DynCorp International Reviews

Updated 25 August 2014
Updated 25 August 2014
342 Reviews

3.4
342 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good pay even though you are in a war zone (in 25 reviews)

  • Hours of operations, Great people to work with, "By the book" maintenance (in 10 reviews)


Cons
  • Upper management does not know what is going on or how to run the program (in 11 reviews)

  • Being away from home, but that's expected when signing up (in 6 reviews)

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  1.  

    Got to do the job I had in the USAF for a civilian company.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at DynCorp International as a contractor

    Pros

    Good pay, can do the same job you had in the military.

    Cons

    Qatar sort of sucks, and not having SOFA status as a civilian in Qatar makes you a 2nd class citizen with no equal rights who are regarded as gods by the police.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't be "my daddy", I am a grown man. Micromanagement sucks.

  2.  

    Huge company with many projects in various fields

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Operations Supervisor
    Current Employee - Operations Supervisor

    I have been working at DynCorp International as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    DynCorp is a huge company that offers a wide varity of job postings around the world.
    The Company will generally give employees opportunities for follow-on jobs within the company as they finish their contracts (applies to year long/overseas contracting work)
    The Company's values are great (See below)

    Cons

    (Understand this is in reference to the project I work with. Talk with someone at your potential work site for appropriate details)
    DynCorp's ability to pay a respectable salary was struck hard coming in after another company had this project. The quality of employees that will work in this field, for this amount of money is lacking. The Company's inability to recruit quality aircraft mechanics makes it hard to get rid of substandard mechanics. It's a snowball that gets worse as top notch employees leave the program because they can make better money elsewhere, and employees that lack experience and skills for better paying jobs are left behind. The only thing that keeps this place running are the handful of mechanics that stick around because they truly care about the end user and their mission.
    There never seems to be enough time to really truly inculcate the Company's values into the workforce, other than through negative discipline when values are not adhered to.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find some way to offer better incentives for working here. The hourly compensation and benefits are substandard for this industry. The only reason to work on this project is the insane amount of hours we work.
    Allow lower and middle management to review potential incoming employee’s applications and take their advice into consideration prior to hiring them

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Company Review

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff Officer
    Current Employee - Staff Officer

    I have been working at DynCorp International full-time

    Pros

    The company is very generous in its vacation allocations, based on how long you've worked for them. The are definitely pro-veteran, and family. The atmosphere is one of teamwork.

    Cons

    Being off-site, sometimes information is found out slowly. Additionally, historically when training is required, we tend to get notification at the "critical" hour for it to be completed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep communication lines open to the lowest worker level.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Strong opportunity as a starting block for contract work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Operations  in  Kuwait City (Kuwait)
    Former Employee - Operations in Kuwait City (Kuwait)

    I worked at DynCorp International full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The pay wasn't as strong as, say, KBR and some of the other companies. However, you received a lot more of the freedoms you'd receive working a normal job.

    Cons

    You're not completely free. Having a family can be difficult. Hard to move up, depending on the project.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Once in a lifetime opportunity

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at DynCorp International

    Pros

    Pay, vacation, overseas service, experience and great people

    Cons

    Politics, hours, access to basic things: Internet
    Personal items

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Read resumes, you have people with leadership potential and years of experience wasted on menial positions

  7.  

    It was a good place to work, management was pretty easy, but for most people the advancement rte is low

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    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Avionics Technician  in  Patuxent River, MD (US)
    Former Employee - Avionics Technician in Patuxent River, MD (US)

    I worked at DynCorp International full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    People pretty much get along, everyone was military and we all had a common goal.

    Cons

    Unions are not around to protect the people that want to work...definitely for the lazy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They should have incentives for people to work harder

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Contracted Civilian Police Advisor

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Police Advisor  in  Baghdad (Iraq)
    Current Employee - Police Advisor in Baghdad (Iraq)

    I have been working at DynCorp International full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Compared to the positions I've had contracting, DynCorp has a fairly efficient HR and logistics Department.

    Cons

    The pay was low for the industry. Management seemed to get hired based on who they knew rather than qualifications. The treatment of employees was terrible leaving most in my program without the too necessary to do the job. Also, there was a VERY broad mission statement that did not provide guidance on what the customer expected. Bottom line, I do not think they were interested in performance on the job. If you were breathing and deployable they could get you into country and get their money.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have a little pride in the mission and plan to produce some deliverables. Stop promoting solely based on resume, just because a guy has 30 years of experience doesn't mean he is motivated to do the job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Awful management

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Doha (Qatar)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Doha (Qatar)

    I worked at DynCorp International as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Considering the tax free status it is decent pay especially if you are transitioning out of the military. Good amount of vacation and money for the plane ticket. Living arrangements are pretty good.

    Cons

    Management is just awful, they seem to promote all of the people that should have been fired long ago for ineptitude. Very much a "good ole boys" club. Constant "knee jerk" reactions to fairly consistent issues rather than just taking the time to review things and see how they could be done better ahead of time. None of the management care how hard the employees work they just want more and better without actually having the knowledge of exactly what they are asking for.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of them. Appreciate and take care of your people. Stop micromanaging.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Moving to the positive

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Quality Supervisor  in  Fort Worth, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Quality Supervisor in Fort Worth, TX (US)

    I worked at DynCorp International as a contractor for more than 3 years

    Pros

    My direct report and management team were professional and very team oriented. Corporate seems intent on building a company built on true professionalism and rooting out the "buddy system" systemic in overseas contracting.

    My experience with the company was overall very positive

    Cons

    Many departments lacked continuous improvement input from their front line personnel. Many of my friends from other departments experienced a far courser work life from their senior management team.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More emphasis on education, experience, skill, aptitude, and attitude during hiring.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great Company, Local Management Needs Work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Mentor  in  Kabul (Afghanistan)
    Current Employee - Mentor in Kabul (Afghanistan)

    I have been working at DynCorp International full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Very Good salaries, excellent people, professional company

    Cons

    Local Program Managers and Deputy Program Managers seem to believe they are the primary focus and SOW earners are the supporting players. Usually the best logistics, support items, housing etc goes to the PMO and staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop using previous rank as a factor in hiring for leadership positions. Remember that the PMO and staff are supporting the SOW earners, not the other way around.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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