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CIA Reviews

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. "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.


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  5. "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


  6. 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.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Operations Officer"

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    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


  8. Helpful (9)

    "Contacting Officer"

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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

    Competitive salaries, moving expense reimbursement, access to a variety of education/ training programs, and probably the best benefits out of any other place in the country.

    Cons

    Relocation to the Washington DC area is mandatory. VERY lengthy pre-employment and clearance process. The clearance must be obtained every 5 years.

    Advice to Management

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  9. Helpful (13)

    "Not Just a Job"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Core Collector in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Core Collector in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    CIA is an organization with strong integrity that offers challenging work, domestic and overseas travel, attracts a high-caliber workforce, and provides an opportunity to serve and protect our national security.

    Cons

    The high cost of living plus the ever-increasing traffic in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area create huge burdens for anyone just starting their CIA career. Think carefully about whether you can afford living in the DC area when considering a career in government.

    Advice to Management

    As with any workplace, there are good leaders and poor leaders at the CIA. Have a great boss and you will have a great tour or assignment; have a poor boss and it can or will be miserable. CIA should perform more peer reviews at lower levels of management and give weight to the results when considering promotions and advancement to the next level.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Management Officer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Interesting work, wonderful colleagues, travel opportunities

    Cons

    Security restrictions sometimes made for a less than spontaneous personal life but everything always worked out in the end.

    Advice to Management

    Wow. I think Management needs to read the annual feedback surveys that employees fill out and where possible implement some of those ideas. Listen.


  11. Helpful (4)

    "if you absolutely need it to happen...no questions asked"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Freelancer - R&D Scientist in Portland, OR
    Current Freelancer - R&D Scientist in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at CIA (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    professional prompt services with outstanding customer service

    Cons

    they aren't passive-aggressive enough for the Portland area

    Advice to Management

    tyveks suits for jobs that involve 500 milirems radiation exposure would be a nice way to say "hey guys, thanks" to your employees



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