National Defense University Reviews

Updated July 14, 2015
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  1. Professor

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    Current Employee - Professor of National Security Studies in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Professor of National Security Studies in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at National Defense University full-time

    Pros

    Applied scholarship to policy world, National Defense mission, intersect with thought leaders

    Cons

    Focus more on being a university, less on simple training (better in some colleges)

    Advice to Management

    Emulate the best graduate professional M. A. Programs and differentiate with your Pentagon credentials and capabilities.


  2. Treat Federal Contractors Like TRASH

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at National Defense University full-time

    Pros

    Free parking and great cafeteria. Getting free parking within the city is almost unheard of. You're also parking in a military base which is going to be very safe!! The building (Lincoln Hall) is very new. They added additional parking on the side and for the most part the facilities are great.

    Cons

    One thing about this place is that it's stuck between two worlds. It tries to be a University and tries to be a DoD agency at the same time. These two concepts don't mix!!!! In a University you have an open IT environment and lax IT security. In a DoD environment you have a closed communication environment as well as a strict IT security. They need to make a shift to one domain before they can be taken seriously. Colleges have absolutely no firm business requirements, every college wants to do something differently. There seems to be no authority from anywhere. If some college want's to act like a baby to get their way, politics seem to play hard in making decisions. In addition, out of all places I've been this place treats federal contractors the worse. Worse than trash!!! I don't know why it's like that here, but it seems they have been through 3-4 different contractors within a 4 year period! The staff seem to hate contractors or something. This is more of a Gov problem v.s. a contractor problem.


  3. Assistant Professor of Defense Strategic Resourcing

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at National Defense University full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Great students - A collegial environment - Seminar setting with no more than 17 students

    Cons

    The new curriculum has caused numerous headaches in the ability for you to adequately to prepare for lessons


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  5. Decent place, with insufficient opportunity.,

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at National Defense University full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Benefits, compensation, are good and fair. The workload is not heavy and office culture is fine.

    Cons

    The ability to grow is small, leadership does not seem to have control of the organization.

    Advice to Management

    Better communication with with the workers


  6. Teaching at National Defense University.

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    Current Employee - Assistant Professor
    Current Employee - Assistant Professor
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at National Defense University full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    This institution excels at educating senior national security professionals, military and civilian, from the Department of Defense and other government agencies. It's unique curriculum instills an understanding of strategic issues, the formulation of security strategy and other topics. It blends a faculty of subject matter academic experts with active duty participants that have excelled in their professions.

    Cons

    The university has experienced a major curriculum revision within the last year and the impact of those changes have yet to be fully realized. As long as the university and its subordinate colleges remain focused on their core competencies and mission of educating senior national security professionals for the nation, the institution will overcome the uncertainty brought about by change. Don't be afraid to "unwind" some of the recent changes if an overwhelming amount of feedback suggests it was counterproductive.

    Advice to Management

    Consider stabilizing academic programs until the university understands the impact of recent curriculum changes. Use this as an opportunity to assess what the institution does well and what may no longer be applicable to today's security environment.


  7. intern

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    training, work-life balance, being a student intern meant limited research opputunities

    Cons

    no promotions, unpaid, less access to databases

    Advice to Management

    give us something to do please


  8. Great place and great people

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    Former Employee - Program Assistant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Program Assistant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at National Defense University full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Highly motivated people from many different backgrounds working on very cool projects.

    Cons

    Government buracracy but that is expected

    Advice to Management

    Nothing.


  9. Government Dysfunction at its worst

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    Former Employee - Research Associate in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at National Defense University full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Working at NDU got me a higher clearance level and a few years of federal experience under my belt. I was able to make contact with some pretty high-level people and started to get some name recognition.

    Cons

    NDU is a place where they park dysfunctional government people that they can't otherwise get rid of. The environment is one of a snake pit, where people are put in a situation where they have to compete brutally with each other for work, funding, and prestige. The Old Boys' Club is in full force here. Unless you're inclined to be a yes-man, you're not going to get anywhere.

    Advice to Management

    Stop hiring incompetent flag officers to be the NDU President.


  10. Current univ president is driving chaos

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    Current Employee - Professor in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Professor in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at National Defense University full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great place to teach. Significant academic freedom

    Cons

    NDU president is writing checks he can't cash. . He is a good idea machine with no substance or staff work supporting new programs. Current plan to revamp the curriculum is high risk and puts the colleges at risk to effectively teach.

    Advice to Management

    Slow down and include the faculty in planning. There is too much talent and current leadership is not leveraging the faculty.


  11. A high energy environment working with top notch faculty to prepare our future leaders with an executive level masters.

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    Current Employee - Assistant Professor
    Current Employee - Assistant Professor
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at National Defense University full-time

    Pros

    Working with great student body of future leaders. The environment presents a good life-work balance with flex time for faculty research and preparations. Changing curriculum forces the faculty to maintain currency in strategy and defense matters.

    Cons

    Ongoing disruptive change to curriculum is very demanding on faculty. It puts a lot of pressure on the faculty to continuously create fresh material while at the same time teaching and advising.

    Advice to Management

    Phase in changes, don't rush. Ensure there is time for personal growth and professional development



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