Don't work here. Any positive post is propoganda!
Pros: most lower employees are nice
Cons: see below
Vinnell Arabia (VA) is a front company that is owned by Northrop Grumman. They provide services and training for the Saudi Arabia National Guard (SANG) under the direction of the US Army, Office of Program Manager (OPM SANG).
First off, the company is only concerned with filling the contract requirements and filling slots. If they have vacant slots, they don’t get paid. The senior leader is a retired Army 3 star general who acts like he is still in command of an army corps. They treat you like you are in the army; you wear an ugly, outdated tan army uniform and must adhere to military grooming standards. The work week is 45 hours, 9 hours a day from 5:30 am until 2:30 pm. Some divisions start later, it just depends.
Most leaders are very ineffective and have only past military experience to rely upon. Again, they still think this is the military. The company is so cheap; they not only make you provide your own boots, but the have the lowest base salary for contractors in the entire country. They ask people to “suck it up” and pitch in or volunteer instead of getting corporate to pitch in. I am sorry, but in the real world, your employer shouldn’t be asking for volunteers to beautify the area and in one case, they even required the employers to pick up trash all around the compound.
In June, 2012, the entire company moved its employees off a Western compound that had several swimming pools, a gym, tennis courts, racquetball courts, etc. and was comprised of 2 and 3 bedroom villas. They were old but at least you had some escape from this nasty, oppressive country. Now, they moved – more... everyone into apartments on Camp Vinnell – the same place many people work. It is owned by the SANG and is the same dump that was bombed in 2003 that killed 9 people and injured dozens more. The security situation here is just as bad. They are ripe to get bombed again. The “apartments” are shared, 2 bedroom and they are smaller than most dorm rooms. The quality is 3rd world country and most things don’t work right. The kitchen is so small, the sink isn’t large enough to wash a fry pan without spilling water everywhere and the oven is so small we called it an “Easy Bake.” Also, they don’t use "p" traps here so sewer gas emits from everywhere and you get to smell everyone else’s excrement all the time. Also, they moved us in at least 6 months before they were ready. The cable and internet are still not working and won’t be ready for several months. The security office isn’t even completed and the dining facility is barley operating. They promised a temporary gym and the new gym won’t be ready until late fall. I don’t know if they will ever get good equipment. What they have now is worse and less than you would find at a garage sale and actually dangerous!
Finally, they certainly have the “good old boy system” here and certain people get certain perks. They use this for promotion boards, vehicles and other perks like your own room, villa, etc. The SANG doesn’t want to learn – or posses the capacity. They have had this same contract for over 30 years and made almost no progress. The only thing they succeeded at was spending billions of dollars for nothing. – less