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

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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.

Other Employee Reviews for CIA

  1. Helpful (3)

    "Glorified journalist."

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    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Bethesda, MD
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Serving your country.
    Relative job security.
    Good stepping stone for international relations majors to other analyst jobs.
    D.C. Area is a great place to work and network

    Cons

    Most intelligence is open source( newspapers) so it's not as glamorous as its made out to be
    Office politics
    No one will read what you compile

    Advice to Management

    Improve intelligence sharing protocol.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Excellent experience, great career, great mission, superb opportunity to serve the nation."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Deputy Group Director in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Deputy Group Director in Washington, DC

    Pros

    Meaningful mission.
    Rewards if one works hard, does well, and is a little lucky.
    Meeting phenomenal people who put mission and country before self and money.

    Cons

    Poor management at senior levels is not recognized and corrected.
    Constant reorganization and movement of people.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the work force - ask questions of the work force.

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