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Great work-life balance, but not a fast track career wise.

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

I have been working at MITRE

Pros

MITRE culture encourages a work-life balance, and that's not just lip service. Working long hours is not required and most people work at or slightly over 40 hours per week. The benefits at MITRE are good and the retirement plan is particularly generous. The employer contribution to total compensation is around 10% of salary, and although the health plan is great, the premiums are higher than elsewhere.

Cons

MITRE is a very pleasant place to work, but that comes at a cost. Promotions at MITRE are few and far between and raises are paltry (the annual raise for an average performing employee can be less than the cost-of-living adjustment). Despite that, the great work-life balance encourages employees to stay,

Advice to ManagementAdvice

The current performance review process includes only reviews by supervisors of those who report to them. As is done elsewhere, that should be expanded to include performance reviews of supervisors by their staff.

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good fit for most people exists if you work to find it.

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

    I have been working at MITRE

    Pros

    MITRE is a large company that performs a large number of different technical jobs for the government. There is a large amount of flexibility to change jobs within the company to find a better fit for your particular requirements. If you enjoy technical work, such as engineering (systems, software, etc), software development, analysis and the like, there's probably a job a MITRE that you'd find enjoyable. There are great benefits, including the retirement plan and ample paid time off. There is quite a bit of stability in the company as an FFRDC as compared to typical government contractors. There is also a good work/life balance promoted and supported by the company.

    Cons

    Career advancement seems to be on the slow side when compared to many defense contractors. Pay is reasonable, but also not as high as comparable contractors - particular as compared to other contractors doing classified work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Eliminate annotated PowerPoint briefings as a suitable deliverable for the majority of the work program - see E. Tufte's criticisms: http://www.edwardtufte.com/bboard/q-and-a-fetch-msg?msg_id=0001yB

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  2. 2 people found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    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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