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    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 (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
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Love the people, love the work!

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

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

    Pros

    Lots of training opportunities, great work-life balance, flexible hours, good benefits. I actually look forward to going into work every day to work on the multiple projects I support.

    Cons

    It feels like it is dominated by older management that doesn't always seem to quite understand the needs of the younger employees. Attrition lately seems to be a theme, but that also gives more opportunities for those of us who stick around to turn it around.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We're a research and development company, right? I feel like if I want to research up and coming technologies I sometimes have to go out and buy some of them myself to get my hands on it in order to effectively evaluate it. Specifically mobile devices like iPads/iPhones/Android phones/tablets/the newest Windows Phone, etc. I don't always want to have the newest stuff, but it doesn't seem too expensive to have a lab somewhere buy this consumer grade equipment to research. Let's get the equipment so our researchers can research it!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great Company

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

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

    Pros

    Benefits, Salary, Work Satisfaction, Location

    Cons

    Re-organization doesn't make sense and adds complexity and overhead.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Adding complexity while reducing management opportunities may not be the best strategy.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 5 people found this helpful  

    Awkward for a Recent Grad

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Economic/Business Analyst in McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Economic/Business Analyst in McLean, VA

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

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, good vacation, client interface

    Cons

    Ambiguous goals, pointless work, lack of direction

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide new hires specific assignments. Need much more specificity when starting out.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 17 people found this helpful  

    Process oriented, critical, lack of imagination

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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 10 years)

    Pros

    Great customers and missions. Great work as long as you can go it alone and not have to rely on any management support.

    Cons

    Vice Presidents are critical and dismissive of staff, portfolio directors are arrogant and "own the customers". Individual senior leaders with experience and connections are left to work under the radar to make things happen without any support from and often in direct conflict with management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make decisions. No one believes in managing a billion dollar company by consensus. Get rid of process. Let innovation and entrepreneurial spirit reign instead of actively trying to kill it.

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

    Travel requirements were significant,

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

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

    Pros

    Good Benefits; however, not as good as they were 25 years ago

    Cons

    Sound bites and viability are significant for pay raises. Promotions are few and based how strong your management network is.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 11 people found this helpful  

    MITRE Systems Engineer Experience

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    review 101

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    One of the best places to work

    • 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 (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
  11. 5 people found this helpful  

    Unparalleled experience working across the US federal government

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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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