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US Defense Intelligence Agency Analyst Reviews

Updated Dec 7, 2019

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US Defense Intelligence Agency Director Lieutenant General Vincent R. Stewart, USMC
Lieutenant General Vincent R. Stewart, USMC
10 Ratings
  1. "Not worth the low starting salary"

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

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

    Pros

    -Work is limited to a 40 hour work week which makes for a good work-life balance -You can use 3 of your 40 work hours for working out (civilian fitness program)

    Cons

    -Poor management, often caused by military leadership changing out often and lack of understanding of the mission -Low starting pay (difficult to get hired above a GG-10) -Workload can get really heavy, but overtime is rarely approved so you need to fit it all into a 40 hour work week -Old work spaces (dirty, cramped), but they are trying to renovate parts of the building to make it better, but it will be a long... project -Doesn't like change/likes the status quo

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    US Defense Intelligence Agency2019-12-07
  2. Helpful (2)

    "What I Wish I Knew Before Accepting a Job Here"

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    Current Employee - Intelligence Analyst in Quantico, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at US Defense Intelligence Agency full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good work-life balance for analysts. Can be a good place to get your foot in the door of the intelligence community--just don't stick around too long. Employees in the analysis career field have the most potential for promotion, but the HUMINT or Science & Technology career fields are where I would apply if I could do it over again.

    Cons

    Prospective employees--you really need to understand the promotion process here. It is very different from any other agency. First, if you are being hired from a hiring event (which is almost everyone nowadays) the highest that they can bring you in at is GG-10 step 3 (GG is the same scale as GS), so look on the OPM website to see what that pay is. No matter how qualified you are, you must start at grade 10 or lower..., so if you are further along in your career, you'll be taking a pay cut not commiserate with how cool you might think it is to work here. Next, promotions only happen once a year and it's an extremely bureaucratic process. Some other agencies will promote lower grade employees (grades 7-9) every six months or so, but not here. Other agencies promote employees automatically every year until grade 13, but not here. At DIA most employees will be able to promote pretty easily every year from grades 7 to 11. But getting promoted from grades 11 to 12 and 12 to 13 will be much more difficult and you may even need to spend 2 years in grade 11 and 2 more years in grade 12 before finally getting to 13. In other words, most other agencies will promote you from 10 to 13 in a matter of 3 years, whereas at DIA it will probably take you 5 or more years. In addition to all this, the promotion process is extremely bureaucratic. Your boss has minimal input on whether you get promoted or not--it's really up to how well you can write your "Performance Application Form" (PAF). Writing the PAF will take you 40+ hours to perfect, then will be reviewed by a promotion panel. The panel's job is to decide who's best qualified for promotion based on how well you articulated your accomplishments on your PAF--not how well you actually performed in your job. So if you have trouble writing resumes, cover letters, etc, you will certainly have difficulties writing the PAF. They do this to keep save money on employee salaries, but in the end it just causes a ton of turn-over in higher grade levels. In the past year, we've had a complete turnover in senior intelligence analysts and section chiefs in my branch with a large team of all new analysts. It amounted to the blind leading the blind. In short, if your goal is to get into the IC, I would recommend applying elsewhere. DIA does hire a lot of entry level employees, so if your goal is just to get your clearance, by all means go ahead and do it--then immediately start looking for jobs at other agencies where you can move up quicker.

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    Advice to Management

    I think we all know the promotion process is broken. We are losing a lot of valuable talent who are going elsewhere to get the pay they deserve.

    US Defense Intelligence Agency2019-11-21
  3. Helpful (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
  4. "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
  5. Helpful (1)

    "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
  6. "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
  7. "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
  8. "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
  9. 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
  10. 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
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