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Review Highlights

Pros
  • people pretty much respect your schedule and are supportive of work life balance(in 121 reviews)

  • Good Benefits; however, not as good as they were 25 years ago(in 29 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-Life balance has deteriorated as well as benefits(in 11 reviews)

  • Some upper management seems to talk out both sides of their mouth -- dishonest and hypocritical(in 16 reviews)

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    5 people found this helpful  

    OK if you want Life/Work balance

    Lead Infosec Engineer (Current Employee) McLean, VA

    ProsSmart colleagues, Opportunities for education, Flex hours, work/life balance. Excellent 401K.

    ConsPromotion are slow to get. Salary raises meager. Frustrating client (government). Excepting 401K and education, benefits are not that great.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDevise a career path for techies or you will lose them.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    3 people found this helpful  

    MITRE is a great place to work.

    Lead Systems Engineer (Current Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsWork Life Balance
    401K match
    Top notch employees
    Skilled employees in position

    ConsPromotions are rare. Raises are small compare to public companies.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIf you recruit and employee top talent reward them as such.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    2 people found this helpful  

    Still learning MITRE, but good experience so far

    Information Systems Engineer, Lead (Current Employee) McLean, VA

    Pros--Great work-life balance (they really mean stick to 40 hrs or close to it)
    --Great benefits--25 days combined PTO that you can roll over and cash out within certain constraints; health etc; great retirement matching
    --Collegial/collaborative culture
    --Strong commitment to professional development (I'm learning how that works)
    --Strong commitment to the public mission--they really want to help government work better

    Cons--Like any place, there can be a mix of calibre of professional (and some surprising promotions, as a result)
    --Not exactly a con but a complexity: MITRE in fact is a corporation that hosts multiple FFRDCs (federally-funded research and development centers), and the different centers appear to have different personalities. At least in the center I'm in, there's a "matrix" thing going on with folks in mission groups who are dedicated to understanding a client and client mission very well, and other folks in practice groups who bring specialized practitioner expertise to client engagements. My center is still working on how the mission and practice groups work together.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe sure to recognize those who truly distinguish themselves through their performance. Keep building the calibre of new hires.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    14 people found this helpful  

    Disappointing

    Lead Communications Engineer (Former Employee) McLean, VA

    ProsOpportunity to support the Gov. in an unbiased fashion.
    Benefits.
    Ability to easily transfer between internal organizations.
    Wide breadth and depth of corporate knowledge that is relatively easy to access.

    ConsThe mean salaries for the professional ranks (AC ranks) are at best average.
    The spread of annual salary increases is extremely narrow, i.e. little difference between a bottom performer and a top performer of the same professional rank. There is little monetary incentive to do an outstanding job.
    Promotions are largely based on 'who you know' as opposed to competence.
    The management style is very 'old boys club' and rather stodgy.
    There can be the appearance of conflict of interest in the relationships between upper management and retired Gov. officials as well as between Gov. sponsors and relatives (e.g. spouses) who work at MITRE.
    The technical supervisory ranks (AC-5 and above) are not given the time nor charge codes to properly manage their staff. They must charge full time to a contract while simultaneously managing staff.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFirst, clean out the dead wood from the AC ranks. How can MITRE consider itself a good custodian of the Government's money when it keeps non and very poor performers on the payroll for years and years?
    Second, be ruthlessly scrupulous about cleaning up all apparent conflicts of interest due to the hiring of retired Gov. officials who can bring programs into MITRE and the employment of spouses of current Gov. sponsors in the organizations which support that sponsor.
    Third, give your AC-5s and AC-6s in management positions the proper non-direct charge codes, with sufficient funding, to allow them to properly manage their staff. They should not have to take the time out of their hide.

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    15 people found this helpful  

    I have been disappointed with my experience with MITRE due to the lack of career growth and low salary increases.

    Lead Financial Analyst (Current Employee) McLean, VA

    ProsMITRE is a good place to work if one needs a work-life balance, is at an advanced stage of his/her career (near retirement) or wants job security.

