DynCorp International
3.2 of 5 251 reviews
www.dyn-intl.com McLean, VA 5000+ Employees

DynCorp International Reviews

Updated Apr 14, 2014
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76% Approve of the CEO

DynCorp International Chairman & CEO Steven F. Gaffney

Steven F. Gaffney

(137 ratings)

63% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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A huge disappointment.

Air Traffic Controller (Current Employee)

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

ProsThe good thing about DynCorp is... I don't know; frankly, that's a very short list. The paychecks come on time, and I think that pretty much sums it up.

ConsIf the long hours and hostile environment (these are givens, since the work itself is in Afghanistan) aren't enough, you have to contend with rank incompetence at all levels of management. Cronyism and the "GOB" network rule the day. Failing that, people who can bluff well rise through the ranks at blistering speeds, while competent people with actual records of accomplishment are marginalized to the point where the former taking credit for the efforts of the latter seems normal. Blatantly abusive supervisors and "problem children" are shuffled throughout the project, instead of being demoted or fired for their offenses. Petty territorial fights over jurisdiction or responsibility are part and parcel of an average day with DynCorp on the LOGCAP project. Plumbers and pest controllers are elevated to site management positions, yet retain territorial preference for their own former bailiwick and biases against other functional areas, as well as an ignorance of those in more highly skilled functional areas.

Advice to Senior ManagementPay for better people. Given that you're paying well below what most of the other contracting companies have been paying, it's no wonder that there's so much strife throughout the project. You're paying below the average for the area, and so you're getting largely the dregs of the contracting world. You get what you pay for, and trash is cheap. Additionally, changing vacation policies without grandfathering in those who've already been approved for vacation is the kind of slipshod nonsense one would expect from a shady sales company, not a multibillion-dollar government contractor. Lastly, the benefits package you offer is atrocious. Your competitors largely offer much better packages for their employees than you do. Our plan is garbage, and smacks of someone in HR getting kickbacks; seriously, a company of this size and the best we get is a benefits package that would look thin coming from a company a tenth this size.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Corporate employees are lemons who exist only to be squeezed.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Fort Worth, TX

I have been working at DynCorp International full-time for more than 5 years

ProsDecent salaries and the working class employees are mostly good people who want to do good work.

ConsDynCorp is owned by the private equity firm Cerebus who does not understand the business that DynCorp does nor has any interest in doing so. Their only interest is in squeezing as much as they possibly can out of DynCorp and its people. Innovation is non-existent as is employee morale. Since Cerebus has purchased us, company benefits have dried up. Employee raises are gone, insurance premiums have increased dramatically every year, training dollars are always the first to be cut from budgets, and even simple morale boost benefits such as blue jeans on Fridays have been eliminated. You are spoken to and treated as if you are lucky to even have a job. Employees work constantly under the threat of an oncoming reduction in force (RIF) and after each one, you are asked to work harder to make up for the missing personnel.

As the US government reduces defense spending, DynCorp's prospects for growth and even sustainment are grim. The company has not positioned itself for this circumstance and is suffering because of it.

Advice to Senior ManagementHonestly, I cannot imagine any words will help. Even a small appreciation of your employees would be beneficial. Forgo your executive bonus program to reinstate merit increases for employees Invest in them with training dollars. Give them a reason to want to stay here. As it stands today, every employee I know is currently looking for outside employment. Aside from a paycheck, you have given no one a reason to stay.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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CEO has no respect for IT.

IT Employee (Current Employee)
Fort Worth, TX

I have been working at DynCorp International full-time

ProsPay is the only positive

ConsWorking for DynCorp International, DI and especially in IT can be compared to the TV show survivor. Pick your allies carefully and trust no one. Immunity can be gained if you have the right relatives in DI. Some very strong technical employees have been laid off in IT b/c they didn't want to play the game anymore. Large percent of the remaining technical employees are looking to leave because of the decisions the remaining IT Directors, CIO and CEO have made. CEO Steve Gaffney believes DI IT should be run on a skeleton crew, just keeping the lights on, like IAP where he came from. To make this happen Steve Gaffney believes 50-60 hour work weeks are to be expected as the norm for exempt employees. Watch for parts of IT to start being outsourced to the cloud and third party vendors to help make this happen.

Advice to Senior ManagementGood luck.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Company Does Not Value Talented Professionals/Subject Matter Experts

Senior Advisor (Current Employee)
Kabul (Afghanistan)

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

ProsThe cadre of professionals, who serve as mentors and professional advisors here in Kabul, is extraordinary. Deployment Center in Fort Worth was well organized and well run.

