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Solid stable employment, but not moving at free-market speed

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Former Employee - Software Systems Engineer in Bedford, MA
Former Employee - Software Systems Engineer in Bedford, MA

I worked at MITRE full-time (more than an year)

Pros

Very good and flexible benefits. Stable work with no fear of layoffs. Chances to work on research projects and work which is of public benefit.

Cons

Sub-market salaries (for talented software engineers at least). Sometimes frustrating inefficiencies and delays between projects due to working with government agencies. There's a lot of variety in different centers/divisions/departments, so the nature of work can't really be generalized well on a company-wide level.

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    Great Place To Work

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    Current Employee - Senior Cyber Security Engineer
    Current Employee - Senior Cyber Security Engineer

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

    Pros

    Very flexible work opportunities and great work/life balance. May not compensate as well as other companies in the same area, but the benefits more than make up for it.

    Cons

    Career progression in the traditional sense is very slow.

    Recommends
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    Stable and slow growth

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

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

    Pros

    There is a big push to do important work at MITRE. Constant badgering about "what is MITRE work", versus SETA work.

    There is pressure to provide "impact" for the sponsor, rather than just run job hours. It is not enough to have a project to work on, you must be providing serious sponsor impact.

    The retirement program is good and the vacation is good.

    Cons

    The combination of not-for-profit, minimal growth, and very low turnover limit career growth opportunities. I would stay away if young. MITRE provides senior technical advice to the government, and age and experience provide confidence to the clients. Perfect for those at the end of their career who have already been senior managers and don't want the pressure any longer. However, even in those cases, you must have some serious techical ability or specialty.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There needs to be a much clearer definition of what an FFRDC does that is different. It's way too complicated and fuzzy for clients to understand. Even though there has been much work on branding, and much self-congratulation, the result is not effective.

    There also needs to be much better "marketing". New programs keep the company alive and bring excited motivated employees. Too often, the senior managers have no relationship with the sponsors and do no program development. Senior managers are more administrators than business leaders. Managers spend most of their time talking to themselves, rather than out in the customer space. If a business unit declines or is stagnant, the managers must be replaced rather than kept on as "good old boys/girls"

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