CIA Reviews

Updated October 12, 2014
Updated October 12, 2014
28 Reviews
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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    CIA is a great place to work

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Herndon, VA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Herndon, VA

    I have been working at CIA full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good management, good pay, challenging work.

    Cons

    Can't take PC home so you end up spending too much time in office. Also, they wouldn't spring for a relo package and had no jobs for me in my home city. Too concentrated in DC-VA area - SHould decentralize more.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Are you ready for an adventure?

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director/R&D in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Director/R&D in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Greatest 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.

    Cons

    Very 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 ManagementAdvice

    Given 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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Chief Interrogation Officer

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    Current Employee - Chief Interrogator in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Chief Interrogator in Washington, DC

    I have been working at CIA full-time (less than an 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 ManagementAdvice

    Be more open about what the organisation does

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Challenging, entertaining, and exciting

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Telecommunications Specialist in McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Telecommunications Specialist in McLean, VA

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    Positive working environment.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intelligence Analyst in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Intelligence Analyst in McLean, VA

    I have been working at CIA full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Stable 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.

    Cons

    Restrictive 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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    It is a special place, with a critical mission.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CIA

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Limit the tasks, state focused on the basic mission.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Invoice Auditor
    Current Employee - Invoice Auditor

    I have been working at CIA full-time (less than an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Lighten up and smell the roses

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great Work, dealing with internal Security is a Headache

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intelligence Analyst in McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Intelligence Analyst in McLean, VA

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 5 people found this helpful  

    Great career

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very fulfilling and rewarding.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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

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