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Fort George G Meade, MD
10000+ employees
Unknown / Non-Applicable
The National Security Agency (NSA) is a world leader in signals intelligence and information assurance. We carry out some of the nation’s most important and sensitive intelligence activities to secure information superiority for America and its allies. NSA also enables ... Read more

Mission: We have two primary missions. Our information assurance mission is the defense: it protects U.S. information by preventing foreign adversaries from gaining access to our information systems. Our signals intelligence mission is the offense: collecting foreign signals and ... Read more

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NSA – Why Work For Us?

The National Security Agency (NSA) is a world leader in the protection and exploitation of intelligence. We gather and analyze foreign signals intelligence to produce vital information for U.S. policy makers and warfighters. And we protect American intelligence from the ever-listening ears of our adversaries. Our goal is to use intelligence to give the United States a decisive information advantage.

We have two primary missions working toward this goal. Our information assurance mission works to prevent foreign adversaries from gaining access to sensitive or classified national security information. At the same time, our signals intelligence mission intercepts, decrypts, analyzes and disseminates intelligence information from foreign signals. The agency also enables network warfare operations to defeat terrorists and their organizations at home and abroad, consistent with U.S. laws and the protection of privacy and civil liberties.

As the nation’s top cryptologic organization, we employ the best and the brightest, who use their intelligence to solve some of the nation’s most difficult challenges. NSA is the world leader in many technology fields and conducts one of the U.S. government’s leading research and development programs. We are also the largest employer of mathematicians in the country, as well as one of the most important centers of foreign language analysis and research.

To learn more about career opportunities at NSA, visit NSA.gov/Careers.

NSA employees receive outstanding benefits that offer a better quality of life, both on the job and off.

Paid Time Off
Life is too short to spend it all at work. We help you make the most of it by providing you with generous leave programs.

Work/Life Balance
NSA offers several programs and services to help you strike the perfect balance between work time and personal time. We also give you the opportunity to work in different parts of the country.

Health & Life Insurance
You and your family are important to us. That's why we offer insurance programs that care for your health and well-being, and provide for your family in the future.

Federal Retirement Plans
One day you will finish serving NSA. When that day comes, we will continue to provide for you and your family. Our retirement plans help you ensure your financial security.

Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System (DCIPS)
The Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System (DCIPS) is the management system that guides bonuses, promotions and more for the Department of Defense (DoD) Intelligence Community (IC).

At NSA, your career development begins on day one and continues throughout your career.

To help you meet your professional goals, NSA provides a variety of opportunities to pursue coursework at numerous outside academic institutions. In addition, NSA's own prestigious National Cryptologic School (NCS) offers advanced classes in language, cryptology, leadership, education and business expertise.

With more than 20 campuses, four cryptologic centers, and six cryptologic training schools, NSA is a true global training enterprise. Through modern, mission-focused curriculums, NSA delivers career development solutions for every stage of your career.

NSA offers the following career development opportunities with outside institutions:

  • Advanced Studies Program
  • After-Hours College Program
  • Undergraduate Scholarship and Graduate Fellowship Program
  • Military Institution Partnerships

NSA also offers numerous career development programs in many disciplines, such as computer science, information assurance, business and others. These opportunities allow you to enhance your skill development, improve your understanding of a specific discipline and possibly cross train into a new career field.

Continuation of all programs is contingent upon allocation of funding.

NSA is looking for intelligent, imaginative critical thinkers who can contribute innovative ideas to solve our nation’s most difficult challenges.

NSA offers tremendous opportunities for a wide range of professionals who play a vital role every day in helping to keep the world safe.

Learn more about career opportunities in these fields:

Computer/electrical engineering
Computer science
Information assurance
Intelligence analysis
Cryptanalysis/signals analysis
Foreign language
Business & contracting
Installation & logistics
Paid internships, scholarships and co-op
Other opportunities

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  • "Good training, lower pay, cool mission"

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    Current Employee - Program Manager in Fort Meade, MD
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Fort Meade, MD
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    I have been working at NSA full-time (More than 5 years)


    Great training opportunities
    Can change offices, lots of different mission sets
    Job stability
    Lots of vacation time


    Pay scale lower than industry partners
    At the whim of Congress and president for COLA increases, shutdowns, furloughs, etc
    Large organization bureaucracy
    Unlikely to be rewarded for merit in a timely fashion

    Advice to Management


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    I applied online. I interviewed at NSA (Fort Meade, MD).


    Very organised interview process. Prescreen phone interview followed by an onsite interview. Interviewed by 2 managers. Very friendly and outgoing interviewers. Questions ranged from technical questions and problem solving ability as well as interpersonal skills.

    Interview Questions

    • Describe a conflict you had with a team member. How did you handle the conflict and what was the outcome?   Answer Question
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NSA Awards & Accolades

  • Top 20 Government Employers - Readers' Choice, Equal Opportunity Publications, 2012

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