DynCorp International Reviews

Updated April 16, 2015
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  1. Ich habe DynCorp nach 18 Jahre verlassen, es war Zeit zu gehen, da die Mitarbeiter den Launen des oberen Managements ausgesetzt sind. I left DynCorp after 18 years, it was time to go due to Upper Management holding the workers hostage to their whims.

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    Former Employee - Flugzeugmechaniker in Mannheim (Germany)
    Former Employee - Flugzeugmechaniker in Mannheim (Germany)

    I worked at DynCorp International full-time (more than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    (Translated from English)

    Pros

    Die Bezahlung war ziemlich gut, aber sie ist in letzter Zeit zurückgegangen, weil das obere Management versucht an allen Ecken und Kanten auf Kosten der Mitarbeiter zu sparen, sie schaffen es noch immer an den Bonussen festzuhalten. Sie hatten einen sehr guten Krankenversicherungsschutz.

    The pay was pretty good, but it recently has declined due to upper management trying to cut corners at the employee's expense, they still manage to hold on to their bonuses. They had a very good health insurance plan.

    Cons

    Beförderung von Mitarbeitern ohne Managementerfahrung auf Managementpositionen, allgemeine Arroganz vom oberen Management.

    Promoting employees to management with no management experience, overall arrogance of upper management.

    Advice to Management

    Werden Sie das "gute alter Junge Netzwerk" los.

    Get rid of the "good ole boy network".

  2. Helpful (1)

    Upper Management is Abusive

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    Former Employee - Director in Fort Worth, TX
    Former Employee - Director in Fort Worth, TX

    I worked at DynCorp International full-time (more than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great pay up until they lay you off

    Cons

    If you have any integrity or skill, you WILL be replaced.

    They hire old, used up generals and affirmative-action square-fillers who bring in their own yes-men. It is entirely unimportant to do a good job; just smile a lot and hope your boss doesn't have a buddy looking at your job.

    Advice to Management

    Resign and hire competent leaders

  3. Nepotism Rules

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    Former Contractor - Logistics in Baghdad (Iraq)
    Former Contractor - Logistics in Baghdad (Iraq)

    I worked at DynCorp International as a contractor (more than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Decent pay and decent rotation

    Cons

    No room for promotion unless you're related to someone or in the good ol' boys club.

    Advice to Management

    Hire and promote the right people and not your buddies.

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  5. Helpful (1)

    Horrible Company. After two years, I am only glad that the paychecks come on time.

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    Former Employee - Air Traffic Controller in Kabul (Afghanistan)
    Former Employee - Air Traffic Controller in Kabul (Afghanistan)

    I worked at DynCorp International full-time (more than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I've never had any pay issues.
    THe company pays to get you into and out of theater.

    Cons

    Local management is often incompetent. Site leaders seem to rise to leadership through attrition rather than any qualifications or skills. Site leaders are often not qualified and use poor leadership techniques (e.g. micromanagement) to hang onto their positions and enforce rules that often seem arbitrary.

    Contract bidders underbid highly skilled, technical positions (Air Traffic Control) and overbid support positions (Airfield Operations), resulting in the former being paid at a higher rate than the latter. Moreover, the low pay results in a disproportionate number of marginally or un-qualified personnel on contract, or personnel who have difficulty getting jobs in the US because of undesirable personality traits.

    Redundancy at all levels. Training documents must be reproduced for each level because operations at varying levels are not effectively communicating with each other. Certifications that are not pertinent to positions are copied and kept on file by the company.

    The benefits package is weak, especially for a multimillion-dollar corporation with over 100,000 employees.

    Advice to Management

    Do a better job of vetting site leadership. Ensure that pay scales are congruent with industry norms (Air traffic Controllers with DI make an average of 30k below industry norms).

  6. Helpful (3)

    Corporate employees are lemons who exist only to be squeezed.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Worth, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Worth, TX

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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.

  7. Proposal developer

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    Former Contractor - Proposal Writer in Falls Church, VA
    Former Contractor - Proposal Writer in Falls Church, VA

    I worked at DynCorp International as a contractor (less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    You do get paid for the hours you sit there.

    Cons

    They are so stuck in the past! Needless to say, there is a terrific amount of turnover in their proposal group.

    Advice to Management

    Lessen the pressure to get a response done and more time working on quality.

  8. Great pay, but prepare to have skin the thickness of kevlar, in order to deal with morons and management

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    Former Employee - Logistics Coordinator in Lashkar Gāh (Afghanistan)
    Former Employee - Logistics Coordinator in Lashkar Gāh (Afghanistan)

    I worked at DynCorp International full-time (more than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Pay
    Working with US and foreign military

    Cons

    Working 84 hours a week
    Working in dangerous places of the world, such as Afghanistan
    Management without the actual management experience, fired or transferred from other companies/locations, demoralizing the crew.
    Extremely beurocratic way of doing things.
    Promotion based uniformly on who you know and what friends you have - merit is at the bottom of the list.
    Hiring of unqualified/inexperienced crew, who through connections and intimidation reach management positions.
    Lots of harrassment and downrite racist behaviour towards racial and ethnic groups.

    Advice to Management

    Management in KBR brought the company down, and now they have all transferred to DynCorp.

  9. It was not what I expected

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at DynCorp International

    Pros

    Excellent Pay, excellent holidays, and benefits

    Cons

    Unorganized, employees only care about themselves.

  10. COMBS Site Manager

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - COMBS Site Manager in Columbus AFB, MS
    Former Employee - COMBS Site Manager in Columbus AFB, MS

    I worked at DynCorp International full-time (less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits that started right away
    Great in the beginning as long as you hide the problems
    Meet some great people

    Cons

    No backing from upper management
    After 2 months since I left--still owe me 5K
    You become the enemy once you give your notice
    The more you give--the more they take

    Advice to Management

    You ask for someone's opinion then just let it go in one ear and out the other

  11. CEO has no respect for IT.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Employee in Fort Worth, TX
    Current Employee - IT Employee in Fort Worth, TX

    I have been working at DynCorp International full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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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