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Clarity And Stability Go A Long Way

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

Pros

- Work/Life Balance
- Mobility (i.e. remote reachback to corporate network)
- 401 (a) matching
- Certain individuals willing to work with you to succeed

In my time at MITRE, when I actually had good MITRE work to focus on, I could easily focus on how to leverage internal resources to provide value to sponsors. In certain difficult situations, there seemed to be a consensus as to providing legitimate opportunities to succeed within the company.

Cons

- Unclear direction in certain work programs
- Too much reliance on traditional ways of doing business
- Inability to clearly define FFRDC role to most sponsors
- No clear direction on progressing from certain managers

Seems to be a communication issue among DHs in different divisions. A consistent problem programs are running into is the type of work requested by the sponsors, which in turn puts MITRE in a difficult position when it comes to justifying its requirements in order to support said sponsors. Management needs to be approachable when dealing with issues along with working with employees to get into positions quickly.

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- Like the concept behind the MITRE Way, but there needs to be more accountability brought into the process, especially at the MTS 5-6 levels.
- Better clarification on how to progress from the MTS 2-3 levels upward, recommendations are extremely vague.

Understand that things are getting tighter due to the sequester. To that end, there needs to be a truly concerted effort with the MITRE Way to effectively manage work across all of the work programs. What is really troubling is the lack of understanding that many sponsors have in terms of the value that MITRE provides them. MITRE is not a body shop that can fill certain roles at a moment's notice, nor should the sponsors try to influence the types of people whose skills are being brought to bear from MITRE to help meet their mission.

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  1. 8 people found this helpful  

    Great corporate benefits. Great corporate policies that don't pan out.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    MITRE has great corporate policies of valuing their employees. They have great employee benefits and internal resources to create high-quality products, and to serve the government well. I believe many divisions within MITRE are great places to work. Collaborative environment with mostly very bright people.

    Cons

    A couple of weeks after the CEO of MITRE proclaimed to all employees that the company's last resort would be RIFs, 100 or more people were RIF'd. This is indicative of the unmet promises at MITRE. The leadership is changing, and the great corporate policies no longer hold true.

    My personal experience at MITRE was horrible -- and I do mean horrible -- due to the politics and morale. People don't talk to each other in the hallways. It's a very unfriendly place to work. Direct supervisors give no direction to employees. Politics govern most decisions, and very hostile work environments are well known -- and remain -- while senior management does nothing about it.

    I think MITRE does an excellent job of thoroughly outlining project requirements, procedures, standards, etc., for projects for customers. But, to my amazement, I saw no evidence that MITRE has ever done this internally. They need to listen to their own advice!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Nothing special about FFRDC contract

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    Former Employee - Program Managemet  in  McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Program Managemet in McLean, VA

    Pros

    Flexible hours, good benefits, make easy for commute.

    Cons

    Just another contractor with short task period, undefined scope.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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