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Updated February 26, 2015
Updated February 26, 2015
33 Reviews
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  1. 5 people found this helpful  

    Cyber Analyst

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CIA

    Pros

    The mission... counter terrorism and Special ops

    Cons

    If you are not a case officier... no key assignments and promotions are rare. Politics and game playing. Depending on the office (clandestine services) - you need to be part a old boys club.... college degrees and certifications does nothing for your career except get you in the door. Appears that the dumber you are, the better the career options and movement.

  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great stepping stone, not good for long-term

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Analyst in McLean, VA

    I have been working at CIA full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great people, great learning experience, exposure to different aspects of this world is very enlightening. The agency promotes training which is great.

    Cons

    Hard to get promoted, salary does not match duties and performance, hard to get past the red tape to take advantage of the different opportunities. Management lacks consistency is the guidance they give personnel on career development.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Restructure how promotion panels are conducted, utilize individuals' talents, acknowledge and compensate personnel for their hard work, innovative ideas and contribution to the mission.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    Wonderful, if you like strange bedfellows

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CIA full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great skim of money possibilities.

    Cons

    Narcotics trafficking....Hidden agendas, restrictive management

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 12 people found this helpful  

    Behind the Times and Slow to Catch Up

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

    I have been working at CIA

    Pros

    --Job security, especially in an uncertain economy
    --Great benefits, including pension with employer contributions
    --Good work/life balance
    --Opportunities to do different jobs and kinds of work, including living and working overseas
    --Training and travel opportunities
    --Well-educated and smart colleagues

    Cons

    --Mediocre and unprofessional management
    --Bureaucratic mindset among analysts and managers
    --Obsession with "chasing the news" and little focus on real analysis
    --Satisfied with mediocre written products
    --Closed-minded and unwilling to consider new and different ideas
    --A good ten years behind the times in utilizing new technologies and processes for the general workforce

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    --Stop rewarding and promoting managers who only care about looking good to their seniors and reward and promote managers who strive to develop their analysts
    --Train analysts to be generalists first and specialists second; too many analysts are so focused on the trees that they don't see the forest, which probably will result in another big intelligence failure

  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Intel-Analyst

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

    I have been working at CIA

    Pros

    -prestige
    -security clearance
    -making a difference in the world

    Cons

    -low salary
    -can't talk about work much

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    no comment

    Doesn't Recommend
  7. 14 people found this helpful  

    A fun place to be, but don't make it a career.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intelligence Analyst in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Intelligence Analyst in Washington, DC

    I worked at CIA

    Pros

    Absolutely a sense of mission with some really motivated people. Some very cool jobs available. You feel your job is very important, and that you're really doing something that matters. Absolutely no chance of getting fired unless you do something horrible like racially or sexually harass someone. If you want a 30-year employers with many different types of jobs, CIA is great.

    Cons

    Many levels of management are almost uniformly awful. All levels of employees are constantly sent to BS training courses. Managers seem to spend half their time in management training courses which are clearly counter productive. Bureaucracy as expected of any federal government agency.

    The absolute worst thing for me was that the best and the worst employees were treated exactly the same in many cases. Same salary, same job titles, same seniority. Need a way to weed out horrible employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn how to WEED OUT bad managers (and bad employees). Since nobody is ever, EVER fired, it seems as if the employees who suck at their jobs become managers. Upper management in my experience was mostly professional and competent. Team level and middle managers were very mixed--some good, some REALLY bad. Management is not the place for passive aggressive introverts with poor people skills.

    Doesn't Recommend
  8.  

    Surveillance Technician

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Surveillance Technician in Phila, PA
    Former Contractor - Surveillance Technician in Phila, PA

    I worked at CIA as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    Good Pay and Benefits also if you like the type of work you'll enjoy going to work everyday.

    Cons

    Bad Hours and Septa Union Regulations

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop letting septa dictate and control who what when and where works for their sub contracts.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Nice experience as an intern

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Intern in McLean, VA

    I worked at CIA

    Pros

    Took me as an intern freshman year

    Cons

    Too strict on GPA, mine dropped a little wouldnt let me return

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have wiggle room

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    You can learn a lot about different computer systems

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CIA

    Pros

    Sometimes you can travel and network with other people.

    Cons

    The challenges of downsizing can be an eye opener.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not forget about the dedicated employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Somewhat rewarding

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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