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Updated May 21, 2015
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  1. Helpful (2)

    if you absolutely need it to happen...no questions asked

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    Current Freelancer - R&D Scientist in Portland, OR
    Current Freelancer - R&D Scientist in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at CIA (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    professional prompt services with outstanding customer service

    Cons

    they aren't passive-aggressive enough for the Portland area

    Advice to Management

    tyveks suits for jobs that involve 500 milirems radiation exposure would be a nice way to say "hey guys, thanks" to your employees


  2. Helpful (2)

    Operations Officer

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    Current Freelancer - Senior Recruiter in Ashburn, VA
    Current Freelancer - Senior Recruiter in Ashburn, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at CIA (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Mission, Travel and worldwide exposure to all cultures and languages and given the authority unlike other compnaies.

    Cons

    Very Petty system. You get paid to carry out risky missions and when things go wrong they leave you out to dry.


  3. Helpful (10)

    Analyst

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    Current Employee - Intelligence Analyst in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Intelligence Analyst in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    Y'all rock


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  5. Helpful (5)

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

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Invoice Auditor
    Current Employee - Invoice Auditor
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at CIA full-time (Less than a 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 Management

    Lighten up and smell the roses


  6. Helpful (7)

    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
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at CIA full-time (More than a 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 Management

    Keep up the good work


  7. Helpful (3)

    You can learn a lot about different computer systems

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Sometimes you can travel and network with other people.

    Cons

    The challenges of downsizing can be an eye opener.

    Advice to Management

    Do not forget about the dedicated employees.


  8. Helpful (2)

    Great stepping stone, not good for long-term

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    Current Employee - Analyst in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Analyst in McLean, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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


  9. Helpful (2)

    Chief Interrogation Officer

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    Current Employee - Chief Interrogator in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Chief Interrogator in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at CIA full-time (Less than a 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 Management

    Be more open about what the organisation does


  10. Helpful (6)

    Positive working environment.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Intelligence Analyst in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Intelligence Analyst in McLean, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at CIA full-time (More than a 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.


  11. Helpful (3)

    Glorified journalist.

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    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Bethesda, MD
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    Improve intelligence sharing protocol.



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