The worst security firm on the planet
Security Staff Agent (Former Employee) – Los Angeles, Malibu, Beverly Hills – September 5, 2017
Everybody hates this company, and I suspect the positive reviews here were written by management. I worked here for over two years, primarily at a celebrity estate.
Expect to work days and nights in the same week, always 12-hour shifts. Salaries are based on a 48-hour work week, which includes 8 hours of time and a half, so when they start you out in the $45,000-a-year range, you're getting completely screwed.
The management is utterly inept, which is apparently why some were fired after TPG Growth bought part of the company in 2013. Maybe it's better now, but when I was there, there were far too many cooks in the kitchen, and the bureaucracy was incredible. They would enact ridiculous hoops you'd have to jump through, like "GDBA University" which you'd have to do to get promoted. Also, I hope you like silly, made-up acronyms, because you'll be tested on them randomly while sitting in your guard shack, bored out of your mind.
Oh, and I forgot to mention, they have a camera staring at your back in every CC ("command center," which is a fancy word for "guard shack") to make sure you don't fall asleep on the job, as they hire a lot of irresponsible morons who've never heard of coffee.
Every person I talk to in the security industry says the same thing: Gavin de Becker's reputation has gone down the toilet in the last five years. They have EASILY the highest turn-over rate in the industry for a reason.
The clients were usually pretty cool.
Employees are encouraged to rat on each other for minor infractions and mistakes, horrible hours, horrible people