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Life at CIA: A Look at Our Culture

The CIA is its own community, in part because of the work we do and the nature of our mission. Step onto the campus at the George Bush Center for Intelligence and you can feel the energy and intensity of our work, see the collaboration and coordination, and meet the talented people whose passion is focused on our mission to gather and supply intelligence.

We promote an environment where employees are valued for their individual contributions toward our mission. Careers take shape through our employees’ personal goals, interests, and strengths. Many of our employees see the CIA as a place where new opportunities are always available for challenging, rewarding work.

This community is also a family, employing people from nearly all fields of study and from almost any background imaginable. These employees are united in their work and their service to the country.

Core values propel our people forward in their work. These same values have been embraced since CIA’s founding in 1947. Yet they continue to serve us well and define who we are and how we work for the nation:


We are each responsible for maintaining the highest ethical standards in our work and life. We believe in honoring our promises and treating everyone with respect.


We recognize our strength lies in our people. We are each gifted, but together, the sum is greater than the whole.

Total Participation

We depend on the commitment and effort of every individual on our team. We expect everyone will do their best work every day.


Empowered by the need to get the job done, we value innovation, even risk taking.


Our mission hasn't changed, yet the world we live in continues to change. Success depends on the adjustments we make to meet our current needs.


We must take responsibility for our actions and decisions. This is part of integrity as a group and as individuals.

Continuous Improvement

Our mission demands that we always strive for more in everything that we do.


If you’re interested in learning more about the life at the CIA or the opportunities currently available, visit CIA Careers.

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Posted: Aug 07, 2008 12:59 PM
Last Updated: Apr 30, 2013 12:06 PM