US Defense Threat Reduction Agency

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US Defense Threat Reduction Agency Reviews

Updated November 6, 2014
Updated November 6, 2014
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  1.  

    Director for the Transformational Medical Technologies Initiative

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Defense Threat Reduction Agency

    Pros

    Creative environment at the working level

    Cons

    Leadership of the Joint Science Technologies Organization - through his leadership (Mr. Rudolph) a toxic and hostile envrionment was created. Fortunately, he has left the organization.

    Neutral Outlook
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    Great place to work but not contractor friendly

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant
    Former Employee - Research Assistant

    I worked at US Defense Threat Reduction Agency full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great mission and work environment as long as you are either military or a federal worker.

    Cons

    Low opinion of contractors; although most of the work is completed by contractors. The overall work force works well together; however, the majority of the federal workers treat the contractors with very little respect.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize contractors as a large contributor of your success.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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    An organization filled with bureaucracy, talent and unrealized potential

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Defense Threat Reduction Agency full-time

    Pros

    Lots of smart people with an important mission

    Cons

    Training is broken. Onboarding process treats 20+ year veterans of DoD the same way it does brand new employees. It's a waste of their most experienced employees' time. Professional development was the first thing to go with budget cuts and the bureaucracy to get approved for training is crazy (basically requires a 2-star equivalent Senior Executive Service directorate chief to sign off for an $800 training course and hotel.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust but verify. Trust first. Connect your budget process with your professional development process. Challenge managers about how they are going to do better and not just more.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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    This is a DoD Agency that employs many DoD Civilians and military alike.

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    Former Employee - Security Superintendent in Travis AFB, CA
    Former Employee - Security Superintendent in Travis AFB, CA

    I worked at US Defense Threat Reduction Agency full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    It was a great joint force environment but a small detachment. When we worked, we worked hard.

    Cons

    Some senior leaders did not listen well enough to the subject matter experts especially if you were not in the same service.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listens to your leaders at the location they work at. You can't be an effective leader 3000 miles away.

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    Broken Agency, Stove-piped Chains of Command, Director Out of Touch

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    Current Employee - Threat Reduction Analyst in Fort Belvoir, VA
    Current Employee - Threat Reduction Analyst in Fort Belvoir, VA

    I have been working at US Defense Threat Reduction Agency full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The government pays well, and you have the opportunity to telecommute, otherwise would not recommend. This is a do-your-work-and-watch-the-clock job.

    Cons

    Backstabbing directors, lack of support at all levels. Funding problems over the last 18 months have led to a draw down.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire all JDIRs and start over

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    good place to work at

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Defense Threat Reduction Agency

    Pros

    good place to work at

    Cons

    mainly an old work force

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8.  

    Noble Mission Led by Morons

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Belvoir, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Belvoir, VA

    I worked at US Defense Threat Reduction Agency full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    A job growth industry (at least for what they profess to do-- keeping the world safe from WMD); incredible history (descendants of the Manhattan Project).

    Cons

    Where do I start? First, every mission performed by DTRA is a redundancy performed elsewhere-- and probably better-- in other places of government. Civilian employees represent all the worst that people think of in federal employees led by SES's who are entrenched-for-life and absolutely untouchable, including an agency director who is so narcissistic, he's only looking for his next political appointment. When you add in the overpopulated representation of the USAF in the military employee side, you get the impossibly toxic environment that has led to countless failures of leadership in the Air Force nuclear enterprise brought to bear on an agency that has rightfully earned its place as the 263rd best place to work in federal government out of 292.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do everyone a favor and retire...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  9.  

    Great mission with heavy dose of micromanagement and bureaucracy.

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    Current Employee - Program Manager in Fort Belvoir, VA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Fort Belvoir, VA

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

    Pros

    Mission is rewarding. Customers and employees understand the importance of DTRA in the overall US Department of Defense strategy. Overall agency core values and culture are in alignment with work life balance and positive energy.

    Cons

    Micromanagement and bureaucracy are rampant at all leadership levels. Niche empire building under the guise of classification is rewarded instead of being crushed. Defense department budget reductions will have an impact on the overall employment opportunities and military positions available in the future. In the long term, I believe the agency will see growth, but in the short term, it will be difficult to see any growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great efforts to improve with Speed of Trust, Six Sigma, etc. but the processes and leadership have to follow suit when practiced

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  10.  

    Great mix of travel and home time.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Defense Threat Reduction Agency

    Pros

    It's a small Agency, you get to know everybody. Work complex is nice, cafeteria on site and free parking.

    Cons

    Some down time. You need to be a self starter, and work on projects when it's not busy. Sometimes you don't hear news that affects you.

  11.  

    Excellent place to work.

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Fort Belvoir, VA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Fort Belvoir, VA

    I worked at US Defense Threat Reduction Agency full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    People are great and mission is fulfilling.

    Cons

    Very politically driven and very top heavy (GS15/ SES leaders)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    NONE

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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