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US Defense Intelligence Agency Reviews

Updated November 6, 2017
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US Defense Intelligence Agency Director Lieutenant General Vincent R. Stewart, USMC
Lieutenant General Vincent R. Stewart, USMC
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  • Directorates are combined and the hiring process and billets constantly changes (in 5 reviews)

  • The senior leadership at DIA is not qualified (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "It all depends on your location"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at US Defense Intelligence Agency full-time

    Pros

    Some of the mission areas are incredibly valuable. Some locations are amazing.

    Cons

    Constantly reorganizing. No actual focus from upper management. Trying to do too many missions simultaneously.


  2. "Good Agency"

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    Former Employee - Program Manager in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at US Defense Intelligence Agency full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Huge organization with multiple areas to work. Teleworking is always a plus too. Everything is inside the HQ from a gym to resting areas.

    Cons

    Yet he organization is huge. You can get loss very quickly if you do not get out of your office.

    Advice to Management

    Find a way to intermingle military, Civilians and contractors better.

  3. "Pros and Cons of DIA"

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    Former Employee - Analyst in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Analyst in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at US Defense Intelligence Agency full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Excellent place to begin an analyst career. Offers courses on basic analysis. Moderate job growth opportunity. Apart of the federal government and therefore qualifying for federal benefits.

    Cons

    Leadership reluctant to make difficult change. Leadership slow to implement change which leads to ineffective product. Minimal job growth opportunity for low grade employees.

    Advice to Management

    Offer more job rotations to junior analysts. Make it easier to fire/let go employees.


  4. "Experience"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Lewis, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Lewis, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at US Defense Intelligence Agency full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great Health Benefits for family

    Cons

    You are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week


  5. "Important mission - too many chiefs"

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    Former Employee - Action Officer/Program Manager in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Action Officer/Program Manager in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at US Defense Intelligence Agency (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent mission.. Its what you make of it! Some very motivated people while others are retired in place

    Cons

    The bureaucracy!


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Division Chief"

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    Former Employee - Division Chief
    Former Employee - Division Chief
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at US Defense Intelligence Agency full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Some great opportunities to contribute to national security.
    Many pockets of excellence across the agency.
    Good advancement and educational opportunties.
    Opportunites for world wide assignements.

    Cons

    Bloated upper management. Way too many SESs and DISLs.
    The performance evaluation system flawed, overinflated and not normed across the agency.
    Many seniors are out of touch with current best practices.
    A careerist attitude and status weigh down performance, Employees are worried about the size of their offices and their parking spots.
    Security is an afterhought.

    Advice to Management

    Reviewer rating profiles should be implemented throughout the agency.
    Performace rankings need to normed for across all reviewers.
    Cut out more layers and flatten the org chart.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Hard Work/Minimal Benefit"

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    Former Employee - Senior Accountant in Herndon, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Accountant in Herndon, VA

    I worked at US Defense Intelligence Agency full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great team environment, busy all the time.

    Cons

    Low pay, benefits were horrible.

    Advice to Management

    Offer more benefit packages that are not expensive. Match on 401K benefits.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Woefully Lacking"

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    Former Employee - Division Chief in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Division Chief in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at US Defense Intelligence Agency full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Job security is pretty good with the federal government, at least currently.

    Cons

    The senior leadership at DIA is not qualified. Promotion to senior ranks is based on who you know rather than what you know, how well you have performed, and what your potential is. Good old boy and girl networks are pervasive, the worst of which are retired military colonels. The vast majority of them do not know how to manage civilians, and treat the civilian workforce as second rate. DIA performs like a job corps for the retired military. The agency consistently ranks at the bottom of the Intelligence Community for morale based on the annual federal government employee survey. Senior leadership is very good at talking the talk but not walking the talk.

    Advice to Management

    Start to respect and listen to your workforce. They know more than you.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "DIA Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Active Duty Military in Omaha, NE
    Current Employee - Active Duty Military in Omaha, NE
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at US Defense Intelligence Agency full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    There are a lot of opportunities for professional development courses.

    Cons

    The bureaucracy is absolutely awful.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Message Center"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at US Defense Intelligence Agency full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great place to work, centrally located to all of DMV (District, Maryland, Virginia)

    Cons

    Traffic was horrible coming across the bridge from Virginia


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