MITRE Reviews

Updated April 17, 2015
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  1. Helpful (3)

    Not the quality employer it used to be.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at MITRE full-time

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

    Pros

    The company does provide pretty stable employment. Except for 2 rounds of layoffs in 2013, the organization is slow to fire or lay off employees.

    Cons

    MITRE used to have a great reputation as an employer, and for a while management was concerned that the company had dropped off those lists; now managers talk about why those lists “don’t matter.” Recent (2012) cutbacks in benefits (less personal time earned per pay period, lower personal time balance carryover allowed from year to year, full vesting in 401K but 1 year working for the company before they match your contribution, 8 holidays a year). Individual managers seem to be given a good deal of autonomy and control – the effect is a lot of fiefdoms where, if you have a good manager, you’ll do well, but poor managers are given very little guidance or feedback. Very little training or guidance offered to managers and no institutionalized feedback loop from team members as to how well the managers are doing. The former head of HR recently left the company, with no explanation from upper management – what’s going on?? MITRE tells employees they pay a premium above average salaries in the area, but they don’t, and raises and promotions are meager and slow, at best. The company prides itself on offering “work-life balance” but balance and initiatives are offered very unevenly throughout the organization. Very confrontational and combative atmosphere. New ideas are not welcomed; people are not treated with respect.

    Advice to Management

    Stop congratulating yourself and address real issues at your organization. Don’t believe your own hype. Provide more transparency. Apply work-life balance initiatives consistently for all employees across the company.

  2. Helpful (1)

    Relaxed atmosphere, large bureaucracy

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    • 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 (more than a year)

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

    Pros

    Low pressure environment, great off-site resources, understanding staff and team members, great work-life balance, wonderful office culture, good benefits, opportunities for continuing education

    Cons

    Gigantic bureaucracy, lots of time required for paperwork, multiple projects at once

    Advice to Management

    Room for growth limited by degree rather than skillset

  3. Helpful (6)

    Great benefits but technical positIons are mostly support rather than actual hard science roles

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Tampa, FL

    I have been working at MITRE

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits are great including both medical plan and 401k

    Cons

    Many of the people I work with think they are highly technical but when compared to actual engineering positions they are really not that technically strong.

    Advice to Management

    The yearly performance review system is the worst that I have ever experienced. Those who play the system get big raises. Those who actually know what they are doing but don't play the system get little or nothing.

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  5. Exceptional Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at MITRE full-time (more than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Exceptional people, challenging projects, rewarding experiences, ability to move laterally within the organization.

    Cons

    Telecommuting opportunities are limited to project specific requirements.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work!!

  6. Helpful (7)

    Mixed bag...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bedford, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bedford, MA

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

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

    Pros

    Many smart, well-educated employees with an interest in applying their skills to solve difficult and complex problems. The opportunity to work with them with minimal bureaucracy is often the most satisfying parts of the job. Also, numerous opportunities to build or strengthen skills, technical and business, if this is of interest to employees.

    Cons

    Salaries, as mentioned in many other reviews, are often times lower than industry. How pay and raises are determined across groups and the wider organization is somewhat unclear, although there are efforts underway to apparently address some of these concerns. Likely some tweaks will be made. Will be interesting to see how effective these changes can be.

    Advice to Management

    More attention on personnel management and developing a culture that fosters true innovation and supports employees who are interested in focusing on their work, first and foremost, would benefit almost everyone. Some projects take an awfully long time to get rolling and this slumbering start should really be unacceptable with bells and whistles going off for upper management, if need be, to intervene and provide the necessary support, resources, directions, leadership, etc. required for success. Lots of resources wasted unnecessarily and morale dampened due to managerial neglect.

  7. Helpful (10)

    Grasping at Straws

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Mandate is good and if you find that work it's fun
    Colleagues are smart and interesting
    Local management is good

    Cons

    Trying to change culture but since top management doesn't change it won't work
    Senior management just doesn't "get it"
    Move to international arena shows mandate and work being done now is not enough to sustain the company

    Advice to Management

    Stop listening exclusively to surveys and get out to real people to find out what's going on
    Leave lower management alone, they're not the problem (mostly)

  8. Professional

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MITRE

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Best company to work for

    Cons

    good benefits good people with strong background.

  9. Helpful (1)

    Good place to begin a career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at MITRE

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

    Pros

    Interesting work with a variety of government agencies. Good benefits and work/life balance. Intelligent workforce.

    Cons

    Lots of bureaucracy. Difficult to move up, promotions take a long time, and pay increases are slow.

    Advice to Management

    Let top performers be paid as if they are.

  10. Helpful (7)

    Place for Retirees to Bank.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Easy work, tons of remote telework, all government contracts so the work isn't hard. Decent infrastructure.

    Cons

    Average age of company is around 50...and I am not kidding. Unless you are 50+ and have a PhD not many people will listen. Just suck it up, take the good pay and telework a lot. No bonuses, confusing business model. If you don't like a project you simply leave it for another....at any time. Not sure how clients feel about that though.

  11. Helpful (2)

    I have been a MITRE employee for nearly two years.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    -Great Work/Life Balance
    -Starting pay is great for new grads
    -I can really feel the impact of my work.

    Cons

    -Sometimes the work is very tedious
    -Most of the work depends on available projects, sometimes the work i do is not what i ideally want, this can get old very quick.

    Advice to Management

    Since i am a relatively new hire and fresh out of college, this piece of advice does not directly apply to me but I've learned from my older coworkers. If you want to keep employees, please compensate accordingly. I've already seen some of my coworkers do exceptional work and by the end of the year they get nothing to show for it. For me, this is not a problem, yet.

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