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Alexandria, VA
1001 to 5000 employees
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Do you have Double Top Secret Security Clearance? If so, you've likely been investigated by the Defense Security Service (DSS). A Department of Defense agency, the DSS provides the military services, Defense agencies, 23 federal agencies and approximately ... Read more

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
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    I have been working at US Defense Security Service full-time


    This is a typical DoD Agency, on the small side with less than 900 total employees. There are field offices throughout the country so if someone wants to move to a different part of the country and a position is open, they can apply for it.
       Being a federal agency, there are many benefits such as multiple health care plans to choose from, life insurance, etc.


    A lot of poor supervisors who drag down morale and then wonder why people leave. Too many supervisors are micro managers and don't let their people develop which is a source of frustration. This agency also tends to hire at lower grades (7-9) and don't offer recruitment incentives other agencies don't even blink at, such as sign-on bonus, paying student loans, etc. Apparently this is some kind of unwritten rule as other agencies will take a potential hire, offer a recruitment incentive and this agency loses that person.

    Advice to Management

    This agency would do well to look at offering recruitment incentives when trying to hire along with revamping how and who are moved into supervisory positions. Poor first-level supervisors drag down morale and efficiencies and lead employees to go elsewhere simply to get away with their sanity in place.

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    Service Desk Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Woodbridge, VA
    Accepted Offer
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    I applied online. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at US Defense Security Service (Woodbridge, VA) in September 2015.


    I went through a phone screening and the manager felt that i was the perfect candidate for the position. The bulk of his questions were situational based and didn't require much execution just thinking and conveying your response

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    • Are you familiar with the ViP protocol process?   1 Answer


    I put in an offer and my offer exceeded the pay for the position so the recruiter went to HR and suggested that I get my requested offer and it happened.

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