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"Great sense of mission, with some neat opportunities available, but bureaucracy is a drag."

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Former Employee - Intelligence Analyst in Washington, DC
Former Employee - Intelligence Analyst in Washington, DC

Pros

Stable job. Great sense of mission. Get to know some cool stuff. Some great opportunities to do exciting things. Stable salary increases with annual COLA.

Cons

Giant bureaucracy. Bad middle management. Career sometimes driven by external events (world affairs). Can miss opportunities to do cool stuff because of bureaucratic obstacles.

Advice to Management

Promote people and dispense opportunities more on merit rather than time served to improve morale.

Other Employee Reviews for CIA

  1. "Great Opportunities to Travel and Work with Super Smart People"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at CIA full-time

    Pros

    Travel
    Training and Development is top-notched
    Highly Respected in the Intelligence Community
    Lots of Job Opportunities

    Cons

    Access to classified information means personal life will be highly scrutinized
    Limited Work Options
    Highly Centralized and Tenured Structured
    Promotion system is antiquated
    Work processes highly limited and outdated because of security protocols
    Work-life balance highly depended on job you take

    Advice to Management

    Hire more outside managers to bring in new perspectives and management styles. Current middle management stuck in old ways which stifles creativity and enthusiasm for the important work analysts do.


  2. 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

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