DynCorp International Reviews

Updated March 23, 2015
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DynCorp International Interim CEO James Geisler
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  1. It was one feast after another.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Pricing Analyst in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Pricing Analyst in McLean, VA

    I have been working at DynCorp International

    Pros

    People are professional. Benefits are in line with other similar companies. Location is near a metro stop on the recently opened silver line.

    Cons

    The company has not given pay raises for years.
    Downsizing is the current norm.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay for performance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. To many changes

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at DynCorp International

    Pros

    The services DynCorp International LLC provides

    Cons

    Too many changes happen just when the process starts flowing smoothly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  3. DynCorp is a decent place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at DynCorp International

    Pros

    Salary, Benefits, Co-Workers are very nice

    Cons

    Management can be uncaring of employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Office culture

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. Cyclical Industry

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Worth, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Worth, TX

    I worked at DynCorp International

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful

    Large Scale Project Perspective

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Pay and compensation are fair and comparable to similar companies. There are opportunities for lateral movement within the larger projects and upward growth for those who have the skills and abilities required for leadership (and some who do not). The company has made great strides in the past few years to improve it's organizational structure and implement new programs for continuous improvement and employee development.

    Cons

    Benefits packages for international employees could be much better. 12 hour work days, 7 days per week is mandatory for contract employees on some projects. Limited placement opportunities for senior staff after serving on international contracts (even after 4+ years of dedicated service in harsh conditions). Employee support staff (HR, Finance) frequently shows incompetence (but has improved slightly in recent years).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize the efforts and achievements of your senior staff on some of the larger projects (i.e. LOGCAP, State Department) and make it a priority to reach out to these employees and offer placement opportunities in positions stateside or on other projects internationally.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful

    Not the best, not the worst

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at DynCorp International

    Pros

    The people are amazing and the opportunity to support the warfighter is fulfilling.

    Cons

    The company is always restructuring, which is difficult when you are trying to building relationships. They are always laying off the people who do the work, as opposed to the middle management who are getting paid to sit at their desk all day.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider bringing back growth opportunities.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. Dont want to say to much

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at DynCorp International

    Pros

    NASA Contractor close to home. Unique contract and requirements. Interesting co-workers many with many years at the same job so it coud be somewhat like a family.

    Cons

    Stressfull work envronment with no room for advancement. When the contract awarded was awarded to a new company benefits were not as good sick leave was taken away for non-union employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Corporate offices need to have more flexability woth the individual contracts--not everything fits in to the box.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. Overseas work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at DynCorp International

    Pros

    It was a good place to work Nice living conditions and such

    Cons

    they contractors were starting to be forced to live with third country nationals so DynCorp could save money. US contractors had different benefits' and could not enjoy them because of the living conditions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't allow Money to make or influence your future issues.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. Okay company to work for

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    It is a corporation that has been a leading aviation service provider for many years. This business line has performed well for several years.

    Cons

    The business systems are eith antiquated or non-existent. There seems to be a lack of business vision outside the Government Services Industry which is a well that is dry at the moment. Much instability at the top of the corporation undergoing three CEO changes in the last 6 months.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Seek a CEO that has a robust businesss vision in the commercial market rather than keeping eggs in the same Government Services Industry basket.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  11. 3 people found this helpful

    Satisfying customer mission; Learned a lot; frustrating corp politics

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    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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