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National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Reviews

Updated August 25, 2018
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National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Director Robert Cardillo
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Pros
  • "They offer many programs that help with work-life balance and integration into the organization" (in 15 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. Helpful (1)

    "Dream career!"

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    Current Employee - Director in Springfield, VA
    Current Employee - Director in Springfield, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I get to serve something greater than myself.

    Cons

    Tough work — complicated world.

    Advice to Management

    Keep pushing us to the future that we must achieve.


  2. "Maritime analyst"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency full-time

    Pros

    Good life balance and training if you can get approval

    Cons

    Bureaucracy and poor supervisior support

    Advice to Management

    Higher salary to match experience and civilian sector

  3. "Something just not right"

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

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

    Pros

    Exciting mission, flexible work schedule

    Cons

    Leadership has demonstrated it is incapable of executing any of its big ideas. Instead we get more big ideas to replace the last big ideas. even the basics like issuing contracts or simply running the promotion process on schedule or in a manner which is fair to minority populations are botched.

    Advice to Management

    Time for a big change at the top. Next leadership team will need to weed out the visionaries and savants who advise the Director and replace them with professionals who can build and execute programs that meet the customer's needs and not the director's ego.


  4. "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.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "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.


  6. "Professional"

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    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.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "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.

  8. "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!


  9. "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.


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

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    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.


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