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Updated November 4, 2014
Updated November 4, 2014
29 Reviews
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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Analyst

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intelligence Analyst in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Intelligence Analyst in Washington, DC

    I have been working at CIA full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    I know everything, I get to travel the world, keep a weapon and spy. It's amazing . So many beautiful places on this earth and I've seen almost all of them

    Cons

    I know everything, there's no turning back. I'm stuck doing this for the rest of my life. It's over.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Y'all rock

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great intership experience at the CIA with a lot of other interns who were very interesting (like myself)

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    Current Employee - Invoice Auditor
    Current Employee - Invoice Auditor

    I have been working at CIA full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great benefits and people who are interesting. Opportunities to travel and use your second language.

    Cons

    Bureaucratic maze with a language of their own. They don't see innovation and out of the box thinking as necessarily a good thing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lighten up and smell the roses

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 5 people found this helpful  

    CIA is a great place to work

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Herndon, VA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Herndon, VA

    I have been working at CIA full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good management, good pay, challenging work.

    Cons

    Can't take PC home so you end up spending too much time in office. Also, they wouldn't spring for a relo package and had no jobs for me in my home city. Too concentrated in DC-VA area - SHould decentralize more.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    You can learn a lot about different computer systems

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CIA

    Pros

    Sometimes you can travel and network with other people.

    Cons

    The challenges of downsizing can be an eye opener.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not forget about the dedicated employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great stepping stone, not good for long-term

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    Current Employee - Analyst in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Analyst in McLean, VA

    I have been working at CIA full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great people, great learning experience, exposure to different aspects of this world is very enlightening. The agency promotes training which is great.

    Cons

    Hard to get promoted, salary does not match duties and performance, hard to get past the red tape to take advantage of the different opportunities. Management lacks consistency is the guidance they give personnel on career development.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Restructure how promotion panels are conducted, utilize individuals' talents, acknowledge and compensate personnel for their hard work, innovative ideas and contribution to the mission.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Chief Interrogation Officer

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Chief Interrogator in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Chief Interrogator in Washington, DC

    I have been working at CIA full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    -Interrogation techniques are utilised on a daily basis
    -Good pay considering I get to do something which I love
    -Progression opportunities within the organisation

    Cons

    -long hours travelling to far away countries
    -travel to far away countries which are very hot
    -No work/life balance, job is your life

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more open about what the organisation does

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Positive working environment.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intelligence Analyst in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Intelligence Analyst in McLean, VA

    I have been working at CIA full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Stable pay, easily the most fascinating work content in the world, proximity to key decision-makers, relevance to substantive academic/extra-professional interests, emphasis on training and professional development.

    Cons

    Restrictive information environment, clear hierarchy of professional promotion and advancement, limited exposure to relevant extra-professional opportunities, due to security restrictions. Additionally, up-front expectation of long-term career commitment limits exposure/motivation to pursue professional opportunities in distinct sectors.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Glorified journalist.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Bethesda, MD

    I have been working at CIA

    Pros

    Serving your country.
    Relative job security.
    Good stepping stone for international relations majors to other analyst jobs.
    D.C. Area is a great place to work and network

    Cons

    Most intelligence is open source( newspapers) so it's not as glamorous as its made out to be
    Office politics
    No one will read what you compile

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve intelligence sharing protocol.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 8 people found this helpful  

    good for tenure, opportunities to move around, flex schedule; not great with advancement or longterm work-life balance

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Analyst in McLean, VA

    I have been working at CIA

    Pros

    challenging, interesting, motivating work with chances to transfer internally over a career to try whatever you're interested in. lots of enthusiastic young people make for an invigorating team in most areas. management officially supports flexible schedules, professional growth through academic or personal research or language training, some chances to travel depending on your work. pay seems good at the starting levels for recent college/graduate school hires, but promises of rapid advancement are contingent on long hours and taking on high-profile but limited projects in many offices.

    Cons

    Hiring overload of the past decade means lots of talented young people fighting for management recognition to gain promotion to higher grades, limited number of experienced "senior" mentors to teach all the new people. Senior members of teams and offices have their pick of projects, travel, and high-level rotations. Management overwhelmed by their workload makes it a tough career path although offers better chances of promotion. Short-term they support balance and flexibility but long-term being in the office less hours or at "off" hours means less recognition, like most places.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More consistent recognition of staff's efforts, knowledge building, an long-term goals would help make them feel they're not hired only to get the job done today with little interest in next year.

  11. 10 people found this helpful  

    Behind the Times and Slow to Catch Up

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in McLean, VA

    I have been working at CIA

    Pros

    --Job security, especially in an uncertain economy
    --Great benefits, including pension with employer contributions
    --Good work/life balance
    --Opportunities to do different jobs and kinds of work, including living and working overseas
    --Training and travel opportunities
    --Well-educated and smart colleagues

    Cons

    --Mediocre and unprofessional management
    --Bureaucratic mindset among analysts and managers
    --Obsession with "chasing the news" and little focus on real analysis
    --Satisfied with mediocre written products
    --Closed-minded and unwilling to consider new and different ideas
    --A good ten years behind the times in utilizing new technologies and processes for the general workforce

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    --Stop rewarding and promoting managers who only care about looking good to their seniors and reward and promote managers who strive to develop their analysts
    --Train analysts to be generalists first and specialists second; too many analysts are so focused on the trees that they don't see the forest, which probably will result in another big intelligence failure

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