US Defense Information Systems Agency

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US Defense Information Systems Agency Reviews

Updated October 15, 2014
Updated October 15, 2014
45 Reviews
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US Defense Information Systems Agency Director Lt Gen Ronnie D. Hawkins, Jr.
Lt Gen Ronnie D. Hawkins, Jr.
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  1.  

    Friendly and well disciplined environment.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Specialist in Fort Meade, MD
    Current Employee - IT Specialist in Fort Meade, MD

    I have been working at US Defense Information Systems Agency as a contractor (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    I love working in process engineering.

    Cons

    Long commute for me.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Involve middle management task force for long term strategic planning.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    DISA

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    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at US Defense Information Systems Agency

    Pros

    If you are a regular federal or military employee, there are benefits such as higher education, onsite gym, cafe, convenience store and health wellness.

    Cons

    Lack of organization and there is senior leadership micromanagement or failure to abide to own SOPs. For a service provider, there are areas in need of improvement. There is perception of favoritism in job hiring. Malingering employees who appear to get away with things. Personnel turnover on military side and civilian leadership with lack of solid leadership makes this organization an unpredictable place to work in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow people to do their jobs, stay in your lane of responsibility or better yet talk to your counterparts versus being one of many chiefs versus a good follower.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Bureaucracy vs excellence

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Defense Information Systems Agency

    Pros

    Supporting US military information requirements gives a deep level of job satisfaction. Each brings new challenges and new technological concepts as well. There is vast room here to find a gap and make it your own to solve.

    Cons

    The agency has deep organizational and cultural challenges that make the daily work environment very frustrating. There are times each day that bureaucratic culture values stifle forward movement and creativity. Real rigor is needed to ensure that values and vision align and support both the organization and the individual!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a more personal and visible role demonstrating the values of the agency. Senior leaders must be an examples to their organizations.

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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Worst place I have ever worked

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technology Lead in Fort Meade, MD
    Former Employee - Technology Lead in Fort Meade, MD

    I worked at US Defense Information Systems Agency full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    I have no positive opinion of this agency.

    Cons

    Completely political with no application approach, no focus on mission, no strategic object for either the agency or organizations, incompetent leadership that are in key positions for political reasons, complete risk adverse placing all risk as well as all knowledge and requirements onto contractors to think and plan all ways ahead.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire as many GS-15's and SES's as possible and allow upward mobility of those not indoctrinated by 20 years of post Cold War politics.

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

    Expereince: Below average challenge compare to prior jobs.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Defense Information Systems Agency full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Best reason to work here: Job is close to residence.

    Cons

    Continual re-organizations and current Agency downsizing

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    No micromanagement here!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Systems Specialist in Hill AFB, UT
    Current Employee - IT Systems Specialist in Hill AFB, UT

    I have been working at US Defense Information Systems Agency full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good organization, great support to the warfighter at most field sites, meaning it's rewarding to know we're making a difference. Management trusts its workers' integrity and talent to be able to autonomously operate with sufficiency. Morale is very high here despite furloughs and budget issues. Good stability and pro-family.

    Cons

    Impact of the indirect difference we make to the warfighter is vague. The off-hands approach is a bit too off-hand, should be more direct involvement/participation in each employee's lives. Too many 1-deep personnel. Not enough push back against headquarters' inconsistent policies and the non-applicability of certifications. Software installations are a failure in general and there's too much beta testing of products that are placed immediately into production for some reason. The bathrooms are cleaned way too often, unnecessarily. Too many conflicts of interest and nepotism/favoritism regarding allowance of relatives to work with each other and/or be hired for the same building (either spousal or by blood). Too many fast-track promotions of young, former student interns to management, over more experienced personnel, particularly military folk.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give everyone who doesn't really need to be in the office the ability to telework, but don't make it seem different than cubicle life (i.e. don't require the sending in of daily reports). Everything is virtual nowadays anyway, so this lets them save gas money and cause less pollution/traffic. And please promote more Veterans over non-Veterans. Allow more legroom and mobility to move up in career and/or lateral moves for non-supervisory civilians' desires to expand their knowledge base before attrition becomes an issue...the Baby Boomers are and continue on the path of retirement rapidly or at least eventually. Allow the passing of knowledge management and continuity to thrive for their successors.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work with a great atmosphere.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - FIM Administrator in Tinker AFB, OK
    Current Employee - FIM Administrator in Tinker AFB, OK

    I have been working at US Defense Information Systems Agency full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great atmosphere, good management, competitive pay, and it's exciting. There was always something new to do and people were always willing to help.

    Cons

    Each team has their own niche. Some teams have more work than others, other teams and shifts had some issues with personality conflicts but that's true everywhere you go.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Strange Culture

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Defense Information Systems Agency full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Benefits are good,work is easy. You will work at a highly regulated federal Dept of Defense position. Lots of rules and strict processes. This is good and bad.

    Cons

    While there are some smart and dedicated professionals, there are also scores of workers who do the bare minimum. Zero teamwork, blame game all the time, lots of CYA, Many managers are hired based upon their ability to be Teflon. Nothing sticks to them. They are not professional IT managers. Management strives to cover up any complaint. Agree to anyone that complains. Blame your own employees. Fear everyone and everything. Distrust everyone. Blame others. Don't push to fix things on your own.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire IT professionals in management that will set the bar higher. Stand behind your staff. Dont always agree to every complaint. Push back. Set the bar higher for staff. Someone sleeping is not acceptable.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Team Lead

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    Former Employee - Team Lead in Montgomery, AL
    Former Employee - Team Lead in Montgomery, AL

    I worked at US Defense Information Systems Agency full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Standard working hours and good pay.

    Cons

    Not challenging enough. Office gossip.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management was good.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    lifetime of experiences here!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Management Analyst in Fort Meade, MD
    Current Employee - Management Analyst in Fort Meade, MD

    I have been working at US Defense Information Systems Agency full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    They have a great gym and if you have the luck of getting a supervisor that will allow you to telework thats great.

    Cons

    Not organized, lack of planning, no teamwork, blame game all the time, lots of clueless managers, etc

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to hire management that has done things from the ground up instead of promoting people that have no clue b.c they never worked the job before. Also, need to stop hiring and promoting buddies this is out of control in some areas!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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