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MITRE Reviews in McLean, VA

Updated December 11, 2014
Updated December 11, 2014
452 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • people pretty much respect your schedule and are supportive of work life balance (in 130 reviews)

  • Good Benefits; however, not as good as they were 25 years ago (in 33 reviews)


Cons
  • Hard to grow salary and climb the ladder, but the work-life balance is great (in 16 reviews)

  • Some upper management seems to talk out both sides of their mouth -- dishonest and hypocritical (in 16 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    slightly above average

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in McLean, VA

    I have been working at MITRE

    Pros

    interesting work, for the most part.

    Cons

    management only cares about self-promotion

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    work to make your organization the most esteemed and highest paid and you will thrive. work only for your own promotion and staff will leave in droves and the rumor mill will grind you up.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Consultant

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Advisor in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Advisor in McLean, VA

    I have been working at MITRE full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The employee benefits were great, and it was interesting and engaging work. Overall, it was a good place to work. I got more involved with the specific customer I advised versus corporate MITRE.

    Cons

    There was the expectation to stay connected to the corporation, but geography often present a problem. Also, advancement within the company was limited because it was top heavy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide more opportunities to advance within the company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great spot for senior technologists

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in McLean, VA

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

    Pros

    Work life balance, access to some very interesting and innovative work.

    Cons

    Limited entrepreneurial opportunity other than internal research which has little financial reward

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Direct project management versus matrix mgmt

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lead Engineer in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Lead Engineer in McLean, VA

    I have been working at MITRE full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Benefits, Salary, Work Satisfaction, Location

    Cons

    Re-organization doesn't make sense and adds complexity and overhead.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Adding complexity while reducing management opportunities may not be the best strategy.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Travel requirements were significant,

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Principal Systems Engineer in McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Principal Systems Engineer in McLean, VA

    I worked at MITRE full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good Benefits; however, not as good as they were 25 years ago

    Cons

    Sound bites and viability are significant for pay raises. Promotions are few and based how strong your management network is.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 5 people found this helpful  

    Unparalleled experience working across the US federal government

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Principal Staff in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Principal Staff in McLean, VA

    I have been working at MITRE full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Opportunities to contribute to national security using decades of technical experience. If you can escape the inertia that your managers impose on you and focus on delivering what your sponsors need, you can thrive. The company IS trying to adapt to the ever-changing fractious government funding environment but much of this is beyond the corporation's control. The CEO, Al Grasso, is a technically-competent executive who is doing his best in a difficult environment.

    Cons

    Clubby management that believes being selected for management automatically invests you with wisdom and technical genius beyond that of non-managers. Fairly poor follow-through on corporate promotion standards. Many managers hold staff to performance standards beyond what they themselves are incapable of meeting. The annual performance appraisal process is terribly flawed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get out of your offices and away from your endless management meetings, talk to your staff and learn what they are doing.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    One of the best places to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in McLean, VA

    I have been working at MITRE full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great work environment and coworkers.
    Actually respects employees as human beings.

    Cons

    Promotion is glacial and raises grow smaller every year.
    Current reorganization is causing consternation.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Structured just enough to force a productive summer.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Intern in McLean, VA

    I worked at MITRE as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Brilliant engineers/scientists leading the groups.
    Standard day job schedule.
    Nice gym + health stuff, including cafeteria.
    Good location.

    Cons

    Relatively few benefits compared to hot shot tech companies.
    Just standard government contracting company.
    Has to deal with bureaucracy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue the student intern program!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 11 people found this helpful  

    A great or ok place to work, depending on where in your career you are

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Multi-Discipline Systems Engineer in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Multi-Discipline Systems Engineer in McLean, VA

    I have been working at MITRE full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great work life balance, collegial environment, ability to pick own projects, 40 hr/wk expectation, great colleagues who are friendly and happy to help pass on their knowledge - the continuous learning opportunities are to notch, good pay.

    Cons

    Advancement along the technical track is extremely difficult. It's a great place to get started in your career or for those who are established and want somewhere interesting and stable to work a reasonable amount of hours. Not a great place for a mid career person who is ambitious.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of this old fashioned "raise" mentality, if a relatively new employee is better than someone who has been at their "salary level" for years, they should be paid more and have more opportunities for advancement. Seniority seems to override merit.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good work/life balance and benefits

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Database Engineering in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Database Engineering in McLean, VA

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

    Pros

    Generally flexible about working from home
    Casual, yet professional work environment
    Good benefits: though the formula is complicated, capturing the full retirement match means that company contributes 10% of salary and it's with Fidelity so good inexpensive index funds are available.
    Paid time off accrual rates have gone down recently, but still quite competitive. In general, the company's approach to sick and vacation time is very reasonable and fair.

    Cons

    HR policies can be rather unimaginitive when it comes to recognizing and correcting internal and external pay equity issues.
    Approach to budgeting is similar to government; there's always a mad rush at the end of each fiscal year to burn money. Effort is made to do so ethically, but the whole situation inevitably leads to some waste.
    Very bureaucratic: forms must be filled out to get even simple tasks done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We need to find a better way to track (and hopefully reduce) the cost of meetings. A lot of meetings are wasted time because people are invited "just in case" they're needed. Even meetings where I need to either get or share information end up being about 90% wasted time and could have been handled with an email or phone call instead.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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