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MITRE Reviews in McLean, VA

Updated August 13, 2014
Updated August 13, 2014
433 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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very Fulfilling Work

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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

    Pros

    Great work in the public interest, generally good management and co-workers, flexible schedules, good benefits. With the Metro coming, the location is even better!

    Cons

    I can't think of any that I wouldn't find everywhere else. It seems that promotions are not easy to come by, I believe they could have a better performance evaluation system in place.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get out amongst the people more (pop your head in somebody's office and find out what they're working on).

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 12 people found this helpful  

    Not the institution it once was

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

    Pros

    The customers and technical staff.

    Cons

    A culture where mediocrity in management is praised and confused with leadership and real leadership demeaned. A culture where petty AC-7s compete for intangible rewards from VPs since there are no financial rewards to compete for. A culture where a major retooling had to be done to try to pay attention to the customers. Competition for attention has caused collaboration to be dead at the top and dying at the bottom because the only way to get ahead is to suck up to VPs and PDs. The back room deal is alive and well especially with the new officers recently put in place. Senior managers are simply untrustworthy and both look down and talk down to the tech staff. These are people who have little or no expertise in any field any longer and aren't even good at interacting with customers and certainly not good at getting new good work. No ability to create or maintain customer relationships or heaven help them get challenging new work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of all of the officers and PDs. Replace them with real technical experts who don't preach to customers and staff. Look at the people working long hours and figure out they're the ones keeping the lights on. Promote based on ability to work with and grow customer base, customer relationships, and technical peer respect.

    Get rid of shared leadership model. It's ridiculous. It means everybody's in charge and no one's accountable.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 11 people found this helpful  

    Has gone down hill fast!

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

    Pros

    Retirement plan is great even with the recent changes. The rest of the benefits are just average. There are a lot of smart people working at MITRE.

    Cons

    No advancement potential for technical staff. No respect for technical staff if they have no desire to be management. If there is an issue between a manager and the technical staff, the manager is always right and there is no recourse for the technical staff. There is no upward review so if a manager dislikes you, they can affect your career without you being able to defend yourself.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management is very myopic. While you pat yourselves on the back you don't see what the rank-and-file are saying. You need to stop shoveling and start to listen. You've lost a lot of good people over the last five years because of poor decisions and not respecting your technical staff. You better figure out how to stop that hemorrhaging before you lose more of your best people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 11 people found this helpful  

    A great or ok place to work, depending on where in your career you are

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

    Pros

    Great work life balance, collegial environment, ability to pick own projects, 40 hr/wk expectation, great colleagues who are friendly and happy to help pass on their knowledge - the continuous learning opportunities are to notch, good pay.

    Cons

    Advancement along the technical track is extremely difficult. It's a great place to get started in your career or for those who are established and want somewhere interesting and stable to work a reasonable amount of hours. Not a great place for a mid career person who is ambitious.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of this old fashioned "raise" mentality, if a relatively new employee is better than someone who has been at their "salary level" for years, they should be paid more and have more opportunities for advancement. Seniority seems to override merit.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good work/life balance and benefits

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

    Pros

    Generally flexible about working from home
    Casual, yet professional work environment
    Good benefits: though the formula is complicated, capturing the full retirement match means that company contributes 10% of salary and it's with Fidelity so good inexpensive index funds are available.
    Paid time off accrual rates have gone down recently, but still quite competitive. In general, the company's approach to sick and vacation time is very reasonable and fair.

    Cons

    HR policies can be rather unimaginitive when it comes to recognizing and correcting internal and external pay equity issues.
    Approach to budgeting is similar to government; there's always a mad rush at the end of each fiscal year to burn money. Effort is made to do so ethically, but the whole situation inevitably leads to some waste.
    Very bureaucratic: forms must be filled out to get even simple tasks done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We need to find a better way to track (and hopefully reduce) the cost of meetings. A lot of meetings are wasted time because people are invited "just in case" they're needed. Even meetings where I need to either get or share information end up being about 90% wasted time and could have been handled with an email or phone call instead.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Challenging opportunties to make an impact to sponsor mission accomplishment

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

    Pros

    Challenging opportunties to make an impact to sponsor mission accomplishment.
    Not a business development environment.

    Cons

    Government budget constrains amount of projects to support.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on enabling staff to make a difference for the sponsor.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great company!

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

    Pros

    Flexibility. Great Environment. Great Work.

    Cons

    I do not have many CONS that weren't just isolated incidents in my 10years with the company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 6 people found this helpful  

    The most rewarding work of my career. Boundless opportunities to work on critical problems.

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

    Pros

    The CEO is the best CEO of them all, period. Exposure to leading edge technologies. Educational opportunities.

    Cons

    Internal job assignment determination is the worst I have ever seen. Employees are virtual in house contractors, searching for work, while HR continues to parade new employees through a revolving door. Internal resource managers are ill-informed, short-sighted and in many cases, downright lazy. Fix the issue of going from one assignment to another and this company will be elevated higher in the list of "Best Companies to Work". Leave it as is, and an evolving door may emerge. MITRE prides itself on being different from "Lockheed Martin, Northrup Grumman, etc." However, that's being just talk. With an influx of so many people from "for profit" companies, the internal atmosphere/values are changing for the worst. I only wish Mr. Grasso knew what is happening in the trenches/bowels of the company. I know he would fix it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Considering the huge number of employees that have been hired over the last 5-10 years, there is a considerable risk that the culture that these employees bring with them will ultimately change the fabric of the company (which has been excellent) into something that is no longer worthy of emulation. Unfortunately, an environment of deceit, back stabbing and self-righteousness is emerging.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    30 years and counting...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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

    Pros

    MITRE is full of smart people - I learn something in almost every conversation. The work is important to our nation - whether it is about defending the country, closing the tax gap, ensuring the safety of the skies, or improving healthcare. Work-life balance is stressed. The salaries are a bit better than average and the benefits are excellent. Management all has engineering dirt under their fingernails....

    Cons

    MITRE doesn't grow quickly and is not about making money. If you are looking to make your fortune, this isn't the place.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay in touch with your roots...

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great Company with the perfect mix between academia and industry.

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

    Pros

    Collegial environment, work/life balance, learning organization

    Cons

    Flat organization with not enough room for advancement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to focus and identify paths for junior employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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