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US Defense Intelligence Agency Analyst Reviews

Updated Oct 30, 2019

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US Defense Intelligence Agency CEO Lieutenant General Vincent R. Stewart, USMC
Lieutenant General Vincent R. Stewart, USMC
9 Ratings
  1. "WORK AT HQ OR NOWHERE"

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    Former Employee - Analyst 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at US Defense Intelligence Agency full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    If you like sitting in the corner coloring and not ever contributing but making a half decent salary, this is the place for you.

    Cons

    This agency is beyond broken... they don't understand basic BASIC acquisition (and don't want to), and the gov't will pile tasks on contractors that they don't want to do because the culture fosters an environment where one mistake will start a rumor mill that a person is incompetent. The gossip train is horrific too... so if you're a hard-charger take this into consideration. If a work-package of any kind is... inadequate (which it almost always is), the govies will take hard criticism and review as personal attacks, and will request that person be either removed or will ardently complain. You have to coddle them like infants (most of them have been there for years/decades and sit collecting paychecks)... which is why nothing gets done there. Also, any office outside of HQ is a joke. You will sit there struggling to be acknowledged for anything you do, and work stealers abound.

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    Advice to Management

    Learn the DoD 5000, learn what acquisition is, figure out your identity or DISA is going to take away the reason this agency exists. Already I honestly can't figure out what people do there, aside from collect a paycheck for very little output. Do It Again DIA... you are the most inefficient agency on the planet.

    US Defense Intelligence Agency2019-10-31
  2. "US Defense Intelligence Agency in support of CENTCOM"

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    Current Employee - Computer Systems Analyst in Tampa, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at US Defense Intelligence Agency full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Flexible hours with a good job/family ratio

    Cons

    Management heavy and not much room to grow

    US Defense Intelligence Agency2019-09-17
  3. "Decent gig"

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    Former Employee - Analyst in Reston, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at US Defense Intelligence Agency full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Easy work, good environment, low stress, you can cruise through a workday.

    Cons

    Nepotism, Nepotism, Nepotism. You will never see more of it in your life. It's all about who you know.

    Advice to Management

    Do away with the "No Colonel Left behind" policy where those in the military that retire hop the next day into a civilian GS-13 position.

    US Defense Intelligence Agency2019-07-10
  4. "Great but needs more pay across the board"

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    Former Employee - Intelligence Analyst in Reston, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at US Defense Intelligence Agency full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Relaxed work environment with decent management

    Cons

    None other than salary complaints

    US Defense Intelligence Agency2019-05-22
  5. "Military"

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    Current Employee - Intelligence Analyst in Oceanside, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at US Defense Intelligence Agency full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Good pay, benefits, and time off.

    Cons

    Hours can be long and you are pretty limited in your career paths.

    Advice to Management

    Give more educational benefits.

    US Defense Intelligence Agency2019-02-28
  6. "Happy to be here"

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    Current Employee - Analyst 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at US Defense Intelligence Agency full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good hours Nice facility Room to move up

    Cons

    Very political environment at time which can cause unneeded drama

    Advice to Management

    None

    US Defense Intelligence Agency2019-01-24
  7. Helpful (3)

    "Mixed bag"

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    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 for 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

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    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.

    US Defense Intelligence Agency2018-08-08
  8. Helpful (2)

    "Senior Analyst"

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    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 for 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.

    US Defense Intelligence Agency2018-01-11
  9. Helpful (2)

    "Pros and Cons of DIA"

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

    I worked at US Defense Intelligence Agency full-time for 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.

    US Defense Intelligence Agency2017-10-05
  10. Helpful (8)

    "Toxic"

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

    I have been working at US Defense Intelligence Agency full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Federal government employment, air conditioning

    Cons

    Toxic leadership; management by good ole boys; retired military in senior leadership roles don't know how to manage civilians and are lazy and stubborn; ill-defined mission; zero accountability; EEO nightmare.

    Advice to Management

    Train former military officers on differences between managing civilians vs military. hold individuals accountable for actions, and don't "move the problems" (transfer people who complain) fix the problems! figure out your mission and communicate that to the workforce.

    US Defense Intelligence Agency2017-06-24
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