MITRE Reviews

Updated September 10, 2014
Updated September 10, 2014
433 Reviews
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433 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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.  

    Fantastic company that actually cares about improving the US federal government

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Strong sense of purpose permeates the culture. Employees have open and frank conversations about helping the US gov't with its challenges.

    Cons

    If you're outside of the Bedford Mass or McLean area, you won't benefit as greatly from the perks.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Smart company trying to do the right thing

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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 for more than 10 years

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    A very good engineering consulting company that works in a large variety of government areas.

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    Former Employee - Systems Engineer  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    This is a friendly, intelligent company that seems to be very good at employing talented people and giving them interesting things to do. It seems there is a reasonable level of autonomy and a good attitude about respecting employees as people and professionals.

    Cons

    It's a bit old school (could be a pro for some I suppose ) and it sometimes feels limiting to be in a company that exclusively deals with government contracts. Also, as someone working on a government site rather than at a MITRE office, I sometimes felt out of touch.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide a bit more involvement to help offsite workers feel integrated in the company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Excellent career opportunities using state-of-the-art technologies to help our nation.

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    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer  in  Bedford, MA
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Bedford, MA

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

    Pros

    Excellent benefits (up to 5 weeks of paid time off per year, top-notch retirement program), great work/life balance, access to state-of-the-art technologies. Very low attrition and layoffs are a very rare occurrence.

    Cons

    Although most of the company has an excellent technical environment, it's not the same everywhere. Your experience within the company can vary significantly depending on the division you join.

    Work at this not-for-profit company is funded exclusively by the US Government. As a result, there are restrictions on how the funds are spent. If you are looking for free lunch every day and beer on Fridays, this is not the place for you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to offer good benefits and technical work: it's what keeps most of us here. Continue to engage with employees and seek feedback according to their experience.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    2013 Intern--Overall pretty darn good.

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    Former Employee - Technical Intern  in  Bedford, MA
    Former Employee - Technical Intern in Bedford, MA

    I worked at MITRE as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Compensation was very good.

    Turnover is very low. Some people on my team had worked their 20+ years! There was a variety of experience, which was very helpful.

    Dress is usually casual. Jeans are encouraged on most teams unless a customer is visiting. One lady helping us at orientation had a nose ring.

    You may have the opportunity to work on some great projects. The US government is groundbreaking.

    If you're a software developer, the likelihood of you maintaining code is low. MITRE produces prototypes for the government, not final products. If a product is going to be used, it is then handed off to another company for production.

    Warm, welcoming people. My team genuinely wanted me to succeed and would spend the time to help me. They heavily encouraged communication and I felt that I was close with most people. My first few weeks, I had so many people stop by my desk to welcome me that it made my head spin!

    Skywalks! On my campus, anyway, you could get to all main buildings from the skywalk system. I imagine that's great in the winter.

    Corporate food is affordable and not terrible. The employees who worked in the cafeteria are very sweet and a lot of fun, too.

    As an intern, the length of your stay is really up to you. You can go from ten weeks to a summer and semester if you want! They reimbursed me for travel to and from work with regards to relocation, making sure I got everything I was elligible for.

    I spent a lot of time with coworkers outside of work. Including my mentor, people in other departments, and fellow interns. MITRE did a good job introducing me to some interns, but I'd have liked a bigger get together earlier on to meet everybody.

    Hours are flexible. I had a team where I had to be in for one 15 minute meeting a day and could work the other hours as I pleased. Even then, if I wanted to take a short vacation, I only had to make sure that I worked the full 80 hours for a two week period dispersed and I pleased. This is likely dependent on your team.

    HR works hard to make sure your desk is ergonomic. I sat for 40 hours a week and didn't have back or eye problems.

    Cons

    Lack of feedback at end of internship. As things came up, I was informed about my performance, but I was not really informed if I would receive an offer if something opened up. This seems to be the case with most people. This is because of several factors:
      people leaving - if you do well at your internship, it's not a guarantee you'll receive an offer. People may not leave your team and your set of skills may not be needed.
      funding - the government dictates MITREs existence. if funding is cut, they're definitely not taking on new people.

    MITRE as a whole seems to be a very conservative company. Since their only customer is the US government, MITRE has a very pro-military mindset. This is a great fit for some people, but may make others uncomfortable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be up front with interns about what needs to happen in order for them to be offered a position. Have this conversation as soon as possible.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Career

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in McLean, VA

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Purpose, Integrity, and Continuous Learning

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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 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 ManagementAdvice

    Keep talking and listening to the staff!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great place to work!!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great work/life balance. Immediate respect in any setting thanks to MITRE's reputation. MITRE gets called on to come solve hard problems. When the problems are fixed, we move on, so opportunities for new work abound... hard to ever imagine someone getting bored or stuck on a bad program for a long time. Retirement and benefits package is excellent; pay is reasonable for the workload. Great facilities and great people - I couldn't be happier (and I've been here nearly 10 years so far).

    Cons

    Promotion rates and pay raises, overall, are pretty slow. Lots depends on your department when it comes to promotions...some are just flat.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The P&D process (annual goal planning/measurement) is just silly. Stop putting so much emphasis on "crafting" detailed goals for everyone. Maybe some employees respond to that, but some of us just want to put, "work hard, do a good job" and press on.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Love the people, love the work!

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    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 for more than 3 years

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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!

    Recommends
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    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Place to Work

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    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff  in  Bedford, MA
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Bedford, MA

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

    Pros

    Great place to work. Important mission, challenging technical work, good benefits and career development, possible to maintain work-life-balance. Great communication from senior executives (Directors and Above). Good communications on promotions, values, and business environment.

    Cons

    Staff must be proactive in career development discussions with management, partly because middle management can be mixed quality. Like anywhere, work-life-balance is a trade-off, and you may be a bit sidelined (and unhappy) if you become invisible. Benefits were reduced to remain competitive with the marketplace, but are still among the best. Challenging customer funding environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Maintain career development opportunities. Ensure middle management is in lock-step with senior management. Maintain an open and communicative dialog on strategic direction and external environment challenges.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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