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US Defense Intelligence Agency Reviews

Updated September 15, 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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  • "Challenging work with a reasonable work-life balance" (in 6 reviews)

  • "The US Defense Intelligence Agency is a great place to get into the community and really network" (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Administrative Officer"

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    Current Employee - Administrative Officer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Administrative Officer in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Most diverse work place ever

    Cons

    Needs more training on core values

    Advice to Management

    Hold all accountable for their actions


  2. "Supervisory contract specialist"

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    Current Employee - Supervisory Contract Specialist in Reston, VA
    Current Employee - Supervisory Contract Specialist in Reston, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interesting missuon, 10 per cent supplement for hard to fill position

    Cons

    Tremendous bureaucracy and cumbersome IT

    Advice to Management

    Improve IT

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Needs improvement throughout leadership."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Logistics Manager
    Current Employee - Logistics Manager
    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

    Very Diverse place to work, has other activities outside work for employees to do.

    Cons

    Government leadership needs to know how to lead!, DIA shifts employers around a lot, shows favoritism too much, places anyone to fill a position regardless if they have experience in that field or not, a lot of government employees make the atmosphere at DIA Headquarters unappealing and snobby.

    Advice to Management

    Change the culture of the DIA Headquarters into a positive atmosphere, leadership do not have an understanding on how to motivate and lead others, too many people at DIA want to be in charge and keep up an false image, some leaders need to be held accountable for their actions on the spot, treat the contractors with respect, stop allowing disrespectful actions to continue throughout the agency.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Mixed bag"

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    Current Employee - Intelligence Analyst in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Intelligence Analyst in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Job security (so long as Congress funds the government)
    - Interesting work
    - Reasonable work/life balance
    - Occasional travel (average 1x/year) to some interesting places (both overseas and in the States)
    - Vast majority of colleagues are professional, interesting, and great to work with
    - Cash bonuses for deployments to military operation areas (if you're interested in that)
    - Ability to take lots of training in and outside your area of professional responsibility

    Cons

    - Nearly impossible to get promoted under new Talent Management System introduced 2 years ago, can only be promoted once a year; income stagnation after a number of years
    - Leadership/management can be hit/miss depending on the office you work for
    - Trade-off between high cost of living in the DC area or having to deal with extreme traffic congestion
    - Government bureaucracy

    Advice to Management

    Without more opportunities for promotion, you will eventually drive out your most experienced, non-management tier of analysts and staff and gut the agency.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Great people and great mission"

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    Former Employee - Training and Talent Management in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Training and Talent Management in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Saving lives and helping national security

    Cons

    Continuing resolutions, lousy promotion processes

    Advice to Management

    IT, daily employment and hierarchy are all stuck in 1900s


  6. Helpful (11)

    "DIA's Promotion System"

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    Current Employee - Intelligence Officer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Intelligence Officer in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The COCOMs (most of them) are good places to work. Good mission, Good people, and probably some of the most interesting things you'll ever get to deal with. Stay away from the Belt Way

    Cons

    DIA is severely broken. It mostly happened under the former leadership. There are many, many things that those folks did to muck-up the DIA, but let’s just look at promotions right now. The promotion system is perfectly designed to screw over the employees. It’s almost like HR has purposely set you up for failure. First you have to spend an enormous amount of man hours putting together a promotion packet - that packet then goes to your boss for his review and comments - then the packet makes its way to a local hiring board - if you pass that it gets sent to the next higher hiring board. Then they bring in all these senior GG14/15s from all over the country and the world to DIA HQ in DC (and let’s not even try to get into the amount of man-hours, travel, and per diem involved here, okay?) and these folks look at 100s of promotion packets in like a week or two. One hiring manager admitted that they only spent 20 to 30 seconds on each packet – a packet you spent 80+ man-hours producing. The percentage of those who actually get promoted is very low. So - let's say you pass this board – and you are now "promotable" and free to compete for the next higher position you can find. That's the trick, see - most people want a promotion AND stay in place or at the very least the same city/locale. Chances are, there are only a very few DIA positions at the next higher rank available where you are located. So that means you have to either get on DIA’s Job Market on the intra-web or put your name in the Annual Career Assignments Program (ACAP) bin and hope to pick up a position there. The ACAP is a total crap-shoot. Yes, there are 100s of positions listed - but you can only get a position if the person currently in that position gets his or her position, you follow? It's a domino theory way of doing things - and unless the stars are perfectly aligned - you're not likely to get a job you want through ACAP. But lets say you get selected. WooHoo! Right? Nope, that's just being selected for an interview. Whether through DIA's Job Market or through ACAP, you still have to compete for that position. So let’s say you are a GG12 (promotable) looking at a GG13 position; you will likely have to compete with current 13’s who have more experience than you OR will be competing against GG12’s who already work in that department and are just moving up. And the local leadership doesn't exactly play fair, the cards are stacked against you. EXAMPLE: They will get with their human resources and ask to get a GG13 position downgraded to a GG12/13 position so they can move their selected guy in their own office into that space – and he gets the job AND the promotion. Easy peasy nice and easy - - for him. Not so much for you, the chances of you actually getting promoted are pretty slim. So let’s jump forward to the end of the year, and you have been unable to find a next-higher position suitable to your needs. DIA will turn around and offer you whatever they have left in the position bin. Imagine jobs in the worse places in the world that nobody wants, that’s generally what you have to choose from. There is a reason why those positions are empty, right? And you look at where you are now and say, “ya know what, DIA? I think I’ll just stay where I am.” And DIA replies, “That’s fine. But you are now no longer promotable – and you won’t be able to apply for a promotion again for TWO YEARS.” And two years later you go through the whole mess again. They say the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. That, dear reader, is how the DIA promotion system works. Or doesn’t work, depending you perspective.

    Advice to Management

    DIA seems to have good leadership now, I've heard nothing but good things about The new and improved leadership. Unfortunately the former administrators are still in positions of power and they are still pushing their messed up agenda. Wiping the slate clean would be a good start - but probably easier said than done.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "IC Career"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Intelligence Officer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Intelligence Officer in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at US Defense Intelligence Agency full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Not as big as some of the other IC agencies. Easy to get to know senior leadership.

    Cons

    Currently revising hiring/career procedures causing some temporary turbulence.

  8. Helpful (8)

    "Program Manager"

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

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

    Pros

    The mission supporting the warfighter and the overall benefits afforded to all federal employees are both good. The career opportunities as far as Joint Duty Assignments and deployment opportunities are great as long as you are not blackballed by your own management. That, unfortunately, happens a lot.

    Cons

    The toxic work environment is downright horrible. Most senior leadership positions are filled with managers with control issues. There are a lot of unhappy employees who are completely miserable. The morale is extremely low at best. The good old boy system is rampant. The internal controls in place sound great, but they just create an environment where the managers creatively rate employees to ensure their chosen ones are rewarded or chosen over others. The agency does not believe or support transparency over closed-door discussions when handling serious issues. The level of distrust is very high which further perpetuates the ongoing morale issues. Micro-management is rampant here.

    Advice to Management

    Wake up! Would you want your children to work here and to be treated this way?


  9. "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


  10. "HR Specialist"

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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

    Pros

    Lots of career development opportunities. Good benefits. Lots to get involved in around the agency.

    Cons

    Salary is low. Promotion is slow. Bureaucracy. No willingness to change or improve processes. Very inefficient.


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