavin de Becker & Associates photo of: The EPS Academy consists of scenario-based training that simulates experiences protectors encounter, as well as classroom learning, and in-the-field exercises.
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Gavin de Becker & Associates Interviews



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    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Glendale, CA
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    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Gavin de Becker & Associates (Glendale, CA).


    Unfortunately, I felt like the company was very unprofessional and disorganized. There was clearly a lack of communication and internal controls, not only directly to me as an applicant, but to other workers in management. I wasted an entire month "interviewing" with this company and even turned down another job offer so my recommendation for anyone else who is interested is to not even bother with this company, unless you want to deal with the frustrations of incompetency. Furthermore, I had an interview set up with one of the managers who never even showed and I waited about 3 hours on my own birthday and even went out of my way to follow up twice to see what happened afterward and it took them well over a week to respond with a petty apology with no explanation. I also did not get a job offer, which is a loss for them as I would really have made that company better with growth.

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    • What is it about you that would make the company better?   1 Answer
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Veteran Hiring Commitment

Committed to helping America's military veterans find work

Tech Hiring Commitment

Helping to train, hire and promote more technology workers

Career Advancement Program

Helping employees "upskill" into higher-paying positions

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