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US Defense Intelligence Agency Reviews

Updated February 13, 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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  • Agency grew too big and top heavy during war on terror (triple-digit SESs on the roster) (in 6 reviews)

  • Dismal IT / HR depth, nepotism in hiring process (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "It is a good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The day to day work environment is healthy

    Cons

    sometimes you have to work weekends


  2. "Intelligence Officer (CI)"

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    Former Employee - Intelligence Officer in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Intelligence Officer in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    * Great Benefits
    * Excellent Pay for the Work
    * Improving Culture
    * Supportive Executives and Management

    Cons

    * Bureaucracy, bureaucracy, bureaucracy (it is government after all)
    * Culture - while it's improving, it has a long way to go. Many people are disengaged largely because administrivia dictates a lot of what you can actually get accomplished in a given day.
    * Policy dictates almost everything and changing policy can take YEARS.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to improve the culture, minimize bureaucracy as much as possible, and seek the opinions of the workforce when making changes.


  3. "Federal Service"

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

    Pros

    Challenging work with outstanding colleagues

    Cons

    Lots of management changes. Sometimes see people as exchangable cogs in system.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Awesome job"

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    Former Employee - Clinical Nurse in El Paso, TX
    Former Employee - Clinical Nurse in El Paso, TX

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

    Pros

    Good benefits Monday through Friday

    Cons

    No cons I really liked working there


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Intelligence Officer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The US Defense Intelligence Agency is a great place to get into the community and really network.

    Cons

    The schedule can sometimes be a lot depending on the different positions that you will hold and what mission you support.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "CND Security Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Network Exploitation Analyst in Ewa Beach, HI
    Current Employee - Network Exploitation Analyst in Ewa Beach, HI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Seemingly endless opportunities to grow and gain the initial hands on experience within the cyber security field.

    Cons

    The opportunities, although broad in nature, have a ceiling to them that is not possible unless transitioning away.

    Advice to Management

    The cyber security professionals who work within the Defense Intelligence Agency are always seeking ways for above and beyond self and team improvement, and these opportunities are often not readily available for all.


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    "Intelligence Officer (GG-13)"

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

    I worked at US Defense Intelligence Agency full-time

    Pros

    Paid time off, travel compensation, medical benefits.

    Cons

    Unfair interview and hiring practices, poor working conditions.

    Advice to Management

    Reduce number of retired 0-6 military hired direct to senior positions, reduce number of executives who have puppet responsibilities.


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    "Culture Challenges"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hanover, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hanover, MD
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    - Exciting work; you feel like to make a difference

    Cons

    - Culture is weak. There is a chasm between the civilian and military members of the agency. Also, there is a pervasive feeling throughout DIA that they are the JV and that CIA is the varsity.

    Advice to Management

    Strategic communications are weak; focus on DIA's core mission - Defense Intelligence.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Could Be Worse"

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    Current Employee - Collections in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Collections in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good facilities for nursing mothers
    Good work environment
    Good hours

    Cons

    Workforce and the way the directorates are set up are constantly changing. Directorates are combined and the hiring process and billets constantly changes

    Advice to Management

    Decide how you want the organization to be aligned and leave it that way. Better feedback to employees on promotion opportunities


  11. Helpful (3)

    "Analyst"

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

    Pros

    Good pay if you are a GS-13...you do little unique work.

    Cons

    An embarrassment to the country and its taxpayers.

    DIA is extremely top-heavy. A result of promoting a lot of young workers to GS-13 or higher during the height of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars when funding was high. This has resulted in a lot of mediocre people being promoted when they had no business being promoted. And now they think they were promoted because of their supposed expertise, and not because of good timing.

    In addition, DIA is rightly looked at in the IC and the government as the B-team (or even C or D-team) of the IC. It’s where analysts and others go when they can’t get into the top tier of the IC. And they either stew there a few years or resign themselves to being part of a redundant, mediocre organization that contributes little to the nation’s defense.

    DIA is also a place which encourages divisions between military, civilian, and contractors…frequently treating the latter as second class citizens. A marked contrast from other organizations in the government.

    The bureaucracy is also something to cringe at. All those GS-13’s and higher have to justify their paychecks. So there are a lot of useless middle management positions created which leads to ridiculous amounts of layers of bureaucracy.

    Advice to Management

    Stop wasting the taxpayers money doing jobs that other organizations already do...and much more effectively.



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