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Helpful (2)

Still learning MITRE, but good experience so far

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  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Information Systems Engineer, Lead in McLean, VA
Current Employee - Information Systems Engineer, Lead in McLean, VA

I have been working at MITRE

Recommends
Approves of CEO
Recommends
Approves of CEO

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 Management

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

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  1. Helpful (2)

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior MultiDisciplinary Systems Engineer in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Senior MultiDisciplinary Systems Engineer in McLean, VA

    I have been working at MITRE

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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

  2. Helpful (5)

    Disappointing

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Peope are friendly and the parking garage is handy

    Cons

    No bonuses
    low salaries
    gym charges $20/month for EMPLOYEES.
    food in cafeteria is expensive
    No training budget,,,

    Advice to Management

    let people go get some training for their positions to better themselves.

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