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Updated October 24, 2018
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CIA Acting Director of the Central Intelligence Agency Gina Haspel
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Pros
  • "Most of the assignments are overseas, The pay plus benefits are good" (in 4 reviews)

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

Cons
  • "Long hours, work is sometimes tedious" (in 5 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. Featured Review

    Helpful (1)

    "Senior Technical Manager"

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    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


  2. Helpful (8)

    "Intelligence Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at CIA full-time

    Pros

    A lot of opportunity to move around within organization. Overseas travel opportunities. Pay and benefits are good.

    Cons

    Over-dramatized and over-politicized organization, backstabbing colleagues.

    Advice to Management

    Offer more opportunities to work with other teams across the organization without pitting us against each other.

  3. "No Gust No Glory"

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    Current Employee - Field Supervisor in Ithaca, NY
    Current Employee - Field Supervisor in Ithaca, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at CIA (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    the best part about my job is I get to travel.

    Cons

    The hours can be mind numbing.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.


  4. Helpful (5)

    "Don't work here"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Langley, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Langley, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at CIA full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Federal Benefits.
    Low work load.
    Low pressure.

    Cons

    I can't share detailed information about the CIA because all employees sign an agreement to have information they share vetted by their publication review board. But I can say that this is a horrible place to work, and the CIA should be a last resort for job seekers.

    Advice to Management

    Recruit more people mid and late career; they know more about how an organization should be run.


  5. Helpful (4)

    "It’s SERVICE. Always remember that."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great, unusual training programs, lots of travel opps

    Cons

    Impossible, stalwart bureaucracy, no opps for promotion. Be prepared to live your life under their control. That’s the main goal of the organization- control. You will sacrifice much freedoms and privacy to serve there. Rewards are few and far between. Company is still filled with Obama era flunked - very much the swamp there. Work is very politicized.

    Advice to Management

    Get a clue. Lead, don’t manage, and for god’s sake promote your people on merit, not some hidden agenda. The company does important work but nobody will stay if this BS continues. Attrition is huge.


  6. Helpful (15)

    "It's like being in the Mafia"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at CIA full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good travel opportunities. And if they like you, you can advance and enjoy lots of perks that the average American will never enjoy. At taxpayer expense.

    Cons

    First are the internal witch hunts against patriotic people who are reliable, have never caused a problem, and do a good job. Secondly, if they turn against you, they'll hound you out of the organization one way or the other. Of course, they'll first go through the motions and follow their "policies," but you'll never be successful once you're on the black list. But worst of all, once you're out of the organization they'll black-ball you among the clearance agencies so that you can never get another government job. And it will all be done in secrecy so that they can't be held accountable to labor laws, civil rights laws, etc. They will punish your family for a lifetime. It's a life-changing experience that you can never escape from.

    Advice to Management

    They're unaccountable and don't listen to advice.


  7. Helpful (18)

    "Love it"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at CIA full-time

    Pros

    Morale is great despite of the changing leadership

    Cons

    Traffic getting to and from McLean is horrible

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Secretive but Interesting"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CIA full-time

    Pros

    Fascinating work on important issues.

    Cons

    Severe personal limitations under large bureaucracy.


  9. Helpful (21)

    "Case Officer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at CIA full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    There are good days and bad days at the CIA. On the best day, you're working on projects and collecting information that could save lives and prevent war. On the worst days, the projects and information you collect either do actual direct harm to people (domestic and abroad) or it gets twisted in a way that does lasting harm.

    Cons

    The CIA has a racism and sexism problem which speaks to it's general lack of competence. It's astonishing that an organization tasked with an international mission fails so miserably at challenging a culture of complacent patriarchal white supremacy.

    Advice to Management

    Women of color and white women are not workbooks for the teaching and training of white men. Harassment of marginalized groups in any form should be as big a deal of leaking classified information. Until that standard is enforced, the CIA is not worthy of its mission.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Your salary info for DCIA and DDCIA are way off"

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    Former Employee - Deputy Division Chief SIS-3
    Former Employee - Deputy Division Chief SIS-3

    I worked at CIA (Less than a year)

    Pros

    You have the DCIA and DDCIA pay listed below that of senior integration officer, whatever that is. I don't know the current pay but you can be assured that it is more than other officers. I believe they are Political Level pay grades above the SIS-6 level of a handful of people like the Directorate heads, probably close to cabinet secretaries and their deputies.

    Cons

    I have no cons to add.


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