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National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Reviews

Updated May 18, 2018
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National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Director Robert Cardillo
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Pros
  • "Work-life balance is a real thing here too" (in 14 reviews)

  • "Great mission and generally terrific people at the working level" (in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • "Mission talent Alignment is designed to ensure employees are controlled vice developed professionally" (in 5 reviews)

  • "Career Services are operational but have a long way to go to be highly effective and consistent" (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Professional"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Geospatial Analyst in Springfield, VA
    Former Employee - Geospatial Analyst in Springfield, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The campus is new and the people that work there hold their work to the highest standards.

    Cons

    Some of the employees tend to keep to themselves.

    Advice to Management

    Management do the best job that they can given the tools and the people that they have available to them.


  2. "Used to be much better"

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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 National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The benefits are pretty good. The Agency used to stand out for having a really good tuition reimbursement program for advanced training but it now lags behind most companies (mostly due to changes in polices and a dysfunctional office running the tuition reimbursement program).

    Cons

    - Serious issues with sexual harassment from the top down
    - The Agency promotes a-holes at a faster rate than people who have respect for other employees (respect is one of our core values)
    - Pervasive bias issues (all the way around, black vs. white, white vs. black, and everything in between)
    - A rank in person structure that doesn't work and discourages good employees from seeking higher positions in the Agency

    Advice to Management

    When someone sexually harasses another employee, do something about it; if leaders at the executive level are sleeping with subordinates, don't look the other way; start valuing effectiveness again instead of putting so much emphasis on creative new ideas that aren't effective.

  3. "All right if you like being pigeonholed"

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    Former Employee - Analyst in Springfield, VA
    Former Employee - Analyst in Springfield, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    It's a decent place to work. Benefits are top notch naturally. Pay is good if you're in the DC area.

    Cons

    Not an ideal place for women looking to advance. You're likely to be passed over for men. If you're of childbearing years....forget about it. You'll never see a promotion. Sexism runs pretty rampant in the agency. If you have health problems, get ready to have issues and justifications from doctors. Otherwise, you're lying. Yes...lying about a life threatening illness. Because the average person will lie about that. Management is top heavy filled with people who won't retire and leave a $200k salary. Oh, and the dirtbags...they get promoted. Promote to get out. Then they'll be someone else's problem. Underperformers, nothing said. Just consider it lucky they showed up to work. And yes, they will be the ones promoted before you so they can be someone else's problem.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to manage people. Good analysts are lost because they get tired of stuff rolling downhill and being blamed for things. Reward people for exceptional performance....even just an acknowledgement is good. Don't take the glory for yourself. You didn't do the work, so don't take the credit from an analyst who busted their hump to get it done. Don't put their work on your resume to get your promotion. Also, learn to deal with the underperforming dirtbags. Actually handle them. It worsens team morale when everyone is doing their and the underperformer's work. Actually do something about it.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Was Great...Not True Anymore"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Springfield, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Springfield, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Stability of Government employment can't be beat. Benefits are good. Great mission and generally terrific people at the working level. Great facility in the DC area, lots of good food options and good gym.

    Cons

    Highly political environment with rampant unprofessional behavior at the highest levels of management. Nepotism and "good ole boy" network is as active as ever. Poor performance and unprofessional behavior simply overlooked or transferred to become someone else's problem. Rumor spreading is at an all-time high with no end in sight as management continues to simply brush it all off and give the typical political speeches and responses to the various happenings.


  5. "Great Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Program Manager in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Saint Louis, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Job Satisfaction, Room to Grow

    Cons

    Upper Management politics. Senior Infighting

    Advice to Management

    Empower your people!


  6. "NGA"

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    Current Employee - GEOINT Analyst: Applied Scientist in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - GEOINT Analyst: Applied Scientist in Saint Louis, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Friendly and professional co-workers. I enjoy supporting the mission at NGA "Know the Earth Show the Way". I like supporting the military and their specific missions.

    Cons

    Stress of working in a high security environment. Quick turn around of information and data adds to stress in a highly secure information environment.

    Advice to Management

    NGA is all about the chain of command. I would like it if there would be more avenues for getting NGA employee concerns or feedback to where it matters most.


  7. "Best employer I've ever had!!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Human Resources Officer in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Human Resources Officer in Saint Louis, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Excellent talent and professional development opportunities
    - Amazing leadership and support team
    - Unique, enduring mission
    - Highly competitive compensation
    - Excellent medical, life insurance, and retirement benefits
    - Great work/life balance

    Cons

    - Pre-employment process is lengthy due to security clearance process

    Advice to Management

    Continue to invest in your workforce through talent development and challenging assignments. Place more effort on the availability of Joint Duty Rotations in the St. Louis area.

  8. Helpful (4)

    "Career Service Promotion Process Has Cast A Shadow Over NGA"

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

    I have been working at National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The mission is important and of value. The building and gym is wonderful.

    Cons

    In the 5 years I've been working at NGA, the implementation of the Career Service promotional process has robbed me of my initial enthusiasm to work there. The process is beauracratic, controlled, burdensome and takes away valuable time from our jobs. It also keeps changing. Just imagine having to re-write a 50+ page resume each year and each year the format changes. My enthusiasm to stay has sadly waned and people are not happy because of the control it has over our careers.

    Advice to Management

    Evaluate how many man hours are spent by the workforce managing this promotional process. We have classes on how to do it, town halls to talk about it and panels to evaluate everyone. But the written feedback I received was 4 sentences. Evaluate how many people have left or want to leave because of it.


  9. "Project manager"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great opportunity to support the war fighter

    Cons

    Politics are always influencing decisions

    Advice to Management

    Have the courage to speak the truth to power


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Program Officer and Administrator"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Program Officer in Springfield, VA
    Former Employee - Program Officer in Springfield, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Flexibility, great salary and benefits, diverse work, important mission, good coworkers.

    Cons

    Limited promotion potential, cliquish, does not properly reward/discipline deserving employees well, too many ineffective leaders.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on what is important and clearly and honestly communicate that to the workforce. Discipline poor leaders/employees.


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