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Updated 26 February, 2015
Updated 26 February, 2015
33 Reviews
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    Surveillance Technician

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    Former Contractor - Surveillance Technician in Phila, PA (US)
    Former Contractor - Surveillance Technician in Phila, PA (US)

    I worked at CIA as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    Good Pay and Benefits also if you like the type of work you'll enjoy going to work everyday.

    Cons

    Bad Hours and Septa Union Regulations

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop letting septa dictate and control who what when and where works for their sub contracts.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Loved the Opportunities

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Finance Officer
    Former Employee - Finance Officer

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

    Pros

    Chance to do meaningful work. A wide variety of jobs. Good benefits. Travel opportunities. Opportunity to be involved with high impact projects.

    Cons

    Living in the DC area can be tough (long commutes). The Agency is becoming more and more like the other bureaucratic agencies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay focused on mission, and not on being popular with the public.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Nice experience as an intern

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    Former Employee - Intern in McLean, VA (US)
    Former Employee - Intern in McLean, VA (US)

    I worked at CIA

    Pros

    Took me as an intern freshman year

    Cons

    Too strict on GPA, mine dropped a little wouldnt let me return

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have wiggle room

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    A mixed bag

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in McLean, VA (US)
    Former Employee - Project Manager in McLean, VA (US)

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

    Pros

    Ability to travel the world and do the coolest things possible

    Cons

    Culture is best described as "they eat their young"

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to why so many smart and young officers leave

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 7 people found this helpful  

    Analyst

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    Current Employee - Intelligence Analyst in Washington, DC (US)
    Current Employee - Intelligence Analyst in Washington, DC (US)

    I have been working at CIA full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    I know everything, I get to travel the world, keep a weapon and spy. It's amazing . So many beautiful places on this earth and I've seen almost all of them

    Cons

    I know everything, there's no turning back. I'm stuck doing this for the rest of my life. It's over.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Y'all rock

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    Great intership experience at the CIA with a lot of other interns who were very interesting (like myself)

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    Current Employee - Invoice Auditor
    Current Employee - Invoice Auditor

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and people who are interesting. Opportunities to travel and use your second language.

    Cons

    Bureaucratic maze with a language of their own. They don't see innovation and out of the box thinking as necessarily a good thing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lighten up and smell the roses

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 5 people found this helpful  

    Cyber Analyst

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CIA

    Pros

    The mission... counter terrorism and Special ops

    Cons

    If you are not a case officier... no key assignments and promotions are rare. Politics and game playing. Depending on the office (clandestine services) - you need to be part a old boys club.... college degrees and certifications does nothing for your career except get you in the door. Appears that the dumber you are, the better the career options and movement.

  9. 8 people found this helpful  

    Great Work, dealing with internal Security is a Headache

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    Former Employee - Intelligence Analyst in McLean, VA (US)
    Former Employee - Intelligence Analyst in McLean, VA (US)

    I worked at CIA full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The Mission is outstanding. You make a real difference in the world. The pinnacle of analysis. Always new internal opportunities and something new to learn. Lots of training opportunities.

    Cons

    Suffers from bureaucracy. Security protocols are opaque and cumbersome. Serious lack of racial diversity which can get very arduous if you are a minority.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you want to be more diverse, the office of security needs to start being smarter. Reign in some of the egos in management who are more concerned with territoriality than the mission.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 7 people found this helpful  

    CIA is a great place to work

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Herndon, VA (US)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Herndon, VA (US)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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