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It was great!

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  • Career Opportunities
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  • Senior Management
Former Employee - Senior Software Systems Engineer
Former Employee - Senior Software Systems Engineer

I worked at MITRE

Recommends
Approves of CEO
Recommends
Approves of CEO

Pros

- The culture at MITRE was great
- It was fairly relaxed, but everyone did their best to get the work done on a timely fashion
- Real work life balance
- Good equipment to work with (up to date laptops)
- Great benefits

Cons

Hard to move upwards, but that's simply because hardly anyone leaves so there's almost never a need to refill a position.

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    The MITRE retirement home

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MITRE

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Respect for employees
    Work Life balance, tilted in favor of "Life"
    40 hour work weeks, not 60, not 70
    Critical mass of smart people, not too many idiots
    Opportunities to work on interesting projects

    Cons

    * Some employees are flat out lazy, and contribute nothing to their home departments
    * Organizational excellence SHOULD be a pervasive theme internally, but sadly it is not
    * There seems to be lack of accountability at the middle and senior levels of management; if 20% or 30% of projects fail to deliver impact, no one seems to be bothered by this situation
    * Many employees tell great stories of the "old days" when they solved big problems (often at previous companies) - - Very FEW can tell convincing stories of big sponsor problems they are positively impacting RIGHT NOW
    * In CCG, the practices seem to be "body shops" of individuals, with no real core methodologies used within departments
    * Several other reviewers here on Glassdoor have mentioned "dead wood" in the AC5 / AC6 ranks. I have seen that also. The real problem in this situation is lack of accountability - - No one cares that dead wood is slowing down the organization. This leaves an atmosphere much like an assisted living retirement home: Feeble inept people that are not contributing to impact are tolerated and treated comfortably.

    Advice to Management

    Implement 360 degree feedback: Project leaders need feedback on how they are doing from team members, and department heads need feedback from department members
    Collect relevance metrics about departments (by surveys of employees, etc), to determine whether departments are believed to be having a positive impact on meeting MITRE's vision and mission.


  2. Helpful (11)

    Better forget career advancement at MITRE

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer

    I have been working at MITRE

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Work with higher level sponsors, if you are good.
    MITRE Institute for training.
    Previously good benedits.

    Cons

    As the other reviews said, no promotions are available.
    Salarieis are languished.
    Management is old and stogy. Would never make it in a commercial environment. They're not going anywhere, however.
    Too much administration, no marketing.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the old dead wood managers.
    Implement more marketing, because the company is vulnernable to downturns.
    How about good salaries, not 50th percentile?


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