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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 (7)

    "Positive working environment."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Intelligence Analyst in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Intelligence Analyst in McLean, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at CIA full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Stable pay, easily the most fascinating work content in the world, proximity to key decision-makers, relevance to substantive academic/extra-professional interests, emphasis on training and professional development.

    Cons

    Restrictive information environment, clear hierarchy of professional promotion and advancement, limited exposure to relevant extra-professional opportunities, due to security restrictions. Additionally, up-front expectation of long-term career commitment limits exposure/motivation to pursue professional opportunities in distinct sectors.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Challenging, entertaining, and exciting"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Telecommunications Specialist in McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Telecommunications Specialist in McLean, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Most of the assignments are overseas, The pay plus benefits are good. The job was exciting.

    Cons

    Personally, I try to make the best of any situation, so I don't focus on the negatives.


  3. Helpful (3)

    "Chief Interrogation Officer"

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    Current Employee - Chief Interrogator in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Chief Interrogator in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at CIA full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    -Interrogation techniques are utilised on a daily basis
    -Good pay considering I get to do something which I love
    -Progression opportunities within the organisation

    Cons

    -long hours travelling to far away countries
    -travel to far away countries which are very hot
    -No work/life balance, job is your life

    Advice to Management

    Be more open about what the organisation does


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  5. Helpful (6)

    "Are you ready for an adventure?"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director/R&D in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Director/R&D in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Greatest place on the planet to work. The Agency is a family of the cream of the crop. Totally professional organization with a "get the job done" attitude. AND, total job satisfaction. If you want a career where your job means something other that going from paycheck to paycheck, this is the place.

    Cons

    Very administrative (processes and procedures). Sometimes the Admin people think they are Business Management instead of Operations support. The charter is to gather Intelligence in a changing world, NOT create roadblocks.
    You will not get rich working for the Government, but at least you'll have a steady, stable and good paying career.

    Advice to Management

    Given today's global environment, consider rehiring some of the "cold war" officers which were put to pasture when Clinton downsized the Agency by 2/3 in the late 90's. Perhaps hiring them as Independent Contractors or Contract Employees? They could fill some of the hard to fill overseas posts as well.


  6. Helpful (8)

    "CIA is a great place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Herndon, VA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Herndon, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at CIA full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good management, good pay, challenging work.

    Cons

    Can't take PC home so you end up spending too much time in office. Also, they wouldn't spring for a relo package and had no jobs for me in my home city. Too concentrated in DC-VA area - SHould decentralize more.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work


  7. Helpful (7)

    "This is Classified"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Field Operative in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Field Operative in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Best job on the planet

    Cons

    Nothing of any particular note in that regard


  8. Helpful (3)

    "Mr"

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    Former Employee - Technical Intelligence Officer in McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Technical Intelligence Officer in McLean, VA
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Positive Contribution to the Everyday Operations of CIA

    Cons

    Work never sees the light of day

    Advice to Management

    Keep Plugging Away


  9. Helpful (3)

    "federal employee"

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    Former Employee - Director and Deputy Director in Herndon, VA
    Former Employee - Director and Deputy Director in Herndon, VA

    I worked at CIA (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, excellent working environment

    Cons

    Long hours, work is sometimes tedious


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Analyst intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great environment to be surrounding by hard working and intelligent people. Learned something new everyday and was thrilling to be part of such important matters

    Cons

    Very intense, long hours, difficult to maintain social life. All in all not the correct lifestyle for me but works for some people

    Advice to Management

    Hard to give advice to the entire United States government. Very cool to work directly with high ranking officials


  11. Helpful (5)

    "Deputy Director Talent Development"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Deputy Director in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Deputy Director in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Incredible mission, most talented workforce, satisfying careers

    Cons

    Need for secrecy prevents real story from being told to the public

    Advice to Management

    Never change a winning strategy - keep on modernizing



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