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Good benefits, people skills required for promotions at higher levels.

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Current Employee - Lead Systems Software Engineer in McLean, VA
Current Employee - Lead Systems Software Engineer in McLean, VA

I have been working at MITRE

Pros

Great if you're interested in serving the public interest. Also has great benefits, making the total compensation a little higher than the average company. The pace is not demanding, and working for the government is relatively stable.

Cons

There seems to be a divide between management and technical staff (with the exception of Ph.Ds concentrating on research). Promotions for engineering and technical skills are hard to come by. People skills seem more important to get promotions at the higher levels.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Create a (real) dual ladder promotion system for engineering and technical staff. Even though everyone says there is one already, the reality does not match the words. Engineering and technical skills do not seem to be valued, although much of what the company does depends on those skills.

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    Optimal Work Environment for Most People

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Bedford, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Bedford, MA

    I have been working at MITRE

    Pros

    MITRE provides an optimal work environment if you're looking for generous benefits and a great work-life balance. The people are very respectful and highly intelligent. Due to its large programs of work and various customers, one could carve out their own path and pursue professional goals fairly easily.

    Cons

    Due to the great work environment it provides, there is very little turnover. This is wonderful for some, but it also results in a pace could be a bit too calm and stagnant for others.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is a common message communicated that MITRE that networking will get you further than superior work. I wouldn't think that this commonly held belief is in the best interest of MITRE on the whole.

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    Work-Life Balance is taken seriously and supported across the organizations

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in McLean, VA

    I have been working at MITRE

    Pros

    Work-Life Balance is taken seriously and supported across the organization. People are encouraged to pursue their personal and professional goals almost equally. Paid time off is granted for some civic duties such as being a museum docent or election worker. Working from home and flexible scheduling make child care challenges easy to manage.

    Cons

    Low staff and management turnover limits promotion and growth opportunities. The company is growing strongly but in many diverse areas. If you're employed in a fairly stable work area it's difficult to find promotions in your area. This forces others to either develop new skills in unrelated areas to pursue advancement or stay put and hope for the best. Since many of the areas of MITRE are mutually exclusive, it can be hard to transfer into growth areas. For example, an expert in artifiicial intelligence would have difficulty becoming a network engineer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage managers to give more frequent financial rewards for performance throughout the year to offset the slower career advancement due to low staff turnover.

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