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Updated August 22, 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. "World Class Organization"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Intelligence Analyst in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Intelligence Analyst in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Opportunities
    Diversity
    Travel
    Professional Development and Training
    Professional Respect and Admiration
    Great Benefits

    Cons

    Working in a classified environment can affect work efficiency and personal life. That's the trade off for working for the agency
    Job Growth and Promotion Criteria are archaic

    Advice to Management

    Middle management is out of touch with current work realities. Focus on bringing experienced managers from outside the agency culture to improve the manager-employee relationship.


  2. "Great Opportunity to Serve"

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    • Senior Management
    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.

  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. "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.


  6. "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


  7. Helpful (2)

    "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.

  8. Helpful (5)

    "Operations Officer"

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    • 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


  9. Helpful (12)

    "Contacting Officer"

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    • Senior Management
    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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  10. Helpful (20)

    "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.


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