National Security Agency Reviews

Updated May 2, 2020

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3.8
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National Security Agency Director General Paul M. Nakasone (no image)
General Paul M. Nakasone
14 Ratings
Pros
  • "Work schedule, work life balance(in 23 reviews)

  • "lots of ability to move around once you've finished your time in an office(in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • "The dynamic between employees, military, and contractors can get a bit dicey(in 10 reviews)

  • "Military to Civilian Transition is a difficult and lengthy process(in 6 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    "Good opportunities"

    4.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Intelligence Analyst/Target Analyst Reporter in Fort Gordon, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at National Security Agency full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Senior leadership cares about their employees and is very interested in retention. Benefits are the best. Plenty of opportunities for education.

    Cons

    The dynamic between employees, military, and contractors can get a bit dicey.

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    National Security Agency2020-02-26
  2. Helpful (2)

    "Great place to work."

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at National Security Agency full-time

    Pros

    If you have what they need it's a great place.

    Cons

    If you don't have what they need don't waste their time.

    National Security Agency2019-12-27
  3. "Great job to start your early career"

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Contracts Manager in Fort George G Meade, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at National Security Agency full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Work life balance, benefits, exposure to DoD, collaborative environment

    Cons

    Pay, different management, promotion process, promotion time line

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    National Security Agency2020-05-02
  4. "Government work"

    4.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Signals Analyst in Aurora, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at National Security Agency full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    All federal holidays off, and a stable pay check.

    Cons

    Youre employed by uncle sam.

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    National Security Agency2020-05-02
  5. "Evolving Agency"

    4.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at National Security Agency full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Advancement Opportunities Great Benefits Excellent Educational Benefits (the best anywhere-really) Transiting to Enterprise Management Model-

    Cons

    Some Senior Leadership is stuck in bureaucratic mind-set. This demoralizes those who are working towards reform such as Enterprise Management.

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    National Security Agency2020-03-06
  6. "Great Mission, Great Team, Still DoD"

    4.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - CNO 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at National Security Agency full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    You really cannot beat the teams at the NSA. They are the smartest and "best in class". When it comes to mission... I found it to be my favorite place.

    Cons

    It is still the DoD.... this means very traditional style offices (even though they are refitting them for more modern styles)... leadership is still very much a hierarchy.... and many times I found that the branch chief was not qualified for the team they managed.

    National Security Agency2020-02-04
  7. Helpful (2)

    "Big Government, Bad Infighting"

    3.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Cyber Security 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at National Security Agency full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Budget usually allows lots of training opportunities. Benefits & federal retirement

    Cons

    Bureaucracy, in-fighting with other DoD & intelligence agencies, overwhelming processes overhead

    National Security Agency2019-11-11
  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great Place to Work"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at National Security Agency full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Incredibly meaningful work, great benefits (besides base pay)

    Cons

    Fort Meade area has a very high cost of living, but you could apply to one of the branch sites.

    National Security Agency2019-10-02
  9. Helpful (4)

    "Cutting Edge with Work-Life Balance"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Deputy Division Chief, Space and Weapons Cybersecurity Solutions 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at National Security Agency full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Cutting edge technology, tools and capabilities operationalized by an amazing and dedicated workforce. Fantastic work-life balance!

    Cons

    Government budget and funding constraints

    National Security Agency2019-09-17
  10. Helpful (6)

    "Pockets of Excellence"

    2.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Fort Meade, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at National Security Agency full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Smart people, hard problems, educational opportunities

    Cons

    Management, bureaucracy, Maryland, oppressive work culture, wargames

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    National Security Agency2019-09-30
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