DHA Group Reviews

Updated March 19, 2014
Updated March 19, 2014
15 Reviews

2.6
15 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great company!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at DHA Group

    Pros

    Family like atmosphere, good HR team.

    Cons

    small company with limited opportunities for advancements

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great first impression, but very quickly proven wrong

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I worked at DHA Group for more than a year

    Pros

    Amazing location, easy to get to. The DC office is downtown on Pennsylvania Ave and very convenient to several metro stations.

    Cons

    No transparency and little stability. Leadership doesn't communicate with staff, and no one seems to know what's going on behind the scenes - ever. Very high turnover and seemingly no loyalty to existing team members.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stronger, more competent and trustworthy leadership needed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Do not work for DHA.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at DHA Group as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Base compensation higher than market range, if you get on a contract at the right time (i.e., the company needing to put a butt in a seat). Healthcare benefits were the best of any company I have worked for, although I believe those have recently been scaled back.

    Cons

    Company-wide, DHA management's philosophy seems to be "extreme delegation." This applies at the executive, PM, and functional lead levels. Tasking was assigned on my contract with little to no thought of individual contributors' subject matter expertise or ability. My functional lead delegated absolutely everything EXCEPT tasking decisions, to include his weekly status reporting duties and orientation of new employees on the task. As a result, he and ultimately the PM were out of touch with progress, issues, and future opportunities with the client.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    During a government furlough wherein all your federal contractors are forced to take leave without pay for multiple weeks, it is generally a good idea for the CEO to deign to send out an email even acknowledging this fact. Show some loyalty to your employees and they will work hard for you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Paradise Lost

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at DHA Group full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Small organization with very knowledgeable individual members. Individual managers know the contracts and people working them very well. Managers are easy to approach and seem to care about employee professional development.

    Cons

    New COO who fires longtime employees with little or no warning and makes no announcement that they have left the company or who is taking on their duties. A bit of a climate of fear at HQ which works its way down to the individual contributor level. Folks seem afraid to go to bat for employees if it means rocking the boat.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    David Hale should spend less time on leadership retreats and spend more time leading. He is not around and it appears that he is using the COO to do the dirty work while distancing himself from the unpleasant task of reorganizing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Great company to get into

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at DHA Group full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    DHA is a very personable close-nit place to work. The administration has come a long way from growing pains due to growing so rapidly to the employee's happiness as a goal. The PM's are very personable and have an open door policy. DHA is well known with the clients with a great reputation. The company is steadily growing even in this downfall economy. The benefits are the best I've seen in the area.

    Cons

    Schedule flexibility depends on an individual manager. Some are and some are not. Not something DHA has control over though.

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

    HIGH Turnover...

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    Former Employee - Recruiting  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Recruiting in Washington, DC

    I worked at DHA Group full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Some really talented people work at DHA, and everyone is easy to get along with. The Program Managers seem to really care about their people.

    Cons

    The company bonus structure changed while I was there, hitting my income.

    The whole back office had massive turnover. The recruiting department had a complete turnover in 2012, as did other departments like HR. The recruiting group got a new manager and that caused a mass exodus. The whole proposal shop basically left the company in 2012. Same with Finance. Complete turnover. The management team lost a lot of very senior people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit telling people that things are getting better without doing anything to solve the management problems. You need to be honest with your people and talk to them before you make promotions to keep the bad apples away from the cookie jar.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    In danger of flaming out

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at DHA Group

    Pros

    It used to be something different so I'm told.

    Cons

    Major failures has resulted in almost the entire backoffice (from senior execs to middle management to entry level employees) to turnover within the past 12 months yet the senior leadership continue to say there's nothing unusual or more generally, there's not a problem as they just continue to try and bid on everything without a real plan for infrastructure. Clients are starting to feel this as well.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  9.  

    Great potential with a few kinks to work out

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I have been working at DHA Group

    Pros

    DHA does an excellent job of appreciating its employees and subcontractors. Although it's still a small business with some management issues to iron out, the people are sincere, hardworking and well-intentioned. When employees raise issues to management they are taken seriously and addressed in short order.

    The pay is competitive with other contractors in the DC area and the benefits allow for significant personal growth.

    There's a strong sense of camaraderie among the headquarters staff that makes new folks feel that they are part of a team working to support the security of the country.

    Quarterly Award happy hours are a blast with an open bar, good food and cash prizes for above-and-beyond performance.

    DHA's business has mushroomed over the past few years off of its main $1 billion contract vehicle. Late last year it was also awarded a slot on a new $30 billion 8-year vehicle. If the management staff can effectively handle the growth, DHA will become a significant force in the federal contracting world.

    Cons

    2010 was a major restructuring year for the company with significant turn over that was a bit destabilizing for its employees.

    The billable employees in the field, by the nature of their work, are unfortunately a bit alienated from the rest of the company and only see the whole crew at the quarterly awards.

    While it's been acknowledged and is being addressed, the HR department is playing catch up with the rest of the company. This manifests in mild to moderate frustration amongst the employees. On-boarding for headquarters positions is a laborious process that involves a biased "look and feel" interrogation - the criteria of which seems to be constantly changing. This has been a significant pain for the recruiting department and has forced the rest of the company to fill in for positions that have remained open for far too long.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    DHA needs to build a solid level of middle management below the owner and vice presidents that can handle the day to day business so the execs can focus on fixing structural issues.

    DHA's prosperity stems from how incredibly successful its execs have been at building strong and lasting relationships with clients and quality partners based on attentiveness, dignity and respect. This mentality for customer service must permeate throughout the management staff if DHA is going to rise to the next level.

    Recommends
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    There is something significantly off about this company

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    Former Employee - Systems Ana  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Systems Ana in Washington, DC

    I worked at DHA Group

    Pros

    Great location convenient to Metro Center and a beautiful office down the street from the FBI Building. The staff is pleasant when you meet them initially.

    Cons

    Lots of secrecy and under-handed moves that don't really care about the employees. I never quite figured out the reasoning behind the shadiness. And don't get comfortable, they are a noncommittal company, with extremely HIGH turnover. The only way I can describe this company is SKETCHY.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to hire more professional people. The HR department is pseudo professional. I should have seen the flags when my interview moved into a random employees office while she was still in there. Awkward. It seemed that management did not really know what they were doing but rather did whatever wouldn't upset David Hale.

    Doesn't Recommend
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    It Pays the Bills for Now

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Owings, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Owings, MD

    I have been working at DHA Group

    Pros

    It pays the bills for now. There really isn't a career path here at this company. The focus is on obtaining contracts, not on growing a strong employee base.

    Cons

    Seems to be a high turnover. All consultants are relocating from different states and are unhappy with the lack of support from DHA. None of the consultants feel secure in making permanent living arrangements in the city of their projects, due to the unstableness of theri projects.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take more of an interest in whats really going on with the staff and not just rely on what they want to beleive.

    Doesn't Recommend

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