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    Best job in the world.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency

    Pros

    Complete freedom to innovate and access to resources to have large impact.

    Cons

    While DARPA isn't like working for most of the Government, it is still working for the Government.

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    Once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for impact and national service

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    Former Employee - Program Manager in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Arlington, VA

    I worked at Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency

    Pros

    DARPA is an amazing place to work. There is probably no other organization that is such a powerful magnet for remarkable ideas and people from all over the country. Because DARPA is relatively small (on the order of 100 program managers) and has such a large budget (about $3 billion/year) every program manager has remarkable scope for action and impact. Being a program manager is a once-in-a-lifetime professional opportunity. It is also an opportunity for truly meaningful national service.

    Cons

    Because DARPA program managers sign on for specific, limited terms (usually 4 or 6 years), there is a sense that the clock is ticking all the time. This is exhilarating but can lead to overwork. The biggest downside is that it is very hard to relocate families for such a short period of time. Between the travel, work intensity, and relocation I would not say that being a DARPA PM is a family-friendly career option. On the positive side, program managers are fortunate in being able draw on the support of exceptionally competent people within DARPA's SETA organizations, and that makes a world of difference.

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    Interesting

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency

    Pros

    Interest in modern Weapons and warfare.. Life here must be ambient to enjoy about..

    Cons

    deputation and work stress environment

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    Once in a lifetime opportunity for perspective and experience

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    Former Employee - Program Manager
    Former Employee - Program Manager

    I worked at Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency

    Pros

    Highly innovative environment encourages your wildest thinking. This is a place you can try things that you cannot try anywhere else. The opportunity to interact with the services, transition real technology and make a difference are real and copious. Your perspective will never be the same. You will run at top speed for the short duration of your stay and enjoy every minute of it.

    Cons

    Since it is government, the salaries are low compared to the industry at large. This is no surprise. The Director has significant authority so changes in director can be hard to whether for the organization and adjustment takes time.

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    Give even more power back to the Program Managers and watch the ideas flow. Keep up the innovative environment and fast pace!

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