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MITRE Reviews in McLean, VA

Updated November 20, 2014
Updated November 20, 2014
448 Reviews
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Pros
  • people pretty much respect your schedule and are supportive of work life balance (in 129 reviews)

  • Good Benefits; however, not as good as they were 25 years ago (in 32 reviews)


Cons
  • Hard to grow salary and climb the ladder, but the work-life balance is great (in 15 reviews)

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

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work for innovative creative individuals.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Bus/Econ Analyst in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Bus/Econ Analyst in McLean, VA

    I have been working at MITRE full-time

    Pros

    benefits are greater than the average benefits provided in the area. MITRE emphasises strongly personal development and provides all kind of support for employees to grow in areas of their interest.

    Cons

    some may find the MITRE Way a bit overwhelming.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    promotions do not come very easy, yet it's not that difficult either. As long as an employee brings value to MITRE other than doing great work, they are easily noticed and rewarded. Training is on-going and a must by the management. They like to see everyone gets trained in some area of their interest.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 9 people found this helpful  

    MITRE has changed

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in McLean, VA

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

    Pros

    MITRE has above-average benefits to make up for its below-average salaries. The culture among the technical staff is mostly supportive. The facilities are nice.

    Cons

    MITRE management, particularly above department managers, seems solely out for themselves. They are generally tireless self-promoters, take credit for the contributions of the technical staff, and "manage upward". One of the best things about MITRE is the ability of staff to propose IR&D. But most IR&D projects are granted to "the usual suspects" who are the favorites of management. Many IR&D investigators never work on sponsored projects and, in fact, eschew doing so, often refusing to apply for security clearances.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get back to basics of an FFRDC and stop thinking of yourselves as Masters of the Universe. Get some humility; 90% of your staff are more technically competent than you. Nothing wrong with that!

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Human Factors Jr

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Human Factors Junior in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Human Factors Junior in McLean, VA

    I have been working at MITRE full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The benefits here are amazing. From the insurance, educational assistance, 401k matching etc. The work life balance is great and the wealth of knowledge and SME available is unbelievable. The access to industry leading professional journals and state of the art equipment is also great. Compensation is competitive and the MITRE institute training classes are very nice.

    Cons

    Personal growth here is very very slow. The way promotions are chosen is by the top %10 of AC Levels. Long story short, sometimes only 1 person overall well get a promotion per department based on your AC Level. Unless you are in the right department, work is scarce and you have to personally scavange for projects. MITRE was in the top 100 places to work for 10 years, then quickly fell.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Revise your promotional assessments and conduct regular employee-department head meetings.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great place to work for

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in McLean, VA

    I have been working at MITRE full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    MITRE is an employees company in that it allows employees the flexibility and freedom to manage themselves and really set their own hours, as long as its conducive to good business and you complete your assignments. A balance of work life is acheived through pushing employee well being programs and assistance. The pool of highly skilled techincal people is endless throughout the company and the reach back is pretty amazing. They offer to help pay for college, Undergrad and Graduate levels. They offer compensation benefits as far as matching contributions to reitrement plans and things of that nature.

    Cons

    Salary is not in the upper most part of the paln here at MITRE. Promotions are slow unless you are a high level employee and them of course your bonus and pay get first dibs at the bigger pot.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to push individual growth and foster a community of open door practices.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 8 people found this helpful  

    Top-heavy structure limits advancement, but stable, steady and reputable

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in McLean, VA

    I have been working at MITRE full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Depending on the project and location, flexible hours and mobile work add to the great work-life balance. Coworkers are intelligent, dedicated, and generally supportive. Stable and steady work, with good benefits.

    Cons

    Top-heavy structure and low turnover make it difficult to advance. Not a particularly youthful or lively place to work; Forced icebreakers and chess in the library is about as wild as it gets. Managers are MIA much of the time.

    The company has grown to the point where it is struggling to figure out what to do with itself. Benefits are being trimmed. It enjoys a cushy market niche and is still one of the more reputable government contractors around. If you are analytical, have good technical credentials, and enjoy collaborating to help the government, you will fit in well. If you are more of a doer, seeking advancement and cutting-edge technical work, you may get restless. Good for interns needing resume experience or late-careerists and retirees wanting to coast into an easy work routine.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Top-heavy management and overhead is taking its toll. Do something about the cost and value added of deadweight senior staff. 360-degree reviews would be a good place to start. Get out more and engage with customers and staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great place to work, great benefits, no upward mobility.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Control Analyst in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Program Control Analyst in McLean, VA

    I have been working at MITRE full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Work-life Balance and Retirement Plan are industry leading.
    Provide full Education Assistance.

    Cons

    No room for growth unless you are technical staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn how to promote good employees and do not promote those without leadership competencies into leadership roles.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great spot for senior technologists

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in McLean, VA

    I have been working at MITRE full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Work life balance, access to some very interesting and innovative work.

    Cons

    Limited entrepreneurial opportunity other than internal research which has little financial reward

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Direct project management versus matrix mgmt

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Smart company trying to do the right thing

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lead Systems Engineer in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Lead Systems Engineer in McLean, VA

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

    Pros

    1. Smart people with diverse skills to share, interact with and contribute to good causes.
    2. Ample opportunities to excel and grow professionally.
    3. Choices provided for work-life balance decisions.

    Cons

    a. People sometimes become too smart for their own good...and others'.
    b. Need to stay away from some type-A, ladder climbers.
    c. Networking can become more important than performance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire the right kind of people, keep them happy, and help them work smartly.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 7 people found this helpful  

    Good place to start or end a technical career

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in McLean, VA

    I worked at MITRE full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Wide range of highly diverse and open-ended technical work. You can learn a lot in a short time and get a lot of control over your own parts of projects. Good work-life balance and very hands-off management, allowing staff to control their own schedules and telework as needed. Excellent day-to-day work atmosphere with very accomplished and friendly colleagues. Great 401k and vacation benefits even after recent cutbacks, nice campus-like offices at main sites, and little bureaucracy or onerous rules compared to other defense companies.

    Cons

    Technical people have zero career path and disproportionately low salaries. Promotions go to consultants and bureaucrats with government connections, with even high impact technical or research work not rewarded. Lots of older staff entrenched in the higher positions, and openings are usually filled by new hires instead of promotions. Not much research going on except in one or two departments, and the internal research program is increasingly useless and all about business development. Unlike other FFRDCs, they place little value on having a PhD or your own research agenda, so PhDs get a raw deal and are often under-hired. Many projects are initially fascinating but ultimately fall through, and the main thrust of the company's work today ("systems engineering") just amounts to IT and management consulting.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get back into the science and move away from consulting. If MITRE wants to become just another government consultancy, there is no point in being an FFRDC. Don't bring in highly qualified researchers and treat them like support staff.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    great place to work if you don't expect too much

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Information Systems Engineer, Lead in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Information Systems Engineer, Lead in McLean, VA

    I have been working at MITRE full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    flexibility in work schedule and location. people pretty much respect your schedule and are supportive of work life balance

    Cons

    there are quite a few people who abuse the flexibility. there is no additional reward for those who work hard. there are disincentives to work hard.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    reward faster for people who push.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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