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Updated April 7, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Relaxed atmosphere, large bureaucracy

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

    I worked at MITRE as an intern (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Low pressure environment, great off-site resources, understanding staff and team members, great work-life balance, wonderful office culture, good benefits, opportunities for continuing education

    Cons

    Gigantic bureaucracy, lots of time required for paperwork, multiple projects at once

    Advice to Management

    Room for growth limited by degree rather than skillset

  2. Helpful (1)

    A very very deep talent pool

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

    I have been working at MITRE as a contractor (more than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great talent, great mission, nice facility

    Cons

    Like many companies, lots of political wrangling

    Advice to Management

    Say what you do, do what you say.

  3. Helpful (2)

    I am contractor for MITRE through Provitivi Government Services

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    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - Analyst in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Analyst in McLean, VA

    I have been working at MITRE

    Pros

    Allow flexible time. Relax, semi casual environment.

    Cons

    As a contractor, there are not possibilities to grow or receive training within the company. The benefits of contractors within MITRE are incredible limited.

    MITRE Response

    Mar 11, 2015Senior Media and Community Relations Representative

    We are happy to hear that you enjoy the ability to have a flexible schedule while working as a contractor at MITRE. We are sorry that you are unhappy with the growth opportunities for contractors ... More

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  5. Helpful (1)

    Excellent workplace, once you find your place

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Opportunities to do important work. Great access to the data you need to really understand the problem. Smart co-workers. Don't come here if you want to get rich. Don't come here for training. Come here if you already know your stuff, and want to make a difference. The good jobs are high stress, but management bends over backwards to help with work-life balance.

    Cons

    Some of the managers are egotistical turf-guarders with tunnel vision. They tend to be the ones that have job openings. You may have to transfer internally a couple of times in your first two years to get yourself into a good spot.

    Advice to Management

    Find some way to get people to talk more across organizational boundaries. You're leaving a lot of capability idle, because people stay in their stovepipes and don't know what anyone else is doing.

  6. Helpful (13)

    Work life balance, but limited professional growth and promotion opportunities, average benefits, and stagnant salaries

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

    I have been working at MITRE

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Work life balance and flexible work hours, but it all depends on the site and project
    - A lot of smart people around
    - Some intellectually challenging projects, however you may be frustrated by the lack of impact of our work

    Cons

    - Very limited opportunities for professional growth and promotion
    - You will loose your competitive edge and marketability if you stay here too long
    - Benefits have been eroding to the point they are now average
    - Mediocre mid level management - the worst I have seen in my career --, incompetent higher level management. A lot of these managers keep telling you stories about their old good days at Booz or Deloitte, but now are no longer willing to work like they used to work at Booz or Deloitte, and simply "parked" at MITRE, waiting for retirement.
    - Stagnant salaries, not aligned with your amount of work and capabilities. The review process is a joke. There are bunch of people around who just "charge" time, but do not contribute, while you are told that the company is expensive because it spends a lot on R&D.

    Advice to Management

    Re-organizing is useless if you continue with the same incompetent managers. Have the guts to admit they are incompetent and fire them. But who heard about a manager who fired himself? Maybe the government will have to get involved to clean up the shop.

  7. Helpful (6)

    Great company, but can have limited growth potential

    • 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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Challenging, interesting, employees seem to matter, great benefits

    Cons

    Limited upward mobility on management track. Getting stuck in the wrong place can hold you back, but there are many opportunities to move around within the company.

    Advice to Management

    Bottom-up annual review. There is no way to let upper management know that lower management isn't very good. Fix this and it will be a great company to work for.

  8. Helpful (4)

    MITRE

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

    I have been working at MITRE

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Interesting and progressive technology, average compensation, stable organization, slower pace than private sector, moderately resistant to change, fairly weak leadership. MITRE seems to be resting on their laurels from the past.

    Cons

    Highly bureaucratic, slow to change, salaries lower than average.

    Advice to Management

    Snap out of it.

  9. Helpful (10)

    MITRE losing it way

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

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    as an FFRDC (actually a holding company for multiple FFRDCs), MITRE _should_ appeal to technologists who are willing to sacrifice top-end wages for a job where they can have an impact (bad taste word when it comes to MITRE's FAA sponsor :-)) on government programs.

    opps, that doesn't sound all that "pro".

    Cons

    Under CEO Al Grasso and his push for "business" in non-DoD "customers", in the opinion of many MITRE employees, MITRE has lost it way. Now it is unlikely that a manager would walk away from "non-MITRE work". Has MITRE become just another Beltway Bandit? Sadly, the answer seems to be yes, unless Grasso chooses founding principles over his "lunch bunch"'s desire to follow in the footsteps of former CEO Barry "The Barry" Horowitz (sp?).

    Advice to Management

    get back to basics of FFRDCs as "honest brokers". be willing to walk away from projects that industry can do as well as MITRE.

  10. Helpful (3)

    Working at MITRE is mostly pretty good

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    As a technical center employee, there is a lot of variety of important and interesting work.
    MITRE work is for the public interest, which is good, because it is shared with industry and government
    A lot of very intelligent and good people to work with
    Decent benefits, although they have decreased over the years

    Cons

    Upward mobility is difficult. It is not enough to be very good at your job and perform well. It is quite difficult to get promoted. Many people leave MITRE and then come back in order to get a promotion.
    Pay is not that great. And raises are not that great. In spite of excellent reviews and being a consistent performer for 14 years, I haven't had a raise in six years and never been promoted.

    Advice to Management

    Need to change fix the promotion and pay raise processes. Even though they are currently trying to make changes, the new processes don't fix any of the problems. Pay is not based on performance or years of experience.

  11. Helpful (2)

    Current

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

    I have been working at MITRE

    Pros

    Work life balance, health and other benefits

    Cons

    Insular environment, pay, opportunities for advancement

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