DSFederal Reviews | Glassdoor

Find your next job here

DSFederal Reviews

Updated December 26, 2017
20 reviews

Filter

Filter

Full-timePart-time

3.2
StarStarStarStarStar
Rating TrendsRating Trends
Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
(no image)
Sophia Parker
2 Ratings

20 Employee Reviews

Sort: PopularRatingDate

  1. "Family"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Needs to get serious"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    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.

    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.

  3. "Terrible HR"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    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.


  4. "Growing company to watch"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


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

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Don't expect them to be around"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  7. "Great small company"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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

  8. Helpful (4)

    "Manager"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Don't. Continue your job search."

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Not likely to last"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


Showing 20 of 21 reviews
Reset Filters