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DSFederal Reviews

Updated April 26, 2017
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  1. "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


  2. 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.

  3. "Good Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at DSFederal full-time

    Pros

    Nice place to work. Great staff and coworkers. Nice working environment. Lunch provided most times.

    Cons

    Location of head office is inconvenient by public transportation. Most contract staff work in the metro area and when summoned for meetings at the HQ, it can be inconvenient via public transportation.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "OK company to work for"

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at DSFederal as a contractor

    Pros

    Contractor for federal positions. Pay is decent for work load. Not too many pros I can think of in working for this company.

    Cons

    Needs to take better care of their employees. Needs to offer better incentives to keep employees motivated. Needs to offer better healthcare to employees. Not willing to spend money on employees to reward good work. Poor review process.

    Advice to Management

    Reward employees for their hardwork, especially when they receive good feedback from their client. Include client feedback in review process.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Web developer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at DSFederal full-time

    Pros

    Flat management
    Good work life balance

    Cons

    Projects are kinda boring.
    Don't have many self-development opportunities


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Manager"

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

    I have been working at DSFederal full-time

    Pros

    Very culturally diverse environment. CEO treats staff like part of her family for HQ staff.

    Cons

    Lack of focused leadership and understanding of what it takes to deliver high quality work. Staff on projects are not mentored by senior managers; bids are done to win but not for delivery.

    Advice to Management

    Hire staff with the right credentials and certifications. Spend more time training staff. Need to bring in subject matter experts who can talk to customers and relate to them. Don't just throw more inexperienced resources at projects - focus on quality personnel.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great Environment, Terrific Opportunity to Grow"

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

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

    Pros

    The unique atmosphere and culture are probably the best things about working here. There is a sincere commitment to client service, community service, and to employees. The CEO is very accessible to everyone, even bringing in home cooked meals. Staff are encouraged to express themselves, be creative and make the company their own. The HR department, senior management, and a Wellness Committee tries to plan things to take care of employees. Everyone is very receptive to suggestions from staff at all levels. Truly a breath of fresh air as "corporate cultures" go. Especially on the East Coast! Also its a very exciting time to be with this company, it's really taking off right now.

    Cons

    The cons are really all related to company size, not specific to this firm. As a small company, there are not as many options for benefits as you might be used to at larger firms. Also, again as a small firm, the infrastructure and processes are still evolving.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the focus on creating standards and processes; encourage senior managers to focus on career path for staff; communicate what's going on at the top levels to everyone so that they feel involved.

  8. "The third year of a great learning experience at this company"

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    Current Employee - IT Technician in Gaithersburg, MD
    Current Employee - IT Technician in Gaithersburg, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at DSFederal full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Being a relatively small company, it's easy to get in touch with someone who can help with any issues that may pop up. The CEO and management really care about the employees, and it shows with generous benefits, opportunities for growth, and support for gaining new skills.

    Cons

    There are some growing pains as the company expands, and internal communication could be improved.

    Advice to Management

    Improve internal communications


  9. "Been here for 2 years"

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    Current Employee - Programmer
    Current Employee - Programmer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Really great CEO, chance for rapid career growth, lots of positive energy in the company

    Cons

    working long hours, location isnt the best

    Advice to Management

    improve communications


  10. "Still a small business, but they care about their people."

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    Current Employee - Programmer in Gaithersburg, MD
    Current Employee - Programmer in Gaithersburg, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at DSFederal full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The CEO is like a mother to most of us. She really cares about her employees and takes an interest in how we're doing and really promotes the company's core values.
    The benefits package is more generous than it was at my last job.
    Profit sharing at end of the year.
    Still a small company, so the org is pretty flat and easy to get the attention that we need.
    Flexible working hours and ability to telecommute.

    Cons

    Small company is going through growing pains. Small management team means that communications could be improved, especially internal communications. Small management team also means that they're trying to do everything at once, and things may fall through cracks.

    Advice to Management

    Communications from HQ to projects could improve.


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