DynCorp International
3.2 of 5 251 reviews
www.dyn-intl.com McLean, VA 5000+ Employees

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Updated Mar 23, 2014
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76% Approve of the CEO

DynCorp International Chairman & CEO Steven F. Gaffney

Steven F. Gaffney

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63% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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A huge disappointment.

Air Traffic Controller (Current Employee)

I have been working at DynCorp International full-time for more than 3 years

ProsThe good thing about DynCorp is... I don't know; frankly, that's a very short list. The paychecks come on time, and I think that pretty much sums it up.

ConsIf the long hours and hostile environment (these are givens, since the work itself is in Afghanistan) aren't enough, you have to contend with rank incompetence at all levels of management. Cronyism and the "GOB" network rule the day. Failing that, people who can bluff well rise through the ranks at blistering speeds, while competent people with actual records of accomplishment are marginalized to the point where the former taking credit for the efforts of the latter seems normal. Blatantly abusive supervisors and "problem children" are shuffled throughout the project, instead of being demoted or fired for their offenses. Petty territorial fights over jurisdiction or responsibility are part and parcel of an average day with DynCorp on the LOGCAP project. Plumbers and pest controllers are elevated to site management positions, yet retain territorial preference for their own former bailiwick and biases against other functional areas, as well as an ignorance of those in more highly skilled functional areas.

Advice to Senior ManagementPay for better people. Given that you're paying well below what most of the other contracting companies have been paying, it's no wonder that there's so much strife throughout the project. You're paying below the average for the area, and so you're getting largely the dregs of the contracting world. You get what you pay for, and trash is cheap. Additionally, changing vacation policies without grandfathering in those who've already been approved for vacation is the kind of slipshod nonsense one would expect from a shady sales company, not a multibillion-dollar government contractor. Lastly, the benefits package you offer is atrocious. Your competitors largely offer much better packages for their employees than you do. Our plan is garbage, and smacks of someone in HR getting kickbacks; seriously, a company of this size and the best we get is a benefits package that would look thin coming from a company a tenth this size.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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I left DynCorp after 18 years, it was time to go due to Upper Management holding the workers hostage to their whims.

Aircraft Mechanic (Former Employee)
Mannheim (Germany)

I worked at DynCorp International full-time for more than 10 years

ProsThe pay was pretty good, but it recently has declined due to upper management trying to cut corners at the employee's expense, they still manage to hold on to their bonuses. They had a very good health insurance plan.

ConsPromoting employees to management with no management experience, overall arrogance of upper management.

Advice to Senior ManagementGet rid of the "good ole boy network".

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Upper Management is Abusive

Director (Former Employee)
Fort Worth, TX (US)

I worked at DynCorp International full-time for more than a year

ProsGreat pay up until they lay you off

ConsIf you have any integrity or skill, you WILL be replaced.

They hire old, used up generals and affirmative-action square-fillers who bring in their own yes-men. It is entirely unimportant to do a good job; just smile a lot and hope your boss doesn't have a buddy looking at your job.

Advice to Senior ManagementResign and hire competent leaders

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Nepotism Rules

Logistics (Former Employee)
Baghdad (Iraq)

I worked at DynCorp International as a contractor for more than 8 years

ProsDecent pay and decent rotation

ConsNo room for promotion unless you're related to someone or in the good ol' boys club.

Advice to Senior ManagementHire and promote the right people and not your buddies.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Horrible Company. After two years, I am only glad that the paychecks come on time.

Air Traffic Controller (Former Employee)
Kabul (Afghanistan)

I worked at DynCorp International full-time for more than a year

ProsI've never had any pay issues.
THe company pays to get you into and out of theater.

ConsLocal management is often incompetent. Site leaders seem to rise to leadership through attrition rather than any qualifications or skills. Site leaders are often not qualified and use poor leadership techniques (e.g. micromanagement) to hang onto their positions and enforce rules that often seem arbitrary.

