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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great career

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    Former Employee - Senior Support Integration Officer  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Support Integration Officer in Washington, DC

    Pros

    Mission impact, international travel, opportunities to make history and provide policy makers critical intelligence to make informed decisions to protect the citizens of the United States

    Cons

    Restrictions on certain things, lots of regulations and bureaucracy that can restrict some creativity, work balance issues and unaccompanied assignments to dangerous areas

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Very fulfilling and rewarding.

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    Former Employee - Tellecomunications Information Systems Officer  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Tellecomunications Information Systems Officer in Washington, DC

    Pros

    Great opportunities to make an impact for your country.

    Cons

    As with any business, whether government or private sector, there are plenty of politics that come with the job.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    Interesting, but you can't tell anyone about it.

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    Former Employee - Analyst Student Trainee (Intern)  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Analyst Student Trainee (Intern) in Washington, DC

    Pros

    At the CIA, you feel like you do work that actually makes a difference. They have a structured training program and hold different classes and seminars at least once a week, usually at the main headquarters. Because there are so many employees, there are groups and clubs within the organization for special interests such as Mandarin practice. Their salary is competitive and you are surrounded by hard-working, good people.

    Cons

    You have to lie to almost everyone about what you do for a living or how your day was at work. You cannot have friends from certain countries. If you will be staying in the same house/room with a non-US citizen, you must report it and have it approved in advanced.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Organize the recruitment stage better and communicate more with those you're recruiting. Develop more social programs for the interns. Hold more events in offices other than headquarters.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Glorified journalist.

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    Current Employee - Senior Analyst  in  Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Bethesda, MD

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Improve intelligence sharing protocol.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Excellent experience, great career, great mission, superb opportunity to serve the nation.

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    Former Employee - Deputy Group Director  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Deputy Group Director in Washington, DC

    Pros

    Meaningful mission.
    Rewards if one works hard, does well, and is a little lucky.
    Meeting phenomenal people who put mission and country before self and money.

    Cons

    Poor management at senior levels is not recognized and corrected.
    Constant reorganization and movement of people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the work force - ask questions of the work force.

  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great sense of mission, with some neat opportunities available, but bureaucracy is a drag.

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

    Pros

    Stable job. Great sense of mission. Get to know some cool stuff. Some great opportunities to do exciting things. Stable salary increases with annual COLA.

    Cons

    Giant bureaucracy. Bad middle management. Career sometimes driven by external events (world affairs). Can miss opportunities to do cool stuff because of bureaucratic obstacles.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote people and dispense opportunities more on merit rather than time served to improve morale.

  8.  

    only one problem i ran into involving g h w bush

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    i finally feel that i am amongst my peers

    Cons

    not enough face to face time with real human beings only this lousy computer

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    i started out as a seaman recruit and am now a rear admiral lower half so never ever overlook and be prejudgemental

  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Too demanding

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Prestigious I guess, but not glam

    Cons

    Too little pay, too much demand to change lifestyle

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

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

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    Current Employee - IT Professional
    Current Employee - IT Professional

    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

    Cons

    It'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 ManagementAdvice

    Eliminate the horrible promotion system and let managers who directly manage the people determine who gets promoted.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Lots of opportunity to prove yourself and beneficial training

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    Current Employee - Contracts Officer
    Current Employee - Contracts Officer

    Pros

    The sky is the limit here, you can do so much and they encourage you to become a well rounded employee.

    Cons

    Sometimes managements expectations of you are not always clear. You have to actively pursue clear expectations in order to make sure you meet then and put yourself in the best position for promotion.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Always be open to employee suggestions and feedback.

    Recommends

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