MITRE Reviews in McLean, VA

Updated September 19, 2014
Updated September 19, 2014
435 Reviews
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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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  1.  

    Great place to work for

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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 for 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
  2. 4 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 for 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
  3.  

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

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    • 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 for 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
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great spot for senior technologists

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    • 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 for 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
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Smart company trying to do the right thing

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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 for 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
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

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

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    • 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 for 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
  8. 7 people found this helpful  

    Good place to start or end a technical career

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    • 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 for 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
  9. 11 people found this helpful  

    Good old boys club

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

    I have been working at MITRE full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    -Training and education
    -If you're good at looking busy, this is the place for you
    -Hard to get fired, it's just like working for the government

    Cons

    -Do ALOT more with less money and less resources
    -Benefits are slowly being cut little by little
    -There is no clear path for promotions, you just need to be part of the old boys club to get anything.
    -Review system is a joke, laddering is purely an exercise of "horse trading"
    -A lot of dead weight
    -Very Silo-ed organizations
    -Two main locations = Two different cultures and it is almost like two different companies

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do a little more to attract and retain young talent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Smart people who care about what they do for their govt sponsors and the American public.

    Cons

    Can be bureaucratic, but it's a large organization. Needs to be more agile.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus more on delivering value/impact to govt customers and those they serve, and less on process and organizational structure, roles, etc.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Purpose, Integrity, and Continuous Learning

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

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

    Pros

    MITRE works in the public interest; as a not-for-profit, its focus is on that mission, not on making money. Integrity is a core value and is demonstrated by "speaking truth to power" and walking away from jobs that aren't in the public interest. Focusing on the next innovation is encouraged; since you're surrounded by smart, well-educated, and dedicated professionals, you can continuously learn and grow. The retirement and PTOB are among the best in the industry and work/life balance is real.

    Cons

    As an operator of FFRDCs, MITRE only works for the government - primarily the federal government. The inevitable bureaucracy, uneven and unsure funding, and political changes can be frustrating.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep talking and listening to the staff!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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