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Old 03-05-2010, 09:07 AM
 
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Default Dress code/policy for CIA?

Does anyone know the dress code for the CIA employees? Ladies - Business dress, slacks, pantyhose, no sandals, etc.???
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Old 03-05-2010, 10:20 AM
 
Location: Arlington, VA
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I honestly have no idea...but I'm guessing it is fairly formal.

That said, if (hypothetically) I were applying for a job there, I'd probably be hesitant to discuss it in a public forum online. If any old employer can google you, who knows what they would be able to access...
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Old 03-05-2010, 10:42 AM
 
Location: Brambleton, VA
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I just Googled and found this (from the Directorate of Science and Technology):

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Q: Does the DS&T have a dress code?
A: There is no dress code. The DS&T follows the Agency policy of business casual. Employees are expected to dress appropriately for their job requirements.
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Old 03-05-2010, 11:19 AM
 
Location: Censorshipville...
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Wouldn't this be best addressed to your HR or Manager?
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Old 03-05-2010, 11:38 AM
 
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Thank you! I have my answer and just an FYI--I was asking b/c had a visit a few days ago and I was shocked with some of the things I saw people wear ;-)
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Old 03-05-2010, 11:46 AM
 
Location: Brambleton, VA
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Thank you! I have my answer and just an FYI--I was asking b/c had a visit a few days ago and I was shocked with some of the things I saw people wear ;-)
When I was a Fed (not at CIA, mind you), I discovered that many of my coworkers, particularly the non-public-facing ones, dressed in what I like to call "government casual."
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Old 03-05-2010, 11:48 AM
 
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I work for the government and I never "stoop" to the poor dressing I see going on. For me, everyday, it is pantyhose, skirts, dresses, or dress pants, and heels or dress shoes of some sort. That's me though.
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Old 03-05-2010, 12:23 PM
 
Location: Home is where the heart is
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Thank you! I have my answer and just an FYI--I was asking b/c had a visit a few days ago and I was shocked with some of the things I saw people wear ;-)
LOL, DC metro area is not known for being fashionable, that's for sure. Style is very low on the list of things people care about, in fact some people brag about being "above" fashion as a point of pride. But if style is your thing, you can find niches of like-minded people. Plenty of New Yorkers live here, after all. The Californians moving here also tend to be into fashion.
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Old 03-05-2010, 12:34 PM
 
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Dressing in a suit doesn't mean you're any better at your job.
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Old 03-05-2010, 12:40 PM
 
Location: Home is where the heart is
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Dressing in a suit doesn't mean you're any better at your job.
In my line of work, it actually meant I was a little worse at my job. Suits and heels made it difficult to get hands on or fix equipment when it broke down. Suits were for meeting new clients, and that's about it. I usually wore nice clothes, though. I wasn't quite as casual as Bill Gates.
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