Defense Contract Audit Agency

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Updated February 26, 2015
Updated February 26, 2015
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    DCAA Staff/Senior Auditor

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

    I worked at Defense Contract Audit Agency

    Pros

    Unbeatable benefits, flexible schedule, and lots of time off. You're never asked to work more than 40 hours per week, and you won't be overly pressured or treated unfairly. If you aspire to success, there is a lot of opportunity with this agency, and the compensation is competitive. Middle and upper management are competent, admirable people to work for. The agency will help promote your career growth, with programs to sponsor the cost of your post-graduate degree, CPA exam costs, course study materials, etc.

    Cons

    The assignments are not always very interesting (although some were) and they can be repetitive. While this is a good place to get a start into the auditing field, its a very specialized type of auditing and the skills are not necessarily transferible to other fields or into the private sector, unless you aim to work for one of the very defense contractors that you have been auditing. For example, some of the skills from DCAA do not necessarily transfer well to an internal audit position. Training courses are boring, often unrelated to the work that you do, and the training program is poorly crafted and executed. At times the classroom training classes seemed laugable. (However the on-the-job training is excellent, you will start working on assignments from day 1).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow auditors to take on a broader scope of assignments. Rotate them through incurred cost, proposal audits, and non-major / major contractors. Help better prepare your auditors for supervisory positions. Focus more on teaching auditors better writing and oral communication skills, and less on the cookie-cutter training classes that afterwards are not supplanted with real-world experience. If you are going to pay to send an auditor out to receive a specific training, ensure that a follow up assignment related to the course material waits on the near horizon.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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    Senior Auditor

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

    I have been working at Defense Contract Audit Agency (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The work flexible work schedule is great as you can start as early as 600 in the morning an as late as 930.

    Cons

    There is too much second guessing in the detailed work. Even after having management input in the audit planning stage, a new manager enters the assignment at any time can begin to second guess the process and requires significant rework. It appears that the agency as a whole is terrified that an error could exist somewhere, somehow and the process of management review and input is non stop. Auditors are no longer able to think for themselves. Pay is continuing to be a big issue with 3 years and salary freezes and now 2 years of 1 percent pay increases, which doesn't even cover the increase in health care cost.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It becomes frequently more frustrating to see auditors with good skill set be told at the 11th hour that the work is not what was wanted. The bottom line is that some other manager just a few months before approved the plan of work. We have to get over the past and provide adequate up front guidance that will not change when management does. It provides inconsistent work products and frustrated auditors who are constantly waiting for the other shoe to drop.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Defense Contract Audit Agency

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Auditor in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Auditor in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Defense Contract Audit Agency full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Flexible Work Hours
    Good Pay and benefits
    Semi Challenging work

    Cons

    No strategic direction. Agency seems to just do things for the sake of doing it.
    Do not listen to auditors under the GS-12 level.
    Supervisors do not know how to supervise
    Some Branch Managers have little to no technical or hands on experience.
    Supervisor opportunities are available, however there are too many personnel issues. Most auditors do not want to become supervisors due to personnel conflicts and ongoing personnel issues.
    Rotation policies may be more politically driven.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a grip on reality. Listen and stand up for your people.
    Learn to cut losses and move on. Some goals just won't be made due to the outrageous levels of review.
    Make the audit process simpler.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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    Meaningless Work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Auditor in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Auditor in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Defense Contract Audit Agency full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great Pay and flexible Schedule, lots of Good People.

    Cons

    Mind numbing bureaucracy. Meaningless work that adds value to know one. Nothing ever gets done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wake up! Don't be so afraid the place is a joke. No one has any use for DCAA anymore. How can anyone feel good about doing meaningless work?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  6.  

    Great Starter Job

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

    I worked at Defense Contract Audit Agency full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Do a great job teaching you government contracting details
    Great work life balance

    Cons

    Always under a crunch to complete basic audits in a timely manner
    Government Red Tape and scrutiny

  7.  

    It depends

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Metropolitan Grove, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Metropolitan Grove, MD

    I have been working at Defense Contract Audit Agency full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    - Great mission.
    - A great way contributes to the country - ensure tax payers pay fair & reasonable prices for the services and goods that Department of Defense procured.
    - Academic advancement incentive for CPA certificate or Master degree in related field.
    - Audit staff can advance to GS-12 without competition.

    Cons

    - It is great career advancement to Senior Auditor. In contrast and in most cases, the highest grade an administrative staff can obtain is GS-06. No "routine" telework but "situation" telework is allowed for the administrative staff. .
    - Your day-to-day hard work is not always recognized. Monetary award goes to the audit staff/team who save the tax payers big money.

    Neutral Outlook
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Dinosaur that's been there forever.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Specialist in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Specialist in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Defense Contract Audit Agency full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Work life balance, challenging and interesting work. Great training program. They will pay for CPA prep courses.

    Cons

    Upper management is fixated on rotation, a back door way in forcing folks into a management position.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create a technical tract in addition to "developmental" tract for GS-13s. Not every 13 wants to be a field supervisor.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  9.  

    Good start

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Auditor in Columbia, MD
    Current Employee - Senior Auditor in Columbia, MD

    I have been working at Defense Contract Audit Agency full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Lots of training that involve travel, pay for CPA exam prep course and examination, telework, work/life balance, various audit assignments, good career start

    Cons

    Guidance changes frequently, politics in some offices, hard to be promoted beyond a GS-12, fast turnover, work hard but it's hard to see the fruits of your labor

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    Great starter career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Auditor in Columbia, MD
    Current Employee - Auditor in Columbia, MD

    I have been working at Defense Contract Audit Agency full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The Agency has a pretty swift working grade promotion process. Moving up to management grades can sometimes be difficult if you are unwilling to consider other office locations. The agency has an excellent flexible work schedule policy and also an excellent telework policy.

    Cons

    Depending on the area your office is located there can be a tremendous amount of turnover with staff and management. Additionally, it can sometimes be difficult to get audits issued in a timely fashion.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    My experience at DCAA was very disappointing!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Auditor in Mesa, AZ
    Former Employee - Auditor in Mesa, AZ

    I worked at Defense Contract Audit Agency full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The flexible work schedule available
    The benefits, salary, and retirement
    The amount of annual leave earned

    Cons

    Management skills of all levels of local management
    Poor coordination between teams
    Relevance of training to work site
    The overall morale level is very poor
    The guidance was vague and changing
    Position is not what was represented before hiring

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Align the training to the work site
    Provide supervisors with managerial training.
    More mentoring, especially for newer auditors
    Strongly encourage more coordination between teams

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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