    ConsMITRE is not a good fit for career-focused employees. Promotion rates are slower at MITRE than at for-profit companies. Pay for performance is nonexistent: salary increases are very small (1.5% salary increase is budgeted for 2012).

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe results of the last employee survey are pretty revealing in terms of employee dissatisfaction with the lack of career opportunities and are consistent across the company. The company ranking in the "100 best companies to work for" list continues to drop year after year. MITRE barely made the list this year (96 over 100). This is a clear sign that MITRE should wake up from its past glory days to review its pay for performance system, organizational structure and career paths across the board to retain its employees. The work life balance trade-off does not compensate for the nonexistent salary increases and lack of monetary recognition for high performance. The lack of monetary incentives for high performance recognition and opportunities for advancement will make it harder to retain top performer employees.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    2 people found this helpful  

    Good place to work for people who seek stable & idle life

    Senior MultiDisciplinary Systems Engineer (Current Employee) McLean, VA

    Pros* work/LIFE balance
    * Good benefits (health/retirement/PTO, etc)
    * competitve starting salary

    Cons* many seemingly interesting projects actually turn out to be a powerpoint engineering job; workload doesn't exist at MITRE since the money is from government. That's why you can have work/life balance and good pay+benefits.
    * at caasd only two kinds of skills are needed: air traffic management (ATM) related and JAVA, while at c3i, cyberspace security is the core topic. (still, it requires computer skills) As for analytical skills, as long as you have the degree and graduate from a prestigious school, that's sufficient.
    * MITRE is more like an IT company than a real engineering & research company.
    * direction is not clear even at higher managements. It takes time (weeks or months) for them to make collective agreement.

    Advice to Senior Managementmake soft-shell easier. Let the employee have the freedom to participate what projects they really are interested in.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    4 people found this helpful  

    Disappointing

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) McLean, VA

    ProsPeope are friendly and the parking garage is handy

    ConsNo bonuses
    low salaries
    gym charges $20/month for EMPLOYEES.
    food in cafeteria is expensive
    No training budget,,,

    Advice to Senior Managementlet people go get some training for their positions to better themselves.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    MITRE is a great place to work

    Senior Software Systems Engineer (Current Employee) McLean, VA

    ProsCommitment to training and education
    Many different opportunities
    Work life balance is the best
    Comprehensive benefits

    ConsPromotion is very difficult even if you have done a great job and there is little feedback as to why someone got promoted over someone else, and the fact you have to wait a year in between promotion cycles is very long.

    Advice to Senior ManagementProactively find your best employees and mentor then so that they do not find incentives to leave.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    2 people found this helpful  

    It is a pleasure to wake up in the morning and go to work.

    Principal Information Systems Engineer (Current Employee) New Carrollton, MD

    ProsMITRE has flexible work schedule that allows a good work-life balance. However, there are times when client and project requirements demand more than the normal 40 hours. There is a culture of high quality in all the work we produce for the client.

    ConsThe client is the Federal government and often I see exciting projects outside of the Federal space that I would like to be involved in.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIn some parts of employee evaluation, process is more important than outcome. Management needs to evaluate whether the process is stifling effective relationship with employees.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Working at MITRE has been overwhelmingly positive and personally refreshing

    Lead Engineer (Current Employee) Colorado Springs, CO

    ProsExtremely rewarding work, a chance to use your talents to best effect.
    Very supportive leadership and ability to stay objective -- am constantly told to do or say the right thing regardless of any of our customers' agendas.
    MITRE makes is EASY to work -- support side of company is constantly working to make it easier for the front-line people to work remotely as well as securely.
    I have nothing to sell except my knowledge, skills and services -- and those sell themselves.

    ConsI have to think really really hard to come up with a downside to working at MITRE -- visualize Winnie the Pooh trying to think!

    Advice to Senior ManagementIgnore the whiners, trim extraneous costs like superfluous paper pamphlets, keep doing what you have been to make MITRE a go-to place our customers can come for answers to their tough challenges

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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