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National Reconnaissance Office Reviews

Updated July 28, 2018
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  1. "An exciting and great place to work - mission focused, people focused"

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    Current Employee - Staff in Chantilly, VA
    Current Employee - Staff in Chantilly, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at National Reconnaissance Office full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Consistently rated the best agency to work for, with the highest morale, of all DoD services and agencies per DoD climate surveys

    Cons

    There is some of the usual government bureaucracy, but less than you'll find anywhere else.


  2. "Facilities Operations"

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    Current Employee - Facilities Manager in Aurora, CO
    Current Employee - Facilities Manager in Aurora, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at National Reconnaissance Office full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The NRO support a very important national security mission

    Cons

    The NRO is standing up a new agency and has a few growing pains.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on Facilities more and start hiring true facilities professionals in the mission support group.

  3. "Center Chief"

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    Current Employee - Center Chief in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Center Chief in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at National Reconnaissance Office full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Rewarding position support national security efforts. Opportunity to work with highly educated and motivated people who share the same passion for the mission and supporting our national security objectives.

    Cons

    Inter-agency distrust and cultural differences and risk aversion sometimes makes progress difficult. Sometimes management will task problem assessments but will not want to commit the resources to properly address the issue.

    Advice to Management

    Empower the mid-level leaders/managers and equip them with the resources required to address issues or do not task them with additional projects if there is no senior leader commitment to follow through with the recommended solutions.


  4. "Room for Improvement!"

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    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at National Reconnaissance Office full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Quality of work life and proximity to home are great. Important mission to support.

    Cons

    Challenging to deliver capability quickly and take advantage of technical innovation. Change is slow and the culture ingrained.

    Advice to Management

    Reduce duplication of efforts, implementation process re-engineering and focus on improving communication up and down the chain.


  5. "Positive Review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at National Reconnaissance Office full-time

    Pros

    Feel a connection to the mission
    Diversity embraced

    Cons

    From my point of view, there are really no cons


  6. "Fast pace environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good Company to work for. Constant pace. Always something cool going on.

    Cons

    Security process is a nightmare. But once you get it you're pretty much set.


  7. "IT Management"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Aurora, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Aurora, CO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at National Reconnaissance Office full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great sense of purpose with plenty of opportunities for training

    Cons

    nearsighted middle management struggles with strategy; they lean on entry level workers to put out fires that could have been eliminated with minimum planning

  8. "NRO Review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Haymarket, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Haymarket, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at National Reconnaissance Office full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    -Innovative and technologically cutting-edge
    -Diverse areas of focus
    -Large workforce with high morale
    -Typically, a great amount of job security
    -Great location outside the Beltway

    Cons

    -Large Bureaucracy
    -Organization often changes structurally
    -There can be a steep learning curve
    -Typically requires high-level security clearance

    Advice to Management

    -Strive to maintain organizational stability as much as possible while promoting innovation and growth.
    -Communicate effectively down the chain of command.


  9. "Department Chief"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    A place with great opportunities.

    Cons

    No large issues I'm aware of.


  10. "Outstanding. A remarkable, impressive place to work on programs of dire national importance."

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    Current Employee - Division Director in Chantilly, VA
    Current Employee - Division Director in Chantilly, VA
    Recommends

    Pros

    Outstanding colleagues with a stunning combination of both technical and management skills.
    Fascinating technology that supports the nation's most important technical intelligence requirements.

    Cons

    Disappointing that an NRO government employee has such a difficult time justifying a desire to stay for more than 4 years.

    Advice to Management

    Fight to keep NRO personnel for a longer period of time. USAF and CIA have started to claw people back with reckless abandon.


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