NSA Reviews

Updated June 7, 2015
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  1. Rewarding and education.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operations Officer in San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Operations Officer in San Antonio, TX

    I have been working at NSA

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Teamwork and working with others together.

    Cons

    NONE that comes to mind.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to take care of quality of life issues for the employees.


  2. Helpful (2)

    Not working for them

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technical Project Manager in Glen Burnie, MD
    Former Employee - Technical Project Manager in Glen Burnie, MD

    I worked at NSA (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Good pay & benefits for the greater baltimore area

    Cons

    POOR working invironment . You will NOT be treated fairly., If you raise questions or do more that others you will be punished for it. You will NOT have a life when working for the Agency, they will oversee your life and finances. Evaluations will not reward you for your efforts, your raises will depend on who is in front of you in time and grade. So if you want to have a life and not be beat down for having ideas, work somewhere else

    Advice to Management

    Treat peope better. Stop beating people down for havign ideas to move things forward. Do not condeme people for getting good remarks from places they are sent in spite of their management


  3. A great place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at NSA

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    You're working with some of the smartest people in world on the world's best mission - you feel like what you are doing matters.

    Cons

    The promotion process can be challenging so negotiate for as high a level as you can, and (this may seem petty but) the parking situation is really terrible.


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  5. Purchasing Specialist who entered orders in the system and placed them with the companies.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Purchasing Specialist in Fort Meade, MD
    Former Employee - Purchasing Specialist in Fort Meade, MD

    I worked at NSA

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits, They pay for you to go to school, No real dress code, You can travel, You get paid holidays (time off).

    Cons

    Being bullied and nothing being done about it. Getting headphones wasn't going to solve the problem. This all happened after I was dealing with five deaths in my immediate family, one after another. I was grieving, being bullied and turned into a deep depression.

    Advice to Management

    To be nice and listen if someone has a problem, don't just blow it off.


  6. I worked at NSA

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    There's a good deal of flexibility in when you work, and the benefits are pretty nice there as well.

    Cons

    Of course security and privacy are huge issues here. Also the background check can take on the order of months.


  7. Helpful (7)

    Day to day flexibility and casual environment but suffocating for a young engineer

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Hardware/Software Design Engineer in Fort George G Meade, MD
    Current Employee - Hardware/Software Design Engineer in Fort George G Meade, MD

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

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

    Pros

    The day to day flexibility is pretty fantastic with credit hours and comp time that allow you to take time off instead of using your regular vacation time. If you play your cards right, you can end up saving up a lot of your regular vacation time which is a nice plus that virtually no other private employer may have. Continuing education programs are top notch with opportunities to work on a job-related graduate courses after work or even during work hours in some cases. There are a lot of offices/groups which allows for bouncing around to different offices when you get bored with where you are. The work-life balance is pretty superb if you play your cards right when it comes to vacation time like I mentioned. Depending on the group you work in, you may have opportunities for paid overtime.

    Cons

    The environment is a little suffocating sometimes, especially for a young and technical person. A lot of "government" mentality is present -- a lot of people stick to strict schedules and are unwilling to put in an extra few hours to get something done. The inundation of forms, paperwork, performance reviews, etc. often puts a damper on real progress. Most management is very old school and doesn't quite "get" how to manage or "deal with" the younger generations, so there's a clash of ranks once in awhile. Upward mobility can be tough to achieve sometimes because more often than not management waits for someone to retire until their replacement is promoted to fill their place.

    Advice to Management

    Don't be afraid to break the mold and do things differently. Get to know the younger tech gurus and try to understand their ideas. It also wouldn't hurt to become more comfortable with letting go some of the "dead weight" that constantly takes a paycheck and underperforms while others are working hard and not getting promoted.


  8. Great company.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Intelligence Analyst
    Current Employee - Intelligence Analyst

    I have been working at NSA full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Make your own hours.

    Cons

    You run into some interesting people working here.

    Advice to Management

    Be more understanding of military members.


  9. No Accountability Within Management

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

    I worked at NSA

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    You get a pay check.

    Cons

    Toxic work environment. The problem with this agency is accountability. Non-managers continue to get assigned as scapegoats on behalf of management to disguise the real issue(s). The culture within the agency is not very progressive. Communication within this agency is non-existent and as a result there is so much unneeded duplication of services. When incompetent leaders are held accountable for their actions/in-actions and until this agency is brought back to reality this agency will continue to operate and base it's mission on delusions.

    If you have integrity this place will not be for you.

    Advice to Management

    Come back to reality and stop operating on the basis of delusions.


  10. Helpful (3)

    Great hours, great work-life balance, and interesting projects. Poor job satisfaction.

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

    I worked at NSA full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - work-life-balance
    - benefits
    - locations
    - community environment

    Cons

    - job satisfaction
    - you tend to feel like a government slug
    - not being able to discuss your job out side of work


  11. Helpful (1)

    Government at its worst...

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

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

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

    Pros

    Unique mission, occasionally intellectually stimulating, diverse workforce, travel opportunities, career changes available and encouraged if you're not happy with your current tract.

    Cons

    Terrible pay for anyone that doesn't play "the game", few promotions, fewer awards, little recognition, poor moral (and declining since 2009), bad management, inefficient government processes, dirty politics (internal and from executive), death by a million cuts from just a generally lousy working environment.

    Advice to Management

    Stop paying attention to the GS 13+ and listen to your 12's and lower. They do the work. Put leadership through leadership training and take care of your work horses. Find a way to enable the removal of bad apples - too much red tape prohibits the removal of non-performers that drag the rest of the organizations down.



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