MITRE Reviews

Updated July 22, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Senior Systems Engineer

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Saint Louis, MO

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

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

    Pros

    Leadership is very open to hear to ideas and concepts. Leadership is transparent and has a very good communication process. The company values open communication and education advancement. Lots of opportunity to expand job skills and diverse task opportunities.

    Cons

    Not a Con: MITRE is an FFRDC. The employees are able to be "honest" brokers to their customers without the concern of loseing profits.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to value the employee. Keep up the great communication at the sites and by corporate leadership.


  2. Up to you to take initiative to take advantage of countless opportunities

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

    I worked at MITRE full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    incredibly wide scope of work varying from research and prototyping to fielded work (though rarer). depending on project/department, you are often able to work on multiple projects at once if desired.

    Cons

    the necessary amount of red tape that you must traverse around with government funded work. projects sometimes come under budgeting issues but my employment never felt at risk - there's always more work and other projects available. this doesn't mean that you can't keep focusing on a specific technology/skill though because there are almost plenty of projects that need your technical skill and can actually be a great boon too if you want to be a well-rounded, well-traveled engineer.

    Advice to Management

    have to consider new ways to compete with all the hot startups and big name companies or talent will bleed out quickly.


  3. Helpful (4)

    Work/Life Balance is not as advertised

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

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

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, many smart people.

    Cons

    Matrix management and weak project leads lead to confusion

    Advice to Management

    Train project leaders to be more effective.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    good company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Security Specialist in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Security Specialist in McLean, VA

    I have been working at MITRE full-time

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of educated, intelligent people to work with.

    Cons

    Security perpersonnel are overworked and undervalued.


  6. mitre non profit

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

    I have been working at MITRE full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    non profit serving interest of nation

    Cons

    limited career mobility and options


  7. Fantastic organization and supportive of employees

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

    I worked at MITRE full-time

    Pros

    Creative support, good interesting work, flexible work hours

    Cons

    Started to undergo some changes that affected the organization


  8. Helpful (11)

    It's okay, but there are better places to work.

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

    I have been working at MITRE full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    -Decent benefits, but slowly eroding. -Good work/life balance; usually flex-time is allowed. -Intelligent and mostly friendly environment to work in.

    Cons

    -PhD and engineering elitism run rampant; if you have a bachelors or masters in something other than a hard science be expected to prove yourself every step of the way. -Although you'll be told otherwise, much of the "MITRE work" is no different than the work for-profit contractors do. -Due to a heavy management structure, expect not to be promoted for a number of years regardless of how well you perform within your organization. -Sadly, many managers couldn't manage themselves out of a wet paper bag and have a habit of openly pointing blame for project/customer miscalculations towards their own team members.

    Advice to Management

    Settle upon standard policies. Give your lower-level employees a voice, this is where the real work is being accomplished!


  9. Helpful (3)

    MITRE Great Place - adequate salary

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - Benefits - Work environment - People MITRE is an FFRDC and as such it has the feel of other research and academic institutions. Salary is fair, benefits are awesome specially retirement compensations ( a lot of old folks here), and generally people are really nice.

    Cons

    Upper Management is atrocious that is what you get when you have engineers managing people.

    Advice to Management

    - Listen to your co-workers - Talk more with lower level engineers - Stop cutting benefits - Salary raises have to improve


  10. Helpful (5)

    Unlike Any Other

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    work-life balance is great for those who are allowed to use it. The benefits and corporate culture are great.

    Cons

    Management leaves much to be desired. The officers create policy and then change their mind when someone complains. Employees have little faith in leadership. People stay a long time. Not a lot of room to move around/up.

    Advice to Management

    Stick to the policies created or don't put them in place at all. It's not worth riling everyone up and jeopardizing your credibility.

    MITRE Response

    May 1, 2015 – Comms Representative

    We appreciate your feedback and understand your perspective. Leadership is often in a position to have to adapt to rapidly changing landscapes and shifting priorities. Policy changes are definitely ... More


  11. Helpful (15)

    Great company that doesn't know what it is right now.

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Very intelligent co-workers (when they stay), generally hard and interesting problems (if you're not handed grunt work and told to suck it up), good research program (if you can and keep funding), solid work life balance (usually). Great work programs available, if you can find them.

    Cons

    "The MITRE Way" has started to ruin a great company by making it like other companies. Many of the differentiating factors have diminished over the years: less emphasis on the "public interest", more emphasis on being a "business" and being "competitive", lower (but still good) retirement matching and vacation, more readiness to do "grunt work" instead of challenging research, greater emphasis on making "the customer" happy. Salaries are low, and nearly everybody I worked with was making below average for the company, let alone for industry. This has been compounded since 2009 by the implementation of Lump Sum Merit payments, otherwise called a bonus in industry. These were instituted originally as a one-time measure, but it seems that senior management got used to being cheap. An increased emphasis on commercialization of outputs and creation of products (though senior management swears up and down that this isn't the case) has led MITRE astray of what was once its core mission.

    Advice to Management

    You claim to hire some of the greatest engineers and scientists in the world and yet treat them like children when implementing policies and changes. They're not idiots and can see right through your facade. MITRE is turning into just another beltway bandit under your watch. I ask if that's what you really want your legacy to be.

    MITRE Response

    May 1, 2015 – Comms Representative

    Thank you for taking the time to comment. We are very proud of the talented employees that we have working at MITRE and it is great to hear that you enjoyed your co-workers and your work. We are ... More



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