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Michael J. Morell
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 Senior Management – 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.
No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company
2013-06-18 08:56 PDT
6 people found this helpful
I worked at CIA full-time for 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 Senior Management – Managers need more training, especially former Analysts who are not extroverts, nor are they naturally good working with people.
Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend
2012-12-09 15:09 PST
5 people found this helpful
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 Senior Management – 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.
2010-09-18 12:15 PDT
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