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Updated February 26, 2015
Updated February 26, 2015
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    Surveillance Technician

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Surveillance Technician in Phila, PA
    Former Contractor - Surveillance Technician in Phila, PA

    I worked at CIA as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    Good Pay and Benefits also if you like the type of work you'll enjoy going to work everyday.

    Cons

    Bad Hours and Septa Union Regulations

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop letting septa dictate and control who what when and where works for their sub contracts.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Nice experience as an intern

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    Former Employee - Intern in McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Intern in McLean, VA

    I worked at CIA

    Pros

    Took me as an intern freshman year

    Cons

    Too strict on GPA, mine dropped a little wouldnt let me return

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have wiggle room

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    You can learn a lot about different computer systems

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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
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Somewhat rewarding

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CIA full-time

    Pros

    Travel, training,opportunity to see intelligence work from the inside

    Cons

    Limited opportunities for advancement for minorities, discrimination in recruitment, playing politics in order to get the cushy assignments,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Many employees are not performing to standards yet they are appointed team leads and supervisors. Higher level employees abuse their government credit cards and they get to keep their jobs while the lower level employees are forced to resigned instead of being offered financial counseling and being put on a repayment plan through payroll deduction. Its idiotic that you spend thousands of dollars to clear these employees yet instead of working with them you boot them out the door but keep your higher level employees who are not the ones actually doing the work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 9 people found this helpful  

    weird otherworld

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    Former Employee - Intelligence Analyst in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Intelligence Analyst in Washington, DC

    I worked at CIA full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    great opportunities for travel; smart people

    Cons

    Everyone is overly suspicous about everything and everyone--even coworkers, friends and family. Disturbing. By the same token, very incestuous. encouraged to marry each other and bring in family members. Too much religious references in the work place, which is totally inappropriate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Managers need more training, especially former Analysts who are not extroverts, nor are they naturally good working with people.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 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.

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