US Defense Intelligence Agency

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US Defense Intelligence Agency Reviews

Updated September 8, 2014
Updated September 8, 2014
32 Reviews
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  1.  

    An Agency in the midst of evolution

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Defense Intelligence Agency full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Work-life balance can be challenging, but we're not abused like the military folks in our office. Leadership quality spans the entire spectrum of good - bad - ugly. Like any organization your boss can ruin your job or make it one of the most rewarding jobs you've had.

    Cons

    There tends to be an intense sense of competition with CIA that grows as you go up the agency hierarchy. Most analysts are very cooperative and collaborative with IC counterparts, so the competition is purely based on seniors' collective inferiority complex.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reevaluate our roles and responsibilities to reduce duplicity and focus on collaboration with IC partners to support our customers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Situation-dependent, but can be rewarding

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Defense Intelligence Agency full-time

    Pros

    You can have a great experience at DIA as an analyst, but it really depends on the office you work in and the people you work with. That sounds cliched but office missions vary widely and so is the aptitude of managers and analysts across the organization.

    Cons

    bureaucratic to the point that you start to wonder whether anything you do has value.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    good

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Defense Intelligence Agency

    Pros

    flexible for all people here

    Cons

    lots of certifications to get all the time

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  5.  

    Well Run Agency

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Defense Intelligence Agency full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    DIA has a very corporate feel, but it is effectively run. Senior executives are frequently rotated which contributes to the corporate feel, but provides new perspectives and fresh leadership.

    DIA has such a large set of missions it is fairly easy for an employee to move into new areas and try new things in contrast to the smaller service intelligence centers.

    Cons

    DIA is reorganized far too often. It is hard to keep up with which office does what and what the office names are.

    Most employee policies are fairly standard when compared to the rest of the federal government.

    DIA has a mobility agreement, which is likely a con for many people. A mobility agreement means that the agency can move you at its discretion and deploy if necessary.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop a career management system for all types of employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    a rewarding job

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intel Analyst  in  Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Intel Analyst in Baltimore, MD

    I have been working at US Defense Intelligence Agency full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Stable pay. Excellent colleagues. Missions are interesting and challenging.

    Cons

    The agency is bureaucratic like other government depts. Few promoting opportunities. Can't talk about job much with families and friends.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to what your employees say, endless review chain, several layers of review make job frustrating

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    great training, great ic exoeriences

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intelligence Officer  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Intelligence Officer in Washington, DC

    I have been working at US Defense Intelligence Agency full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    great training, flexible work schedule, you can take up to 3 hours a week for employee fitness during work day, exciting opportunities to work directly with Pentagon personnel and state department.

    Cons

    budget issues are limiting promotions, multiple re-orgs in one year...low control over where your mission is, director changes every 3 years- so policies change regularly

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    endless review chain, several layers of review make job frustrating

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Defense Intelligence Agency

    Pros

    Best mission in the world

    Cons

    management, lead, analysis, location, busy

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    I work 5 years for Northrop Grumman on a DIA contract.

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

    I worked at US Defense Intelligence Agency full-time

    Pros

    I am use to the way the DIA does things. I am ready for a permanent position again.

    Cons

    The commute, but I drove to Bethesda, Md. for 3 years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I am a great team player as well as work well on my on.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Poor Management. Little or no rights for workers.

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

    I have been working at US Defense Intelligence Agency full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Very few. Medical benefits are good.

    Cons

    Employee's have little or no rights and no voice (HR, EEO etc. make it clear they work for DIA management, not employees. Management can and do whatever they want with no repercussions. OIG appears to be almost nonexistent. If you aren't a member of the "inner circle" you don't stand a chance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put another "Oversight entity" at the helm and replace management with ethical, conscious individuals. DIA has had an attitude of "we can do whatever we want, ethical or no" for so long it would be difficult if not impossible to make a huge culture/mindset change. The Old Boys club mindset is so strong there, I wonder if it can truly be changed. Perhaps DIA needs to be retired and another agency needs to take over.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    I am the one-eyed king

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Information Scientist  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Information Scientist in Washington, DC

    I have been working at US Defense Intelligence Agency full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    blue badge, taking out your salary-envy on contractors

    Cons

    pay, bureaucracy (oh. my. god), flying coach on 15 hour flight

    vastly underpaid as senior IT (not management), feel like unicorn because I actually am techie - unlike almost everyone in IT services, depressing to know how badly our country is screwed if this agency is any indication

    no training, not given opportunity to learn or keep current on anything

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    just stop. really.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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