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Good work/life balance and benefits

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Current Employee - Database Engineering in McLean, VA
Current Employee - Database Engineering in McLean, VA

I have been working at MITRE full-time (more than 8 years)

Pros

Generally flexible about working from home
Casual, yet professional work environment
Good benefits: though the formula is complicated, capturing the full retirement match means that company contributes 10% of salary and it's with Fidelity so good inexpensive index funds are available.
Paid time off accrual rates have gone down recently, but still quite competitive. In general, the company's approach to sick and vacation time is very reasonable and fair.

Cons

HR policies can be rather unimaginitive when it comes to recognizing and correcting internal and external pay equity issues.
Approach to budgeting is similar to government; there's always a mad rush at the end of each fiscal year to burn money. Effort is made to do so ethically, but the whole situation inevitably leads to some waste.
Very bureaucratic: forms must be filled out to get even simple tasks done.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

We need to find a better way to track (and hopefully reduce) the cost of meetings. A lot of meetings are wasted time because people are invited "just in case" they're needed. Even meetings where I need to either get or share information end up being about 90% wasted time and could have been handled with an email or phone call instead.

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