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Needs diversity and canning the political atmosphere

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

I have been working at MITRE full-time (more than 3 years)

Pros

* Helping the sponsor is rewarding on a personal level
* Good for your career when you leave MITRE - a 3 year MITRE stint on your resume looks good to other companies
* Variety of work available is great - you can choose other projects to work on within the company
* Benefits are good
* Flexible work schedule promotes good work-life balance
* You meet many, many smart people

Cons

* You meet many, many smart people who think they're smarter than everyone else
* The strange mix in management - which is, many managers who are politically motivated - actually serves to tamp down the talent of many employees and they become afraid to make decisions that could be controversial
* The office politics are excessive
* Be careful what degree you have - if you do not have a public policy or a tech degree, you will feel your opinion is far less valuable to management
* There's a distinct lack of thought diversity in MITRE and sometimes the solutions are like stagnant water

Advice to ManagementAdvice

1) Increase your thought diversity - not women vs. men and age only. Bringing in young talent with the same educational background and the same teachers and are now being mentored by the same old guys isn't going to shake up your teams - actively seek people who would make everyone else go, what? Why is THAT person there? See what happens.
2) Full management reviews, completely anonymous, to help weed out the managers that are not helping your company at all. This is difficult to do - management reviews that are conducted within MITRE never feel anonymous.
3) When you find someone that's poisoning the well, move them laterally so they're not in management. It's really hard to get people out of management at MITRE, but when it needs to happen it needs to be enabled to happen.
4) Provide leadership coaching to your next generation of leaders that is equal to the coaching you provide to the existing leaders.
5) Make employees feel safe sharing this information at MITRE itself. Find a forum for them to speak out.

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    A great place to work in the public interest

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in McLean, VA

    I have been working at MITRE full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    1. Critically important work for the country
    2. Complex work that keeps employees challenged in a positive way
    3. Strong technical skills and capabilities
    4. Cooperative and supportive work environment
    5. Family-friendly environment w.r.t. flexible work hours

    Cons

    1. Limited promotion opportunities
    2. As it has grown in size, MITRE has not evolved its operating norms accordingly (slow to change)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More focus on and engagement with customer senior executives is needed to ensure MITRE is doing the most important work for the customer and that it is appropriate FFRDC work.

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    I am in love with MITRE

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    Current Employee - InfoSec Scientist in Annapolis Junction, MD
    Current Employee - InfoSec Scientist in Annapolis Junction, MD

    I have been working at MITRE

    Pros

    excellent benefits
    above average starting salary
    amazing flexibility
    great experience opportunities
    high recognition and feedback
    travel opportunities
    national security challenges

    Cons

    I do not think MITRE has something to not like... unless you want the company to pay you a new car

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