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Former Employee - Intelligence Analyst in Washington, DC
Former Employee - Intelligence Analyst in Washington, DC

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 ManagementAdvice

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

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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    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 (more than an 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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  2. 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.

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