US Defense Information Systems Agency

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Updated August 26, 2015
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US Defense Information Systems Agency Director Lt Gen Ronnie D. Hawkins, Jr.
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Pros
  • Gives you a good feeling supporting the war fighters (in 3 reviews)

  • DISA encourages a professional and safe work environment (in 2 reviews)

Cons
  • While there are some smart and dedicated professionals, there are also scores of workers who do the bare minimum (in 2 reviews)

  • I don't have any cons at all regarding DISA (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Great place for a career.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at US Defense Information Systems Agency full-time

    Pros

    Great professional environment. Interesting work.

    Cons

    Facility is very large, however offers many resources.


  2. Good starting point

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    Current Employee - Database Administrator in Oklahoma City, OK
    Current Employee - Database Administrator in Oklahoma City, OK
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great place to get your foot in the door and get some enterprise level exp

    Cons

    Boring for experienced folks. Contractor and Civilian relationships can be problematic.


  3. Unbalanced pay, mired in red tape

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    Current Employee - Systems Administrator in Tinker AFB, OK
    Current Employee - Systems Administrator in Tinker AFB, OK
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at US Defense Information Systems Agency full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Large exciting projects. Interesting work.

    Cons

    Slow promotions, lots of red tape and pay is unbalanced. Many contractors are underpaid (while their employers keep huge profits) and civilians are facing huge turnover and lower quality people coming in from these contractor companies. The rank system is disorganized, there is no clear structure saying that contractors are responsible to civilians, and guidance has made it more difficult for civilians to manage contractors as civilians have been told they cannot comment on contractor performance or achievements.

    Advice to Management

    Force contractors to hire better quality people and pay better, stop cutting pay and promotions for civilians. Department budget cuts have sorely hurt motivation as workload outpaces staffing.


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  5. Typical Gov

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Meade, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Meade, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at US Defense Information Systems Agency full-time

    Pros

    Opportunity for lots of training. Telework and flexible schedule options are available. Their are good divisions and some good managers.

    Cons

    Typical government stereotypes are everywhere. It is frustrating to see people who do nothing continue to occupy space. The org is too big to be effective.

    Advice to Management

    Trim down the agency. Their is compliance on compliance and levels on levels of burocarcy. Need to get rid of the dead weight.


  6. Financial related work.

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    Current Employee - Systems Analyst in Oklahoma City, OK
    Current Employee - Systems Analyst in Oklahoma City, OK
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Freedom to manage my workload as I see best. Benefits, work programs and recognition for work are a plus.

    Cons

    Lack of upward mobility in a position such as this one in this current location.


  7. Inconsistent Leadership, Culture, and Treatment

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    Current Employee - Senior Employee in Fort Meade, MD
    Current Employee - Senior Employee in Fort Meade, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Except for the watch floors the pace here is generally easy. They also allow wellness, 3 hours a week of exercise on the clock, and telework.

    Cons

    The strategic leadership provides an elevator speech / vague definition of our mission. The division leadership provides no usable definition of our mission. There is no strategic objective for either the agency or the divisions, and the leaders are picked as political favors. The most important qualification to be a senior employee here is to be a retired O-6 (Army heavily preferred) for a 15 or SES. Employees are treated differently among the directorates and branches. For example, a friend works in "X" Directorate and reports to work 3 times on week one and 2 times on week two. The reason is they telework and have the compressed work schedule (cws). They also have an agency paid seat in a commuter van. In "Y" Directorate telework is frowned on but they want you to accept Ad-Hoc Telework so they can have you work when the rest of the area government is off due to heavy snowfall, but some Managers in "Y" look the other way when their favorite people use Ad-Hoc Telework as a full telework agreement. It just depends on if they favor you or do not favor you, and it has nothing to do with competence and job quality. People can do nothing here and retire here. This is a con for those of us that "do" because rather than push those that "do not" they push us to get it done. Our Comptroller was the only one to have passed a DoD audit. He complained about the way funds are used (look it up on-line) and nothing was done. He started in as a Whistle Blower and a Congressional Investigation started. He was removed from the Comptroller job and sent to a cubical in the Pentagon as retaliation. This case is in progress and we will see what happens.

    Advice to Management

    You keep giving us surveys on the environment. We keep saying they will be ignored and they are. Management wants no advice. Stop reorganizing. The most recent was to streamline us yet some agency employees went from two levels of management to four. Where did you streamline?


  8. Help Desk Technician

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    Former Employee - Information Technology & Systems Specialist in Oxon Hill, MD
    Former Employee - Information Technology & Systems Specialist in Oxon Hill, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at US Defense Information Systems Agency (More than a year)

    Pros

    Some of the best reasons to be a contractor supporting DISA are servicing Military and Civilian person, working with SIPRNET and NIPRNET, providing good customer services.

    Cons

    The one worst reason working as a contractor at DISA is that you will start to really enjoy the position then before you realize it the contract is ending and you miss the team.


  9. DISA

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    Former Employee - Telecommunications in Fort Meade, MD
    Former Employee - Telecommunications in Fort Meade, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at US Defense Information Systems Agency full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great technical teams and exciting projects

    Cons

    Commute. Bureaucracy could impede deployments and decision process making


  10. Undergoing reorg, working through it, great potential

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Meade, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Meade, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at US Defense Information Systems Agency full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Meaningful work Excellent benefits (on-site gym, cafeteria, comprehensive employee assistance program) Telework friendly, pushing mobile technology excellent training opportunities (many on-site) current reorganization offers opportunity to correct some of the issues we currently face

    Cons

    have gone through multiple reorganizations over the past several years. Challenging environment, especially given DOD budget challenges. Too many senior leaders with input into same issue. Current reorg seems as though it will help address this issue.

    Advice to Management

    continue to engage in open, honest communication with your workforce. Will be especially important as the DOD works thru the current budget environment.


  11. DISA Pacific

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    Current Employee - IT Operations
    Current Employee - IT Operations
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at US Defense Information Systems Agency full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great place to work. There are a few people who try to maintain their little fiefdoms within the organization, but luckily, smart heads are abundant within the organization and try to put a cap on that when it starts to affect the quality of the work or the esprit de corps of the organization. As with any government org, there are some people there who you have to twist their arm in order to get work accomplished, but most of the employees are customer focused and enjoy the feeling of mission accomplishment. There is always free training going on (if you are in the IT) from some very reputable firms. I know there is a lot of other training for finance, HR, and personnel, but I never attended any of it. Best part of the job is DISA treats you like an adult. You can schedule flex time..come in extra early in order to beat the traffic rush in the afternoon. Prioritize your work in your own way as long as you accomplish your work on time.

    Cons

    Hardest part of the job can be the geographical distance. DISA is a large organization. A project you need assistance on might fall under the jurisdiction of DISA Conus in Oklahoma, but if you are in Korea...it means staying up late to converse with them. After said help is given, you still must call back to Hawaii to get them to restart a system...Hawaii being 17 hours behind Korea. If you work in a small office, you are subject to small office quarrels/politics...and if there are only 5-10 people in the office and you quarrel with 3 of them...Makes for some GREAT office holiday parties or lunches!

    Advice to Management

    Share some of the great training that is offered with the field offices. In all fairness, most of it is, but there are some really good courses that they cannot send out to the field office sites, because it doesn't make sense fiscally.



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