MITRE Reviews

Updated July 22, 2015
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  1. Helpful (3)

    Great place to work, great benefits, no upward mobility.

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

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

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

    Pros

    Work-life Balance and Retirement Plan are industry leading. Provide full Education Assistance.

    Cons

    No room for growth unless you are technical staff.

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to promote good employees and do not promote those without leadership competencies into leadership roles.


  2. Helpful (2)

    Great spot for senior technologists

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

    I have been working at MITRE full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Work life balance, access to some very interesting and innovative work.

    Cons

    Limited entrepreneurial opportunity other than internal research which has little financial reward

    Advice to Management

    Direct project management versus matrix mgmt


  3. Helpful (2)

    Smart company trying to do the right thing

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    1. Smart people with diverse skills to share, interact with and contribute to good causes. 2. Ample opportunities to excel and grow professionally. 3. Choices provided for work-life balance decisions.

    Cons

    a. People sometimes become too smart for their own good...and others'. b. Need to stay away from some type-A, ladder climbers. c. Networking can become more important than performance.

    Advice to Management

    Hire the right kind of people, keep them happy, and help them work smartly.


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  5. Helpful (6)

    great place to work if you don't expect too much

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

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

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

    Pros

    flexibility in work schedule and location. people pretty much respect your schedule and are supportive of work life balance

    Cons

    there are quite a few people who abuse the flexibility. there is no additional reward for those who work hard. there are disincentives to work hard.

    Advice to Management

    reward faster for people who push.


  6. Helpful (9)

    Good place to start or end a technical career

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

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Wide range of highly diverse and open-ended technical work. You can learn a lot in a short time and get a lot of control over your own parts of projects. Good work-life balance and very hands-off management, allowing staff to control their own schedules and telework as needed. Excellent day-to-day work atmosphere with very accomplished and friendly colleagues. Great 401k and vacation benefits even after recent cutbacks, nice campus-like offices at main sites, and little bureaucracy or onerous rules compared to other defense companies.

    Cons

    Technical people have zero career path and disproportionately low salaries. Promotions go to consultants and bureaucrats with government connections, with even high impact technical or research work not rewarded. Lots of older staff entrenched in the higher positions, and openings are usually filled by new hires instead of promotions. Not much research going on except in one or two departments, and the internal research program is increasingly useless and all about business development. Unlike other FFRDCs, they place little value on having a PhD or your own research agenda, so PhDs get a raw deal and are often under-hired. Many projects are initially fascinating but ultimately fall through, and the main thrust of the company's work today ("systems engineering") just amounts to IT and management consulting.

    Advice to Management

    Get back into the science and move away from consulting. If MITRE wants to become just another government consultancy, there is no point in being an FFRDC. Don't bring in highly qualified researchers and treat them like support staff.


  7. Helpful (14)

    Good old boys club

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    -Training and education -If you're good at looking busy, this is the place for you -Hard to get fired, it's just like working for the government

    Cons

    -Do ALOT more with less money and less resources -Benefits are slowly being cut little by little -There is no clear path for promotions, you just need to be part of the old boys club to get anything. -Review system is a joke, laddering is purely an exercise of "horse trading" -A lot of dead weight -Very Silo-ed organizations -Two main locations = Two different cultures and it is almost like two different companies

    Advice to Management

    Do a little more to attract and retain young talent.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Great Career

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

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

    Pros

    Smart people who care about what they do for their govt sponsors and the American public.

    Cons

    Can be bureaucratic, but it's a large organization. Needs to be more agile.

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on delivering value/impact to govt customers and those they serve, and less on process and organizational structure, roles, etc.


  9. Purpose, Integrity, and Continuous Learning

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

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

    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 Management

    Keep talking and listening to the staff!


  10. Helpful (4)

    Love the people, love the work!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

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

    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 Management

    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!


  11. Great Company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

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

    Pros

    Benefits, Salary, Work Satisfaction, Location

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

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



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