DynCorp International Reviews

Updated June 8, 2015
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  1. Only work for them if you're very desperate.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Munitions Technician in Doha (Qatar)
    Former Contractor - Munitions Technician in Doha (Qatar)

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

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

    Pros

    Living conditions are the only thing that is nice.

    Cons

    Management did not know anything about their job or the career field what so ever. The pay is horrible. Qatar is a horrible country. Management is so far into micromanaging that they actually block off hours on their schedule to physically babysit personnel. Promotions are based upon whether you drink with your boss instead of overall job knowledge and experience. The operations manager has no clue how to properly manage people.

    Advice to Management

    Let go of the upper management, superintendents and operations manager, at station and start fresh with a new group of employees that actually know their job and how to do it properly.


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

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

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

    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 Management

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


  3. Awful management

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Doha (Qatar)
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Doha (Qatar)

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

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

    Pros

    Considering the tax free status it is decent pay especially if you are transitioning out of the military. Good amount of vacation and money for the plane ticket. Living arrangements are pretty good.

    Cons

    Management is just awful, they seem to promote all of the people that should have been fired long ago for ineptitude. Very much a "good ole boys" club. Constant "knee jerk" reactions to fairly consistent issues rather than just taking the time to review things and see how they could be done better ahead of time. None of the management care how hard the employees work they just want more and better without actually having the knowledge of exactly what they are asking for.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of them. Appreciate and take care of your people. Stop micromanaging.


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  5. Contracted Civilian Police Advisor

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

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

    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 Management

    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.


  6. Did not provide a timely response to a hazmat health issue

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

    I worked at DynCorp International full-time

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

    Pros

    It is an international company, perhaps the adventure to other countries, cultures, however the market is changing, expect a reduction in positions overall.

    Cons

    Lack of response from headquarters, even after I emailed the CEO about the issue. I requested a change of work area from local management, that was denied. It was a health hazard to all workers, including other military groups, and contract company employees. I heard in the aftermath, people have issues talking, are coughing, have headaches. Why do large corporation, supposedly experts in the field lack adequate procedures to prevent future health issues that their employees may experience. Not my idea of a company with great values, and the values they say is there operational foundation.

    No training in my field of IT. Corporate headquarters was not timely in IT issues, in adding support to overseas base. The management does not have the skill or the knowledge to adequately create an efficient and effective IT service level. No training in my field of IT. Corporate headquarters was not timely in IT issues, in adding support to overseas base. The IT management, locally and at the headquarters, does not have the skill or the knowledge to adequately create an efficient and effective IT service level.

    Advice to Management

    I advised the management, never heard back. The CEO was replaced, however I doubt it was due to my email. Does management read this.... I doubt it.

    Workers make companies money, why allow future suffering from health issues?


  7. Favoritism, Racism and Management incompetence.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Materials Control Specialist in Kandahar (Iran)
    Former Contractor - Materials Control Specialist in Kandahar (Iran)

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

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

    Pros

    Only the pay was good but not on Par with other companies doing defense contacting

    Cons

    I worked for them for 2 years until April 2014 I worked in Kandahar and Camp Leatherneck.
    I found a lot of Racism , A lot of favoritism, a lot of incompetence especially among management.
    They had a policy of anti- American hiring quota's and practices.
    They strived for 80% Foreign nationals and 20 % Americans. I found that to be unacceptable since they were billing the US government for that and the US taxpayer had to foot the bill.

    Advice to Management

    Get Rid of your racism, get rid of your favoritism, Hire Americans first and offer Americans some better living conditions and better pay. Most of all put people in management that are qualified and have college degrees.
    and don't tell me I am a liar because I was there and saw it first hand.


  8. Listen to the words I have to say

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - MCS/Manager/Logistics Specialist/Executive Administrative Assistant in Kandah, Parwan Province (Afghanistan)
    Former Contractor - MCS/Manager/Logistics Specialist/Executive Administrative Assistant in Kandah, Parwan Province (Afghanistan)

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

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

    Pros

    "None" There are no perks, personal growth, or any other pro's for the regular and contract employees

    Cons

    The training with this company, there is none. The compensation is when you have relationship with the Regional Managers, Site Managers, and Directors in order to be promoted. This company does not value their employees at all. Military personnel that are without rank are mistreated and the civilians are treated even worse, if a Supervisor, Manager, Lead, and/or Senior does not like them for whatever the reasons. Even if reported to HR it is not followed through professionally because those in charge are friends with HR and it does not make it to the process of helping out the employee that is being mistreated. What happens overseas is unjust and if a true HR Manager from other companies could see how contractors are treated regardless of their race and culture and religion. The Project Managers' should go out and talk to the lower paid employees (whether it be Americans, or Foreign Nationals (India, Bosnian, or Africans); employees are being misrepresented by this company and their Management in charge. The Foreign Nationals are being scared into losing their jobs and not being able to support their families. Managers not even knowing how to respond to emails or compose a letter or instructions to be sent out to their employees and/or Upper Management. There are no standardization in policies, instructions, Standard Operation Procedures, and HR being bias. There is not enough of pay for the treatment that is endured by employees, no values, as well as exceptions as to the ways of speaking of what you go through. You are forced to sign all of these forms to say that you agree to put the company in jeopardy of losing contract for satisfaction of the company, but yet they forget about the little people who actually perform the jobs and put their necks out daily. There are not modified protection for the Foreign Nationals or Americans when put in danger or a dangerous situation. The emails go out but there are no set offices for the persons to go and talk to Employee Relations or Investigators without the Manager or Regional Manager knowing before you do because of HR releasing information to them for warning. There is nothing good about this company, even when speaking with people/friends that work stateside.

    Advice to Management

    CEO, stateside Directors, and Project Managers need to visit overseas more and have one on one with employees without the overseas Management being in site. Listen to the people that make you the millions of dollars in bonuses each year!!


  9. A huge disappointment.

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

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

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

    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 Management

    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.


  10. Nepotism Rules

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Logistics in Baghdad (Iraq)
    Former Contractor - Logistics in Baghdad (Iraq)

    I worked at DynCorp International as a contractor (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Decent pay and decent rotation

    Cons

    No room for promotion unless you're related to someone or in the good ol' boys club.

    Advice to Management

    Hire and promote the right people and not your buddies.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Horrible Company. After two years, I am only glad that the paychecks come on time.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Air Traffic Controller in Kabul (Afghanistan)
    Former Employee - Air Traffic Controller in Kabul (Afghanistan)

    I worked at DynCorp International full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    I've never had any pay issues.
    THe company pays to get you into and out of theater.

    Cons

    Local management is often incompetent. Site leaders seem to rise to leadership through attrition rather than any qualifications or skills. Site leaders are often not qualified and use poor leadership techniques (e.g. micromanagement) to hang onto their positions and enforce rules that often seem arbitrary.

    Contract bidders underbid highly skilled, technical positions (Air Traffic Control) and overbid support positions (Airfield Operations), resulting in the former being paid at a higher rate than the latter. Moreover, the low pay results in a disproportionate number of marginally or un-qualified personnel on contract, or personnel who have difficulty getting jobs in the US because of undesirable personality traits.

    Redundancy at all levels. Training documents must be reproduced for each level because operations at varying levels are not effectively communicating with each other. Certifications that are not pertinent to positions are copied and kept on file by the company.

    The benefits package is weak, especially for a multimillion-dollar corporation with over 100,000 employees.

    Advice to Management

    Do a better job of vetting site leadership. Ensure that pay scales are congruent with industry norms (Air traffic Controllers with DI make an average of 30k below industry norms).



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