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CIA Reviews

Updated March 27, 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 (8)

    "CIA is a great place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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


  2. Helpful (7)

    "Are you ready for an adventure?"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.


  3. Helpful (12)

    "Great career"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Support Integration Officer in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Support Integration Officer in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Mission impact, international travel, opportunities to make history and provide policy makers critical intelligence to make informed decisions to protect the citizens of the United States

    Cons

    Restrictions on certain things, lots of regulations and bureaucracy that can restrict some creativity, work balance issues and unaccompanied assignments to dangerous areas


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  5. Helpful (5)

    "Great stepping stone, not good for long-term"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Analyst in McLean, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people, great learning experience, exposure to different aspects of this world is very enlightening. The agency promotes training which is great.

    Cons

    Hard to get promoted, salary does not match duties and performance, hard to get past the red tape to take advantage of the different opportunities. Management lacks consistency is the guidance they give personnel on career development.

    Advice to Management

    Restructure how promotion panels are conducted, utilize individuals' talents, acknowledge and compensate personnel for their hard work, innovative ideas and contribution to the mission.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Chief Interrogation Officer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Challenging, entertaining, and exciting"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Very fulfilling and rewarding."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Tellecomunications Information Systems Officer in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Tellecomunications Information Systems Officer in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great opportunities to make an impact for your country.

    Cons

    As with any business, whether government or private sector, there are plenty of politics that come with the job.


  9. Helpful (11)

    "weird otherworld"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intelligence Analyst in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Intelligence Analyst in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at CIA full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    great opportunities for travel; smart people

    Cons

    Everyone is overly suspicous about everything and everyone--even coworkers, friends and family. Disturbing. By the same token, very incestuous. encouraged to marry each other and bring in family members. Too much religious references in the work place, which is totally inappropriate.

    Advice to Management

    Managers need more training, especially former Analysts who are not extroverts, nor are they naturally good working with people.


  10. Helpful (7)

    "Positive working environment."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.


  11. Helpful (10)

    "Interesting, but you can't tell anyone about it."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Analyst Student Trainee (Intern) in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Analyst Student Trainee (Intern) in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    At the CIA, you feel like you do work that actually makes a difference. They have a structured training program and hold different classes and seminars at least once a week, usually at the main headquarters. Because there are so many employees, there are groups and clubs within the organization for special interests such as Mandarin practice. Their salary is competitive and you are surrounded by hard-working, good people.

    Cons

    You have to lie to almost everyone about what you do for a living or how your day was at work. You cannot have friends from certain countries. If you will be staying in the same house/room with a non-US citizen, you must report it and have it approved in advanced.

    Advice to Management

    Organize the recruitment stage better and communicate more with those you're recruiting. Develop more social programs for the interns. Hold more events in offices other than headquarters.



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