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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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    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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    Wonderful, if you like strange bedfellows

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat skim of money possibilities.

    ConsNarcotics trafficking....Hidden agendas, restrictive management

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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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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    A fun place to be, but don't make it a career.

    Intelligence Analyst (Former Employee)
    Washington, DC

    ProsAbsolutely a sense of mission with some really motivated people. Some very cool jobs available. You feel your job is very important, and that you're really doing something that matters. Absolutely no chance of getting fired unless you do something horrible like racially or sexually harass someone. If you want a 30-year employers with many different types of jobs, CIA is great.

    ConsMany levels of management are almost uniformly awful. All levels of employees are constantly sent to BS training courses. Managers seem to spend half their time in management training courses which are clearly counter productive. Bureaucracy as expected of any federal government agency.

    The absolute worst thing for me was that the best and the worst employees were treated exactly the same in many cases. Same salary, same job titles, same seniority. Need a way to weed out horrible employees.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLearn how to WEED OUT bad managers (and bad employees). Since nobody is ever, EVER fired, it seems as if the employees who suck at their jobs become managers. Upper management in my experience was mostly professional and competent. Team level and middle managers were very mixed--some good, some REALLY bad. Management is not the place for passive aggressive introverts with poor people skills.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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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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    Analyst (Current Employee)

    Pros-prestige
    -security clearance
    -making a difference in the world

    Cons-low salary
    -can't talk about work much

    Advice to Senior Managementno comment

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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