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Updated Apr 10, 2014

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CIA Acting Director Michael J. Morell

Michael J. Morell

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63% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Are you ready for an adventure?

Director/R&D (Former Employee)
Washington, DC

I worked at CIA full-time for more than 10 years

ProsGreatest place on the planet to work. The Agency is a family of the cream of the crop. Totally professional organization with a "get the job done" attitude. AND, total job satisfaction. If you want a career where your job means something other that going from paycheck to paycheck, this is the place.

ConsVery administrative (processes and procedures). Sometimes the Admin people think they are Business Management instead of Operations support. The charter is to gather Intelligence in a changing world, NOT create roadblocks.
You will not get rich working for the Government, but at least you'll have a steady, stable and good paying career.

Advice to Senior ManagementGiven today's global environment, consider rehiring some of the "cold war" officers which were put to pasture when Clinton downsized the Agency by 2/3 in the late 90's. Perhaps hiring them as Independent Contractors or Contract Employees? They could fill some of the hard to fill overseas posts as well.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Excellent management, Unreal challenges

Project Manager (Former Employee)

I worked at CIA full-time for more than 3 years

ProsGood salaries, Good Managers, Interesting work.

ConsNot in Pittsburgh. Couldn't find work for me in field.

Advice to Senior ManagementMove more work to field

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Chief Interrogator (Current Employee)
Washington, DC

I have been working at CIA full-time for less than a year

Pros-Interrogation techniques are utilised on a daily basis
-Good pay considering I get to do something which I love
-Progression opportunities within the organisation

Cons-long hours travelling to far away countries
-travel to far away countries which are very hot
-No work/life balance, job is your life

Advice to Senior ManagementBe more open about what the organisation does

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Challenging, entertaining, and exciting

Telecommunications Specialist (Former Employee)
McLean, VA

I worked at CIA full-time for more than 10 years

ProsMost of the assignments are overseas, The pay plus benefits are good. The job was exciting.

ConsPersonally, I try to make the best of any situation, so I don't focus on the negatives.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Positive working environment.

Intelligence Analyst (Current Employee)
McLean, VA

I have been working at CIA full-time for more than a year

ProsStable pay, easily the most fascinating work content in the world, proximity to key decision-makers, relevance to substantive academic/extra-professional interests, emphasis on training and professional development.

ConsRestrictive information environment, clear hierarchy of professional promotion and advancement, limited exposure to relevant extra-professional opportunities, due to security restrictions. Additionally, up-front expectation of long-term career commitment limits exposure/motivation to pursue professional opportunities in distinct sectors.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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It is a special place, with a critical mission.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at CIA

ProsExcellent colleagues, extensive opportunities, opportunities to address exciting issues.

ConsBureaucracies can be frustrating. Seniority takes too much precedence over performance

Advice to Senior ManagementLimit the tasks, state focused on the basic mission.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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