DynCorp International Reviews

Updated August 27, 2015
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Pros
  • Good pay compared to some of the other companies (in 29 reviews)

  • DynCorp is a huge company that offers a wide varity of job postings around the world (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • Performing in overseas locations and long hours (in 13 reviews)

  • To be expected) Upper management was not as affected though (in 12 reviews)

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  1. DynCorp is not an employee friendly company.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Fort Worth, TX
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Fort Worth, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Working with different contracts. Travel.

    Cons

    It is no longer an employee company. DynCorp has gone through three company wide Reductions in Force RIFS this year. The focus was to lean the infrastructure as Bill Ballhaus states but the target was any employee who was at the top of their pay scale. All employees let go received two weeks pay and their benefits ended midnight the day they were walked out.

    Advice to Management

    Start hiring Chiefs and Directors whose experience meets the job qualifications and not just someone whose salary fits the bill you want to pay.


  2. Shell game; entire business model seems like a bait and switch for expectations they've sold the gov't.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Manager in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Salary was above average and offices were clean, well-kept. Overall competence and motivation of employees is good. Bottom Line: They pay well, but part of that is because they are negotiated into contracts.

    Cons

    Controller overrules other departments by cutting their budgets. Zero corporate governance. All decisions made in Falls Church, FW seen as backwater..

    Advice to Management

    Be careful that you don't end up on the front page of the WSJ again, people might not be so forgiving.


  3. CEO has no respect for IT.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Employee in Fort Worth, TX
    Current Employee - IT Employee in Fort Worth, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at DynCorp International full-time

    Pros

    Pay is the only positive

    Cons

    Working for DynCorp International, DI and especially in IT can be compared to the TV show survivor. Pick your allies carefully and trust no one. Immunity can be gained if you have the right relatives in DI. Some very strong technical employees have been laid off in IT b/c they didn't want to play the game anymore. Large percent of the remaining technical employees are looking to leave because of the decisions the remaining IT Directors, CIO and CEO have made. CEO Steve Gaffney believes DI IT should be run on a skeleton crew, just keeping the lights on, like IAP where he came from. To make this happen Steve Gaffney believes 50-60 hour work weeks are to be expected as the norm for exempt employees. Watch for parts of IT to start being outsourced to the cloud and third party vendors to help make this happen.

    Advice to Management

    Good luck.


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    Corporate employees are lemons who exist only to be squeezed.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Worth, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Worth, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at DynCorp International full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Decent salaries and the working class employees are mostly good people who want to do good work.

    Cons

    DynCorp is owned by the private equity firm Cerebus who does not understand the business that DynCorp does nor has any interest in doing so. Their only interest is in squeezing as much as they possibly can out of DynCorp and its people. Innovation is non-existent as is employee morale. Since Cerebus has purchased us, company benefits have dried up. Employee raises are gone, insurance premiums have increased dramatically every year, training dollars are always the first to be cut from budgets, and even simple morale boost benefits such as blue jeans on Fridays have been eliminated. You are spoken to and treated as if you are lucky to even have a job. Employees work constantly under the threat of an oncoming reduction in force (RIF) and after each one, you are asked to work harder to make up for the missing personnel. As the US government reduces defense spending, DynCorp's prospects for growth and even sustainment are grim. The company has not positioned itself for this circumstance and is suffering because of it.

    Advice to Management

    Honestly, I cannot imagine any words will help. Even a small appreciation of your employees would be beneficial. Forgo your executive bonus program to reinstate merit increases for employees Invest in them with training dollars. Give them a reason to want to stay here. As it stands today, every employee I know is currently looking for outside employment. Aside from a paycheck, you have given no one a reason to stay.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Some of the worst management

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Worth, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Worth, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay is decent looking from the outside in, but once you are in you receive more and more tasks.

    Cons

    Some of the worst management. Employees are belittled, micro-managed, and at times harrased and it is accepted by Human Resources. Retaliation is also a fear all employees have. Management sticks together even if proven wrong. Human Resources is there to protect management and the company NOT the employee. Company is all about metrics instead of taking the time to take care of the customer. This company is also all about who you know. Opportunities are given to only certain people.

    Advice to Management

    Management training Team Building Leadership Training


  7. Helpful (1)

    This is a horrible copmany.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The pay is ok but dont ever expect a raise or promotion.

    Cons

    They have horrible management and they business is declining.


  8. Stay away! Bait and switch

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Mobile Training Team in Fort Worth, TX
    Current Contractor - Mobile Training Team in Fort Worth, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at DynCorp International as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    The team leads are good first line managers. Working with team mates if the best part of the job.

    Cons

    Dyncorp has very little concern for employees. When complaints about recent 60% pay cut were voiced! management related they had hundreds of propel to take out place.

    Advice to Management

    Instructional knowledge is something you should try to hang on to. The new contract in Palestine will go into default, can't run two sites at 30% staffing


  9. Helpful (3)

    DynCorp doesn't care

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Worth, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Worth, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you are really in need of employment and can't find anything else then work here only to gain experience and then leave after a year. Otherwise, I don't recommend working here.

    Cons

    DI is top heavy and pay only its upper management personnel. They don't care about the support staff, often lose bids on proposal due to POOR PAST PERFORMANCE ratings, and has a bad reputation with the government. They are a sinking ship!

    Advice to Management

    Clean house!! of your upper management who have fat paychecks, stop hiring your siblings, and other family members and promote HONESTLY within the minorities who are qualified. Stop promoting those caucasians who are NOT qualified. Stop lying to the government!!!


  10. Helpful (1)

    Horrible

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Private Due Ti Retaliation in Fort Worth, TX
    Current Employee - Private Due Ti Retaliation in Fort Worth, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Pay is on time normally

    Cons

    HR team is unresponsive and senior leadership is the worst. If you have a concer you will either wait weeks for a response and more often than not no response. High turnover and higher layoffs with little to no notice. 3 CEO changes in 18 months. Unless you need it dontt bother. There are plenty of other contract companies out there

    Advice to Management

    Change HR leadership starting at the top then director level


  11. Helpful (1)

    Horrible - management/supervision stinks

    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I have been working at DynCorp International as a contractor

    Pros

    If your first year exposure to contracting, yet in a bad way. This company could care less of its employees and better yet the support of our troops. The management on board lies to their regionals and pm, as well employees alongside HR. The HSE department files reports of lies to keep from having to file reports to OSHA covering valid incidents.

    Cons

    Being able to travel to different countries while working government contracting.

    Advice to Management

    This is for Regionals, Directors, and PMs- take the time to go and talk with the people who actually performs the work one on one without consequences or fear of back lashing on them; your managers and supervisors are horrible to a lot of employees (American or third country nationals). They make lies their truths and get away with it.



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