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MITRE Reviews in McLean, VA

Updated December 15, 2014
Updated December 15, 2014
452 Reviews
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Pros
  • people pretty much respect your schedule and are supportive of work life balance (in 130 reviews)

  • Good Benefits; however, not as good as they were 25 years ago (in 33 reviews)


Cons
  • Hard to grow salary and climb the ladder, but the work-life balance is great (in 16 reviews)

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

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    review 101

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Graphic Designer in McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Graphic Designer in McLean, VA

    I worked at MITRE full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    no comments in this section

    Cons

    no place for career advancement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more qualified managers, no shoes salesman

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 10 people found this helpful  

    MITRE Systems Engineer Experience

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

    I worked at MITRE full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Retirement and 401K are competitive, but benefits declined over the 5.5 years that I was employed there. Employee tools and services were excellent. Compensation was excellent in the beginning, but growth was not provided thereafter. Severance package for departing employees was fair.

    Cons

    Politically cliquish environment where employee success is dependent on participation in the clique more than employee performance. Poor leadership from management demoralized employees and perpetuated poor leadership skills throughout the organization. Two Reduction in Force (RIF) sessions and leave without pay absences in 2013 for the majority of employees reflected poor leadership and management of MITRE and subsequent poor morale of employees there today. Government sequestration contributed to this, but also served as a vehicle for some group leaders and department heads to railroad and terminate excellent employees. MITRE informed RIF employees that MITRE does not provide references for their employees after departing MITRE, which was the most unprofessional policy I had ever heard of.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve leadership skills of management (effectiveness and efficiency).

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 5 people found this helpful  

    Unparalleled experience working across the US federal government

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

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

    Pros

    Opportunities to contribute to national security using decades of technical experience. If you can escape the inertia that your managers impose on you and focus on delivering what your sponsors need, you can thrive. The company IS trying to adapt to the ever-changing fractious government funding environment but much of this is beyond the corporation's control. The CEO, Al Grasso, is a technically-competent executive who is doing his best in a difficult environment.

    Cons

    Clubby management that believes being selected for management automatically invests you with wisdom and technical genius beyond that of non-managers. Fairly poor follow-through on corporate promotion standards. Many managers hold staff to performance standards beyond what they themselves are incapable of meeting. The annual performance appraisal process is terribly flawed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get out of your offices and away from your endless management meetings, talk to your staff and learn what they are doing.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    One of the best places to work

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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 5 years)

    Pros

    Great work environment and coworkers.
    Actually respects employees as human beings.

    Cons

    Promotion is glacial and raises grow smaller every year.
    Current reorganization is causing consternation.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 16 people found this helpful  

    Cliquish, Clubbish, Clannish

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    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff in McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff in McLean, VA

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

    Pros

    The health benefits & 401k (10% match).

    Cons

    Like the title says: Cliquish, Clubbish, Clannish. No work is ever done, boring & politically exhausting. Folks stay to retire. You may think this is great but it is like waiting to DIE!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire all management & start over.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Summer intern experience

    Current Employee - Technical Intern in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Technical Intern in McLean, VA

    I have been working at MITRE as an intern

    Pros

    Good work environment, everyone around me was helpful and contributed to my experience at the company. I learned a lot and am glad to have worked here.

    Cons

    Described as a "retirement home", the population is older and work often moves quite slowly as a result. It is probably not the best place for someone just beginning their career.

    Neutral Outlook
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Structured just enough to force a productive summer.

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    Former Employee - Intern in McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Intern in McLean, VA

    I worked at MITRE as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Brilliant engineers/scientists leading the groups.
    Standard day job schedule.
    Nice gym + health stuff, including cafeteria.
    Good location.

    Cons

    Relatively few benefits compared to hot shot tech companies.
    Just standard government contracting company.
    Has to deal with bureaucracy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue the student intern program!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 17 people found this helpful  

    Dinosaur in its death throws

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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 (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Brilliant staff. Work is of National importance. Customers are great.

    Cons

    Immature and inexperienced senior leaders. Nepotism rampant. Corporate officers only promote people who are like them and that manage up. Little respect or admiration for integrity or diversity. Senior staff treated like disposable components. Officers have no credibility with staff. They say one thing and enact policies that are counter to their statements. Resources in the hands of a few pedagogues. Staff expected to find their own work. The reward is a paycheck.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't just prune but cross cut the heavy deadwood. Focus on the visionaries and innovators. Prevent officers hiring their buddies. Look to promote people who aren't white males in their fifties. Run the company like a real business.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 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

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

    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
  11. 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

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

    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

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