Central Intelligence Agency Employee Reviews

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Great Place to Work
Senior DS&T Watch Officer (Former Employee), Mclean VaJune 26, 2015
Pros: Rewarding
I enjoyed a great rewarding career during my 30 + years at the CIA.

I recommend the CIA to anyone whom desires to devote a career to contributing to the defense of the USA.
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Very challenging job
Video Production Specialist (Current Employee), VAMay 6, 2015
Pros: Great opportunity travel
If you are looking for a great place to make a differences in you life, this would be that place. I enjoyed my time their. My job was very rewarding. I was given the opportunity to travel.
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A great place to work with lots of opportunities!
Human Resources Officer (Former Employee), Washington, DCMay 2, 2015
Pros: Hardwork but great pay!
Cons: Sometimes there is shift work.
What I liked about the organization is that you could move around every 2-3 years and get new knowledge and experience. I would never get bored! What I enjoyed most was going out recruiting to the Universities meeting wonderful students.
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The Mission
Federal Law Enforcement/Police Officer (Former Employee), Langley, VAApril 3, 2015
Pros: Great opportunities
Cons: Long commute
The mission of the Central Intelligence Agency’s Security Protective Service (SPS) is the protection of Agency personnel, facilities and information through the enforcement of Federal laws and Agency Regulations.
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Great Mission Terrible Management
Targeting Officer (Current Employee), McLean, VAMarch 2, 2015
CIA is on the down slide in terms of producing capable leaders who people respect and are willing to follow into an increasingly unsettled world of intelligence and national security challenges.
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Excellent
Division Secretary (Former Employee), McLean, VAJanuary 26, 2015
Pros: benefits and advancement
Cons: commute
Exciting - moving - hectic. Loved it all - sorry I left! Family life was the reason I left.
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Excellence
Imagery Analyst (Former Employee), Washington, DCDecember 21, 2014
Pros: opportunities
Cons: competetive
If you are looking for a place to make a difference, look no further.
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Review
Mission Support Assistant (Former Employee), Mc Lean, VADecember 1, 2014
Last assignment I handled a lot of classified documents. The work environment was wonderful, co-workers were great.
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Very challenging job
Information Technology Analsyt (Former Employee), Washington DcNovember 14, 2014
Overall experience was great. Had a chance to work with some interesting people.
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Working at the Central Intelligence Agency was very productive.
Executive Administrator (Former Employee), Langley, VAOctober 11, 2014
Pros: free lunch., nice environment, etc.
The years I worked at the Central Intelligence Agency was very productive. Since this was the first job that I held - it was more of a learning experience.

With the knowledge that I did gain helped me to get where I am today.
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Definite Adventure
Telecommunications Information Systems Officer (Former Employee), Langley, VAOctober 10, 2014
This was a great opportunity that I was happy to have experienced. The thrill of the adventure was great.
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Leadership and Political Analyst (Current Employee), McLean, VASeptember 18, 2014
The substance of the work is enjoyable, but there is poor management and poor work-life balance.
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Flexible job; enjoyable atmosphere
Field Researcher (Former Employee), Atlanta, GASeptember 10, 2014
Variety of clients and projects; management team supportive
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Excellent
Intelligence Analyst (Current Employee), Fairfax, VAJuly 21, 2014
Excellent and challenging environment with great people.
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Interesting career
Installed/ maintained/ equipment/ LAN (Former Employee), McLean, VAJune 2, 2014
Pros: great benefits
Cons: not able to dicuss work with others outside the agency.
Work was enjoyable do to the places lived and visited. Like anywhere some people were fun to be around at work and some not.
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Not what you would expect
Facilities Operations Officer (Former Employee), HeadquartersMay 5, 2014
Pros: team oriented, pride in work, skills acquired, work life balance
Cons: management, reassignments
The agency is everything you wouldn't expect. The management style is severely lacking and it causes a lot of problems. People are reassigned constantly in positions they aren't qualified for which also causes havoc.

The office politics are very charged and can effect you easily. Stay on your toes.

Security is very tight and you will have a gun aimed at your face at least once during your time an as employee here.

I did meet some very famous people during my 2 years here. No names of course, sorry.

Work/life balance is excellent as you can't take any work home with you. But you probably figured that out by now.
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Great Environment
Contracting Officer/Business Advisor (Current Employee), Virginia, USAApril 10, 2014
Excellent Benefits, great work/life balance. Very stable environment
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A great place to work to serve your country!
Polygraph Examiner (Current Employee), McLean, VAApril 8, 2014
The CIA offered many opportunities and challenges for professional growth and development. Working as an intelligence officer for the United States offered a great way to serve this country. The interviewing and interrogation skill sets learned here will be carried with me for the rest of my career.

The reason I am looking for a new employer is because my wife recently received a job transfer to the Chicago, IL area. I look forward to serving my new employer with the same dedication and distinction that I served with as an employee for the CIA.
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Got along well with co-workers
clerk (Former Employee), Washington, DCMarch 31, 2014
Pros: lived close to job
Cons: tight security
Worked well with others, most enjoyable part of job was meeting new people, typical day at work was filing
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Excellent government agency to work for.
Advertising Officer (Former Employee), Washington DC areaFebruary 3, 2014
Pros: excellent employees
Interesting work and excellent environment. Excellent coworkers. Very enjoyable.
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