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National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Reviews

Updated August 11, 2017
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National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Director Robert Cardillo
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Pros
  • Work-life balance is unsurpassable, in my opinion (in 11 reviews)

  • Great Mission and hard not to feel pride in being part of it (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • Career Services has let the workforce down (in 8 reviews)

  • New Career Services and Mission Talent Alignment is taking the control of your career out of your hands (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Best place in the Federal Government to work."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency full-time

    Pros

    Beautiful building and an operational mentality to get the mission done. Also there is a bit of a corporate culture in the Agency that keeps young talent coming in.

    Cons

    Need more funds focused on innovation


  2. "Dazed and Confused"

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

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

    Pros

    NGA has the best athletic facility and encourages employees to use it. Mission talent alignment means not being in a job long enough to be accountable.

    Cons

    Its hard to understand what business NGA is in. Leadership is taking risks with the workforce and its mission partners by moving away from performing its core mission, Imagery analysis, and creating a vague concept of the data corps at the expense of support to partners. The lack of a coherent plan and communication strategy is typical of how the agency operates...Fire, ready, aim...repeat...

    Advice to Management

    We don't have the technology to assist analysts (e.g. automated image recognition, automated meta data tagging) and until it exists PEOPLE will need to look at the imagery. What data will the data corps mine since its locked up in the imagery?

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Culture of disrespect"

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

    I have been working at National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I like the people and the mission. Good gym

    Cons

    Arrogant and tone deaf leaders. The agency has lost its way and is not the elite intelligence agency it once was. There is a culture of disrespect that starts at the top and the employee morale is very low. Bottom line is that the leadership has lost the trust and respect of the workforce. Its very common these days to hear even Senior Leaders bemoan the Direction that the agency is heading. Personnel programs such as Rank in Person, Career Services and MTA are poorly implemented and consume way too much time for no tangible results.

    Advice to Management

    Stop chasing fads and do the mission we need to do to keep the nation safe. We look more like a failed start up than a mission focused agency.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Great mission. Agency needs to get past its culture of extreme micromanagement."

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    Current Employee - Information Security Specialist
    Current Employee - Information Security Specialist
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great potential. The mission of this agency gas incredible potential for creating a level of political transparency that can set the conditions improved global security.

    Cons

    Extreme micromanagement is deeply engrained in the culture of the agency. There is an epic lack of self awareness re this shortcoming. The degree of micromanagement is not only demoralizing and disempowering, it stunts the career growth of employees.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on unlocking the incredible potential of your workforce. DCIPS and MTA are the antithesis of the real solution. Identify the leaders who practice drill sergeant like tactics and move them to non leadership positions. An individual who is 20 or 30 years into their career who still doesn't understand how to motivate and earn the trust of employees will probably never learn.


  5. "GEOINT Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Aurora, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Aurora, CO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Providing critical intelligence to the Intelligence Community and warfighters throughout the world

    Cons

    Top; Level agency = having access to all data

    Advice to Management

    NGA Geospatial Intelligence Analyst possess unique skill-sets that can also be used in the private sector.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Analyst in Aurora, CO
    Current Employee - Analyst in Aurora, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interesting field, mentally challenging, enjoyed my time with the agency.

    Cons

    Way too busy checking boxes, mission above people, systematic mismanagement, lack of promotion for analytic occupations, poor corporate communication

    Advice to Management

    Advising management would do no good, the senior management are fighting and won't listen.


  7. "Evolving the GEOINT Business Model"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Springfield, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Springfield, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great location and building amenities. Opportunities for education and growth.

    Cons

    Almost constant and massive change. Career Services are operational but have a long way to go to be highly effective and consistent.

    Advice to Management

    Get professionals in to manage change and achieve the cultural change you are looking for. It's a long game.

  8. "Good for former military"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good place to work and security

    Cons

    Not really anything bad to say


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Toxic"

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    Former Employee - Analyst in North Springfield, VA
    Former Employee - Analyst in North Springfield, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice building; Starbucks; Gym

    Cons

    Extreme micro-management; HR policies that are nonexistent and are arbitrary applied; Long probationary period that affords little protection to employees

    Advice to Management

    Retire; Take ethics training and learn to manage


  10. "NGA"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency full-time

    Pros

    There are too many to list. Great agency to work for.

    Cons

    Traffic to and from is rough.

    Advice to Management

    I have no advice, as I am not a current employee.


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