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Springfield, VA
10000+ employees
Aerospace & Defense
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Working at National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) is the world leader in Geospatial Intelligence.

Imagine being able to identify anything on, above, or beneath the Earth's surface and display that information visually to provide a meaningful ... Read more

Mission: The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency has a responsibility to provide the products and services that decision makers, warfighters, and first responders need, when they need it most. As a member of the Intelligence Community and the Department of Defense, NGA supports a ... Read more

National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency – Why Work For Us?

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.

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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.  

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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.

Work/Life Balance
NGA offers many programs to help you strike the perfect balance between work time and personal time.

Paid Time Off

NGA offers employees great leave benefits, including paid federal holidays, annual leave and sick leave.

Health Services/Physical Fitness

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.

Health & Life Insurance

NGA employees enjoy a selection of insurance options, including options available to the Intelligence Community.

Retirement Benefits

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.

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    I applied online. The process took 12+ months. I interviewed at National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (Springfield, VA) in September 2011.


    The interview process was about what one should expect, in regards to working in a Top Secret/SCI position. There is the obligatory online application first, then Medical Exam, Physical Efficiency Battery, Drug Screen, Oral Board, Poly, etc. The culmination is a trip to a federal law enforcement academy, then back to whatever location you are assigned to. Then reality sets in.

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National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Awards & Accolades

  • Best Places to Work (Intelligence Community), Partnership for Public Service, 2015
  • Best Places to Work for Commuters, National Center for Transit Research at USF, 2012
  • Great Places to Work in Washington, Washingtonian, 2009
  • Best Employers for Latinos to Work for, Latinos for Hire, 2008
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