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Great place to work, but not as great as claimed

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Current Employee - Program Manager  in  McLean, VA
Current Employee - Program Manager in McLean, VA

I have been working at MITRE

Pros

Best things are the benefits, the work-life balance, the ability to move around and find interesting and new challenges, and the quality of the technical staff.

Cons

Downsides include:
- A perception that MITRE is the best and no other company knows as much (not reality)
- The fact that MITRE organizationally reflects many of the bad characteristics (stovepiping) of the sponsors we support
- The unwillingness of management to terminate poor performers and reward top performers (lots of dead weight)
- The fact that people stay forever so there advancement opportunities can come slowly

Advice to ManagementAdvice

MITRE needs to operate a little more like a private company and little less like a government agency. There should be more focus on performance, as it seems like the top people (who are truly the best in their fields) often have to carry a lot of dead weight to succeed. Eliminating some of the leff impactful folks wouldn't impact the work product, but would allow MITRE to more appopriately reward those who are doing the heavy lifting. A commitment to work-life balance to often seems to mean the stars work and the average folks balance.

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  1.  

    MITRE has been an excellent place to work.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Bedford, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bedford, MA

    I worked at MITRE

    Pros

    -Interesting projects
    -Great benefits
    -Great work/life balance

    Cons

    -Pay could be a little higher

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  2.  

    Excellent

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Lead Multi-Disciplinary Systems Engineer  in  McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Lead Multi-Disciplinary Systems Engineer in McLean, VA

    I worked at MITRE

    Pros

    Good work. Good people. Good sponsors.

    Cons

    Long promotion timeframes and small salary increases.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think outside the systems engineering (BS, MS) mentality in terms of people. Only choose middle managers based upon "business" and "people" skills. Technical expertise is a distant third in priority.

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