CIA Reviews

Updated August 23, 2015
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  1. Helpful (3)

    Challenging, entertaining, and exciting

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Telecommunications Specialist in McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Telecommunications Specialist in McLean, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Very fulfilling and rewarding.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Tellecomunications Information Systems Officer in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Tellecomunications Information Systems Officer in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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.


  3. Helpful (5)

    Wonderful, if you like strange bedfellows

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great skim of money possibilities.

    Cons

    Narcotics trafficking....Hidden agendas, restrictive management


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  5. Helpful (3)

    Somewhat rewarding

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  6. Helpful (10)

    weird otherworld

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intelligence Analyst in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Intelligence Analyst in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    great opportunities for travel; smart people

    Cons

    Everyone 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 Management

    Managers need more training, especially former Analysts who are not extroverts, nor are they naturally good working with people.


  7. Helpful (6)

    Positive working environment.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Intelligence Analyst in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Intelligence Analyst in McLean, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at CIA full-time (More than a 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.


  8. Helpful (8)

    Interesting, but you can't tell anyone about it.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Analyst Student Trainee (Intern) in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Analyst Student Trainee (Intern) in Washington, DC
    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.


  9. Helpful (3)

    Glorified journalist.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Bethesda, MD
    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.


  10. 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

    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.


  11. Helpful (8)

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

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

    Pros

    challenging, 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.

    Cons

    Hiring 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 Management

    More 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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