intelligence analyst at JIEDDO-COIC (Former Employee), Reston, VA – July 10, 2013
Pros: pay, benefits, responsive management
Cons: long work hours, stress, demanding customer
Overall, I don't have any real issues with Leonie Industries. I worked with them for nearly three years on the JIEDDO-COIC contract in Northern Virginia. The company paid for my move from Arizona to NoVA. Leonie was very responsive to any concerns I had about working at JIEDDO-COIC and tried their best to address those concerns with the prime contractor, including when I was deployed in Afghanistan for the contract. After I returned from Afghanistan, I had a series of injuries and health problems that required frequent visits to all kinds of doctors and health care professionals. Leonie was very patient and spared no expense with the health insurance in order to get me back to health, so I could deploy again. Unfortunately, I was recently told that I would be let go at the end of July 2013 due to budget and government cutbacks and the winding down of the war in Afghanistan. Leonie Industries is a relatively small contracting company that takes pretty good care of their employees (management, benefits), has very little bureaucracy, and was still able to pay their employees pretty good money. The only downsides are that the number of contracts they have are relatively small (so if you are let go from the contract, it is difficult for them to place you on a different contract) and there really isn't any kind of promotions available. Either you're happy with the job or you move on to something else. As for the job itself, working at JIEDDO-COIC is very much about high pressure and high stress in order to meet tight deadlines (welcome to DoD contracting). It's very much like being on a jogging treadmill that just gets faster and faster. I believe that many of my health problems can be traced back to working at JIEDDO-COIC, such as my massive tension headaches that I have periodically suffered from for the past two years. Thus, being let go from JIEDDO-COIC is in many ways a big relief.
Afghan Cultural Advisor and Media Analyst, I (Current Employee), nNYC – February 9, 2015
It is a great company with more potentials and staff are professionals and it takes care of its employees. Well established long time ago. I work 7 days a week as a linguist/Culture adviser and Media Analyst as well.