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Updated February 22, 2018
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Pros
  • Part of Something Greater, Serve the Nation, Great Benefits that get better as time goes on, Smart people to work with (in 6 reviews)

  • Interesting work, high impact, passionate colleagues, travel and training opportunities (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Long hours, work is sometimes tedious (in 4 reviews)

  • the sense that the more of your personal life you sacrifice, the more committed you are (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "International securities Ltd"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Officer in Laguna Woods, CA
    Former Employee - Officer in Laguna Woods, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at CIA full-time

    Pros

    A challenge, constant creativity required, innovative thinking is always rewarded, new ideas always welcomed, must be a team player in order to achieve goals.

    Cons

    Long hours. No real cons no real cons no real cons it’s all what you make nothing more nothing less

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention


  2. "PM Expert"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at CIA full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits. Glass ceiling not so apparent for women

    Cons

    Classified work environment is restrictive

    Advice to Management

    Find a way for ppl to work from home when doing unclassified work ie once per week

  3. "Senior Technical Manager"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at CIA full-time

    Pros

    Service to Nation and Pride

    Cons

    Going through growing pains related to technology


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Retired"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Outstanding organization to work for.

    Cons

    A great deal of complexity within the work structure


  5. Helpful (11)

    "Operative"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director of Operations in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Director of Operations in Durham, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at CIA full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I like the community. Its like a family that I never had. I wanted that, so

    Cons

    People are making up that I have mental health issues. When I'm stressed out I smoke a cigarette. They changed the formula to the American Spirits and I'm a bit dissapointed, but not really. I think I can get through this now without the cover clause.

    Advice to Management

    It's a smoke signal bad habit.


  6. "Afraid to Change"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at CIA full-time

    Pros

    Challenging environment, very technical and significant amount or IT to be involved with. Many one of a kind type problem solving occurs daily.

    Cons

    Risk averse, don't like critical thinkers, many agendas throughout,


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Interesting Place to Work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CIA full-time

    Pros

    You will have many experiences you will not have in corporate America. The work can be exciting.

    Cons

    The management class either was not part of nor remembers what it was like to work in the field.

    Security is a little draconian and way behind the times!

    Many career services inside do not get paid what they are worth and others get paid more that their worth. Everyone wants to start at the top and not work their way up.

  8. "World Class Organization"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Intelligence Analyst in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Intelligence Analyst in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at CIA full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Opportunities
    Diversity
    Travel
    Professional Development and Training
    Professional Respect and Admiration
    Great Benefits

    Cons

    Working in a classified environment can affect work efficiency and personal life. That's the trade off for working for the agency
    Job Growth and Promotion Criteria are archaic

    Advice to Management

    Middle management is out of touch with current work realities. Focus on bringing experienced managers from outside the agency culture to improve the manager-employee relationship.


  9. "Stifling bureaucracy"

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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    -Learn a lot
    -Cool environment
    -Great benefits

    Cons

    -Bureaucracy
    -Outdated technology
    -A lot of really unqualified employees


  10. "Great Opportunity to Serve"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at CIA full-time

    Pros

    Interesting work, high impact, passionate colleagues, travel and training opportunities

    Cons

    Long hours, lots of bureaucratic red tape, very conservative approach to doing things, too many employees, little incentive for innovation or creativity

    Advice to Management

    Don't focus on process at the expense of results. Ensure employees have access to the resources they need.


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