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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. 5 people found this helpful  

    OK if you want Life/Work balance

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    Current Employee - Lead Infosec Engineer  in  McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Lead Infosec Engineer in McLean, VA

    I have been working at MITRE

    Pros

    Smart colleagues, Opportunities for education, Flex hours, work/life balance. Excellent 401K.

    Cons

    Promotion are slow to get. Salary raises meager. Frustrating client (government). Excepting 401K and education, benefits are not that great.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Devise a career path for techies or you will lose them.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    MITRE is a great place to work.

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    Current Employee - Lead Systems Engineer  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Lead Systems Engineer in Washington, DC

    I have been working at MITRE

    Pros

    Work Life Balance
    401K match
    Top notch employees
    Skilled employees in position

    Cons

    Promotions are rare. Raises are small compare to public companies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you recruit and employee top talent reward them as such.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Still learning MITRE, but good experience so far

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

    I have been working at MITRE

    Pros

    --Great work-life balance (they really mean stick to 40 hrs or close to it)
    --Great benefits--25 days combined PTO that you can roll over and cash out within certain constraints; health etc; great retirement matching
    --Collegial/collaborative culture
    --Strong commitment to professional development (I'm learning how that works)
    --Strong commitment to the public mission--they really want to help government work better

    Cons

    --Like any place, there can be a mix of calibre of professional (and some surprising promotions, as a result)
    --Not exactly a con but a complexity: MITRE in fact is a corporation that hosts multiple FFRDCs (federally-funded research and development centers), and the different centers appear to have different personalities. At least in the center I'm in, there's a "matrix" thing going on with folks in mission groups who are dedicated to understanding a client and client mission very well, and other folks in practice groups who bring specialized practitioner expertise to client engagements. My center is still working on how the mission and practice groups work together.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be sure to recognize those who truly distinguish themselves through their performance. Keep building the calibre of new hires.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 14 people found this helpful  

    Disappointing

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    Former Employee - Lead Communications Engineer  in  McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Lead Communications Engineer in McLean, VA

    I worked at MITRE

    Pros

    Opportunity to support the Gov. in an unbiased fashion.
    Benefits.
    Ability to easily transfer between internal organizations.
    Wide breadth and depth of corporate knowledge that is relatively easy to access.

    Cons

    The mean salaries for the professional ranks (AC ranks) are at best average.
    The spread of annual salary increases is extremely narrow, i.e. little difference between a bottom performer and a top performer of the same professional rank. There is little monetary incentive to do an outstanding job.
    Promotions are largely based on 'who you know' as opposed to competence.
    The management style is very 'old boys club' and rather stodgy.
    There can be the appearance of conflict of interest in the relationships between upper management and retired Gov. officials as well as between Gov. sponsors and relatives (e.g. spouses) who work at MITRE.
    The technical supervisory ranks (AC-5 and above) are not given the time nor charge codes to properly manage their staff. They must charge full time to a contract while simultaneously managing staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    First, clean out the dead wood from the AC ranks. How can MITRE consider itself a good custodian of the Government's money when it keeps non and very poor performers on the payroll for years and years?
    Second, be ruthlessly scrupulous about cleaning up all apparent conflicts of interest due to the hiring of retired Gov. officials who can bring programs into MITRE and the employment of spouses of current Gov. sponsors in the organizations which support that sponsor.
    Third, give your AC-5s and AC-6s in management positions the proper non-direct charge codes, with sufficient funding, to allow them to properly manage their staff. They should not have to take the time out of their hide.

    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 15 people found this helpful  

    I have been disappointed with my experience with MITRE due to the lack of career growth and low salary increases.

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    Current Employee - Lead Financial Analyst  in  McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Lead Financial Analyst in McLean, VA

    I have been working at MITRE

    Pros

    MITRE is a good place to work if one needs a work-life balance, is at an advanced stage of his/her career (near retirement) or wants job security.

