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DHA Group Washington Reviews

Updated March 27, 2017
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  1. "Review of DHA Headquarters"

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    Former Contractor - Drupal/Web in Washington, DC
    Former Contractor - Drupal/Web in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at DHA Group as a contractor

    Pros

    Very high quality and excellent. Highly recommend if you have the opportunity. Enough said.

    Cons

    None.. Nothing negative about my time there. All positive

    Advice to Management

    None, they do not need advice from what I saw.


  2. Helpful (5)

    "Left Recently and Never Looked Back"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at DHA Group full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    None that I am aware of.

    Cons

    It is rare that you encounter an organization where the leadership team knows everything there is to know about everything. If you don't believe this is the case at DHA, just ask them.

    Advice to Management

    Maybe start actually listening to the inputs you solicit from employees, instead of just pretending to do do.

  3. Helpful (7)

    "You Don't Matter."

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at DHA Group full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    You'll be treated like gold the first few weeks of employment. You can easily negotiate offers. Bargain for more PTO.

    Cons

    You're just a butt in a seat. You'll be forced to work for people you won't respect, headed by a phony, money hungry CEO. The Senior leaders are a complete joke!! They think the sun rises and sets on them but they're just bags of hot air. You'll be stretched to fit on proposal teams that won't win and when your team loses, you'll be out on the street. DHA has a horrible reputation for terminating great employees with no notice and no cause. Do yourself a favor and do not work here!!

    Advice to Management

    Get over yourself, get a clue. Learn that you're not the smartest people in the room!


  4. Helpful (5)

    "Don't be fooled - bad HQ environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at DHA Group full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good location/offices and nice co-workers. Client base seems relatively steady.

    Cons

    The turn-over is high for a reason (basically 95% of HQ staff have been there for less than a year). There's no real leadership, just plenty of pressure. Employees are viewed with suspicion, no work-life balance or respect for family commitments. CEO talks a lot about how important people are but actions speak otherwise (people fired on short notice etc.)

    Advice to Management

    Develop an on-boarding process. Set realistic goals for employees and learn to understand what's actually on their plate before you tell them you want more. Learn that high turn-over is ultimately destructive to long term growth and success and work on making this a place employees want to stay for more than a year


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Great first impression, but very quickly proven wrong"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at DHA Group (More than a year)

    Pros

    Amazing location, easy to get to. The DC office is downtown on Pennsylvania Ave and very convenient to several metro stations.

    Cons

    No transparency and little stability. Leadership doesn't communicate with staff, and no one seems to know what's going on behind the scenes - ever. Very high turnover and seemingly no loyalty to existing team members.

    Advice to Management

    Stronger, more competent and trustworthy leadership needed.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "HIGH Turnover..."

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    Former Employee - Recruiting in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Recruiting in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at DHA Group full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Some really talented people work at DHA, and everyone is easy to get along with. The Program Managers seem to really care about their people.

    Cons

    The company bonus structure changed while I was there, hitting my income.

    The whole back office had massive turnover. The recruiting department had a complete turnover in 2012, as did other departments like HR. The recruiting group got a new manager and that caused a mass exodus. The whole proposal shop basically left the company in 2012. Same with Finance. Complete turnover. The management team lost a lot of very senior people.

    Advice to Management

    Quit telling people that things are getting better without doing anything to solve the management problems. You need to be honest with your people and talk to them before you make promotions to keep the bad apples away from the cookie jar.


  7. "Great potential with a few kinks to work out"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends

    Pros

    DHA does an excellent job of appreciating its employees and subcontractors. Although it's still a small business with some management issues to iron out, the people are sincere, hardworking and well-intentioned. When employees raise issues to management they are taken seriously and addressed in short order.

    The pay is competitive with other contractors in the DC area and the benefits allow for significant personal growth.

    There's a strong sense of camaraderie among the headquarters staff that makes new folks feel that they are part of a team working to support the security of the country.

    Quarterly Award happy hours are a blast with an open bar, good food and cash prizes for above-and-beyond performance.

    DHA's business has mushroomed over the past few years off of its main $1 billion contract vehicle. Late last year it was also awarded a slot on a new $30 billion 8-year vehicle. If the management staff can effectively handle the growth, DHA will become a significant force in the federal contracting world.

    Cons

    2010 was a major restructuring year for the company with significant turn over that was a bit destabilizing for its employees.

    The billable employees in the field, by the nature of their work, are unfortunately a bit alienated from the rest of the company and only see the whole crew at the quarterly awards.

    While it's been acknowledged and is being addressed, the HR department is playing catch up with the rest of the company. This manifests in mild to moderate frustration amongst the employees. On-boarding for headquarters positions is a laborious process that involves a biased "look and feel" interrogation - the criteria of which seems to be constantly changing. This has been a significant pain for the recruiting department and has forced the rest of the company to fill in for positions that have remained open for far too long.

    Advice to Management

    DHA needs to build a solid level of middle management below the owner and vice presidents that can handle the day to day business so the execs can focus on fixing structural issues.

    DHA's prosperity stems from how incredibly successful its execs have been at building strong and lasting relationships with clients and quality partners based on attentiveness, dignity and respect. This mentality for customer service must permeate throughout the management staff if DHA is going to rise to the next level.

  8. Helpful (5)

    "There is something significantly off about this company"

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    Former Employee - Systems Ana in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Systems Ana in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Great location convenient to Metro Center and a beautiful office down the street from the FBI Building. The staff is pleasant when you meet them initially.

    Cons

    Lots of secrecy and under-handed moves that don't really care about the employees. I never quite figured out the reasoning behind the shadiness. And don't get comfortable, they are a noncommittal company, with extremely HIGH turnover. The only way I can describe this company is SKETCHY.

    Advice to Management

    Need to hire more professional people. The HR department is pseudo professional. I should have seen the flags when my interview moved into a random employees office while she was still in there. Awkward. It seemed that management did not really know what they were doing but rather did whatever wouldn't upset David Hale.


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