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Updated March 2, 2015
Updated March 2, 2015
472 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • people pretty much respect your schedule and are supportive of work life balance (in 130 reviews)

  • Good Benefits; however, not as good as they were 25 years ago (in 33 reviews)


Cons
  • Hard to grow salary and climb the ladder, but the work-life balance is great (in 16 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    Professional

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MITRE

    Pros

    Best company to work for

    Cons

    good benefits good people with strong background.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Summer Intern

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    Former Intern - Intern - Hourly in Fort Dix, NJ
    Former Intern - Intern - Hourly in Fort Dix, NJ

    I worked at MITRE as an intern (more than a year)

    Pros

    great experience, fun work at Fort Dix, overtime available, good pay for college internship

    Cons

    No cons at this time

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    more overtime availability for willing interns.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great company, great work

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    Current Employee - Senior Info Systems Eng in Bedford, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Info Systems Eng in Bedford, MA

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

    Pros

    Lots of autonomy, interesting work, working in the national interest. Working with smart, passionate people. Good work life balance. Within the Centers there is the ability to move around.

    Cons

    Asked to do cutting edge work for industry standard salary and benefits. Doesn't seem like there's much project growth in Bedford, MA. Emphasis seems to be on DC area.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get out of your offices more and meet the people who make MITRE the great place that it is.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Excellent workplace, once you find your place

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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 (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Opportunities to do important work. Great access to the data you need to really understand the problem. Smart co-workers. Don't come here if you want to get rich. Don't come here for training. Come here if you already know your stuff, and want to make a difference. The good jobs are high stress, but management bends over backwards to help with work-life balance.

    Cons

    Some of the managers are egotistical turf-guarders with tunnel vision. They tend to be the ones that have job openings. You may have to transfer internally a couple of times in your first two years to get yourself into a good spot.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find some way to get people to talk more across organizational boundaries. You're leaving a lot of capability idle, because people stay in their stovepipes and don't know what anyone else is doing.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Feedback

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    Former Employee - HRG in Bedford, MA
    Former Employee - HRG in Bedford, MA

    I worked at MITRE

    Pros

    Great company and corporate mission.

    Cons

    Non profit and no stock options

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great corporate culture

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 5 people found this helpful  

    Great company, but can have limited growth potential

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    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)

    Pros

    Challenging, interesting, employees seem to matter, great benefits

    Cons

    Limited upward mobility on management track. Getting stuck in the wrong place can hold you back, but there are many opportunities to move around within the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bottom-up annual review. There is no way to let upper management know that lower management isn't very good. Fix this and it will be a great company to work for.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    MITRE, great mission, quality workforce, but at the whim of the federal government and Congress.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at MITRE full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    MITRE has some of the most passionate, mission-focused employees I have ever worked with in my career. The benefits for retirement are exceptional. Senior management is very thoughtful and caring about the workforce. The combined talent of the workforce is impressive.

    Cons

    Benefits are great, but skewed in value towards those further along in their careers. Pay is fair when considering base pay includes what most private sector companies pay separately as bonus and is not at risk as long as you are performing and contributing as expected. Pay banding at MITRE can be limiting to promotions and percieved advancement for those who are junior in their careers. Unfortunately, MITRE is a federally funded research and development center and is at the whim of its constituent's sponsors and Congress' budget battles.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider altering the benefits to be more flexible for a multi-generational workforce and rethink pay banding and grade level structure to provide more promotional opportunities to retain top up-and-coming talent before they are lured away by the private-sector. Stop chasing "Best Places To Work" external recognition and "swoosh - just do it!"

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Amazing project. Independence to work how you want. They want to develop you for wherever you end up upon graduation.

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    Current Intern - Intern in Bedford, MA
    Current Intern - Intern in Bedford, MA

    I have been working at MITRE as an intern (more than a year)

    Pros

    -Freedom
    -They give you real, important work
    -Smart Co-Workers
    -Good food
    -Intern activities

    Cons

    -Not having a security clearance will hurt your effectiveness

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Doing a great job.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work for innovative creative individuals.

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    Current Employee - Senior Bus/Econ Analyst in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Bus/Econ Analyst in McLean, VA

    I have been working at MITRE full-time

    Pros

    benefits are greater than the average benefits provided in the area. MITRE emphasises strongly personal development and provides all kind of support for employees to grow in areas of their interest.

    Cons

    some may find the MITRE Way a bit overwhelming.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    promotions do not come very easy, yet it's not that difficult either. As long as an employee brings value to MITRE other than doing great work, they are easily noticed and rewarded. Training is on-going and a must by the management. They like to see everyone gets trained in some area of their interest.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    One of the best places to work in the area.

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    Current Employee - Principal Information Systems Engineer in Tyson's Corner, Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - Principal Information Systems Engineer in Tyson's Corner, Fairfax, VA

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

    Pros

    Challenging work, impact on the country, extremely flexible hours, great benefits

    Cons

    Work is often project based, so you might need to "find your own work" when the project ends, or juggle several projects. Pay isn't quite as good as peer companies, though the stability and job satisfaction outweigh that.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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