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It was a good experience for growth.

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Former Employee - Summer Technical in Colorado Springs, CO
Former Employee - Summer Technical in Colorado Springs, CO

I worked at MITRE

Pros

MITRE is a great company, with many opportunites for growth. It is easy to work on projects that interest you. The management is very understanding in creating a good work-life balance.

Cons

It is a government job, so there are hoops to jump through related to security. It also offers slightly lower compensation, although that is accounted for with good benefits.

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  1. 21 people found this helpful  

    Great place to start and end your career

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    Former Employee - Senior Information Security Engineer/Scientist in McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Information Security Engineer/Scientist in McLean, VA

    I worked at MITRE

    Pros

    MITRE is a great place to get a foot in the door since they'll hire just about anybody to keep up with attrition in the middle engineering ranks.
    MITRE is a great place to finish your career due to generous retirement benefits and the fact that they'll hire just about anybody with industry connections.

    Cons

    There is almost no chance of getting a meaningful promotion if you start off at a low rank (AC2 or 3). Since becoming an AC4 almost definitely requires you to stop doing technical work and start managing projects, engineers are pretty much capped at being AC3's (with a few exceptions). This means that salaries severely stagnate compared to anywhere else in the industry.
    Add to this the fact that MITRE's middle and upper management is severely bloated by people who would most likely be unemployable anywhere else, and the chances of moving up are almost nil.
    If there is an opening, there is a 90% chance they will hire somebody from the outside than promote from within.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire people. Plain and simple. There is so much fat at the AC5+ level that would be much better utilized courting younger engineers and trying to retain them.
    Look around at the next meeting and count the number of managers to people actually doing work. When there are more chiefs than indians, something's wrong.

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  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Outstanding in nearly every respect.

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    Current Employee - Associate Department Head in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Associate Department Head in McLean, VA

    I have been working at MITRE

    Pros

    Smart, friendly people, a great campus, a collegial atmosphere, and the ability to address important problems are some of the reasons that make MITRE a great place to work. Of those there are two that stand out: the people and the mission. The people are terrific--smart, friendly, and helpful. The people I work with are the reason I like to come to work each day. They are colleagues, each talented and gifted in their own way, and they are friends. The mission is a second great reason. As an FFRDC, we serve the nation without a motive for profit. We relish the opportunity to apply the vast knowledge and experience of thousands of MITRE scientists and engineers to the toughest challenges of the nation in many domains: security, defense, flight safety, health, law enforcement, and more. In a less altruistic sense, the fringe benefits are a major reason to come to, and stay with, MITRE. Aside from a retirement plan that has got to be one of the best in the country, there are many small things that make a huge difference. MITRE has gone above and beyond to create a workplace to attract the best and brightest.

    Cons

    Working on a sponsor site can be difficult, especially if the sponsor sees you as just another contractor and does not "get" the FFRDC difference. Being away from the main campus and the opportunity to interact with other MITRE scientists and engineers can make one stale.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get out to sites more. Visit our technical people who spend their days in sponsor spaces and see how they are living and what the environment is like for them.

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