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National Security Agency Reviews

Updated November 21, 2018
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Pros
  • "Good work life balance since you can't take anything out of the SCIF to work at home" (in 18 reviews)

  • "Talented people to work wit; with an in-house school and money for outside classes - lots of opportunities to get better at what you do" (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • "There are no cons at working there" (in 4 reviews)

  • "The massive bureaucracy present in any large organization is also a part of the NSA" (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (17)

    "NSA is Exceptional Employer"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Columbia, MD
    Current Employee - Manager in Columbia, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    In-house training, financial support-continuing graduate education; flexible work schedules; emphasizes work-life balance; serve our Country!' travel opportunities CONUS and OCONUS; flexible in-house job vacancy program enabling employee upward mobility regardless of current pay-grade; highly educated work-force; learning opportunities are constant; can tailor your career with your changing interests and family needs; all your fellow employees are law-abiding citizens who've undergone security reviews; motivated atmosphere; exciting work; you learn about what's going on in the world

    Cons

    You have to live without your smart phone by your side. However, there are internet cafe locations with secure phone storage that allow you to access your phone on your break.

    Advice to Management

    Addiction is rampant in our society. Do not throw out those highly qualified employees who happen to fall victim to alcohol or prescription medication addiction and who also seek and/or are living in a recovery lifestyle. Also, keep being the great leaders you are!! Get us through this difficult time in U.S. history!! We are with you!!


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Deputy Office Director"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort George G Meade, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort George G Meade, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fairly stable. Can move around within the agency to different jobs.

    Cons

    You are subject to a lot of scrutiny especially as you get in the higher ranks. You are not free to travel anywhere you choose and you have to be careful with whom you associate with.

    Advice to Management

    Pay more attention to how employees are evaluated, protected etc. Fear is not a way to lead.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Intel Analyst"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Intelligence Analyst in Fort Meade, MD
    Current Employee - Intelligence Analyst in Fort Meade, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Do/see/learn some really cool things while helping to protect your country. You can meet some really smart, hardworking, and innovative souls in many offices. There is also no end to the variety of positions a smart analyst can take over a long career. You can easily reinvent yourself every so many years to stay fresh.

    Cons

    Too big of a bureaucracy. Slow to innovate. For every hard worker, there are a couple of slugs just slinking around making a paycheck.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of clock-punchers.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Great at training, awful at retaining"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at National Security Agency (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Best first job you'll ever have

    Cons

    Security, compensation, location, parking, morale

    Advice to Management

    Listen to PTs


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Great Company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at National Security Agency full-time

    Pros

    Very friendly to those in the military

    Cons

    Very impervious to new changes.


  6. Helpful (5)

    "You'll do a whole lot of nada"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Support Staff
    Current Employee - Support Staff
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at National Security Agency full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    You get to learn interesting history, visitors are enthusiastic.

    Cons

    No one who works here is a musuem or library professional, or even a professional historian, so there's little to learn from coworkers. If you aren't an agency employee, you're given busy work, if you're lucky, or absolutely nothing. So, so boring. Agency employees pretty much ignore the rest of us, which is rude and demoralizing.

    Advice to Management

    Hire people from outside the agency with professional experience in museums, libraries, and/or history.


  7. Helpful (6)

    "Government Bureacracy and Security Create Harsh Environment"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at National Security Agency full-time

    Pros

    Lots of learning. Moving between jobs is encouraged so lots of diversity. Tons of smart people.

    Cons

    Security is tough and can be antagonistic.
    Silicon Handcuffs are real. (The notion that working there puts you further and further behind the technology curve which makes it harder to leave.)
    Promotion (advancements) are super heard to come by.

    Advice to Management

    Trust your people more

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Analyst at NSA"

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

    I worked at National Security Agency full-time

    Pros

    They are on the leading edge of technology.

    Cons

    There are no cons at working there.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Great overall Experience I enjoy my job"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at National Security Agency full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    great minds
    campus transportation is great

    Cons

    traffic in the surrounding area


  10. Helpful (1)

    "No complaints other than parking."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Cryptologic Linguist in Fort Meade, MD
    Former Employee - Cryptologic Linguist in Fort Meade, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at National Security Agency full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Everyone is respectful and willing to mentor.

    Cons

    Parking is pretty atrocious if you don't work swing or flexible hours; but at least you get your daily walk in.