US Defense Information Systems Agency Reviews

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US Defense Information Systems Agency Director Lt Gen Ronnie D. Hawkins, Jr.
Lt Gen Ronnie D. Hawkins, Jr.
26 Ratings

Pros
  • Experience, supporting the war fighter, working on many interesting projects (in 3 reviews)

  • The job security of federal employment is the best part about the job (in 3 reviews)

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

  • They are more concerned with protecting their turf and their titles than providing cutting edge technologies to the folks that need it (in 2 reviews)

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  1. DISA

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    Former Employee - Telecommunications in Fort Meade, MD
    Former Employee - Telecommunications in Fort Meade, MD

    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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Undergoing reorg, working through it, great potential

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Meade, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Meade, MD

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. DISA Pacific

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    Current Employee - IT Operations
    Current Employee - IT Operations

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5. Standard government poaition

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    Current Employee - Computer Scientist in Fort Meade, MD
    Current Employee - Computer Scientist in Fort Meade, MD

    I have been working at US Defense Information Systems Agency

    Pros

    Low reaponsibility. Commute is easier than DC.

    Cons

    Difficult to effect change. The agency is overstaffed and must reduce federal staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Na

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6. Best 4 years of my professional career.

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    Former Employee - ASI Manager in Wheeler Army Airfield, HI
    Former Employee - ASI Manager in Wheeler Army Airfield, HI

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

    Pros

    Great place to work. Family oriented atmosphere. Great management, lots of opportunities for promotion and advance pay. Lots of training.

    Cons

    The only thing I can think off is the occasional long hours but well worth it. Can't really remember any negatives.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 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
  8. Friendly and well disciplined environment.

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    Current Contractor - IT Specialist in Fort Meade, MD
    Current Contractor - 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
  9. 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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    Worst place I have ever worked

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    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
  11. No micromanagement here!

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    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

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