ConsThe list of cons is overwhelming, at least here in Kabul. The management epitomizes arrogance and has no idea of the talent and contributions being made by his advisors--let alone their names. Living conditions are terrible here in Kabul. Although we are used to living in austere conditions, we rate more than 45 square feet per person, and we don't appreciate living in slums with unvetted TCNs; these concerns have been brought to management's attention with no action. The team leaders are afraid to raise concerns for fear of reprisals and termination--DON'T BLOW THE WHISTLE HERE. The professionals and subject matter experts are loyal to the mission first and never to DynCorp and the mythical five (5) points of its star. Many of the professional workforce (retired O-6 and E-9) won't put DynCorp on their resumes. The operations/business management (who live on the overhead of the professionals) are inept, unconcerned, and surly. I was personally left stranded at Kabul airport for three hours, my Interpreter lost a day's worth of pay, and one of the business office personnel was told not to input an Interpreter's pay because it was five (5) minutes late and off the clock. (This particular interpreter was working in Southern Afghanistan and there were network connectivity issues....he only gets paid once per month). Attrition is running approximately 30%...a completely tragic and avoidable situation.

Advice to Senior ManagementLive up to the DynCorp star. Stop underbidding projects and pay your talent more. Learn your employees' names and don't force your valuable people to live in inhumane conditions with unvetted TCNs.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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It is very ineresting to work with the company

Human Resources Administrative (Current Employee)
New Delhi (India)

I have been working at DynCorp International as a contractor for more than a year

ProsI am a contract staff of the brocker Mathew and associates. which is a manpower consultancy. they are recruting candidates for Dyncorp So I am waorking for Dyncorp to complect the process of the Indian candidates those who are hired by DI

Conslearned a lots of new thing ... new sofeware, creating candidates profile making them to complect the paper work... etc...

Advice to Senior ManagementMaagement is ok.. they use to dicuss he matter with team learders only not with the admins....

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If you are Asian this is not the company for you specially in Afghanistan

Cargo Document Specialist (Current Employee)
Kandahar (Afghanistan)

I have been working at DynCorp International as a contractor for more than a year

ProsPay is decent on a tcn standard

ConsHighly discriminatory towards asians it starts right from the time you land in Kuwait ,But thats just a start of things , Once you reach Afghanistan you will know racism is a reality :) ,If you are a TCN or an FN as they call it now you will have diffrent living standards (horribly diffrent tent) ,limited access to dining facilities ,and no communication(They take away your mobile phones stating security)But its really under the discretion of DynCorp ,You may or maynot have limited access to internet depending on your supervisor in my case i had a good one .You will also get 1 paid R&R per year if you are a TCN compared to 2 paid R&Rs for expats(Americans) this is becuase DynCorp believes Asian bodies dont get fatigued as much as our American counterparts ,I was initially offered a contract of 49000 USD per annum at the second year of renewal they told me the HR had made a mistake the previous year on my particular postion and its down by half about 24000USD and this happened to a lot of other peoplein my same positon . Thats when i decided to leave Afghanistan .For an Asian is a good company to work if its the the last job on earth not if you are in a job and doing ok.All of my above comments is on a TCN/FN persepctive if you are an expat (American) conditions are way diffrent.

Advice to Senior ManagementNot sure !

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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No employee growth and too much ignorance

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Kandahar (Afghanistan)

I have been working at DynCorp International as a contractor for more than a year

Prosthe only advantage is that you are sure what you signed for is what you get nothing special

Conswar zone dangers as usual

Advice to Senior ManagementCan you just look at what one can actually do rather than keeping one person in one position we got talent

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Amazing company to work with.

Senior Human Resources (Current Employee)

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

ProsWork culture, ethics, colleagues, diversity

ConsDifficult geographic locations to work in

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Simply horrible! DONT GET SUCKED IN!!!

Crew Chief, Trainer, Advisor (Current Employee)
Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates)

I have been working at DynCorp International

ProsThere are no "Pros" for working on this contract at all!

ConsHorrible site management
Horrible living arrangments
Dyncorp employees takes blame for all mishaps by locals
Most locals mistreat you.

Advice to Senior ManagementMy advice to site management is to LEAVE! My advice to Corporate management is to FIRE the site management.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Good Pay horrible management

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at DynCorp International

ProsPay is competitive and liked the location

ConsCorporate needs to re-evaluate their managment.

Advice to Senior ManagementManagers should be open about changes within the companies and department. Directors should listen to what the lower level employees are telling them about their managers and make changes to the management instead of brushing them off.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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