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Great mission but they've grown too large
IMAGE ANALYST (Former Employee) –  Washington, DCSeptember 22, 2017
They have many exciting positions, but they also have some that rival paint drying on walls. They also tend to change policies regarding employee mobility every few years, which makes it stressful on employees. You might be required to relocate after 5 years in one location. That can be good...and that can be bad.
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Operations Manager (Former Employee) –  Miami, FLSeptember 18, 2017
It's okay. you can do a lot. it's great to support the military. The government is a great place to work. I worked for the government. I don't like that I have to do this part.
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Decent place to work
human geographer (Current Employee) –  Springfield, VASeptember 17, 2017
Decent place to work if you are of the introverted persuasion. Analysts work hard and try to advance. However, management is lacking and there are too many managers to begin with. Not exactly a great place to be if you are looking for advancement as a female.
Pros
New building, flexible work schedules
Cons
management, sexism
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GEOINT Analyst (Former Employee) –  Fort Belvoir, VAAugust 10, 2017
I enjoyed working at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. The work was interesting and I had a chance to perform numerous functions while I was there. There was always an enjoyable opportunity to assist our military customers with their mission.
Pros
Hard to find a more fulfilling job.
Cons
Unfortunately, NGA moved from Bethesda, MD to Fort Belvoir, VA in 2011.
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Cool Place to Work
Contract Specialist (Current Employee) –  Springfield, VAAugust 1, 2017
Very flexible schedule and they are very open to diversity. The culture is very relaxed depending on what your jobs is. If you can ever work here, please do so just for the experience.
Cons
Telework and promotions.
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Management could embrace technology more
Geospatial Intelligence Analyst, TS/SCI Clearance (Former Employee) –  Springfield, VAJuly 30, 2017
At the time, the agency wasn't embracing geospatial technology to the degree it could. A central enterprise database and web mapping capability was needed for branches and divisions to communicate intelligence information but agency management did not prioritize these items.
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Advanced Geospatial Intelligence Activities
Project Manager (Former Employee) –  St. Louis, MOJuly 26, 2017
As a DoD Contractor working at NGA, I have become accustomed to working in high-tempo and stressful environments. Providing actionable intelligence support to the decisionmakers in a time-dominant environment is something that I really enjoyed doing. The culture was one of openness and respect.
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A major pain sometimes, but the money was good.
Geospatial Data Steward (Current Employee) –  Springfield, VAJuly 5, 2017
A typical day at work brings mixed emotions. You have to arrive early to get decent parking most of the time, but the amenities available on campus are better than anywhere else I've worked. During the work day, everything is an emergency just like anywhere else, and you're surrounded by many leaders who take themselves entirely too seriously. The security culture is overwhelming there, and the combination of that, the hyper-serious management, and the high work load in many components, engenders a certain level of disengagement among the workforce. There is an inextricable military culture in this agency due to the fact that former military represents the lion's share of the workforce. I would guess that this is where the hyper-seriousness of much of the management stems from. The hardest part of the job is dealing with the people who work there, negotiating the dominant personalities, and managing upward to get things done. The most enjoyable part of the job is the breaks, amenities, and annual leave, with a salary that allows you to do many things you might not otherwise be able to afford if you were doing the same type of work elsewhere.
Pros
Salary, amenities on campus, attractive workplace, work/life balance
Cons
Insane security culture, Military culture, dominant personalities, hyper-serious management, work load
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Nice place to work
DBA/Developer (Current Employee) –  Springfield, VAJune 12, 2017
It is a fun place to work. Nice people and good managers. Advancement oppertunities are lacking but it is getting better. Overall nice place to work.
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Great Place to work
Data Scientist Intern (Former Employee) –  Alexandria, VAJune 10, 2017
Agency is filled with very intelligent individuals. They continually inspire and support employees at all levels. They allow a ton of freedom to explore innovative solutions.
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Make a difference
Branch Chief, Office of Sciences and Methodologies (Current Employee) –  Springfield, VA 22150June 5, 2017
The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency is both an intelligence agency and a combat support agency. Your contributions have a direct impact on deployed military personnel, as well as, national policy makers.
Pros
Great benefits, mission!
Cons
Limited locations to work from.
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Government Contracting Company
Principal Information Security Engineer (Current Employee) –  Arnold, MOMay 31, 2017
I have enjoyed my work as a Government Contractor as an IT Security Engineer, but now am excited to pursue and IT Security role closer to family in the Dallas, Texas area.
Pros
High Security Clearance
Cons
Contracts nogotiations make job security a concern
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Self-study and concentration of task at hand will help solve lack of help from associates; you have to motivate and train yourself.
Collection Manager and ISSR (Former Employee) –  Springfield, VAMay 18, 2017
Self-study and concentration of task at hand will help solve lack of help from associates; you have to motivate and train yourself. An older culture; barriers and discrimination are just now being overcome.
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Intelligence Community
Intelligence Officer (Modeling and Simulation) (Current Employee) –  Fort Detrick, MDMay 13, 2017
Intelligence Community

Don't know what else to say

Government job

Promotions do not exist. One must apply (during an open season) to be "promotable" then once you are selected as "promotable" THEY tell you where to go for that promotion. If you don't what that position (don't like the job, don't want to move) forget about the promotion!
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Good
Construction Surveillance Technician/Team Lead (Former Employee) –  Springfield, VAMay 5, 2017
Benefits and 401K are excellent. The manager shows his support for his people and his people don't mind staying late to support the mission. Excellent
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Great Place to work
Student Researcher (Former Employee) –  Penn State University, PAApril 26, 2017
Worked as an intern for NGA and had a great experience. Typical work day was working with other interns to create social media that would me pushed though the product.
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Learned a great deal.
Operations Research / Financial Cost Analyst (Former Employee) –  Bethesda, MDApril 24, 2017
Challenging and interesting. Many opportunities for learning. Several opportunities to change jobs. Final job involved learning and helping managers evaluate the accomplishment of their mission.
Pros
Nature of work
Cons
Work location
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Flexible environment and individual have a various expertise
Enterprise Architect (Former Employee) –  Springfield, VAMarch 31, 2017
Rated one of the best government agency to work in. The work environment is flexible, facilities is maintained well, and there is variety of expertise in the workplace
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Provides world-class geospatial intelligence that provides a decisive advantage to policymakers, warfighters, intel professionals and first responders
CARTOGRAPHIC ANALYST AND PRODUCTION MANAGER (Former Employee) –  St. Louis, MOMarch 15, 2017
Great place to work with ample opportunities to excel with continuing educational opportunities and working with world class leaders in the intelligence community. Employees are engaged and take ownership of the work they do. Employees often work as a team yet each employee has ample opportunity to work independently on critical assignments important to understanding the world-wide geopolitical environment. There is a collaborative work culture with opportunities to participate in numerous volunteer activities, many of which are fun in addition to rewarding. This is a great place to grow individually and to know that your efforts are making a difference beyond the homeland.
Pros
Personal development, challenging activities, job security, great benefits, great people
Cons
Can be taxing on family life
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Mid Level Imagery Intelligence Analyst (Former Employee) –  Springfield, VAMarch 14, 2017
Overall great environment to enhance trade craft. You have the Ability to take in house course to enhance your Career. overall leadership was great and willing to work wit you.
Pros
Great for career
Cons
Washington DC traffic
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