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Not bad, even good, with luck and low expectations.

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Current Employee - Senior Staff and Manager in Washington, DC
Current Employee - Senior Staff and Manager in Washington, DC

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


- Health and retirement packages aren't as good as they used to be but are still fairly good.
 - Attracts lots of people at the staff (non-manager) level that care about public service.
 - Has some departments, pockets, of really skilled people. Some of the project teams work pretty well and haven't been messed up by management.
 - If you can get a job with the right team, right customer, right project and have as little to do with the company as possible then you can do good work, have impact and even some interesting work.
 - Some of the customers are good. Naturally some aren't. MITRE does pretty much whatever the customers want (has no sense of self-respect) but the plus of that is if you get a good customer who knows what they are doing (and the customers' money makes the rules) then the work and projects are good.


- Many managers during last 10 years are refugees from commercial consulting. They miss their glory days at that and are turning the company into bigger is better and more money is better oriented consulting company. Many of the staff wonder if these managers were so great at for-profit consulting why they didn't stay there rather than come and ruin MITRE.
 - Management team (many Directors and almost all Officers) as a rule has no interest in the work. They make fun of the engineers and will even call them names. Very arrogant bosses.
 - HR as a rule has no ability to help departments recruit qualified staff. HR gets quotas based on number of people to hire fast and not about quality. They can't screen or attract skilled folks in really any skill area. They make a big deal about employee referrals because they have to as that is only way to get applicants. HR pretty much just makes appointments for the interviews. That is about it.
 - Does not seem to attract qualified general managers at the senior level. Some are people who got famous and promoted on only one special project. Many are just sales people. A couple with some skill related to the work but that is getting really rare. None of them seem to be very experienced or skilled at the general stuff of managing an organization (personnel, managing finances, planning).
 - MITRE officers keep diversifying the types of business the company is in and have greatly reduced their interest in any one set of customers. Customers are taking notice and realize MITRE will send out a sales person to give them a pitch or manager to fix a problem but that MITRE doesn't really know much or care much about the work the customers need.
 - MITRE senior managers and officers aren't trustworthy or reliable. Many will say whatever is convenient at the time. They make many many announcements, make a big show at an all hands, but nothing ever comes of it. Not credible.
 - In some places the work/live balance is truly terrible. The managers can't plan the work and so the teams spend huge amounts of unpaid overtime. They quit as soon as they can and get consulting jobs to get at least paid better. Some of the managers miss the always-on life of consulting and expect you to be on the job at all times. So lots of nights and weekend work.
 - Most people do not join for the pay. But the managers make it all about the money one way or the other. In that case, given the long hours and little job satisfaction, the pay isn't very good.
 - Managers make a big deal about the few cases in old history where MITRE did some great work. But they don't and appears can't do anything to do great work now. For most of the senior staff working at MITRE is boring and much less interesting than other options. If you fight for it very hard you might be able to build some professional development but you have to be very clever and really lucky to pull that off.
 - There lots of rules about promotions, pay raises etc that are claimed to make it fair but that is mostly smoke and mirrors. People post jobs for their friends and close them after a few hours before anyone else can apply. Officers use personal bias to over-rule ratings and pay adjustments recommendations. HR staff openly lobby to get their friends jobs at MITRE.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Please go back to the consulting jobs that you miss and love so much. Please hire some people who really know how to run an organization (can actually use a budget) and care about working at a not-for-profit (don't daily miss their consulting jobs). It would be nice to get some managers with experience and success at running a not-for-profit or "think tank" kind of place to come to MITRE. Please please decide what types of work you want or lines of business to do and try to do that well rather than trying to do lots of unrelated things poorly. Please stop admiring Google and Amazon and Apple at every meeting. It is terrible to morale. It is fine that the company does more than engineering but please stop making fun of engineers. It hurts the work, the company and makes it a not nice place to work.

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