DynCorp International Reviews

Updated February 17, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Cyclical Industry

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Worth, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Worth, TX

    I worked at DynCorp International

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Opportunity for personal and professional growth if you work for the right team or program. Compensation is fair, benefits are fair.

    Cons

    Government contracting is a cyclical industry and is currently struggling with wars winding down, government shutdowns etc. Work-life balance depends on your department or program. Layoffs have been quarterly and raises have not been given the last 3 years. Way too many VP's that you never see and wonder what they do all day.

    Advice to Management

    Stop chasing every bright, shiny object. This company needs long-term vision. The next time you win a wind-fall of a contract, consider using some of the profit to invest in your systems, processes and people instead of slapping each other on the back and lining every executive's pockets with bonuses. Create a scalable work-force so you don't have to do lay-offs every 3 months which keep workers in perpetual fear of losing their jobs.

  2. Helpful (3)

    Satisfying customer mission; Learned a lot; frustrating corp politics

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Fort Worth, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Fort Worth, TX

    I worked at DynCorp International full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Working out of Fort Worth office provided good sr. leadership visibility. Very patriotic company and does a great job recognizing veterans and their contractors operating in harms way. Programs are not very technically complex but the missions are unique and can't help but provoke a strong sense of patriotism. Program locations around the world provide interesting travel opportunities (Afghanistan, Iraq, GCC states) for those who enjoy frequent travel. The former CEO did a good job creating an intentional culture and reshaping the mindset of some leaders. Have opportunities to wear many hats if you are motivated. Like most places, your experience will largely be shaped by your boss and immediate peers.

    Cons

    Constant redirection is frustrating and makes it difficult to get anything done. Often seemed like just when started to get traction, the direction would change. Reinvent the same wheel over again in every different color... Leadership was slow to make strategic decisions; No raises for last 3 years...although understandable given the financial pressures.
    Although much of old boys club has been weeded out, some leaders still promote and reward unprofessional, incompetent, and/or hostile behavior, which often isn't addressed until something blows up. Very little work-life balance...everything is needed and needed now mindset, just so it can sit around and languish (for months, even years) waiting for senior leadership sign off. Virtually no automation...surprising for a company this large. Very poor communication...the oldest/largest "start up" I've worked for.

    Advice to Management

    Upper management has a tendency to shoot the messenger so they miss out on the truth from the people who care, and promote the political animals with CYA mindsets instead. Est by example a culture that advocates and rewards truth vs. political expedience. Create formalized succession programs/career development.... Address employee concerns re: company health head on so you don't lose the good people to the frequent layoffs....pull the layoff band aide off at once vs. frequent quarterly/semi-annual mass layoffs that hurt morale.

  3. Challenging

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Human Resources Supervisor in Fort Worth, TX
    Current Employee - Human Resources Supervisor in Fort Worth, TX

    I have been working at DynCorp International full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay compared to some of the other companies.

    Cons

    No mobility in HR. Very limited HR positions available.

    Advice to Management

    Value the people you have.

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  5. Helpful (1)

    Stressful

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Manager (HR) in Fort Worth, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Manager (HR) in Fort Worth, TX

    I worked at DynCorp International full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Pay well. Good benefits.

    Cons

    Always on fear of job being eliminated due to forces beyond your control. (I.E. Sequestration)

    Advice to Management

    N/A

  6. Moving to the positive

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Quality Supervisor in Fort Worth, TX
    Former Contractor - Quality Supervisor in Fort Worth, TX

    I worked at DynCorp International as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    My direct report and management team were professional and very team oriented. Corporate seems intent on building a company built on true professionalism and rooting out the "buddy system" systemic in overseas contracting.

    My experience with the company was overall very positive

    Cons

    Many departments lacked continuous improvement input from their front line personnel. Many of my friends from other departments experienced a far courser work life from their senior management team.

    Advice to Management

    More emphasis on education, experience, skill, aptitude, and attitude during hiring.

  7. Good people horrible management

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    Former Employee - Logistics Analyst in Fort Worth, TX
    Former Employee - Logistics Analyst in Fort Worth, TX

    I worked at DynCorp International full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great group of people to work with who share knowledge and help you as much as possible.

    Cons

    Upper management does not communicate effectively so issues constantly arise

  8. Defense Contracting is contracting

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Accountant in Fort Worth, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Accountant in Fort Worth, TX

    I have been working at DynCorp International full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    There are opportunities for advancement if you are ambitious, smart and willing to work hard. Decent benefits.

    Cons

    Government contractors experienced massive growth during the Bush years and now the cycle has turned. Currently in 2014 this is a very challenged sector with downsizing occurring on an ongoing basis.

    Advice to Management

    Information and knowledge is very compartmentalized and difficult to obtain, creating an inefficient work environment and often inconsistent results. A greater emphasis should be placed on leveraging the knowledge of SMEs who can greatly reduce the learning curve for more inexperienced or temporary staff.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Drafter in Fort Worth, TX
    Former Employee - Drafter in Fort Worth, TX

    I worked at DynCorp International full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Friendly atmosphere and likeable co workers

    Cons

    Scattered leadership from unqualified middle managers

    Advice to Management

    -

  10. Great company at times. The program / management team an employee has will either make you love or hate the company.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Fort Worth, TX
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Fort Worth, TX

    I have been working at DynCorp International full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good people, strong values, decent benefits, competitive pay, military / vet friendly, branching into commercial contracts in addition to government contracts.

    Cons

    Limited options for promotions and employee development. HR policies seem contradictory. Company owners have changed the way enterprise functions.. and it hasn't benefited the employees at all.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your current people rather than bringing on new VPs.

  11. Good Starting Point

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Subcontracts Manager in Fort Worth, TX
    Current Employee - Subcontracts Manager in Fort Worth, TX

    I have been working at DynCorp International full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Fast Moving Environment, Decent Benefits, Work Flexibility

    Cons

    No stable Senior Leadership, Lack of Standard Operating Procedures, Procurement System Slow and Outdated

    Advice to Management

    Senior Directors should have hands on experience in the type of work being completed by subordinates

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