MITRE Reviews in McLean, VA

Updated September 19, 2014
Updated September 19, 2014
435 Reviews
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Pros
  • people pretty much respect your schedule and are supportive of work life balance (in 122 reviews)

  • Good Benefits; however, not as good as they were 25 years ago (in 29 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-Life balance has deteriorated as well as benefits (in 12 reviews)

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

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  1. 8 people found this helpful  

    Ambiguity is the mantra

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    Current Employee - Principal Engineer  in  McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in McLean, VA

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

    Pros

    light work hours, academic environment

    Cons

    Not nearly as impactful to the government as claimed

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    if your staff cannot prove how they effect the government's bottom line annually, clean house

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Great place to work

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    Former Employee - Lead Information Systems Engineer  in  McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Lead Information Systems Engineer in McLean, VA

    I worked at MITRE full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Interesting technology work
    Great people
    Able to act as trusted advisor to federal government
    Great benefits

    Cons

    Most work is advisory or R&D in nature
    Technical staff often do not have ability to take idea and see it through to live (other firms in industry are hired by government to do that).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Enable employees on beach to help firm develop more relationships (and projects) with civilian government

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

    In the beginning the work reflected FFRDC work making a difference but somewhere the SMT lost sight.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in McLean, VA

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

    Pros

    Matching Retirement plan
    Telecommuting available
    In house training programs

    Cons

    Benefits are going down hill
    outplacement service lacking in job placement
    CAASD SMT has lost sight of the real work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get back to finding the work other companies have been taking away while you wait for the FAA to approach you the work is going else where.

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Excellent organization with extremely knowledgeable employees

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    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

    Good working environment.
    Supportive cast of management and auxiliary role players

    Cons

    None noticed yet.
    The team I worked with had a set of very experienced and professional members. each took full responsibility and accountability for their work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    It's a good company but self management goes a long way here.

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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 for more than 3 years

    Pros

    They have pretty good benefits, and a great work-life balance. You get to work with smart people on interesting projects.

    Cons

    The funding is mostly from the government, which in the current market isn't great. It can be hard to get people to collaborate effectively. You need to be able to manage yourself effectively.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give small teams more financial freedom to make judgement calls based on their own needs.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    An umbrella corporation supporting several excellent Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCs)

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    Current Employee - Systems Engineer  in  McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in McLean, VA

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

    Pros

    Collaborative, supportive environment comprised of many insanely intelligent people. Challenging work.

    Cons

    Mediocre management in some areas. Limited by FFRDC status as to what projects we can take on.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Introverts do not make good managers. Be careful, too, of perceptions. Misogyny is not a good perception to allow.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Results only work environment

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    Current Employee - Lead Information Systems Engineer  in  McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Lead Information Systems Engineer in McLean, VA

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

    Pros

    The focus at MITRE in my experience has been that we are focused on results. Yes, billing time matters, but the culture is very flexible on when and where you do your work. Just get the work done on time. We are very focused on impact to the customer, and look for ways to make sure that our work stays that way. we stay away from work that is not "MITRE work", and do our best to work with our sponsors to understand what that means.
    The infrastructure around the employee at MITRE is solid. I don't have to worry about any of the administrative problems that I've experienced at other companies in terms of getting employment and benefits paperwork in order.
    Very organized workplace.

    Cons

    Sometimes working for the federal government as the client, things can move very slowly, and project requirements are often very "squishy". If you are the type of person who needs things to be clear cut and laid out for you to be effective, this may not be the best environment for you. However, if you are good at making sense of a confusing space, and like to set direction, this is perfect.
    If you're looking for techincal development, make sure you get into the right department at MITRE. Many departments are not heavy duty technical, as we do not do implementation. But there are technical departments where you can exercise that skill. Just make sure you get into the right place if that is what you want to do. and even then, it's more research focused, not day-to-day coding and implementation.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Good place to develop strategic planning and execution capabilities.

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer  in  McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in McLean, VA

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

    Pros

    Flexible and independant work environment.

    Cons

    Limited upward mobility and small raises.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Amazing work and benefits, below average pay

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    Current Employee - Information Security Engineer  in  McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Information Security Engineer in McLean, VA

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

    Pros

    The work that you can do at MITRE is always interesting and they expect it to be. You can easily shift to a different project if you don't like the one you are on. Also there are very flexible schedules and it is not a problem to work from home.

    Cons

    The only downside is that you will not make as much as other places. This is balanced by the flexibility.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Making the pay better would do incredible things to keep people.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    MITRE is a good company to work for.

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    Current Employee - Principal Systems Engineer  in  McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Principal Systems Engineer in McLean, VA

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

    Pros

    Most employees are smart and self-motivated, and the work hours are flexible.

    Cons

    Some days the work is overloaded.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    value the technical work, not just talk.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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