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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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Great stepping stone, not good for long-term

Analyst (Current Employee)
McLean, VA

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

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

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

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

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Wonderful, if you like strange bedfellows

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at CIA full-time for more than 8 years

ProsGreat skim of money possibilities.

ConsNarcotics trafficking....Hidden agendas, restrictive management

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Behind the Times and Slow to Catch Up

Senior Analyst (Current Employee)
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 Senior Management--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

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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 Senior Managementno comment

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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

Intelligence Analyst (Former Employee)
Washington, DC

I worked at CIA

ProsAbsolutely 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.

ConsMany 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 Senior ManagementLearn 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.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Somewhat rewarding

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at CIA full-time

ProsTravel, training,opportunity to see intelligence work from the inside

ConsLimited opportunities for advancement for minorities, discrimination in recruitment, playing politics in order to get the cushy assignments,

Advice to Senior ManagementMany 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.

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

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weird otherworld

Intelligence Analyst (Former Employee)
Washington, DC

I worked at CIA full-time for more than 8 years

Prosgreat opportunities for travel; smart people

ConsEveryone is overly suspicous about everything and everyone--even coworkers, friends and family. Disturbing. By the same token, very incestuous. encouraged to marry each other and bring in family members. Too much religious references in the work place, which is totally inappropriate.

Advice to Senior ManagementManagers need more training, especially former Analysts who are not extroverts, nor are they naturally good working with people.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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good for tenure, opportunities to move around, flex schedule; not great with advancement or longterm work-life balance

Analyst (Current Employee)
McLean, VA

I have been working at CIA

Proschallenging, interesting, motivating work with chances to transfer internally over a career to try whatever you're interested in. lots of enthusiastic young people make for an invigorating team in most areas. management officially supports flexible schedules, professional growth through academic or personal research or language training, some chances to travel depending on your work. pay seems good at the starting levels for recent college/graduate school hires, but promises of rapid advancement are contingent on long hours and taking on high-profile but limited projects in many offices.

ConsHiring overload of the past decade means lots of talented young people fighting for management recognition to gain promotion to higher grades, limited number of experienced "senior" mentors to teach all the new people. Senior members of teams and offices have their pick of projects, travel, and high-level rotations. Management overwhelmed by their workload makes it a tough career path although offers better chances of promotion. Short-term they support balance and flexibility but long-term being in the office less hours or at "off" hours means less recognition, like most places.

Advice to Senior ManagementMore consistent recognition of staff's efforts, knowledge building, an long-term goals would help make them feel they're not hired only to get the job done today with little interest in next year.

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Great career

Senior Support Integration Officer (Former Employee)
Washington, DC

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

ProsMission 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

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

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Very fulfilling and rewarding.

Tellecomunications Information Systems Officer (Former Employee)
Washington, DC

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

ProsGreat opportunities to make an impact for your country.

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

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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