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7 people found this helpful  

Started off great....and is rapidly nose diving.

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Systems Engineer in McLean, VA
Current Employee - Systems Engineer in McLean, VA

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

Pros

Work-Life balance,benefits and starting salary.

Cons

Overwhelming pressure to find new projects to work on...either it works with what you are trained to do , or not...for example I'm a systems engineer who spent 7 months working on Microsoft Productivity software since I had no new task and my older project had been cut and would no longer receive funds.
GL's and upper management should step in and actually help does who need new projects to make new connections outside of the center to help you find new and suitable projects...don't have an engineer spend 7 months slamming his head against a keyboard.
Expanding into the new centers is very difficult and practically taboo. All centers behave as independent "companies".

Advice to ManagementAdvice

New Technology is coming...Social Media..Simulations..advancement in computers and data...stop trying to make everything that is new sound like it will not help the company....your competition is well beyond MITRE....you introduce old technology to late...you embrace the new to late...you let you "youthful" employees leave and depend on older "old wood" to embrace new technology.

Also what is MITRE's identity? Are we Contractors? Advisors? Developers? R&D?

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 15 people found this helpful  

    Horrible company that hates technical people

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in McLean, VA

    I have been working at MITRE full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    thinking, thinking, thinking...fail. Okay, okay, work life balance is real here.

    Cons

    Despite priding themselves as a "technical" company, MITRE completely disrespects their technical staff. That is, people with soft PhDs in technical *sounding* fields like systems engineering or engineering management are briskly pushed through the ranks. Others who have hard PhDs in fields like physics or math languish---even if they are good communicators and work well with clients. Yet, on projects, guess who does all of the difficult technical lifting? Guess who has to constantly correct superiors on technical points? Guess who has to listen and nod heads to half-baked ideas from project leaders?

    There is, in fact, a disincentive to promote lower ranking technical people: they would take up more resources for the same hours on a fixed budget contract. Meanwhile, there is terrible upper management bloat, especially at the AC5 level. Usually, they are supposed to manage relationships, yet they completely fail at it. They often tell the client incorrect information, or they email a draft copy of a document to them before its been vetted.

    Meanwhile, the raise structure is designed to maintain the status quo. That is, having an “excellent year” and an “outstanding review” only earns you a fraction of a percentage point higher than the average raise. In fact, MITRE even boasts that they *try* to keep everyone very near each other. Where is the incentive to do good work, to excel?

    My take, there are four kinds of people who will flourish and love MITRE: 1) people near the end of their careers who want a stable job with good work life balance but care little about advancement, 2) people of low or mediocre talent who want to avoid competing with real talent, 3) people who think systems engineering is a real discipline (alternatively, people who like ridiculous certifications like Lean Six Sigma and Scrummaster), and 4) people who aren’t very technical but can talk like they are and can fool the weak minded. Those are not meant to be orthogonal categories. There is one kind of person who will absolutely wilt and loathe MITRE: anyone with at least half a brain. They are completely orthogonal to the previous four types of people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wake up! You are losing your real technical people in droves because the company's advancement policy has reverse incentives. A freshly minted PhD in a difficult field should be an automatic AC3 with a pro forma promotion to AC4 after a year of observation. A hard PhD with a few years of experience (even academic experience) should be an automatic AC4 hire. Clear out some of the bloat at AC5 and higher; make room for the technical people that are crushed under their weight.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Flexible workplace

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Work arrangements can be very flexible, as long as the project lead and government customer agree.
    Opportunities are there to pursue leading edge technology through innovation projects.
    Relatively easy to move from project to project and pursue technical interests.
    Technology refresh of computers every 3 years.
    Multiple ways to connect remotely.

    Cons

    The federal government is the customer and ultimate decision maker, so frustration may be high at times when decisions are made for political reasons rather than economic or technical reasons.
    Pressure to find new assignments when one project comes to an end, especially when the government stops funding in the middle of a task.
    Work force is more senior so trying to use social technologies is frustrating and slow

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't spend so much time trying to motivate with corporate programs. Focus on a framework that encourages employee innovation instead of employee participation

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    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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