CIA Reviews

Updated May 21, 2015
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  1. Helpful (2)

    if you absolutely need it to happen...no questions asked

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    Current Freelancer - R&D Scientist in Portland, OR
    Current Freelancer - R&D Scientist in Portland, OR

    I have been working at CIA (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    professional prompt services with outstanding customer service

    Cons

    they aren't passive-aggressive enough for the Portland area

    Advice to Management

    tyveks suits for jobs that involve 500 milirems radiation exposure would be a nice way to say "hey guys, thanks" to your employees


  2. Helpful (9)

    A mixed bag

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager in McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in McLean, VA

    I worked at CIA full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Ability to travel the world and do the coolest things possible

    Cons

    Culture is best described as "they eat their young"

    Advice to Management

    Listen to why so many smart and young officers leave


  3. Helpful (9)

    Analyst

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Intelligence Analyst in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Intelligence Analyst in Washington, DC

    I have been working at CIA full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I know everything, I get to travel the world, keep a weapon and spy. It's amazing . So many beautiful places on this earth and I've seen almost all of them

    Cons

    I know everything, there's no turning back. I'm stuck doing this for the rest of my life. It's over.

    Advice to Management

    Y'all rock


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  5. Helpful (4)

    Great intership experience at the CIA with a lot of other interns who were very interesting (like myself)

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Invoice Auditor
    Current Employee - Invoice Auditor

    I have been working at CIA full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits and people who are interesting. Opportunities to travel and use your second language.

    Cons

    Bureaucratic maze with a language of their own. They don't see innovation and out of the box thinking as necessarily a good thing.

    Advice to Management

    Lighten up and smell the roses


  6. Helpful (8)

    Great Work, dealing with internal Security is a Headache

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intelligence Analyst in McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Intelligence Analyst in McLean, VA

    I worked at CIA full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The Mission is outstanding. You make a real difference in the world. The pinnacle of analysis. Always new internal opportunities and something new to learn. Lots of training opportunities.

    Cons

    Suffers from bureaucracy. Security protocols are opaque and cumbersome. Serious lack of racial diversity which can get very arduous if you are a minority.

    Advice to Management

    If you want to be more diverse, the office of security needs to start being smarter. Reign in some of the egos in management who are more concerned with territoriality than the mission.


  7. Helpful (10)

    Great career

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Support Integration Officer in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Support Integration Officer in Washington, DC

    I worked at CIA full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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


  8. Helpful (1)

    Very fulfilling and rewarding.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Tellecomunications Information Systems Officer in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Tellecomunications Information Systems Officer in Washington, DC

    I worked at CIA full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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.


  9. Helpful (8)

    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

    I worked at CIA

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  10. Helpful (3)

    Glorified journalist.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Bethesda, MD

    I have been working at CIA

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    Improve intelligence sharing protocol.


  11. Helpful (3)

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

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Deputy Group Director in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Deputy Group Director in Washington, DC

    I worked at CIA

    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 Management

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



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