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Positive working environment.

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

I have been working at CIA full-time for 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.

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  1. 5 people found this helpful  

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

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    Former Employee - Analyst Student Trainee (Intern)  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Analyst Student Trainee (Intern) in Washington, DC

    I worked at CIA

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  2. 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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