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Great R&D company

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

I have been working at MITRE

Pros

As a Federally Funded Research and Development Center, MITRE has the unique advantage of getting to speak objectively and truthfully to the government. I never feel as if I am selling myself or my company due to our non-competitive nature.

Cons

The company has a relatively flat hierarchy, which can be troubling to younger employees who want to feel they are progressing in their career through promotions.

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To make a better environment for younger employees, figure out a way to have more performance feedback in the AC2-AC4 range to help the employees feel they are advancing in their careers.

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    MITRE is a challenging environment with interesting work--but it's not for everyone.

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    Current Employee - Lead Multi-Discipline Systems Engineer in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Lead Multi-Discipline Systems Engineer in McLean, VA

    I have been working at MITRE

    Pros

    There is an abundance of interesting work and a wide variety of clients. Personnel are free to pursue projects they enjoy (including MITRE-sponsored research projects). Employees have a great deal of autonomy over our work and schedules.

    Cons

    Employees sometimes drop out of projects mid-stream to do another project they find "more interesting" --with no managerial repercussions for the negative affect they have on the project. Some people find it difficult to work within the MITRE culture which is more like a hybrid of academia, consulting, and government environment than a standard contracting firm.

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    There is a great deal of favoritism among certain personnel and it shows in the manner in which they are treated and given promotions.

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    A Great Place to Work - If You Can Make it Work for You

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    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in McLean, VA

    I worked at MITRE

    Pros

    MITRE offers great benefits, good salaries, fantastic knowledge sharing, flexible work schedules, and an in-house training institute (not just online self-paced training). It provides the chance to work with some really smart and dynamic people. There is flexibility to move among divisions, so if things aren't ideal where you are, you have a good chance of making it work elsewhere within the firm. The company works with leading edge technologies, so employees are provided with high-end equipment and resources. The knowledge worker is the firm's primary resource, and employees are therefore given fabulous opportunities to stay current and share information with one another. In many ways, the culture at MITRE is like the ideal of an academic research institute - people have the freedom to pursue fascinating lines of inquiry, are paid very well to do it, and get to work in a beautiful campus environment.

    Cons

    There are significant differences among divisions - some are more bureaucratic, some are more insular, etc, and it might be hard to know whether you'd be comfortable in a given division in advance of starting. The client-facing centers are more cost-conscious, which makes for a somewhat faster pace of work. The corporate side does not do cost recovery, which can make for a somewhat more laid back work environment, but also means your projects may take years before they come to fruition. The principle focus of the firm is on matters that relate to defense and national security, which will be an upside or downside, depending on one's perspective. The typical MITRE employee has been working at the firm for 10 years or more, so newcomers might (or might not) have a hard time fitting in.

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    Help employees, particularly new hires, find their way at MITRE. Make sure they are given the support they need to be happy and contributing members of the MITRE community.

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