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Diplomatic Language Services Reviews

Updated May 12, 2017
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  1. "Wonderful culture, great people"

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    Former Employee - Learning Technology Specialist in Rosslyn, VA
    Former Employee - Learning Technology Specialist in Rosslyn, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Diplomatic Language Services full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    It was great working with people from all over the world. The company culture is wonderful.

    Cons

    The company does not offer a 401k and the benefits are not great.

    Advice to Management

    Add a 401k plan.


  2. "Great People but pay is not competitive."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Diplomatic Language Services full-time

    Pros

    The environment is really supportive and friendly.

    Cons

    It's a small organization that pays super low for the DC metro area.

    Advice to Management

    If really interested in committed employees show that you value them by offering them what they are worth.

  3. "A good language school teaching 85+ foreign languages."

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    Former Employee - Language Instructor in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Language Instructor in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Diplomatic Language Services part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    DLS provides you a platform to meet the smartest students in Greater DC area. It also provides you great opportunities to share your culture and language from your original country with people in this country.

    Cons

    Language instructors are paid modestly. You do have have classes to teach every day, sometimes for two to three months.

    Advice to Management

    If you have already retired, and you need a job to keep you active mentally, socially, this is the right job for you.


  4. "Excellent work environment"

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    Current Employee - Foreign Language Teacher in Rosslyn, VA
    Current Employee - Foreign Language Teacher in Rosslyn, VA
    Recommends

    I have been working at Diplomatic Language Services full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Work environment and classroom resources are very conducive to teaching.
    Very polite and professional staff.
    HR is very attentive.
    CEO treats instructors and clients well and without distinction.
    Very good language teaching library. Excellent pantry.

    Cons

    Nothing worth mentioning. Health insurance a bit expensive. Compared to other schools in the area, Diplomatic Language Services is superior in many ways.


  5. "Great people to work with"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager, Translation in Rosslyn, VA
    Current Employee - Project Manager, Translation in Rosslyn, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Diplomatic Language Services full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    A wonderful mix of international people working hard on their individual responsibilities

    Cons

    Sometimes it's hard to get things moving through approval processes.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great place, where you can share your language, culture with smart and motivated students."

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    Current Employee - Language Instructor in Rosslyn, VA
    Current Employee - Language Instructor in Rosslyn, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Diplomatic Language Services part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great Management, good location,

    Cons

    Pay is not that high, but its ok


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Only a handful of people with minimum experience have full advantage on the others."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    It is a good institution with critical mission of making US officials able to communicate with other different nations.

    Cons

    The management is unaware of what is going on below the ranks.

    Advice to Management

    The management should pierce the ranks and obtain information from the bottom lines.

  8. "Great opportunities"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager
    Former Employee - Project Manager
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Working with diverse groups, autonomy to create plans
    Great people
    Competitive salary

    Cons

    Working with government agencies can be restrictive
    Based mostly on contractor work

    Advice to Management

    Keep developing people - giving them opportunities to lead new projects


  9. "Okay but not great"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible, casual work environment with a lot of cultural events. There are people literally from around the world so you get to learn interesting things. Very friendly coworkers. Can get a lot of good experience and can move around to interesting jobs.

    Cons

    The benefits are mediocre to poor. Health insurance is super expensive and they don't contribute to 401k. Salaries are also low.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in quality people. Stay more focused and professional.


  10. "DLS"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good people overall, multicultural environment, social environment so employees are familiar with departments other than their own.

    Cons

    Lack of communication between teams and very little room for upward movement. Management could be more efficient and present. Long hours on the regular but bearable with a good team.

    Advice to Management

    Manage communication between teams better, be aware of your team's workload. Make your role needed.


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