Defense Language Institute

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Defense Language Institute Reviews

Updated November 10, 2014
Updated November 10, 2014
14 Reviews
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14 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great place for MLIs

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    Former Employee - Military Language Instructor in Monterey, CA
    Former Employee - Military Language Instructor in Monterey, CA

    I worked at Defense Language Institute full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Location, location, location - awesome. As a Military Language Instructor (MLI), the hours were great, I was constantly able to improve my language skills, and the local staff were fun to work with.

    Cons

    There were some tensions on the teaching teams, but that could be in any office/company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to let the MLIs emphasis what they know is important in addition to the course material.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Bureaucratic dead water pond

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    Former Employee - Faculty in Monterey, CA
    Former Employee - Faculty in Monterey, CA

    I worked at Defense Language Institute full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    stable, if you are able to get in as FPS or GS

    Cons

    It's a pond of dead water, which you can look at the employees like walking zombies lifelessly repeat their duty routines with no incentive, not creativity, and no hope for the future. That is what you will be in 20, 30, even 40 years, if the DoD funding is not cut.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    the management is hopeless. Period!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Average typical governmental organization.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Defense Language Institute full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Slow paced job, not much stress, enjoyable if working with students, and some opportunities to be a better teacher.

    Cons

    Old organizational structure, a very rigid environment, supervisors have too much power, and with the budget cuts not much opportunity for professional development.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give more autonomy to the teachers, curb the powers of the supervisors and have less discrimination with diverse nationals working with the US government.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Very demanding work.

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    Former Employee - Student in Monterey, CA
    Former Employee - Student in Monterey, CA

    I worked at Defense Language Institute full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Location, professional workforce, high standards

    Cons

    high cost of living, lack of direct oversight of non-native instructors

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Tighter management of non-native teachers

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    DLI is a very satisfying place to work and Monterey is a beautiful place to live.

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    Former Employee - Korean Language Instructor in Monterey, CA
    Former Employee - Korean Language Instructor in Monterey, CA

    I worked at Defense Language Institute full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Sense of accomplishment training DoD linguists in a foreign language that is critical to national defense.

    Cons

    Job stability can be a problem because DoD's foreign language needs are always changing. The number of faculty and students in any particular language varies year to year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't feel the need to constantly change processes. The fundamentals of language learning are the same as they have always been. Incorporating technology is nice as long as it doesn't interfere with the basics of building a foundation with forced memorization of thousands of vocab words and grammar patterns reinforced by continuous usage with skills integration of listening, reading, speaking and writing. Writing is a production skill that facilitates better speaking proficiency and writing is all too often undervalued and overlooked.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Nice for speakers of other languages, but frustrating for those seeking career advancement

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    Current Employee - Assistant Professor in Monterey, CA
    Current Employee - Assistant Professor in Monterey, CA

    I have been working at Defense Language Institute full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    1. You can speak your mother tongue (other than English) to pretty much anyone here.
    2. The nature around this military base is relaxing and beautiful.

    Cons

    1. Not many opportunities for rank advancement, let alone salary increase
    2. Virtually, nobody is accountable for many administrative actions, which affect most of employees.
    3. Not a great place for promising and adventurous young people

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

    Beautiful place and requires superb EQ and diplomatic ability to survive

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Defense Language Institute

    Pros

    Great place to work if you love language teaching

    Cons

    too much bureaucracy and total lack of transparency

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    they need to provide work environments where they can focus on professionalism.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Solid Foreign Language Training Center

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    Former Employee - IT Manager in Monterey, CA
    Former Employee - IT Manager in Monterey, CA

    I worked at Defense Language Institute full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Serious, intensive training all day long

    Cons

    No party, military style, not stable anymore

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Offer mercy to employees during this sequester period

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Rewarding but difficult

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    Former Employee - Student in Monterey, CA
    Former Employee - Student in Monterey, CA

    I worked at Defense Language Institute full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Location, rewarding work, smart international colleagues

    Cons

    Varying standards between branches, and excessive planning, natural ability and effort required for positive results

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please do more to hire native speakers with high level american education. Communications and understanding of english should be at a minimum a 4 to 5 on the ILR, tested by a native speaker of English, not someone who shares the same obscure first tongue with the interviewee. The current good old boy system where nepotism rules and connection trumps skills is faulty and one of the greatest weaknesses.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    It looks good outside but if you are the only breadwinner, it is tough.

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    Current Employee - Faculty in Monterey, CA
    Current Employee - Faculty in Monterey, CA

    I have been working at Defense Language Institute full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Many training opportunities
    Good for people who have spouses with good income. Timewise, flexible

    Cons

    Very little salary. Worse with 20% of pay cut, no summer or winter breaks, budget issues

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Solve budget issues please and be more flexible

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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