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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

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.

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  1. 5 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

    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.

  2. 8 people found this helpful  

    Behind the Times and Slow to Catch Up

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

    --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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