Chief of Staff, Cybersecurity (Current Employee) – Springfield, VA – June 25, 2018
I enjoy working for NGA. The people are great and the work is challenging yet rewarding. The Agency has a mission that we support and we know that our work is important because we are directly impacting the warfighter on the battlefield in deployed locations.
Contract Officer Representative (Former Employee) – St. Louis, MO – May 20, 2018
Raise your hand if you knew this agency existed. That is okay if you did not, for almost anyone not directly connected to this agency via a family member would not have an inkling as to what this agency did to aid the safety and security of American citizens. Name a product or a service this agency provides. As American citizens, we see a lot of income subtracted from our paychecks. Agencies (and the people who work in them) such as this one are the beneficiaries of your contributions.
This agency specializes in training mostly lively, young, talented individuals, who come into the workforce with solid diplomas and strong work ethics, and proceeds to drain both from them through a risk-averse work culture. Someone who will possess dynamic innovative skills will have to work hard to keep them and maintain them while working here, as mainstream software applications are outdated, and are made even more cumbersome by an onerous security department. In essence, be it by design or otherwise, the longer you remain here, the less your skills become transferrable to the outside world. So, if you wanted to take your talents elsewhere, you'd better do so early on, or this culture you will put lead in your shoes.
Moreover, no matter what tradecraft you reside in, be prepared to hear no customer feedback from whatever outdated product or service you are alleged to provide to that customer. The supervisory chain of command will in most cases be unable to provide that answer. In fact, often times, the supervisor will not be able to know if the customer is happy, dissatisfied, or whomore... the customer even is.
This agency is overstaffed by literally 60-70%. You could shed these jobs from the agency payroll and, as public citizens, your lives would not be impacted in the least. Many of the positions here have been earned through nepotism, instead of through valid work experience.less
Lifetime security for doing relatively little or no work (if you are bent this way, you will be good to go)
GEOINT Officer (Current Employee) – Virginia – March 13, 2018
Mission, variety and type of work, and benefits at NGA are definitive positives for working at the agency. The culture of NGA, that presents a massive and problematic challenge. The culture and antiquated thinking at NGA are in need of an extreme makeover (starting at the top). Massive endemic mismanagement by too many individuals coupled by the fact that they are GEOINT illiterate, unwilling to change, focused on self, and refuse to humbly serve (antithesis of leadership) greatly hinder NGA from being a transformative and leading agent in securing the nation. Given the current condition of NGA, I would NOT accept a job at the agency barring a substantive cultural change.
Police Officer (Current Employee) – St. Louis, MO – February 28, 2018
Good benefits but little room for advancement. I enjoyed the teamwork aspect of working with my security team. We were responsible for the checking of employee ID's to ensure they were cleared to enter certain areas of the building.
Inspector/Investigator (Former Employee) – Saint Louis County, MO – February 5, 2018
I really enjoyed my time with NGA and the great people who worked there. It has great benefits and the pay is good. I would recommend it anyone, especially young people who are starting out and would like be on the cutting edge of technology.