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Contracting Officer (Current Employee) –  VirginiaMay 19, 2018
Very fast paced contract environment. Training provided. Promotion opportunities. Leadership opportunities. Varied of assignments and diverse experiences available.
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Executive /Senior Secretary (Former Employee) –  Washington, DCApril 22, 2018
Good benefits and pay eventually. Most jobs are in DC so more opportunities if you are willing to move back east. Screening process can be long depending if you need a clearance.
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Had a great career at the CIA.
Administrative Assistant (Former Employee) –  Washington, DCApril 22, 2018
Worked in many positions while at the CIA. Enjoyed each one of them. Mostly Admin positions. Would recommend any one to work there. One of my favorite places to work.
Pros
A great place to work.
Cons
None
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Analyst (Current Employee) –  McLean, VAApril 12, 2018
High cost of living area, moderate pay. Exciting work. Not enough time to focus on work, feels as if more time is spent on admin and non-work than actual work, and advancement is linked to pseudo-management type activities, not quality production.
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I enjoyed working for the Agency (CIA) as an analyst and intelligence recruiter and computer operator.
Intelligence Analyst & Personnel Recruiter (Former Employee) –  Washington, DCApril 4, 2018
During the time there, at CIA, minority advancements were slow, however, today, I'm sure the place is different in a new America.
CIA has some interesting jobs relating to National Security concerns.
Pros
Interesting work assignments and jobs
Cons
Diversity Issues
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It's the government
Project Manager (Current Employee) –  VirginiaMarch 29, 2018
Not many people are motivated to do much more than build their own kingdom. Mission is always second to career advancement. Management is either incompetent or toxic bullies.
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Great place to work
Division Manager (Former Employee) –  Fairfax, VAMarch 28, 2018
Can actually work on interesting matters of utmost importance to the USA. Your work can produce results that can actually end-up on the President's desk.
Pros
Interesting work
Cons
Many poor managers
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Great place to work if you have the right boss
Plethora or job titles (Current Employee) –  Plethora of locationsMarch 18, 2018
I always wanted to wrk at CIA, and I have greatly enjoyed my career. It's a chance to serve your country in amazing and extremely different ways. Just recognize that the average manager is horrible, and that you will not be fairly compensated.
Pros
Excellent chance to serve your country.
Cons
horrible management, bad pay, poor work/life balance, health risks
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Beyond Fantastic.
Directorate & Mission Support, Polygraph Division (Former Employee) –  Langley, VAMarch 13, 2018
Great place to work and develop skills. All walks of life work there. Unique tasks are given for employees to work on. Very peculiar job tasks are given compared to the private sector.
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Great Place to work!
Executive Secretary (Former Employee) –  Washington, DCMarch 12, 2018
Great Place to work! Nothing like you see on TV, but it is exciting to be part of the CIA. To be any part of this team is amazing, the long hours and manpower that goes into dedication, you can go on forever. Plus you can never bring work home with you.
Pros
Just being at HQ
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Federal Police Officer (Former Employee) –  Langley, VAJanuary 31, 2018
A good place to work but too political. Not the best place for a black male to make a mark. The work was challenging and there were opportunities to advance but those opportunities were reserved for personnel in the "pipeline". Personnel who had a network of mentors. No mentor? = No advancement past a certain level.
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Intellectually stimulating and challenging work environment with the ability to help shape USG foreign and national security policy.
Branch Chief (Current Employee) –  Washington, DCJanuary 24, 2018
Security considerations prevent a detailed review of the job. Overall, I enjoy analyzing complex foreign policy challenges and presenting my conclusions to senior USG policymakers.
Pros
Able to have real impact
Cons
Limited opportunities once you hit a certain level
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Excellent Place To Work
ENGINEER/PROGRAM MANAGER/EXECUTIVE MANAGER (Former Employee) –  McLean, VAJanuary 24, 2018
I thoroughly enjoyed my career at the CIA and would highly recommend working there. As a government employee, you receive excellent benefits with a generous PTO plan depending on your length of employment.
Pros
Great benefits, good people, excellent mission
Cons
Sometimes stressful
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Great opportunity to serve
Logistics Service Officer (Former Employee) –  Langley, VAJanuary 9, 2018
I greatly enjoyed my time working for the Federal Government. It was a great opportunity to contribute to the Agency's missions to serve the interests of our country. It always felt purposeful.
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Service to Nation
Executive Director (Current Employee) –  Langley, VAJanuary 3, 2018
If you are looking to serve your country in a challenging environment this is the place for you. Once in the door, there are hundreds of various jobs which you can apply for.
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Challenging. Fascinating. Part of something larger than oneself
Case Officer (Former Employee) –  Langley, VADecember 31, 2017
People in the CIA work hard. They know what they are doing matters. The job is challenging and can be stressful, but it also brings a deep sense of achievement and satisfaction. National security is at stake. What greater motivation could there be? Junior officers in the Agency are given a great deal of authority and freedom of operation -- far more than found in beginning positions in the private sector.
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Stressful but rewarding
Information Security Officer (Former Employee) –  Washington, DCDecember 28, 2017
This is a very rewarding career if you have the support you need. Its very tough on family moving every 2-3 years to a new country. Work environment is busy but rewarding for sure.
Pros
Travel
Cons
Time away from family
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Enjoy working 12 Hr shift work
IT Help Desk (Former Employee) –  Washington, DC 20013December 11, 2017
Shift work was 4 weeks days and two weeks nights with 7 days off between day and night. This was 36 hrs one week and 44 hrs the next. This was dealing mostly with customer service.,
Pros
Enjoyed working with people and good amenities
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Great Career
Intelligence Analyst, Directorate of Analysis (Current Employee) –  McLean, VADecember 9, 2017
Amazing career that I had in the CIA. You learn so much and have some the best professional training in the world. If you get get in then it is very hard to leave.
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Best job ever
Operations Officer (Former Employee) –  Washington, DCNovember 9, 2017
Quite honestly the best job in the world, so long as it is outside of Washington, DC. Hours can be long, management can demanding, workplace culture is compartmented, but there is no work like it.
Pros
Responsibility and Independence
Cons
Washington.
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