DynCorp International

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DynCorp International Reviews

Updated March 2, 2015
Updated March 2, 2015
211 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good pay compared to some of the other companies (in 29 reviews)

  • Opportunity for challenging and rewarding work in numerous areas around the world (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • Long hours, Logistics(parts/materials) Living Accomodations (in 13 reviews)

  • Upper management does not communicate effectively so issues constantly arise (in 12 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    1 person found this helpful  

    Challenging environment but opportunities exist

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Industry and mission
    Compensation and benefits (in general)
    People

    Cons

    Some areas/functions somewhat "siloed"
    Environment/Industry challenges

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Specific - learn to better assess talent
    General - Improve organization and focus

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Horrible

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Private Due Ti Retaliation in Fort Worth, TX
    Current Employee - Private Due Ti Retaliation in Fort Worth, TX

    I have been working at DynCorp International

    Pros

    Pay is on time normally

    Cons

    HR team is unresponsive and senior leadership is the worst. If you have a concer you will either wait weeks for a response and more often than not no response. High turnover and higher layoffs with little to no notice. 3 CEO changes in 18 months. Unless you need it dontt bother. There are plenty of other contract companies out there

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change HR leadership starting at the top then director level

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Worst place to work as a female / can't keep a CEO

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Logistics Coordinator in Kabul (Afghanistan)
    Current Contractor - Logistics Coordinator in Kabul (Afghanistan)

    I have been working at DynCorp International as a contractor (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    This company has very little that is positive, if the job market wasn't in the toilet, I would hve left already.

    Cons

    No opportunities for advancement for women

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try not to be so much of a boys club in your overseas programs

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    DynCorp doesn't care

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Worth, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Worth, TX

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

    Pros

    If you are really in need of employment and can't find anything else then work here only to gain experience and then leave after a year. Otherwise, I don't recommend working here.

    Cons

    DI is top heavy and pay only its upper management personnel. They don't care about the support staff, often lose bids on proposal due to POOR PAST PERFORMANCE ratings, and has a bad reputation with the government. They are a sinking ship!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean house!! of your upper management who have fat paychecks, stop hiring your siblings, and other family members and promote HONESTLY within the minorities who are qualified. Stop promoting those caucasians who are NOT qualified. Stop lying to the government!!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Stay away! Bait and switch

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Mobile Training Team in Fort Worth, TX
    Current Contractor - Mobile Training Team in Fort Worth, TX

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

    Pros

    The team leads are good first line managers. Working with team mates if the best part of the job.

    Cons

    Dyncorp has very little concern for employees. When complaints about recent 60% pay cut were voiced! management related they had hundreds of propel to take out place.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Instructional knowledge is something you should try to hang on to. The new contract in Palestine will go into default, can't run two sites at 30% staffing

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Contracted Civilian Police Advisor

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Police Advisor in Baghdad (Iraq)
    Current Employee - Police Advisor in Baghdad (Iraq)

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

    Pros

    Compared to the positions I've had contracting, DynCorp has a fairly efficient HR and logistics Department.

    Cons

    The pay was low for the industry. Management seemed to get hired based on who they knew rather than qualifications. The treatment of employees was terrible leaving most in my program without the too necessary to do the job. Also, there was a VERY broad mission statement that did not provide guidance on what the customer expected. Bottom line, I do not think they were interested in performance on the job. If you were breathing and deployable they could get you into country and get their money.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have a little pride in the mission and plan to produce some deliverables. Stop promoting solely based on resume, just because a guy has 30 years of experience doesn't mean he is motivated to do the job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    This is a horrible copmany.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at DynCorp International

    Pros

    The pay is ok but dont ever expect a raise or promotion.

    Cons

    They have horrible management and they business is declining.

  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Some of the worst management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Worth, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Worth, TX

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

    Pros

    Pay is decent looking from the outside in, but once you are in you receive more and more tasks.

    Cons

    Some of the worst management. Employees are belittled, micro-managed, and at times harrased and it is accepted by Human Resources. Retaliation is also a fear all employees have. Management sticks together even if proven wrong. Human Resources is there to protect management and the company NOT the employee. Company is all about metrics instead of taking the time to take care of the customer. This company is also all about who you know. Opportunities are given to only certain people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management training
    Team Building
    Leadership Training

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    A huge disappointment.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Air Traffic Controller
    Current Employee - Air Traffic Controller

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

    Pros

    The 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.

    Cons

    If 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 ManagementAdvice

    Pay 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Corporate employees are lemons who exist only to be squeezed.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Worth, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Worth, TX

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    DynCorp 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 ManagementAdvice

    Honestly, 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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