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Updated April 19, 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 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. "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


  2. "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.

  3. "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.


  4. "International securities Ltd"

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    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


  5. "PM Expert"

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    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


  6. "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


  7. 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

  8. Helpful (12)

    "Operative"

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    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.


  9. "Afraid to Change"

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    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,


  10. Helpful (2)

    "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.


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