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    Don't be misled. Very profit oriented.

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    Current Employee - Senior Principal in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Principal in Washington, DC

    I have been working at MITRE full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    If you have friends at MITRE in management who protect you, it can be a pretty easy job. They will line up the easy choice projects for you and make others do the hard work. If you have friends in the government and want to work for them, MITRE will generally make that happen. Make friends with one of the officers, get on one of their special initiative teams, and life is pretty easy and you can pick and choose the fun things you want to do.

    Cons

    Benefits may have been great in the old days and for the older employees but year by year the company keeps making cuts. Vacation time has been cut. There is no training budget in my department or others than I know of. If you are buddies with one of the managers, they can get you time off at a conference but no serious commitment by the company to professional development. Officers are two-faced. They will make a few speeches a year about commitment to the public interest but the ones I see don't know anything about R&D and in every other meeting it is al all about revenue, revenue and more revenue. Officers talk about "work life balance" but the work life balance here seems even worse than at commercial contractors. At least in consulting, where we were honest about being revenue driven, doing well at revenue could get you some "breathing room" in off quarters. Here they want more revenue but when your team delivers can't keep track of that (or reward it) and just keep on working us like dogs to cover the goof-offs working pet projects. After 20-some years in the industry, having seen plenty of business units come and go, I have some pretty serious doubts about if the company can sat afloat and if it won't soon crash. Many of the Officers, Directors and Managers aren't there because they want to be there - they lament to good old days when they were somewhere else (PWC, Booz, etc.). Too bad they didn't stay there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Admit that you are really no different than any other beltway bandit. You have a better chance succeeding at your business plan if you are honest about what it really is about - all about revenue. Stop pretending you are an R&D company when you only do R&D by accident. For the most part you are really just another government contractor. Get your back-end stuff (people and systems) fixed - they cost too much, have too many people wasting indirect budget and don't do very much to keep the company afloat. You have a little bit of dead-weight at the middle management level (Dept. Heads, Division Directors, Portfolio Directors) but most are smart, trying hard and would do better if you helped them or at least you get the company out of their way. The Officers for the most part seem useless - don't know how to be executives (micro manage), aren't trust-worthy (or downright two-faced liars) and do far more harm than good. Officers should stop making fun of the talent - you shouldn't be surprised when top experts in the field go back to government or leave for other employers when you make jokes at their expense. Do a clean sweep of the Officers (at least at Center for Connected Government). They may have had some use in some past life of the company but are little to no good at running the business MITRE is in now.

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