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Helpful (3)

Ok Pay, Good Benefits, Pockets of Excellence

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  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Software Developer in Fort Meade, MD
Current Employee - Software Developer in Fort Meade, MD

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

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Recommends
Neutral Outlook

Pros

There are some really great missions and offices to work on. You may have to hunt for them to get them. The leave can be good. They allow for you to buld up extra time that you can take off later. Most senior employees get enough leave to take a month off with out additional work hours.

Cons

Don't always know what your office will be like before you get there. Most employees can leave for a salary increase doing a similar job in the Defense contractors. Some leave and double their salaries. Promotions and wage increases are somewhat random at times. The cost of living freezes make it harder and harder to stay in the area.

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Great Experience for an Engineering Co-op

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Co-Op Student in Fort Meade, MD
    Former Employee - Co-Op Student in Fort Meade, MD

    I worked at NSA

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Cool stuff you can barely do anywhere else, many development programs, amazing travel opportunities

    Cons

    salary is lower than the average engineer in the commercial world, wish it had more locations in Maryland than just one main area.


  2. Helpful (6)

    Great career development but poor compensation

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Systems Security Designer in Fort Meade, MD
    Former Employee - Systems Security Designer in Fort Meade, MD

    I worked at NSA

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    There are incredible opportunities for training and further education.
    Great work-life balance with lots of vacation time
    Job satisfaction and a good mission
    Easily work a diverse set of projects in one employer for an entire career

    Cons

    The compensation (ie salary) is not competitive with the defense contractors
    There tend to be some 'unengaged' employees that are just showing up every-day until they retire in a few years (say 5 to 10).
    Much of the technical/hands-on work is actually performed by contractors
    Many of the most talented folks tend to work for the contractors, so there are fewer mentors
    Some tendency for micro-management
    Lots of bureaucracy

    Advice to Management

    Make the compensation comparable to the private sector and give enough latitude to grow your employees skills through practice, not just training.


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