Defense Security Service – Quantico, VA
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I worked at US Defense Security Service (More than 5 years)
Great coworkers, positive energy on projects until leadership gets involved, decent facility and hours, easy going support staff who bond on issues that everyone sees. Extra hours not common or expected. Great training options for those looking to expand skills and leave.
Senior management living in a fantasy world of self-importance. Integrity not present in most executives, and problem personnel are rarely dealt with (so agency leadership doesn't become aware of issues). Management taking personal credit for everything positive that happens and blaming staff for negative things is the culture.
Advice to Management
Recognize the people that work hard and don't spend their days schmoozing. They are the next generation of leaders. Quit hiring your buddies from the intel community; there's more to DSS than counterintelligence. Don't watch quality staff walk out the door and wonder what the problem is. You're it. Have you noticed a pattern lately?