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National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Reviews

Updated November 13, 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 12 reviews)

  • Great mission, hard problems to solve, very good benefits (flexible schedules, beautiful building, free gym on site) (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • Cardillo, upper management, mission talent alignment, ITPs (in 5 reviews)

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

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  1. "Progressive option in the IC"

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    • Senior Management
    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


  2. "Barely Functioning Agency"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Springfield Station, VA
    Current Employee - Manager in Springfield Station, 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

    Great Facility and the people are generally nice

    Cons

    Leadership. Constant reorganization has exhausted the agency. More management in the front office is latest reorg result. Management continues to hire and promote loyal friends vice competent people.

    Advice to Management

    Get back to mission. Fix your IT and acquisition missions to actually deliver capability needed by the workforce.

  3. "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.


  4. 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


  5. "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


  6. 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


  7. Helpful (1)

    "It's not the same as it was before"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and work-life balance.

    Cons

    Mission Talent Alignment requires people to move jobs every 3-5 years, depending on their occupation.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to employees

  8. "Low Employee Morale plus Government Waste"

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    Current Employee - IT Manager in Springfield, VA
    Current Employee - IT 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 10 years)

    Pros

    Should be a great place to work because of the mission

    Cons

    Career Services, MTA and Rank in Person Promotions have created a burden on managers and induced anxiety in the workforce. Poorly planned and implemented. The IT/Acquisition efforts are simply wasteful. Our desire for DevOps is not matched by the needed program structure or funding levels. The result is that we are simply spending money and we have no idea when the capability will be available and how much it will cost.

    Advice to Management

    A bew Director and Deputy Director are sadly needed to turn the culture around.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great Tech in Government"

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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

    NGA has potential for being the leading tech agency in the USG. It has a talented young workforce. Great mission!

    Cons

    Senior management is too entrenched in old ways of doing business. front office needs to make tough decisions and actually fire those who hinder progress and innovation.

    Advice to Management

    stop promoting top performance at the top and make way for your young. Make the tough call to actually fire poor performing senior executives.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Best place in the Federal Government to work."

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    • Senior Management
    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


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