MITRE
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www.mitre.org McLean, VA 5000+ Employees

MITRE Reviews in McLean, VA

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83% Approve of the CEO

MITRE President and CEO Alfred Grasso

Alfred Grasso

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84% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Great Career

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    McLean, VA

    ProsSmart people who care about what they do for their govt sponsors and the American public.

    ConsCan be bureaucratic, but it's a large organization. Needs to be more agile.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFocus more on delivering value/impact to govt customers and those they serve, and less on process and organizational structure, roles, etc.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Purpose, Integrity, and Continuous Learning

    Senior Principal Systems Engineer (Current Employee)
    McLean, VA

    ProsMITRE works in the public interest; as a not-for-profit, its focus is on that mission, not on making money. Integrity is a core value and is demonstrated by "speaking truth to power" and walking away from jobs that aren't in the public interest. Focusing on the next innovation is encouraged; since you're surrounded by smart, well-educated, and dedicated professionals, you can continuously learn and grow. The retirement and PTOB are among the best in the industry and work/life balance is real.

    ConsAs an operator of FFRDCs, MITRE only works for the government - primarily the federal government. The inevitable bureaucracy, uneven and unsure funding, and political changes can be frustrating.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep talking and listening to the staff!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Love the people, love the work!

    Senior Cyber Security Engineer (Current Employee)
    McLean, VA

    ProsLots of training opportunities, great work-life balance, flexible hours, good benefits. I actually look forward to going into work every day to work on the multiple projects I support.

    ConsIt feels like it is dominated by older management that doesn't always seem to quite understand the needs of the younger employees. Attrition lately seems to be a theme, but that also gives more opportunities for those of us who stick around to turn it around.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWe're a research and development company, right? I feel like if I want to research up and coming technologies I sometimes have to go out and buy some of them myself to get my hands on it in order to effectively evaluate it. Specifically mobile devices like iPads/iPhones/Android phones/tablets/the newest Windows Phone, etc. I don't always want to have the newest stuff, but it doesn't seem too expensive to have a lab somewhere buy this consumer grade equipment to research. Let's get the equipment so our researchers can research it!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Summer intern experience

    Technical Intern (Current Employee)
    McLean, VA

    ProsGood work environment, everyone around me was helpful and contributed to my experience at the company. I learned a lot and am glad to have worked here.

    ConsDescribed as a "retirement home", the population is older and work often moves quite slowly as a result. It is probably not the best place for someone just beginning their career.

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    Very Fulfilling Work

    Lead Systems Engineer (Current Employee)
    McLean, VA

    ProsGreat work in the public interest, generally good management and co-workers, flexible schedules, good benefits. With the Metro coming, the location is even better!

    ConsI can't think of any that I wouldn't find everywhere else. It seems that promotions are not easy to come by, I believe they could have a better performance evaluation system in place.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet out amongst the people more (pop your head in somebody's office and find out what they're working on).

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Challenging opportunties to make an impact to sponsor mission accomplishment

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    McLean, VA

    ProsChallenging opportunties to make an impact to sponsor mission accomplishment.
    Not a business development environment.

    ConsGovernment budget constrains amount of projects to support.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFocus on enabling staff to make a difference for the sponsor.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great company!

    Senior Simulation Modeling Engineer (Former Employee)
    McLean, VA

    ProsFlexibility. Great Environment. Great Work.

    ConsI do not have many CONS that weren't just isolated incidents in my 10years with the company.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    30 years and counting...

    Senior Principal Systems Engineer (Current Employee)
    McLean, VA

    ProsMITRE is full of smart people - I learn something in almost every conversation. The work is important to our nation - whether it is about defending the country, closing the tax gap, ensuring the safety of the skies, or improving healthcare. Work-life balance is stressed. The salaries are a bit better than average and the benefits are excellent. Management all has engineering dirt under their fingernails....

    ConsMITRE doesn't grow quickly and is not about making money. If you are looking to make your fortune, this isn't the place.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStay in touch with your roots...

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great Company with the perfect mix between academia and industry.

    Senior Multi-Discipline Systems Engineer (Current Employee)
    McLean, VA

    ProsCollegial environment, work/life balance, learning organization

    ConsFlat organization with not enough room for advancement.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNeed to focus and identify paths for junior employees.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great place to work

    Lead Information Systems Engineer (Former Employee)
    McLean, VA

    ProsInteresting technology work
    Great people
    Able to act as trusted advisor to federal government
    Great benefits

    ConsMost work is advisory or R&D in nature
    Technical staff often do not have ability to take idea and see it through to live (other firms in industry are hired by government to do that).

    Advice to Senior ManagementEnable employees on beach to help firm develop more relationships (and projects) with civilian government

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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