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Updated February 16, 2017
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Pros
  • The organization attracts smart people and offers good training in leadership and management (in 4 reviews)

  • Great benefits and people who are interesting (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Long hours, work is sometimes tedious (in 3 reviews)

  • The high cost of living plus the ever-increasing traffic in the Washington, D (in 2 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Decent Place to Have a Career"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at CIA full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Part of Something Greater, Serve the Nation, Great Benefits that get better as time goes on, Smart people to work with

    Cons

    Lots of bureaucratic constraints, Hard to get work done in a rigid traditional system, Not a lot of space for free thinking, Gets stale over time...exhausting


  2. "Great organization overall."

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    Current Employee - Senior Political Analyst in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Political Analyst in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at CIA full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Highly respected organization. Job security. Travel. Smart people. Lots of opportunities.

    Cons

    Limited Flexible work options. Old work processes.

    Advice to Management

    There is a serious disconnect between senior management and middle management. More training for middle management on new methods of analysis and work production.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Clunky bureaucracy with cowardly leaders, but lots of opportunity"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CIA full-time

    Pros

    Overseas travel, training, variety of career options in one Agency; amazing mission

    Cons

    Very insular and cliquish, struggling to support and retain minorities, awkward and ineffective performance evaluation system

    Advice to Management

    The lack of leadership courage throughout the organization shows and that's why people are leaving. Do what is right by the workforce and develop, promote, and support all officers equally.


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  5. "Great Mission; Strangling Bureaucracy"

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

    Pros

    If you are passionate about serving your country, this organization will be a good fit. The job is immensely rewarding on a personal level.

    Cons

    Over the last decade, the CIA has experienced a significant decrease in funding across the board. This means that different departments scramble to make the most out of their smaller budgets with the overall impact being less operations. At the same time, with less money to do operations, the importance of operational success has gone up and that has led to increasing bureaucracy.

    Advice to Management

    Good luck. Doesn't look like the incoming administration has any more favorable attitude towards the intelligence community than the last administration did. With no money, solid talent is hard to attract.


  6. "Working at the CIA"

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    Current Employee - Logistics Officer in Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - Logistics Officer in Fairfax, VA

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

    Pros

    I like traveling and working overseas.

    Cons

    Working in the DMV area, there is alot of traffic.


  7. "Working in Government"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at CIA full-time

    Pros

    Stability, flexibility, you can keep trying multiple different career paths or stay in a field for speciality or expertise, steady work

    Cons

    Bureaucracy, expected to move to new jobs every 2-3 years, too much change, cant work from home since work is classified, either you are bored or stressed out

    Advice to Management

    Help your employees find good mentors and challenging work, keep them motivated, help them when having a hard time too


  8. "Good"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CIA full-time

    Pros

    interesting, good benefits, good salary

    Cons

    bureaucratic, groupthink, high cost-of-living location


  9. Helpful (4)

    "It's OK"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at CIA (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Cool people, cool work, very interesting topics of work. Great mission.

    Cons

    Never get promoted (You had better LOVE the mission)

    Advice to Management

    Consider your technically trained, and cyber cadres - you had better start promoting them faster, or you will lose EVERYBODY to private sector. Oh wait, you already have!!!


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Operations manager"

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

    Pros

    Work/Life balance, flexible schedule, many opportunities

    Cons

    Other duties as assigned isn't always ideal


  11. Helpful (1)

    "CIA"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wauwatosa, WI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wauwatosa, WI

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

    Pros

    Storied agency that most folks never get a glimpse of other than in the movies and spy novels. World travel and awesome adventure await those who make it aboard. It is the adventure of a lifetime.

    Cons

    It is a government bureaucracy and, as such, suffers from the ills common to all bureaucracies.



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