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Helpful (14)

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

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

I worked at CIA

Doesn't Recommend
Doesn't Recommend

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 Management

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.

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  1. Helpful (3)

    Great sense of mission, with some neat opportunities available, but bureaucracy is a drag.

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

    I worked at CIA

    Pros

    Stable job. Great sense of mission. Get to know some cool stuff. Some great opportunities to do exciting things. Stable salary increases with annual COLA.

    Cons

    Giant bureaucracy. Bad middle management. Career sometimes driven by external events (world affairs). Can miss opportunities to do cool stuff because of bureaucratic obstacles.

    Advice to Management

    Promote people and dispense opportunities more on merit rather than time served to improve morale.


  2. Helpful (1)

    only one problem i ran into involving g h w bush

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CIA

    Pros

    i finally feel that i am amongst my peers

    Cons

    not enough face to face time with real human beings only this lousy computer

    Advice to Management

    i started out as a seaman recruit and am now a rear admiral lower half so never ever overlook and be prejudgemental


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