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DSFederal Reviews

Updated Jan 18, 2020

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2.9
34%
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94%
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DSFederal Founder and CEO Sophia Parker (no image)
Sophia Parker
8 Ratings
  1. "Excellent"

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    Current Employee - Assistant in Rockville, MD
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at DSFederal full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    All the people at the company are very nice and helpful. CEO of the company treats all employees as her family. Great benefits. I would recommend this company to anyone.

    Cons

    Always free food in the kitchen, easy to gain weight

    DSFederal2020-01-19
  2. "Nice company and nice people"

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    Former Employee - Data Analyst 

    I worked at DSFederal full-time

    Pros

    CEO really takes everyone seriously and the whole company is like a family.

    Cons

    Pay isn't great. People are friendly but aren't efficient.

    DSFederal2019-12-11
  3. Helpful (1)

    "Worst company to work for"

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    Former Employee - Data Analyst 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at DSFederal full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    CEO is nice and family-friendly

    Cons

    There are too many to list. There is a very high turnover; people tend to quit within a year of working here. It is a very pretentious and a negative work environment, where there is absolutely no openness to new ideas or fresh perspectives. You're expected to simply do your job and finish boring tasks and nothing else. They don't tend to take feedback well, and you will not receive any professional feedback nor evaluations on your work/progress. There is no opportunity to grow or gain new skills nor any opportunity to pursue your own interest of work. If you are thinking of working here, I highly recommend that you continue your job search. The position is not going to lead to anywhere, and work will not be challenging nor stimulating. Not worth your time at all.

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    DSFederal2020-01-06
  4. Helpful (1)

    "Short & Not Sweet"

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    Former Employee - Data Analyst 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at DSFederal full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    -HR staff was very responsive. -IT Support was extensive and expansive.

    Cons

    - Lack of attention to detail by middle management - Value Culture Fit over Competency

    Advice to Management

    Focus on improving communication with clientele to better anticipate their project needs in order to prevent staffing mismatch and setting of unrealistic expectations.

    DSFederal2019-09-30
  5. Helpful (3)

    "Future unclear and sketch"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockville, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at DSFederal full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    It's better than unemployment. Use this job to get a better one CEO Sophia is great

    Cons

    pay is low benefits are expensive for what you get work/life balance and other perks aren't given equally to everyone. There is lots of favoritism and special treatment. sweatshop

    Advice to Management

    clean house and get new management team

    DSFederal2019-06-12
  6. "I've worked here for 1.5 years"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Developer in Rockville, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at DSFederal full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good working environment, friendly coworkers, nice boss

    Cons

    Slow to approach new ideas

    Advice to Management

    Consider to welcome new ideas

    DSFederal2019-03-20
  7. Helpful (3)

    "Managers and HR are nonresponsive"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at DSFederal full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    CEO is nice and seems to make an effort to get to bring together employees.

    Cons

    Manager was non-existentent and never tried to adddress my concerns. Had to repeatedly email HR for a response

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees and try to address their concerns rather than ignoring the problem

    DSFederal2018-07-13
  8. Helpful (5)

    "Medical Logistics"

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    Former Employee - Medical Logistics in Frederick, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at DSFederal full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Worked offsite not at cdorporate office

    Cons

    Lots of growing pains. Treated me as if I was a new employee after 16 years in the same contract position.

    Advice to Management

    Treat people with time in the position fairly.

    DSFederal2018-05-14
  9. Helpful (9)

    "Needs to get serious"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at DSFederal full-time

    Pros

    Small, burgeoning company that is free from a lot of the bureaucratic mess and legacy processes. Sophia tries to be down-to-earth and warm-hearted.

    Cons

    Virtually no efforts to promote company culture for employees at client sites. Efforts that do take place are not billable and scheduled during work hours at inconvenient times. Poor location choices for events given the various locations for client sites. General uptightness when it comes to sponsoring events in the first place. Immature management at all levels trying to run the company like it’s a Fortune 500. No real differentiated business strategy. No real plans for employee career progression (and not a large enough contract portfolio to provide new opportunities). Constant upheaval of core business processes with no real communication when changed. Has an apathetic approach to being competitive or innovative only seeking to maintain par with other companies in the industry.

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    Advice to Management

    Develop an adult business strategy that puts the client-site employees and customers first and foremost. Stop catering almost exclusively to overhead HQ staff. Get rid of dead weight HQ staff which seems to me to be a drain on payroll resources. The company is supported by the employees and managers performing at client sites. Overhead management needs to stop practicing a one-size-fits all management style when client sites are incredibly differentiated in their needs. Let the client site managers manage their employees and priorities to keep contracts and make customers happy. Provide meaningful career progression paths (with compensation) and training to motivated employees to improve retention. Most importantly, stop expecting employees to go out and develop your business for you when you have no desire to develop your employees. If there is a business strategy here, it is reactive and not proactive.

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    DSFederal2017-12-27
  10. Helpful (2)

    "Terrible HR"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at DSFederal part-time

    Pros

    DSFederal is diverse in both its employees and projects. It focuses on projects and contracts that make a difference in people's lives, which is a very fulfilling way to make a living.

    Cons

    The HR is terrible. The 'support' is practically non-existent. There seems to be a definite divide between what the CEO preaches and the experience of those who are working under those who report to her.

    Advice to Management

    Re-examine how the policies and procedures are being implemented and how they are impacting your employees, especially around the holidays.

    DSFederal2017-11-28
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