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National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Reviews

Updated February 6, 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 13 reviews)

  • Great mission, hard problems to solve, very good benefits (flexible schedules, beautiful building, free gym on site) (in 10 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. "Image Scientist"

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

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

    Pros

    I have been at the NGA for 6 months and thoroughly enjoy it. In my work role, I have been given a good amount of freedom to pursue interesting projects, within the scope of mission goals. I have also been placed with a very good group of coworkers and have found every one to be nice.

    Cons

    The big downside is the usual "big, slow" government versus "quick, nimble" industry. Getting any requests fulfilled takes a long time.


  2. "Program Officer and Administrator"

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    • 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.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Perpetually in Search of New Stuff"

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    Former Employee - Senior Executive in North Springfield, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Executive in North Springfield, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Mission. People. Facility. Community. Great sense of satisfaction contributing to national security mission. Great promise and an increasingly younger, more diversified workforce.

    Cons

    Too many gitchy strategic objectives that lack congruence or relevance to the agency community mission--been non-stop "good ideas" since 2010. None of them stuck or reached fruition. IT investments squandered for a decade pursuing yesterday's technology. Leadership team is not (leading.) Portfolio effort started in 2011 a disaster, personnel efforts have ruined morale and isolated workforce. People aren't held accountable. Messaging inconsistent, no track to task on planned activities. Bumper stickers or platitudes as goals or objectives--substance light.

    Advice to Management

    Re-establish a senior advisory group--and listen to them! The hell with all the limitations the DNI put in place--the community has to live with the results.interview before you promote to senior--oh, and have a job or two in mind when you do--worst practice promoting from resumes.


  4. "Dying Agency"

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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

    Decent pay, typical government benefits.

    Cons

    No room for advancement, innovation is stifled, senior managers are largely incompetent.

    Advice to Management

    Actually create a meritocracy.


  5. "A great mission and place to work"

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    Current Employee - Mission Assurance Specialist in Springfield, VA
    Current Employee - Mission Assurance Specialist in Springfield, VA
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Several opportunities are available across multiple tradecrafts.

    Cons

    Cultural changes are on-going related to experts vice expertise.

    Advice to Management

    Please , listen to the employee climate survey!


  6. "Progressive option in the IC"

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I wasn't a direct hire but sat in their spaces for 3 years. Director was in touch and transparent with the staff. Building accommodations were some of the best that the fed gov has to offer. Clear process for promotions and effort to reduce top heavy structure. Some who were not moving up amongst the higher ranking (GS13-15) were unhappy and not on board with the changes but it's a great system overall. Very open to team and collaboration. Work-life balance is a real thing here too. Family events, fitness program, free gym services, holiday recognition.

    Cons

    Sense of resentment from people who weren't skating thru raises anymore.

    Advice to Management

    None


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Always behind the curve"

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

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

    Pros

    Great Fed Govt Benefits as expected.

    Cons

    Weak to no leadership at all. NGA is constantly trying to chase technology and the commercial world. Tons of ideas, zero implementation. Director Cardillo is a sad example of a leader in the Intelligence World.

    Advice to Management

    Be leaders, quit managing only for your own careers.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "It was fine"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    You get a job at the end of it
    Pay is good
    You get to live near D.C.

    Cons

    Work is boring
    They just want to recruit you for full time
    If you have a really technical major(I was Computer Science) then be prepared to explain relatively simple topics to professionals who should have already known more
    You don't do much


  9. "Great Company"

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    Former Employee - Imagery Analyst in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Imagery Analyst in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay, Flexible Work Schedule, Military Support, Travel and Education

    Cons

    The mid level management are all about themselves and do not assist junior analysts to grow.

    Advice to Management

    If you want your personnel to succeed, you need to let them know the actual severity of their job


  10. Helpful (1)

    "An interesting Job"

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

    I worked at National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency full-time

    Pros

    When you get to know fellow employees they can be friends for life

    Cons

    Most of the Mandatory Training you do is in Legalize and difficult to understand


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