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Review Highlights

Pros
  • people pretty much respect your schedule and are supportive of work life balance(in 122 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 12 reviews)

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

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    Good Place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Bedford, MA

    ProsEmployee valued by managers
    Great work life balance
    Diverse technical work program

    ConsSalaries are not aligned with industry
    Promotions are far and few between
    Top heavy

    Advice to Senior ManagementAttrition of the 5 to 10 year technical staffer is too high, look to retain this demographic

    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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    MITRE is a great organization that values its people

    Principal Sensor Systems Engineer (Current Employee) Bedford, MA

    ProsManaged by humans
    Great respect for work-life balance
    Interesting and relevant technical work
    Lots of very smart, genuine, multi-talented, and interesting people

    ConsTechnical library gone - replaced by on-line resources
    Advancing or maintaining technical currency isn't valued or well supported
    For an FFRDC, almost no R, very little D. Lots of acquisition support.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStand up against time reporting - it discourages creativity and locks the staff too tightly to narrowly defined work. Technical staff in an R&D organization need time and resources to continuously improve their technical currency.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Senior management arrogance palpable

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) McLean, VA

    ProsMany colleagues are great, respectful, smart, hard working.

    ConsSenior management starts one project then changes direction with little rhyme or reason which is demoralizing to staff. Leaves little room to become excited for new initiatives because teams fear rug will be pulled out from under them.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSenior management starts one project then changes direction with little rhyme or reason which is demoralizing to staff. Leaves little room to become excited for new initiatives because teams fear rug will be pulled out from under them. Be consistent. Support your staff. They are actually smarter, more, committed and willing to do fornthe company, country and cause than you think.

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    Great salary/benefits/work life balance, not the best place for professional development

    Multi-Discipline Systems Engineer (Current Employee) Bedford, MA

    ProsGreat salary, benefits, retirement program, work life balance

    ConsNot always busy
    Not that challenging
    Work doesn't make a huge impact
    Lack of teamwork

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Employee focused with great coworkers

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) McLean, VA

    ProsGreat Work-Life Balance at MITRE

    ConsAll employees are smart and retention is very high. Unfortunately that means many employees are quite old.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Professional Work Environment

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) McLean, VA

    ProsQuality Sr. Managers who truly believe in making MITRE a great place work.

    ConsA little too much effort is made to ensure work life balance. Some thought should also be given to how time off for one person affects others.

    Advice to Senior ManagementContinue on the path that has been made over the last 5 years.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Outstanding

    Lead Multi-Discipline Systems Engineer (Current Employee) McLean, VA

    ProsBest and the brightest, that industry has to offer. The work is challenging, interesting, and significant. The compensation package is one of the best I have seen.

    ConsThe low turnover and the caliber people they hire, promotions are slow. The pay is a little lower than in the private sector, but the compensation package makes up for it.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI would like to see management connecting groups that are working on similar problems for collaboration. Often MITRE staff discovers other MITRE groups doing similar work for sponsors within a community of interest. MITRE staff find out about other efforts either by accident or through professional relationships inside MITRE or inside the community of interest. A focused review of who is doing what and connecting the groups together to share information may help cut development.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    MITRE is a fantastic place to work.

    Info Systems Engineer, Senior (Current Employee) McLean, VA

    ProsThe work at MITRE is interesting and challenging and your coworkers are some of the brightest people in their fields. Great benefits and a fantastic retirement program. Very competitive pay.

    ConsEmployees working at sites don't always have access to some of the great benefits available when you work at the Bedford or McLean campuses. Through the course of your work you will often bump into very smart, very tactless engineers.

    Advice to Senior ManagementOverall I think MITRE is doing an excellent job, but there is room for improvement in the amount of money made available for training and education. I also disagree with the recent decision to only hire people with degrees, whereas in the past relevant work in your field was sufficient.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Enrichening and challenging

    Senior Principal Scientist (Current Employee) McLean, VA

    Proswork diversity; educational benefits; research opportunities

    Consoperates off of an internal job market.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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