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2 people found this helpful  

Glorified journalist.

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Current Employee - Senior Analyst  in  Bethesda, MD
Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Bethesda, MD

I have been working at CIA

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 ManagementAdvice

Improve intelligence sharing protocol.

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Excellent experience, great career, great mission, superb opportunity to serve the nation.

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    Former Employee - Deputy Group Director  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Deputy Group Director in Washington, DC

    I worked at CIA

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the work force - ask questions of the work force.

  2. 6 people found this helpful  

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

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    Current Employee - Analyst  in  McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Analyst in McLean, VA

    I have been working at CIA

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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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