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Updated February 10, 2018
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Pros
  • Good work life balance since you can't take anything out of the SCIF to work at home (in 17 reviews)

  • Talented people to work wit; with an in-house school and money for outside classes - lots of opportunities to get better at what you do (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • Getting the necessary red tape cut in order to start a project can be a pain (in 4 reviews)

  • The massive bureaucracy present in any large organization is also a part of the NSA (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Great overall Experience I enjoy my job"

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    great minds
    campus transportation is great

    Cons

    traffic in the surrounding area


  2. "No complaints other than parking."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Cryptologic Linguist in Fort Meade, MD
    Former Employee - Cryptologic Linguist in Fort Meade, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Everyone is respectful and willing to mentor.

    Cons

    Parking is pretty atrocious if you don't work swing or flexible hours; but at least you get your daily walk in.

  3. "Toxic Leader in J1"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at NSA full-time

    Pros

    The overall agency is a great facility overall. Many nice areas for employees.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, I worked for a terrible manager of people. Toxic leadership like this should be addressed and eliminated. The turnover is unbelievable because of one person. This could be a great place to work but until something changes it won't be.

    Advice to Management

    Find new leadership that knows how to treat employees well and respects their value. Evaluate the turn over rate.


  4. "Well it's government"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at NSA full-time

    Pros

    Extremely stable job - the joke is that they won't fire you even if you do nothing, they'll just promote you. I would definitely recommend the NSA if you are a math major or if you work in any department other than business.

    Cons

    Business is not the NSA's strongsuit

    Advice to Management

    The Contract Management Development program is extremely poorly run. Attrition was extremely high - the program needs to be completely re-examined.


  5. "Not Recommended"

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    Current Employee - Software Developer in Fort Meade, MD
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Fort Meade, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at NSA full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great Mission
    Good Benefits
    Good Work / Life Balance and Separation
    Development Programs

    Cons

    Poor salaries compared to industry
    Poor work environment
    Horrible IT services
    Endless bureaucracy
    New security initiatives make it virtually impossible to get work done


  6. "eh"

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

    I have been working at NSA full-time

    Pros

    There are lots of different opportunities

    Cons

    There is very little autonomy


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Great place to make a difference -- easy to have ideas heard"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Chief Strategy and Innovation in Fort Meade, MD
    Current Employee - Chief Strategy and Innovation in Fort Meade, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Talented people to work wit; with an in-house school and money for outside classes - lots of opportunities to get better at what you do. No need to change jobs to get a promotion or a raise. Lots of opportunity to travel if you like that. No need (and no ability) to check email or phone for messages on your off-time. Internal intranet and collaboration tools are a life-saver in getting things done.

    Cons

    It's a big place, working on teams helps, but there is a lot to learn about how the place works.

    Advice to Management

    Your work to evolve management is helpful -- don't forget to support them too. Keep funding classes and conferences etc. It keeps us flowing with fresh ideas and gives us space in our minds to be creative.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Dependant on personality"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Cyber Analyst in Fort Meade, MD
    Current Employee - Cyber Analyst in Fort Meade, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Ample Opportunities
    -Helpful Community
    -Valuable on the job training

    Cons

    -Mostly Personal reasons. i.e. location, personality groups, etc.


  9. "Extremely disappointing in all areas"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Able to take some valuable training courses. Can't fill the twenty words. Sorry glassdoor, it was that bad.

    Cons

    Petty high school work environment. Little to no opportunity to explore personal interests or talents. Could go on and on and on.


  10. "Wonderful people working together to ensure our country’s prosperous future."

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Mission Engagement, Requirements, and Assessments in Honolulu, HI
    Former Employee - Mission Engagement, Requirements, and Assessments in Honolulu, HI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The diversity of people that work here creates a wonderful blend that provides for many unique experiences and culture education.

    Cons

    There is typically a long walk involved with getting to you work site but does yield a stimulating start to your day.


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