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Updated July 15, 2017
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Pros
  • Great benefits and people who are interesting (in 3 reviews)

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

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

  • Access to classified information means personal life will be highly scrutinized (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Great Opportunity to Serve"

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    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.


  2. "Great Opportunities to Travel and Work with Super Smart People"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at CIA full-time

    Pros

    Travel
    Training and Development is top-notched
    Highly Respected in the Intelligence Community
    Lots of Job Opportunities

    Cons

    Access to classified information means personal life will be highly scrutinized
    Limited Work Options
    Highly Centralized and Tenured Structured
    Promotion system is antiquated
    Work processes highly limited and outdated because of security protocols
    Work-life balance highly depended on job you take

    Advice to Management

    Hire more outside managers to bring in new perspectives and management styles. Current middle management stuck in old ways which stifles creativity and enthusiasm for the important work analysts do.

  3. "Life at the Agency"

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    Current Employee - MDSO in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - MDSO in McLean, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Rotation of positions every few years.

    Cons

    Typical government processes and belabored processes


  4. Helpful (2)

    "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


  5. 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.


  6. "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.


  7. "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.

  8. "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


  9. "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


  10. Helpful (5)

    "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!!!


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