Contract bidders underbid highly skilled, technical positions (Air Traffic Control) and overbid support positions (Airfield Operations), resulting in the former being paid at a higher rate than the latter. Moreover, the low pay results in a disproportionate number of marginally or un-qualified personnel on contract, or personnel who have difficulty getting jobs in the US because of undesirable personality traits.

Redundancy at all levels. Training documents must be reproduced for each level because operations at varying levels are not effectively communicating with each other. Certifications that are not pertinent to positions are copied and kept on file by the company.

The benefits package is weak, especially for a multimillion-dollar corporation with over 100,000 employees.

Advice to Senior ManagementDo a better job of vetting site leadership. Ensure that pay scales are congruent with industry norms (Air traffic Controllers with DI make an average of 30k below industry norms).

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Corporate employees are lemons who exist only to be squeezed.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Fort Worth, TX (US)

I have been working at DynCorp International full-time for more than 5 years

ProsDecent salaries and the working class employees are mostly good people who want to do good work.

ConsDynCorp is owned by the private equity firm Cerebus who does not understand the business that DynCorp does nor has any interest in doing so. Their only interest is in squeezing as much as they possibly can out of DynCorp and its people. Innovation is non-existent as is employee morale. Since Cerebus has purchased us, company benefits have dried up. Employee raises are gone, insurance premiums have increased dramatically every year, training dollars are always the first to be cut from budgets, and even simple morale boost benefits such as blue jeans on Fridays have been eliminated. You are spoken to and treated as if you are lucky to even have a job. Employees work constantly under the threat of an oncoming reduction in force (RIF) and after each one, you are asked to work harder to make up for the missing personnel.

As the US government reduces defense spending, DynCorp's prospects for growth and even sustainment are grim. The company has not positioned itself for this circumstance and is suffering because of it.

Advice to Senior ManagementHonestly, I cannot imagine any words will help. Even a small appreciation of your employees would be beneficial. Forgo your executive bonus program to reinstate merit increases for employees Invest in them with training dollars. Give them a reason to want to stay here. As it stands today, every employee I know is currently looking for outside employment. Aside from a paycheck, you have given no one a reason to stay.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Proposal Writer (Former Employee)
Falls Church, VA (US)

I worked at DynCorp International as a contractor for less than a year

ProsYou do get paid for the hours you sit there.

ConsThey are so stuck in the past! Needless to say, there is a terrific amount of turnover in their proposal group.

Advice to Senior ManagementLessen the pressure to get a response done and more time working on quality.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great pay, but prepare to have skin the thickness of kevlar, in order to deal with morons and management

Logistics Coordinator (Former Employee)
Lashkar Gāh (Afghanistan)

I worked at DynCorp International full-time for more than 3 years

ProsPay
Working with US and foreign military

ConsWorking 84 hours a week
Working in dangerous places of the world, such as Afghanistan
Management without the actual management experience, fired or transferred from other companies/locations, demoralizing the crew.
Extremely beurocratic way of doing things.
Promotion based uniformly on who you know and what friends you have - merit is at the bottom of the list.
Hiring of unqualified/inexperienced crew, who through connections and intimidation reach management positions.
Lots of harrassment and downrite racist behaviour towards racial and ethnic groups.

Advice to Senior ManagementManagement in KBR brought the company down, and now they have all transferred to DynCorp.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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It was not what I expected

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I worked at DynCorp International

ProsExcellent Pay, excellent holidays, and benefits

ConsUnorganized, employees only care about themselves.

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COMBS Site Manager (Former Employee)
Columbus AFB, MS (US)

I worked at DynCorp International full-time for less than a year

ProsGood benefits that started right away
Great in the beginning as long as you hide the problems
Meet some great people

ConsNo backing from upper management
After 2 months since I left--still owe me 5K
You become the enemy once you give your notice
The more you give--the more they take

Advice to Senior ManagementYou ask for someone's opinion then just let it go in one ear and out the other

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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