Great place to work - many opportunities.
Overall, CIA is a great place to work. There are many opportunities to excel, and to use the talents that you bring to the job. There is also the advantage of knowing that you are serving and helping your country every day.
A typical day at work depends on the nature of your job. I was an office worker, and my job was the same as it would be at any large company. However, I won't mention what my work was about.
I will say that I learned a lot, being privileged to travel to several places. In a few of them, my family was allowed to come and visit. This enhanced my daughter's education a great deal, and she and my husband got to sight-see and have quality time together while I was at work.
Workplace culture was mostly good, but does depend upon the nature of one's departmental management.
The hardest part of the job was learning secretarial duties, as I had not previously been one. However, since I don't have any college, it was the job that I had to come into. I was able to catch on quickly, and because of the wonderful people I was assisting, I enjoyed that first assignment a lot. After completing my first year, I was able to move to a higher position. However, I also worked in other secretarial jobs through the years, depending upon my goals at the time.
The most enjoyable part of the job was being able to travel, and to move periodically to different jobs and learn types of work.
Variable hours, interesting work - I would recommend working at CIA to anyone, the rewards are many.
Departmental management determines the culture of each office.