US Defense Intelligence Agency Reviews

Updated April 19, 2015
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  1. Office Manager

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    Former Employee - Office Manager in Mason, OH
    Former Employee - Office Manager in Mason, OH

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

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Busy, Interesting, Multiple duties, Fun

    Cons

    Small, very limited growth, management hovers over architects

    Advice to Management

    You are good people. I've said it a million times. Still holds true

  2. run away!

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    Former Employee - Analyst in Tampa, FL
    Former Employee - Analyst in Tampa, FL

    I worked at US Defense Intelligence Agency full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    secure government job, Florida job

    Cons

    horrible leadership, bad working environment

    Advice to Management

    stop micromanaging

  3. Full of ups, downs, and re-orgs.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I worked at US Defense Intelligence Agency full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Opportunities for promotions, travel, and supporting defense planners and war fighters.

    Cons

    Parking. Endless re-orgs. Crisis-based task forces.

    Advice to Management

    Stop the re-orgs already.

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  5. Helpful (1)

    Great job if you can get it

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

    I worked at US Defense Intelligence Agency

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Exciting work with a lot of opportunities to do different things. Deployment to overseas locations, 24/7 watch and fusion cells, and lots of other interesting analytical work is available. Co-workers are usually very nice and hard-working. I was there for 10 years and has a lot of opportunity to do some very interesting work. I retired but would go back.

    Cons

    Leadership within the directorates can be a little tough to figure out. They move frequently and the bad ones just seem to stay in place. This is a common theme found on the annual employee surveys. I do believe they are making some changes to get rid of toxic leaders.

    Advice to Management

    Be a bit more accountable for your actions and also make sure the employees who are doing exceptional work are recognized.

  6. Analyst

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Defense Intelligence Agency

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

    Pros

    Government Service offers the ability to NEVER get removed.

    Cons

    The office culture is pretty bad. There are a lot of toxic people and leaders. They continue to get promoted and moved.

    Advice to Management

    Growing the Washington DC force while downgrading billets from 14/13 to 12/11 will not give you young and innovative workers.

  7. Helpful (3)

    A good first defense job for mobility into other locations/US agencies

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    Former Employee - Intelligence Analyst in Charlottesville, VA
    Former Employee - Intelligence Analyst in Charlottesville, VA

    I worked at US Defense Intelligence Agency

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent location, stable schedules, lots of entry-level positions opening on a yearly basis (notwithstanding defense budget decreases)

    Cons

    Many of the positions in mid/upper management is occupied by long-term employees waiting to retire, which makes career prospects in certain areas very limited

  8. Helpful (1)

    Passionate employees, noble mission

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    Current Employee - Senior Intelligence Analyst in Colorado Springs, CO
    Current Employee - Senior Intelligence Analyst in Colorado Springs, CO

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    One of many federal agencies with a mission to protect our homeland, and way of life. Challenging work with a reasonable work-life balance. Great federal benefits.

    Cons

    Very difficult to get in. No work from home option in this community.

    Advice to Management

    none

  9. Helpful (1)

    No longer a good place to work for an entry-level analyst.

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    Current Employee - Intel Analyst in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Intel Analyst in Washington, DC

    I have been working at US Defense Intelligence Agency full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Work-life balance, occasional opportunities to travel,

    Cons

    Poor training, compensation below average for other federal agencies, promotion potential is minimal, job assignments don't match skill sets

    Advice to Management

    Entry level employees need solid training. Its ok to make promotions competitive, but there must be investment in growing the employee. There needs to be a culture of competition for the betterment of the agency instead of promoting people based on the number of years they've been in a position. Under utilization of talented employees is just as bad as promoting incompetent employees.

  10. Helpful (1)

    Becoming smaller, younger and cheaper during state of persistent change.

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    Former Employee - Military in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Military in Washington, DC

    I worked at US Defense Intelligence Agency full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very diverse workforce. Great career-broadening and joint assignment opportunity for junior military. Clearly, there are some really bright young leaders now coming up through the ranks--both military and civilian. For better or worse, it seems there was a practice of grade inflation over the past decade or so, but that also means the civilian workforce is generally well-paid.

    Cons

    Workforce morale suffering. Agency grew too big and top heavy during war on terror (triple-digit SESs on the roster). Really needs some stability at the top, and a better mix/balance of civilian and military leadership throughout the agency.

  11. Helpful (2)

    Once proud intelligence agency is now a politically-correct bureaucratic black hole

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    Former Employee - Intelligence Officer in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Intelligence Officer in Washington, DC

    I worked at US Defense Intelligence Agency full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Interesting subject matter, always serving your country, and learning. The stability of government work always has some allure.

    Cons

    The agency has systematically purged military veterans, and now discriminates against in its centralized hiring process. In reference to DIA hiring practices, I had the Deputy Director for Intelligence Analysis say, "Oh ya, we got rid of all the retired O-4s and O-5s that used to work here. They didn't work very hard, and were prone to sexual harassment. They couldn't deal with a gender-balanced work place." I was in uniform when he said this. The agency has hired thousands twenty-something millennials, the majority of which have no military experience. How's that for our nation's "Defense" Intelligence Agency?

    Advice to Management

    My God, make a decision! Lead! Get intelligence out of your damm email box, and out to the decision-maker and warfighter! It take over a month to get most DIA intelligence products out. This is simply negligent and disgraceful. Frankly, I felt sorry for the dozens of dweebs DIA has been pushing up the promotion ladder. I can only assume they find themselves feeling like some useless cog within a mindless borg-like machine.

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