    Cons

    MITRE is not a good fit for career-focused employees. Promotion rates are slower at MITRE than at for-profit companies. Pay for performance is nonexistent: salary increases are very small (1.5% salary increase is budgeted for 2012).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The results of the last employee survey are pretty revealing in terms of employee dissatisfaction with the lack of career opportunities and are consistent across the company. The company ranking in the "100 best companies to work for" list continues to drop year after year. MITRE barely made the list this year (96 over 100). This is a clear sign that MITRE should wake up from its past glory days to review its pay for performance system, organizational structure and career paths across the board to retain its employees. The work life balance trade-off does not compensate for the nonexistent salary increases and lack of monetary recognition for high performance. The lack of monetary incentives for high performance recognition and opportunities for advancement will make it harder to retain top performer employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good place to work for people who seek stable & idle life

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

    I have been working at MITRE

    Pros

    * work/LIFE balance
    * Good benefits (health/retirement/PTO, etc)
    * competitve starting salary

    Cons

    * many seemingly interesting projects actually turn out to be a powerpoint engineering job; workload doesn't exist at MITRE since the money is from government. That's why you can have work/life balance and good pay+benefits.
    * at caasd only two kinds of skills are needed: air traffic management (ATM) related and JAVA, while at c3i, cyberspace security is the core topic. (still, it requires computer skills) As for analytical skills, as long as you have the degree and graduate from a prestigious school, that's sufficient.
    * MITRE is more like an IT company than a real engineering & research company.
    * direction is not clear even at higher managements. It takes time (weeks or months) for them to make collective agreement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    make soft-shell easier. Let the employee have the freedom to participate what projects they really are interested in.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Disappointing

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

    I have been working at MITRE

    Pros

    Peope are friendly and the parking garage is handy

    Cons

    No bonuses
    low salaries
    gym charges $20/month for EMPLOYEES.
    food in cafeteria is expensive
    No training budget,,,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    let people go get some training for their positions to better themselves.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    Amazing work/life balance, fantastic benefits, instant credibility

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    Current Employee - Econs/Business Analyst, Lead AC4  in  Colorado Springs, CO
    Current Employee - Econs/Business Analyst, Lead AC4 in Colorado Springs, CO

    I have been working at MITRE

    Pros

    - "guit by association" - The government often immediately thinks I'm an expert without me having to prove anything, simply because I work for the company with all the 20# brains.
    - Work-life balance isn't just lip-service, it's real. Sure we all have to 'surge' from time to time, but if you're regularly working 50-60 hour weeks, something is wrong.
    - Benefits are top-shelf. Retirement and health plans are gold plated.

    Cons

    - Promotion/career path is not well defined; varies by department/division. Some people get hired and get promoted quickly simply becuase they're in the right department or on the right project.
    - P&D (performance & development) process is burdensome and doesn't really seem to matter in the end.
    - Tip: get hired at a high level (AC4 or AC5) that will be satisfactory for a long time...because promotions are inconsistent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promotion process needs greater transparency; I'm happy where I'm at...but I do marvel at some of the promotion rates I see in other departments/divisions. Some are dismal (30+ year AC4s, 5-year AC5s, etc). No consistency.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    MITRE is a great place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Systems Engineer  in  McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Systems Engineer in McLean, VA

    I have been working at MITRE

    Pros

    Commitment to training and education
    Many different opportunities
    Work life balance is the best
    Comprehensive benefits

    Cons

    Promotion is very difficult even if you have done a great job and there is little feedback as to why someone got promoted over someone else, and the fact you have to wait a year in between promotion cycles is very long.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Proactively find your best employees and mentor then so that they do not find incentives to leave.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    It is a pleasure to wake up in the morning and go to work.

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    Current Employee - Principal Information Systems Engineer  in  New Carrollton, MD
    Current Employee - Principal Information Systems Engineer in New Carrollton, MD

    I have been working at MITRE

    Pros

    MITRE has flexible work schedule that allows a good work-life balance. However, there are times when client and project requirements demand more than the normal 40 hours. There is a culture of high quality in all the work we produce for the client.

    Cons

    The client is the Federal government and often I see exciting projects outside of the Federal space that I would like to be involved in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    In some parts of employee evaluation, process is more important than outcome. Management needs to evaluate whether the process is stifling effective relationship with employees.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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