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I have been disappointed with my experience with MITRE due to the lack of career growth and low salary increases.

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Current Employee - Lead Financial Analyst in McLean, VA
Current Employee - Lead Financial Analyst in McLean, VA

I have been working at MITRE

Pros

MITRE is a good place to work if one needs a work-life balance, is at an advanced stage of his/her career (near retirement) or wants job security.

Cons

MITRE is not a good fit for career-focused employees. Promotion rates are slower at MITRE than at for-profit companies. Pay for performance is nonexistent: salary increases are very small (1.5% salary increase is budgeted for 2012).

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The results of the last employee survey are pretty revealing in terms of employee dissatisfaction with the lack of career opportunities and are consistent across the company. The company ranking in the "100 best companies to work for" list continues to drop year after year. MITRE barely made the list this year (96 over 100). This is a clear sign that MITRE should wake up from its past glory days to review its pay for performance system, organizational structure and career paths across the board to retain its employees. The work life balance trade-off does not compensate for the nonexistent salary increases and lack of monetary recognition for high performance. The lack of monetary incentives for high performance recognition and opportunities for advancement will make it harder to retain top performer employees.

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  1. 2 people found this helpful

    Still learning MITRE, but good experience so far

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    Current Employee - Information Systems Engineer, Lead in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Information Systems Engineer, Lead in McLean, VA

    I have been working at MITRE

    Pros

    --Great work-life balance (they really mean stick to 40 hrs or close to it)
    --Great benefits--25 days combined PTO that you can roll over and cash out within certain constraints; health etc; great retirement matching
    --Collegial/collaborative culture
    --Strong commitment to professional development (I'm learning how that works)
    --Strong commitment to the public mission--they really want to help government work better

    Cons

    --Like any place, there can be a mix of calibre of professional (and some surprising promotions, as a result)
    --Not exactly a con but a complexity: MITRE in fact is a corporation that hosts multiple FFRDCs (federally-funded research and development centers), and the different centers appear to have different personalities. At least in the center I'm in, there's a "matrix" thing going on with folks in mission groups who are dedicated to understanding a client and client mission very well, and other folks in practice groups who bring specialized practitioner expertise to client engagements. My center is still working on how the mission and practice groups work together.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be sure to recognize those who truly distinguish themselves through their performance. Keep building the calibre of new hires.

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  2. 2 people found this helpful

    Good place to work for people who seek stable & idle life

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    Current Employee - Senior MultiDisciplinary Systems Engineer in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Senior MultiDisciplinary Systems Engineer in McLean, VA

    I have been working at MITRE

    Pros

    * work/LIFE balance
    * Good benefits (health/retirement/PTO, etc)
    * competitve starting salary

    Cons

    * many seemingly interesting projects actually turn out to be a powerpoint engineering job; workload doesn't exist at MITRE since the money is from government. That's why you can have work/life balance and good pay+benefits.
    * at caasd only two kinds of skills are needed: air traffic management (ATM) related and JAVA, while at c3i, cyberspace security is the core topic. (still, it requires computer skills) As for analytical skills, as long as you have the degree and graduate from a prestigious school, that's sufficient.
    * MITRE is more like an IT company than a real engineering & research company.
    * direction is not clear even at higher managements. It takes time (weeks or months) for them to make collective agreement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    make soft-shell easier. Let the employee have the freedom to participate what projects they really are interested in.

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