MITRE Reviews

Updated March 6, 2015
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  1. 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
  2. 17 people found this helpful

    Cliquish, Clubbish, Clannish

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  3. 2 people found this helpful

    Summer intern experience

    Current Intern - Technical Intern in McLean, VA
    Current Intern - 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
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  5. 1 person found this helpful

    Structured just enough to force a productive summer.

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

    I worked at MITRE as an intern (less than a 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
  6. 1 person found this helpful

    Very Fulfilling Work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  7. 15 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

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

    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
  8. 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

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

    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
  9. 1 person found this helpful

    Good work/life balance and benefits

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

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

    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
  10. Challenging opportunties to make an impact to sponsor mission accomplishment

    • 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 8 years)

    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
  11. 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

    I worked at MITRE full-time (more than 8 years)

    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

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