MITRE Reviews in McLean, VA

Updated September 19, 2014
Updated September 19, 2014
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Pros
  • people pretty much respect your schedule and are supportive of work life balance (in 128 reviews)

  • Good Benefits; however, not as good as they were 25 years ago (in 31 reviews)


Cons
  • Hard to grow salary and climb the ladder, but the work-life balance is great (in 14 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    30 years and counting...

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    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 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
  2. 6 people found this helpful  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal Information Systems Engineer  in  McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Principal Information Systems Engineer in McLean, VA

    I have been working at MITRE full-time for more than 8 years

    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
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Fascinating research, good mentorship, low-pressure

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

    I have been working at MITRE as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    --The technologies that they're working on are really cool. Specific work depends on what department, but it seems like most of them are doing very interesting stuff.
    --All of the interns that I've talked to are doing substantial work, definitely not coffee runners or staplers.
    --Flexible hours. Official is 7:45am-4:30pm, but we mostly did 9:00am-5:30pm or so. You can be paid for up to 40 hours a week.
    --Good compensation. Definitely not Wall St pay, or Silicon Valley either, but way better than most science internships.
    --Lots of permanent employees have been there for 20 years+, so clearly they like something about it.
    --Everyone was excited to have interns around, and very eager to help/mentor/chat.
    --There's a shuttle to/from the WFC metro.
    --It's a lot of fun to be an intern in DC.

    Cons

    --They're not used to out-of-town interns (most live in NoVa), so they're not helpful in getting housing.
    --DC is expensive!! If you're in the suburbs, you need a car. If you're in the city, housing is probably $1000+/month and the commute is not convenient.
    --The shuttle runs every 40 minutes, and the last run of the day is at 5:40pm. I often wanted to do longer days (or at least shifted later), and this prevented that.
    --In general, the employees are pretty old. Probably an average in the 50s or 60s. Not necessarily bad, but interns definitely seem a bit out of place.
    --The pace is kinda slow. I was very rarely given deadlines, just 'Oh, get it done when you have a chance, no rush.' At this point in life, I want to work under pressure and time crunches sometimes!
    --They didn't always have enough work on particular projects. Some interns had plenty to do, and others were paid quite a bit to check their email and read the news for hours at a time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    --Offering subsidized housing would be HUGE.
    --Make sure you have enough work for all of the interns you hire.
    --In general: make suer you have young employees. Energy is good!
    --But overall you're doing stuff right. Good job!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great Company with the perfect mix between academia and industry.

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    Current Employee - Senior Multi-Discipline Systems Engineer  in  McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Multi-Discipline Systems Engineer in McLean, VA

    I have been working at MITRE full-time

    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
  6.  

    Great transition from academic life to work life.

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    Current Employee - Domain Specialist, Staff  in  McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Domain Specialist, Staff in McLean, VA

    I have been working at MITRE full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Very collaborative environment, with many intelligent people.

    Cons

    Not too many young professionals

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great company for work life balance

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Simulation Modeling Engineer  in  McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Simulation Modeling Engineer in McLean, VA

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

    Pros

    Excellent work life balance. Interesting problems are looked at, in particular in the aviation side of the house. Very smart people to work with.

    Cons

    Middle management could use some refining (less micromanagemnet). There is not a clear path for persons who want to stay out of management. In order to get promoted levels you basically need to go into managemnet.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Immediate Supervisor Makes or Breaks Your Job

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    Former Employee - Senior Staff  in  McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Staff in McLean, VA

    I worked at MITRE full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Public interest mission gives your job a great meaning; Good work-life balance and benefits; office environment is pleasant; smart people

    Cons

    Management is secretive and communication is scarce; culture is highly political and hierarchical; employee trust is low due to lack of communication

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be open and honest, or you'll lose your employees' trust.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Clarity And Stability Go A Long Way

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Multi-Discipline Systems Engineer  in  McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Multi-Discipline Systems Engineer in McLean, VA

    I worked at MITRE full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - Work/Life Balance
    - Mobility (i.e. remote reachback to corporate network)
    - 401 (a) matching
    - Certain individuals willing to work with you to succeed

    In my time at MITRE, when I actually had good MITRE work to focus on, I could easily focus on how to leverage internal resources to provide value to sponsors. In certain difficult situations, there seemed to be a consensus as to providing legitimate opportunities to succeed within the company.

    Cons

    - Unclear direction in certain work programs
    - Too much reliance on traditional ways of doing business
    - Inability to clearly define FFRDC role to most sponsors
    - No clear direction on progressing from certain managers

    Seems to be a communication issue among DHs in different divisions. A consistent problem programs are running into is the type of work requested by the sponsors, which in turn puts MITRE in a difficult position when it comes to justifying its requirements in order to support said sponsors. Management needs to be approachable when dealing with issues along with working with employees to get into positions quickly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Like the concept behind the MITRE Way, but there needs to be more accountability brought into the process, especially at the MTS 5-6 levels.
    - Better clarification on how to progress from the MTS 2-3 levels upward, recommendations are extremely vague.

    Understand that things are getting tighter due to the sequester. To that end, there needs to be a truly concerted effort with the MITRE Way to effectively manage work across all of the work programs. What is really troubling is the lack of understanding that many sponsors have in terms of the value that MITRE provides them. MITRE is not a body shop that can fill certain roles at a moment's notice, nor should the sponsors try to influence the types of people whose skills are being brought to bear from MITRE to help meet their mission.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    Job security, with few other perks, little connection to management

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

    I worked at MITRE full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Job Security - if you're not a poor performer, and have a clearance your job is stable
    Retirement - The retirement contribution by the employer is better than average (but they keep lowering it over the past 5 years so if that trend continues it may no longer be a pro)

    Cons

    Most of the time you work at the client site, your manager or boss frequently has no idea what you actually do or how you're performing which makes it nearly impossible to get recognition, raises, or promotions.
    Salaries and benefits were either stagnant or cut during the time I was there due to the company stating that our rates were higher than other companies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Managers should have more involvement with those they oversee, more connection to what their employees are doing, and maybe even part of a manager/leads own performance and such should be based on how their people perform. Isn't the best indicator of a good leader/manager shown by the successes of those they've led?

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Nothing special about FFRDC contract

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    Former Employee - Program Managemet  in  McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Program Managemet in McLean, VA

    I worked at MITRE full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Flexible hours, good benefits, make easy for commute.

    Cons

    Just another contractor with short task period, undefined scope.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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