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8 people found this helpful  

Behind the Times and Slow to Catch Up

Senior Analyst (Current Employee) McLean, VA

Pros--Job security, especially in an uncertain economy
--Great benefits, including pension with employer contributions
--Good work/life balance
--Opportunities to do different jobs and kinds of work, including living and working overseas
--Training and travel opportunities
--Well-educated and smart colleagues

Cons--Mediocre and unprofessional management
--Bureaucratic mindset among analysts and managers
--Obsession with "chasing the news" and little focus on real analysis
--Satisfied with mediocre written products
--Closed-minded and unwilling to consider new and different ideas
--A good ten years behind the times in utilizing new technologies and processes for the general workforce

Advice to Senior Management--Stop rewarding and promoting managers who only care about looking good to their seniors and reward and promote managers who strive to develop their analysts
--Train analysts to be generalists first and specialists second; too many analysts are so focused on the trees that they don't see the forest, which probably will result in another big intelligence failure

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    9 people found this helpful  

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

    Intelligence Analyst (Former Employee) Washington, DC

    I worked at CIA


    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… 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… Advice to Senior 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… No, I would not recommend this company to a friend More
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    3 people found this helpful  

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

    Intelligence Analyst (Former Employee) Washington, DC

    I worked at CIA


    Pros: Stable job. Great sense of mission. Get to know some cool stuff.… Cons: Giant bureaucracy. Bad middle management. Career sometimes driven by external events… Advice to Senior Management: Promote people and dispense opportunities more on merit rather than… More
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