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Great work experience - Learned a lot about interacting with many different types of people
security staff agent (Former Employee) –  Los Angeles, CADecember 7, 2013
Good company to work for. Work was in the form 12hr shifts at 4 days per week. Work ranged everywhere from static residential/corporate locations to mobile secured transport operations. Management of the company had overall poor leadership and values. My co-workers were some of the most amazing people I met in my life. The hardest part about the job was not having sick days/pto to be able to spend time with my family. Also working the required 48hrs a week 12hr shifts, additional duties were tasked at random and many times worked beyond required hours. The most enjoyable part of the job was the people, experience, and the skills that I learned.
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Great team members
Cons
Healthcare, advancement, leadership
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This is a service job, not security
Security Staff Agent (Current Employee) –  Los Angeles, CAApril 16, 2018
If you are willing to devote your entire life to the company, the pay is decent, the work interesting (sometimes), and the coworkers are truly excellent. The normal shifts are 12+ hours, 4 or more days a week, with zero regularity and frequent changes from days to nights and back again. Upper management has zero regard for employee well being and will take any available opportunity to save a few dollars at your expense. They also reward and promote entirely based on how much of the GDBA company line you follow and regurgitate. Do not expect previous experience and knowledge to be respected or rewarded in any way. The work itself varies greatly depending on your site, from basic home security to driving clients and providing field coverage. In reality your job is to keep the client happy which means you will act as a house servant/personal assistant far more than you will will do anything security related. This is 100% a service job for the whims of the extremely wealthy and in truth, little to no safety or security is being provided by the services of GDBA.
Pros
Decent pay, advancement possible, company is expanding, excellent training and coworkers
Cons
Management, hours, work life balance, actual work is rarely security related
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Long hours mínimal room for advancement
Security agent (Former Employee) –  Los Angeles, CAApril 7, 2018
Merit is not recognized unless your part of the club. Long hours most spent alone in a house worth millions. The fun stuff is only provided to those few chosen part of the club.
Pros
Stepping stone
Cons
Poor management
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