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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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  1. 14 people found this helpful  

    Disappointing

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    Former Employee - Lead Communications Engineer in McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Lead Communications Engineer in McLean, VA

    I worked at MITRE

    Pros

    Opportunity to support the Gov. in an unbiased fashion.
    Benefits.
    Ability to easily transfer between internal organizations.
    Wide breadth and depth of corporate knowledge that is relatively easy to access.

    Cons

    The mean salaries for the professional ranks (AC ranks) are at best average.
    The spread of annual salary increases is extremely narrow, i.e. little difference between a bottom performer and a top performer of the same professional rank. There is little monetary incentive to do an outstanding job.
    Promotions are largely based on 'who you know' as opposed to competence.
    The management style is very 'old boys club' and rather stodgy.
    There can be the appearance of conflict of interest in the relationships between upper management and retired Gov. officials as well as between Gov. sponsors and relatives (e.g. spouses) who work at MITRE.
    The technical supervisory ranks (AC-5 and above) are not given the time nor charge codes to properly manage their staff. They must charge full time to a contract while simultaneously managing staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    First, clean out the dead wood from the AC ranks. How can MITRE consider itself a good custodian of the Government's money when it keeps non and very poor performers on the payroll for years and years?
    Second, be ruthlessly scrupulous about cleaning up all apparent conflicts of interest due to the hiring of retired Gov. officials who can bring programs into MITRE and the employment of spouses of current Gov. sponsors in the organizations which support that sponsor.
    Third, give your AC-5s and AC-6s in management positions the proper non-direct charge codes, with sufficient funding, to allow them to properly manage their staff. They should not have to take the time out of their hide.

    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 15 people found this helpful  

    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).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    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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