National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency

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National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Reviews

Updated November 3, 2014
Updated November 3, 2014
36 Reviews
3.8
36 Reviews
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  1.  

    Good pay and benefits but you can get stuck

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO

    I worked at National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Work-life balance is great, very family friendly. Pay is great as well as benefits. Work is easy.

    Cons

    Not challenging. Takes years for positive change to take place. Extreme redundancy in programs between departments, it is a known thing but nothing is done to reduce waste of tax payer money. Not easy to advance. The pay and work-life balance is so favorable that you can get stuck there at a job you don't enjoy.

    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Good overall place to work

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    Current Employee - Geospatial-Intelligence Analyst in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Geospatial-Intelligence Analyst in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Money, benefits, and opportunities are good. I have had an excellent career. Training, travel, and work-life is excellent. The government is one of the few places you can still get a retirement pension.

    Cons

    Every year NGA becomes a little more bureaucratic.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust your employees and be less of a micro-manager.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Learned a great deal, lots of barriers to advancement

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    Former Employee - Imagery Analyst in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Imagery Analyst in Washington, DC

    I worked at National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Relevant mission, tons of ways to learn new skills, especially GIS. Possibly more transferable skills than other intel work. Time off is great. Mostly decent managers (by gov't standards).

    Cons

    Shift work requirement, advancement opportunities eventually require you to leave your area of expertise most of the time. Pay in DC is only OK. Chip on shoulder across the agency about being less well-known than CIA or NSA.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Shift work is being abused.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Do not trust anyone

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    Former Employee - Imagery Analyst in Bethesda, MD
    Former Employee - Imagery Analyst in Bethesda, MD

    I worked at National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Nice facilities, travel opportunities are good in some sections.

    Cons

    Little management support, Cannot trust co-workers. Still cannot find a direction for the mission.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    NGA is still finding it's corporate culture.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Springfield, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Springfield, VA

    I have been working at National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Cutting edge technology, especially data manipulation/information extraction. Nice building, nice campus.

    Cons

    Lots of chasing the latest buzzwords rather than a well focused, coherent strategy. Horrible parking situation due to Congressional mandate for new Fed buildings to only have 60% of expected population-parking spaces (to force carpooling, public transportation, etc.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop managing by the latest trends. Decide on the overall objectives/focus and plan for that.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency

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    Current Employee - Deputy Director for Applictions Solutions in Springfield, VA
    Current Employee - Deputy Director for Applictions Solutions in Springfield, VA

    I have been working at National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The aim of this agency is to support the warfighter.

    Cons

    I didn't have enough time on the job due to medical issues.

  8.  

    Great work environment with a great mission

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    Current Employee - Geospatial Analyst
    Current Employee - Geospatial Analyst

    I have been working at National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency full-time

    Pros

    -From my experience working here has been great. I love the mission in supporting boots on the ground as well as providing valuable information to policy makers.
    -Great work-life that includes 3 hours of gym time per week and creating a flex schedule.
    -Many opportunities to grow and move around horizontally to try new subjects or fields.
    -Lots of training opportunities within the agency and outside, including tuition assistance in some cases.
    -Pay is competitive

    Cons

    -Not too many opportunities with upward mobility.
    -Some times you will have to pull 24/7 duty
    -I have seen some great supervisors but i have also seen some bad ones
    -sometimes outdated on technology

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More emphasis on bringing in technological advances using the latest and greatest resources out there. Sometimes it feels very stove piped. Also, the work environment is great but sometimes people get too comfortable and sometimes feel like they can just ride out the day without doing much work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    GEOINT Analyst

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency

    Pros

    Training, stability and timeoff. Great agency and it has found its own identity in the Intelligence Community (IC).

    Cons

    Stagnant and promotions take too long.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give your employees all the tools and resources to let them be successful. Groom more folks for management instead on a few for better succession planning.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Excellent experience with National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency; Highly Recommend

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    Former Employee - Senior Advisor in Springfield, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Advisor in Springfield, VA

    I worked at National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great place to work; outstanding mission, leader and innovator in the Intelligence Community, dedicated employees, good benefits, excellent work-life balance, convenient location, beautiful and practical building, excellent opportunities

    Cons

    Inadequate management of lower-performing personnel; seniors tend to support themselves and each other, even if they are wrong.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Use 360 degree performance appraisal; take swift and firm action in dealing with sub-par performers; reward the high performers heavily rather than spreading bonuses around.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Has been a great place for me!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency

    Pros

    Great opportunities and great mission!

    Cons

    Can be plagued with government inefficiencies

    Recommends

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