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DSFederal Reviews

Updated October 24, 2017
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  1. "Growing company to watch"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    DSFederal is growing at a fast pace. The CEO has an infectious enthusiasm for the company. They give back to the community, and they support employees' work/family balance.

    Cons

    There is room for improvement regarding benefits, but I expect this to be addressed as they continue to grow.


  2. "Nurturing Company for both personal and business growth"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I have been with DSFederal over a year and have found that the CEO is very positive. The company offers you an entrepreneurial awareness to contribute to the growth of you and the company. You are challenged at work to consistently contribute.

    Cons

    This is not a company whereby you can sit and wait for your next task. You must be willing to understand that you are responsible for the growth. This is a small company with a great potential and each employees must become a salesperson to continue to find opportunities.

  3. "Don't expect them to be around"

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

    I worked at DSFederal full-time

    Pros

    The CEO, Sophia, is engaged, hard-working , and philanthropic. She cooks for the staff on a monthly basis and tries to promote a more "family" atmosphere, with mixed success.

    Cons

    DSFederal "graduated" from their Small Business Section 8a certification, and the future looks tenuous. A couple of work contracts expired, with nothing to replace them with. This resulted in (you guessed it) layoffs. This seems to be a pattern for them, but competing without the SB8a, establishing a solid consulting business is a lot more challenging. Financial oversight seems to be lacking. Business development weak. Business model does not seem sustainable. The picture for this company looks pretty bleak.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Growing Pains"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at DSFederal part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The people are fantastic. My manager is supportive. The work presents opportunities to be challenged.

    Cons

    The HR policies seem a bit old fashioned. The HR staff seems aloof and put out when you have to interact with them. I wish there was more flexibility and support.

    Advice to Management

    Re-examine what benefits actually improve your employees happiness. Which programs aren't being taken advantage of, and why?


  5. "Family"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    I really enjoy working at DSFederal. It is a place, where your opinion is matter. They have a wonderful management team, that willing to teach you and help you with your career growth. The CEO is very kind and is like a mother to her employees. She cooks delicious food and brings it to the office. I definitely would recommend this company for employment.

    Cons

    This is a young and developing company and might face some challenges as it grows.


  6. "Great small company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at DSFederal full-time

    Pros

    CEO is genuine, caring person

    Cons

    inefficient business processes but improving


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at DSFederal full-time

    Pros

    Fed us a lot. Very culturally diverse.

    Cons

    Too many to list. CEO has some serious management issues. There was really great HR support but anyone who was good was let go. Senior management has been like a revolving door. Only the CEOs "family" seems to survive and be taken care of and a lot of money and effort goes toward H1 visas and worthless consultants instead of keeping solid leaders and professionals who can bring valuable experience and understand how to work with customers.

    Advice to Management

    You are driving what could have been a good SB down a very bad road that may be beyond the point of no return. You need to hire some strong leaders again and not be threatened by them. You have a lot to do to save what is left of your reputation and your company.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Don't. Continue your job search."

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

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

    Pros

    Interesting work, health benefits, and co-workers

    The work can be very interesting but management does not put any thought into properly matching employees to assignments. They just want the work off of their desks and you out of their face. With that said employees have a sense of humor and great attitudes. There are lots of opportunities to try new things.

    Cons

    Management, salary, work environment, extremely high turnover, and poor work-life balance

    The managers here are biased, non-communicative, cynical, condescending, and selfish. They offer up talent like human sacrifices with very little benefit to the employee and do not care about retaining skilled workers. You can expect to be overworked and grossly underpaid as the company profits handsomely off of you at over 100% like a bargain basement 6 for $1 deal.

    If this is your first real job, go for it. Hey it is more than your hourly wage at McDonald's. They will love you because you are desperate with no experience so you will do anything for the company and they will pat you on the head like a good dog and profit! However if you have any kind of real work experience or sense of worth, it will not be worth your time. You will lose confidence and momentum in your field as management plays mind games to justify their shabby treatment and literally throw you a few breadcrumbs as a pigeons reward for good measure to keep you grateful that you have a job and hard at work until they are through using you.

    Advice to Management

    Get training and a conscious


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Not likely to last"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at DSFederal full-time

    Pros

    The biggest pro is the CEO Sophia is very sweet, caring, and compassionate.

    Cons

    Absolutely no organization at HQ, and ever-changing executive level staff with no clear focus or direction. No clear guidance or rules on how to run projects, leads to sloppy, disorganized work for the client, and then a big scramble to try and fix it. Sloppy project hand-offs. The company recently DOWNSIZED their benefits! Health care costs went up dramatically and they totally cut tuition remission! CEO is too involved in day-to-day activities and does not provide so much as an organizational chart for management, so it's hard to know who reports to who for what. It's sad, because there is so much potential there. Company recently moved HQ and it was the sloppiest move in history, didn't even tell employees the date of move until 3 days beforehand, which is hard for people with children and families to re-route their schedules!

    Advice to Management

    Get a plan! Focus less on proposals and more on getting organized. Some major contracts show signs of instability because no one at HQ has plans for growth or strategy on resource management. Work on being able to make an organizational chart and sustainable executive team. Executives should not be managing projects, coding, or doing reporting in projects! Everyone was too overwhelmed, and there is no focus or clear direction. I hope things change, Sophia is very sweet! But without organization, structure, and control for overtaxing key resources, the company will not last or outgrow 8A successfully.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Is there still potential?"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockville, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockville, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at DSFederal full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Nice small Federal Contracting business, Good diverse culture, some Corporate values, informal office environment, good intentions, altruistic CEO.

    Cons

    Poor management and cryptic leadership, no clear vision for business development. Salaries and benefits are just average, no career paths or plans for promotion of valued, loyal employees. Bad organizational development, just adequate administration, and HR. Unprofessional conduct of HQ is not addressed. All this leads to talented employees becoming frustrated, unheard, unappreciated and finally leaving

    Advice to Management

    Reward your loyal and valued employees with leadership positions with power to lead, pay better salaries, increase/not decrease the amount company contributes to health benefits. Develop some standard of hiring and hiring process, many unqualified people are hired and become a burden to projects and drain on resources. Hire a VP, Office Manager, and full-time dedicated HR Manager and Recruiter and let them lead the organization with the guidance and vision of CEO.


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