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CIA Acting Director Michael J. Morell

Michael J. Morell

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59% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    CIA is a great place to work

    Project Manager (Current Employee)
    Herndon, VA

    ProsGood management, good pay, challenging work.

    ConsCan'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 Senior ManagementKeep up the good work

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    You can learn a lot about different computer systems

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsSometimes you can travel and network with other people.

    ConsThe challenges of downsizing can be an eye opener.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDo not forget about the dedicated employees.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great stepping stone, not good for long-term

    Analyst (Current Employee)
    McLean, VA

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

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Chief Interrogator (Current Employee)
    Washington, DC

    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 Senior ManagementBe more open about what the organisation does

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Positive working environment.

    Intelligence Analyst (Current Employee)
    McLean, VA

    ProsStable 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.

    ConsRestrictive 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Glorified journalist.

    Senior Analyst (Current Employee)
    Bethesda, MD

    ProsServing 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

    ConsMost 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 Senior ManagementImprove intelligence sharing protocol.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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

    Analyst (Current Employee)
    McLean, VA

    Proschallenging, 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.

    ConsHiring 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 Senior ManagementMore 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.

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    Behind the Times and Slow to Catch Up

    Senior Analyst (Current Employee)
    McLean, VA

    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 Senior Management--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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    Ruthless people, no heart or soul for their fellow "man" (if she's a woman).

    Quality Assurance (Current Employee)
    Ouidah (Benin)

    ProsYou could help save the world!

    ConsThey don't know you if you are in need of a face to face conversation. When you are nearly killed several times and lose all you have loved and are on the run, and no means for food, lodging or transportation, and your'e asking for back pay they will let you starve.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSend me some money and an ID so the cartel doesn't find me.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great place to work in IT if you don't mind being underpaid.

    IT Professional (Current Employee)

    Pros- The mission and impact on real events can't be beaten.
    - In general, the workforce is among the most dedicated I've ever seen.
    - Overseas opportunities.
    - Work/life balance

    ConsIt's in the Federal Government, so you have all the same cons:
    - Bad senior management, severe lack of leadership
    - Poor performers shuffled around and not fired.
    - Lack of pay equality to private sector professionals doing the same job
    - Over-reliance on contractors at the expense of caring about staff in technology fields
    - Odds of promotion from GS-15 to the executive levels are extremely remote. The executive managers get big bonuses each year while the rest of us on the GS scale get nothing.

    Advice to Senior ManagementEliminate the horrible promotion system and let managers who directly manage the people determine who gets promoted.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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