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Anyone who sails a U.S. ship, flies a U.S. aircraft, makes national policy decisions, fights wars, locates targets, responds to natural disasters, or even navigates with a cellphone relies on NGA.
The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) enables all of these critical actions and shapes decisions that impact our world through the indispensable discipline of geospatial intelligence (GEOINT). Geospatial intelligence, or GEOINT is the exploitation and analysis of imagery and geospatial information to describe, assess and visually depict physical features and geographically referenced activities on the Earth. GEOINT consists of imagery, imagery intelligence and geospatial information.
NGA is a unique combination of intelligence agency and combat support agency. It is the world leader in timely, relevant, accurate and actionable GEOINT. NGA enables the U.S. intelligence community and the Department of Defense (DOD) to fulfill the president’s national security priorities to protect the nation. NGA also anticipates its partners’ future needs and advances the GEOINT discipline to meet them. NGA is the lead federal agency for GEOINT and manages a global consortium of more than 400 commercial and government relationships. The director of NGA serves as the functional manager for GEOINT, the head of the National System for Geospatial Intelligence (NSG) and the coordinator of the global Allied System for Geospatial Intelligence (ASG). In its multiple roles, NGA receives guidance and oversight from DOD, the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) and Congress.
NGA is headquartered in Springfield, VA and has two major locations in St. Louis and Arnold, Mo. Hundreds of NGA employees serve on support teams at U.S. military, diplomatic and allied locations around the world.
Imagine being able to identify anything on, above or beneath the Earth’s surface using cutting-edge technology to provide real-time intelligence to U.S. warfighters, or traveling to the site of a world crisis to provide geospatial products for humanitarian efforts. These are just some of the extraordinary everyday challenges of NGA, where talented, dedicated and driven professionals strive every day to “show the way.”
NGA is the lead federal agency for GEOINT, responsible for providing world-class 21st century innovations, tools, products and services. NGA is the nation’s eyes. We provide the visual context that helps shape the decisions that impact our world.
To learn more about career opportunities at NGA, visit intelligencecareers.gov/NGA
NGA offers employees a wide variety of benefits to support a balanced, healthy lifestyle, as well as competitive compensation for economic satisfaction.
Alternate Work Schedules
Many NGA organizations enable employees to participate in alternate work schedule programs, which is ideal when you are advancing your education. Compressed work schedules often gain employees one or two additional days off per pay period, while flexible schedules provide options for nontraditional work hours.
NGA offers many programs to help you strike the perfect balance between work time and personal time.
NGA offers employees great leave benefits, including paid federal holidays, annual leave and sick leave.
NGA encourages employees to maintain their physical well-being in a number of ways. For example, fitness centers are located on-site at a number of NGA facilities.
NGA employees enjoy a selection of insurance options, including options available to the Intelligence Community.
NGA offers retirement plans that will help to ensure financial security for you and your family long after you finish your career with the agency.
With tens of thousands of employees worldwide, the IC provides dynamic careers to talented professionals in almost every career category.
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I worked at National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency full-time (Less than a year)
The campus is new and the people that work there hold their work to the highest standards.
Some of the employees tend to keep to themselves.
Advice to Management
Management do the best job that they can given the tools and the people that they have available to them.
I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (Washington, DC).
It was long. 5 hours long.
For one, they flew me from St. Louis to their home-base in Virginia. This caused me to have to take off 2 days of work, with such little notice, it of course required lying to my current employer - which is never something you want to do if you are uncertain of a job. They pay for the flight right off the bat and then they will reimburse you for your hotel and rental car at a later date - it took almost a month.
The interview itself was broken into 5 parts:
1. Introduction to the NGA! You get to watch a few slides explaining what the NGA is and does (all unclassified, of course) and you get to ask a member of senior management some questions after they explain their journey to the NGA with you.
This next part sees you broken up into two groups - my group was broken down into essentially men and women - most of the men (and one woman) went in one group, while the women (and two men) were in another - still not sure if this was done intentionally or not.
The following was my order:
2. Group exercise. We were herded into a room where four people with clipboards and one very enthusiastic dude introduced us to the group experiment - kind of. We went around, introduced ourselves to each other and watched the people with the clipboards write things down - nerve inducing. Our group exercise, was a stack of pictures. You are NOT allowed to look at each others pictures. You are supposed to figure out what they are/represent and figure out what to do with them. The answer is they are a "Zoom in" photos, you need to figure out who has the furthest out and furthest in and where everyone else goes in between. My group did very well.
3. The Tour. This is where they make you very jealous of the facility. You get to see the facade, and nothing more. The building was expensive - which should some up the tour for you.
4. Interview # 1 - This is where they ask you personal questions - "How have you handled" - "How would you handle", etc. They give you a piece of laminated paper that you read the 6 - 10 questions off of and are then given 10 minutes to answer them...except the interviewers insist on reading the questions to you - even though you just read them - cutting into your time. So be aware that they will do that.
5. Interview #2 - The "Technical Brief" and the technical questions. The best advice I can give to you on the technical brief is to choose something you are passionate about that has ANYTHING to do with national security. The very first question after you give you "5 minute brief" is why you CHOSE that topic. They will go into detail asking about the brief. So don't choose something because you think it might impress them.