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National Reconnaissance Office Reviews

Updated June 20, 2017
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  1. "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


  2. "PM"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at National Reconnaissance Office as a contractor

    Pros

    Critical mission, professionals committed to excellence

    Cons

    be more flexible in acquisition strategies

    Advice to Management

    refer to "Con" comment; nothing more to add

  3. "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.


  4. "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.


  5. "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


  6. "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.


  7. "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.

  8. "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.


  9. "Great place to coast...Low speed low drag...no stress"

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    Former Employee - Program Manager in Chantilly, VA
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Chantilly, VA
    Recommends
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    Pros

    The atmosphere is great at the NRO. You have the ability to utilize a flexible work schedule to better manage your job with family matters. Leaders are very reasonable about granting time off to take care of personal matters. People are very friendly and professional throughout the organization. There is a broad mix of government and contract personnel. there are also lots of military who hold significant positions throughout the organization. You have many in house facilities available to you to utilize while at work. Amenities vary from gym, haircare, dry cleaning, ATM just to name a few. All in all you can't go wrong if you land a job with this organization.

    Cons

    Too much group think and not enough decision making going on with in the programs. Lots of bright PhD qualified folks but not a lot of no nonsense decision makers. Lot of independent contractors trying to weight in on every decision point even if it is outside of their expertise. It can be very hard to promote in this organization if you do not have a good mentor to guide you through your career wickets. Some jobs require significant travel so if you do not like to visit your customers then that may couse a problem with your manager. Lots of politicking going on inside these walls so worker beware.

    Advice to Management

    Train your reliefs. Institute a mentorship program where managers are rated against their ability to grow leaders.