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Updated February 21, 2018
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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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  • The senior leadership at DIA is not qualified (in 6 reviews)

  • Directorates are combined and the hiring process and billets constantly changes (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Program Manager"

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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

    Pros

    Fast paced ever changing environment

    Cons

    Lots of projects not enough resources at times

    Advice to Management

    None


  2. "Nice place to work to help students"

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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

    Pros

    Benefits are awesome, lot of travelibg during the summer is outstanding

    Cons

    Commute was 2 hours one way

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great Mission and Opportunities"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Training, mission, benefits, nice building

    Cons

    Bureaucratic, parking, small gym, military imbalance

    Advice to Management

    Allow new ideas, offer more promotion opportunities


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Attorney"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at US Defense Intelligence Agency full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Nothing anymore. Leadership has changed that.

    Cons

    No flexibility, leadership mistrust in its employees, micromanagement by leadership at all levels of OGC

    Advice to Management

    Leave


  5. "Senior Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Senior Analyst, Supervisor in Omaha, NE
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst, Supervisor in Omaha, NE
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at US Defense Intelligence Agency full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Pay is fair across gender, race, religion, etc. Training is widely available and encouraged. Great benefits! New hiring structure is supposed to make it easier for career federal employees to climb through the ranks, instead of hiring every senior military officer who retires and filling up all the senior ranks with people who do not know the agency.

    Cons

    Promotion opportunities come down to how the person writes about themselves and how people located far away from the job site perceive the individual's ability to work at the next paygrade. This handcuffs the local leaders/managers who know the capabilities of the individual and find that person right for a position at the next paygrade.

    Advice to Management

    Let the local hiring managers make decisions about selecting people for the next paygrade - it would be great to have someone at HQ to adjudicate the decision, but the local leaders need to have more of a say in promotions at senior ranks.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Great Mission"

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    Former Employee - Senior Executive in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Executive in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are many talented, smart people working at DIA who put up with many workplace annoyances because they are dedicated to the mission.
    DIA has broad responsibilities in the Defense and Intelligence communities so there are many different ways you can contribute.
    If you are looking for opportunities to work in national security and see the world, DIA is a good place to work - but you have to pursue opportunities rather than waiting for them to drop into your lap.

    Cons

    Senior leadership. Based on several years of inconsistent, if not outright bad , leadership at the top of the agency senior civilian leaders are gun shy about making a decision, pursuing a new course. Leaders who demonstrate moral courage or a different perspective are usually shut down so everyone can stay the course. The workforce succeeds despite their senior leaders but that model can only be sustained for so long.

    Advice to Management

    Move on - bad decisions were made for less than pure reasons but don't handicap future success by focusing on the past. Also, celebrate the unique mission of DIA rather than trying to duplicate another organizations work. Don't be afraid of new ideas. Be honest about who should be in leadership positions - the "old BOY" network hasn't served the workforce or the mission and they need to move on or out. Standards should be standard or get rid of them. You can't have managers who have never left the organization or worked anywhere else tell current employees that they need to deploy, rotate positions, get advanced education when the current leaders did none of the above. Be honest with your workforce - they are smart adults who can deal with budget and other realities. What they cannot continue to deal with is being misled. Do what you say you are going to do - where are the opportunities for women and minorities?


  7. "Systems Administrator"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    This is a great place to work

    Cons

    This position can be a challenging one

    Advice to Management

    Ensure that the work environment is not toxic

  8. Helpful (1)

    "store worker"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Defense Intelligence Agency full-time

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, customer service, great working environment

    Cons

    no room for growth, poor management, rude co workers


  9. Helpful (3)

    "politics have ruined the government"

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

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

    Pros

    Job security, great healthcare benefits, amazing, PTO, and a decent 401k.

    Cons

    Here is an honest review of the department. This agency is an "old boys club" where the baby-boomers have ruined how the government works. They only promote those who either given money to the current administration in office, or someone that has a mom or dad in a high ranking place within the government. Lets say about 60 people work in my department and out of those, 50, have received their jobs and promotions because are high ranking members within the government. For example, one person had a fashion degree with no experience at all and right out of college they were able to move from a GS-7 to a GS-13 in less than 5 years. We have applicants who have PhDs or other wonderful experience that the government needs in order to improve how things run, but they do not get hired, because their mom and dad don't work in the government. Being either a female or a minority you are pretty much set to fail. Our department has been investigated number of times because well-qualified women or minorities have been denied promotions because of the "old boys club". Most of our high ranking directors are only around until a new administration takes over, so they are a bit busy trying to work the system in order to find a job in the private-sector. Lastly, the government is down-sizing so it is getting harder to move up. Even if you had the skills, the education, and the experience on your resume, but you do not have the exact KSA (Job description) on the posting you will not even have your resumed read.

    Advice to Management

    Hire people who are qualified, look into the OIG reports about corruption. You are losing so much young talent.


  10. Helpful (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.


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