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Gavin de Becker & Associates Reviews

Updated July 2, 2017
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Pros
  • One of the key things that really caught my attention was the merit based promotions, so hard work does not go unnoticed (in 10 reviews)

  • To me, it was supposed to be a stepping stone while I pursued a career in Law Enforcement or Govt agency (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • Work-Life balance can be challenging (in 6 reviews)

  • My previous job as a waiter had me working 4 hours a shift, so the increase to 12 hours felt like an eternity (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Working in Executive Protection"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Security Staff Agent in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Security Staff Agent in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Gavin de Becker & Associates full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I worked with a great team and made good friends.
    There are a lot of opportunities to experience things that you wouldn't in the civilian life.
    Many prior-service members on the team
    Encourage training

    Cons

    It is a tough career and scheduling can be challenging. Coverage is provided 24hrs a day x 365 days a year.

    Advice to Management

    Benefits, especially 401K/ Retirement can always be improved.


  2. "Okay pay, okay experience."

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    Current Employee - Security Staff Agent in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Security Staff Agent in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Gavin de Becker & Associates full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Entry level position that introduces you to "executive protection".
    Decent pay if you have military or prior experience.
    Hyped up for job at the beginning.

    Cons

    It's a good ol boys club. If you're not already on the ready team, aka the team they fly out to do all the details, then good luck getting any actual details after even 2 years.

    Advice to Management

    There are plenty of people with significant experience with high profile clients that have been in more dangerous situations than the Grammys. Use them.

  3. "Staff Security Agent"

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    Current Employee - SSA in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - SSA in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Gavin de Becker & Associates full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Some of the best leaders I've met thus far. They are honest, fair, and if you work hard it will give you opportunity. Great training by Instructors who have a wealth of experience whether its Military, EMS, or Federal Law Enforcement. EVP at one time headed the Department of Homeland Security.

    Cons

    If you have no prior experience in the field your early stint working in a residential CC or Corporate Security role may bore you a bit. 1st year or so.

    Advice to Management

    Utilize the 7 on 7 off schedule here in the US. You need time to live and train your body. 12 hour shifts working at a CC versus say a Global Security Agent role traveling with the Principal is vastly different. I think this would be a game changer and keep more guys around longer.


  4. "Management"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Gavin de Becker & Associates full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Number of locations available, Continued training, Annual raises

    Cons

    - The salaries are horrible. Personnel that are in the higher ups continue to collect large bonuses while those lower on the totem pole live worse than those who are able to collect the housing assistance in the Bay. Schedule constantly changes (days to nights) as well as the days you work.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your people.


  5. "Employment/Pay/Compensation"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Gavin de Becker & Associates full-time

    Pros

    Good to put on Resume, Work with fellow veterans, decent instructors.

    Cons

    Pay, Schedule, Careless leadership, good men getting screwed.

    Advice to Management

    Pay more period, be more upfront, choose leadership more wisely.


  6. Helpful (7)

    "Security Staff Agent"

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    Former Employee - Security Staff Agent in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Security Staff Agent in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Gavin de Becker & Associates full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    -Entry level executive protection experience.
    -Looks good on a resume.
    -Worked with/met some great people.

    Cons

    This is a service based industry, that means employees are always going to come second to the client, which I understood coming in. However, the turnover rate in this company is so high (over 80%) that they have to have mass hirings on a monthly basis just to stay afloat, which in turn leads to horrible hours for employees not in management positions. I was in the Army for 8 years, but after 8 months of working for this company, I was more burnt out then I ever was while serving. That alone should be a huge red flag.

    Advice to Management

    -Give back to employees. Reward them for the handwork they put in on the job instead of giving raises/promotions based on online "coursework."


  7. Helpful (1)

    "A Great Job in Executive Protection"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Gavin de Becker & Associates full-time

    Pros

    I've been working at Gavin de Becker & Associates for a little over a year. Prior to this, I was active-duty in the Marines. There are many similarities between the two both positive and challenging.

    Adapting to the civilian lifestyle can be tough for some, which lead us to jobs in security, law enforcement and the like. One thing that I like about working here, is that a good percentage of my peers are former military too. On some assignments you work in small teams and I've gotten to really know a lot of the other protectors.

    This can be challenging and demanding, but I think that it also what makes our work satisfying. If you are interested in a career in executive protection, its worth checking out.

    Cons

    Working 12 hour shifts can be tough sometimes, but management does a solid job of working with us to improve scheduling.

    Advice to Management

    Keep looking for ways to improve benefits and 401k.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "You get out, what you put in"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Detail Leader in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Detail Leader in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Gavin de Becker & Associates full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    I have worked at GDBA for several years and reaped the rewards of the merit based system. When I started, I was averaging around 60 hours a week, I always said yes to every opportunity. I think the yes man mentality, has gotten me to where I am today. This job is not for everyone, as the hours and schedule are a bit like the military. If you don't mind working 12 hour shifts, nights weekends and the various holidays, then this could be a good fit for you.

    Advice I have for new hires:
    -If you want a better schedule and more pay you have to put in the work.
    -Everyone starts in a command center. Master the command center and more opportunities will come.
    -Don't come in with the mentality, thinking you’ll be working the red carpet on day one.
    -Understand the realities of the work.

    Cons

    Long hours. Schedule can be hectic. Starting out, the schedule can be hard on someone who has a family.


  9. "SSA"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Gavin de Becker & Associates full-time

    Pros

    Great company and great opportunities

    Cons

    Pay is too low for the hours you work.

    Advice to Management

    Pay us Better


  10. "Its ok"

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    Current Employee - Security Staff Agent
    Current Employee - Security Staff Agent
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Gavin de Becker & Associates full-time

    Pros

    -Not bad pay
    -Good training

    Cons

    -Will be forced to travel or "In your best interest to go"
    -Promote Agents that probably should not be in leadership rolls
    -Have a very high turn over rate, my class was 40+ there is about 10 of us left


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