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Updated November 5, 2017
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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 5 reviews)

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

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

  • Working in a classified environment can affect work efficiency and personal life (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Sgt. Morales"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - FieldnAgent in Dallas, TX
    Current Contractor - FieldnAgent in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Maintain Balance and doing Good for all people. Different atmosphere everyday.

    Cons

    Life or Death situations. Technologies interfere with exercises.

    Advice to Management

    Dont assume peoples best interest. Learn more about culture and heart . Education needs to expand to needed states


  2. Helpful (10)

    "Operative"

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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.

  3. "Life at the Agency"

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    • Senior Management
    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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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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. "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. Helpful (6)

    "It's OK"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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!!!


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Operations manager"

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    • Senior Management
    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


  10. Helpful (6)

    "Operations Officer"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operations Officer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Operations Officer in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fascinating, one-of-a-kind work and opportunities; unparalleled access/insight into the world; a vocation, not a job

    Cons

    encroaching bureaucracy and political correctness

    Advice to Management

    focus on the mission, nothing else


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