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  1. 4 people found this helpful

    MITRE

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Chief Engineer in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Chief Engineer in McLean, VA

    I have been working at MITRE

    Pros

    Interesting and progressive technology, average compensation, stable organization, slower pace than private sector, moderately resistant to change, fairly weak leadership. MITRE seems to be resting on their laurels from the past.

    Cons

    Highly bureaucratic, slow to change, salaries lower than average.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Snap out of it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 9 people found this helpful

    MITRE losing it way

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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

    as an FFRDC (actually a holding company for multiple FFRDCs), MITRE _should_ appeal to technologists who are willing to sacrifice top-end wages for a job where they can have an impact (bad taste word when it comes to MITRE's FAA sponsor :-)) on government programs.

    opps, that doesn't sound all that "pro".

    Cons

    Under CEO Al Grasso and his push for "business" in non-DoD "customers", in the opinion of many MITRE employees, MITRE has lost it way. Now it is unlikely that a manager would walk away from "non-MITRE work". Has MITRE become just another Beltway Bandit? Sadly, the answer seems to be yes, unless Grasso chooses founding principles over his "lunch bunch"'s desire to follow in the footsteps of former CEO Barry "The Barry" Horowitz (sp?).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get back to basics of FFRDCs as "honest brokers". be willing to walk away from projects that industry can do as well as MITRE.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful

    Working at MITRE is mostly pretty good

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

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

    Pros

    As a technical center employee, there is a lot of variety of important and interesting work.
    MITRE work is for the public interest, which is good, because it is shared with industry and government
    A lot of very intelligent and good people to work with
    Decent benefits, although they have decreased over the years

    Cons

    Upward mobility is difficult. It is not enough to be very good at your job and perform well. It is quite difficult to get promoted. Many people leave MITRE and then come back in order to get a promotion.
    Pay is not that great. And raises are not that great. In spite of excellent reviews and being a consistent performer for 14 years, I haven't had a raise in six years and never been promoted.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to change fix the promotion and pay raise processes. Even though they are currently trying to make changes, the new processes don't fix any of the problems. Pay is not based on performance or years of experience.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful

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

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  6. 2 people found this helpful

    Current

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lead Software Engineer in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Lead Software Engineer in McLean, VA

    I have been working at MITRE

    Pros

    Work life balance, health and other benefits

    Cons

    Insular environment, pay, opportunities for advancement

  7. Consultant

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Advisor in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Advisor in McLean, VA

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

    Pros

    The employee benefits were great, and it was interesting and engaging work. Overall, it was a good place to work. I got more involved with the specific customer I advised versus corporate MITRE.

    Cons

    There was the expectation to stay connected to the corporation, but geography often present a problem. Also, advancement within the company was limited because it was top heavy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide more opportunities to advance within the company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8. 11 people found this helpful

    Don't be misled. Very profit oriented.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Principal in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Principal in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    If you have friends at MITRE in management who protect you, it can be a pretty easy job. They will line up the easy choice projects for you and make others do the hard work. If you have friends in the government and want to work for them, MITRE will generally make that happen. Make friends with one of the officers, get on one of their special initiative teams, and life is pretty easy and you can pick and choose the fun things you want to do.

    Cons

    Benefits may have been great in the old days and for the older employees but year by year the company keeps making cuts. Vacation time has been cut. There is no training budget in my department or others than I know of. If you are buddies with one of the managers, they can get you time off at a conference but no serious commitment by the company to professional development. Officers are two-faced. They will make a few speeches a year about commitment to the public interest but the ones I see don't know anything about R&D and in every other meeting it is al all about revenue, revenue and more revenue. Officers talk about "work life balance" but the work life balance here seems even worse than at commercial contractors. At least in consulting, where we were honest about being revenue driven, doing well at revenue could get you some "breathing room" in off quarters. Here they want more revenue but when your team delivers can't keep track of that (or reward it) and just keep on working us like dogs to cover the goof-offs working pet projects. After 20-some years in the industry, having seen plenty of business units come and go, I have some pretty serious doubts about if the company can sat afloat and if it won't soon crash. Many of the Officers, Directors and Managers aren't there because they want to be there - they lament to good old days when they were somewhere else (PWC, Booz, etc.). Too bad they didn't stay there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Admit that you are really no different than any other beltway bandit. You have a better chance succeeding at your business plan if you are honest about what it really is about - all about revenue. Stop pretending you are an R&D company when you only do R&D by accident. For the most part you are really just another government contractor. Get your back-end stuff (people and systems) fixed - they cost too much, have too many people wasting indirect budget and don't do very much to keep the company afloat. You have a little bit of dead-weight at the middle management level (Dept. Heads, Division Directors, Portfolio Directors) but most are smart, trying hard and would do better if you helped them or at least you get the company out of their way. The Officers for the most part seem useless - don't know how to be executives (micro manage), aren't trust-worthy (or downright two-faced liars) and do far more harm than good. Officers should stop making fun of the talent - you shouldn't be surprised when top experts in the field go back to government or leave for other employers when you make jokes at their expense. Do a clean sweep of the Officers (at least at Center for Connected Government). They may have had some use in some past life of the company but are little to no good at running the business MITRE is in now.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. Amazing project. Independence to work how you want. They want to develop you for wherever you end up upon graduation.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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

    Dependent on your Department

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MITRE

    Pros

    Excellent products, learn a lot

    Cons

    Occasional tough deadlines, out of Boston

  11. 2 people found this helpful

    30 years - a good to great place to work

    • 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 10 years)

    Pros

    The opportunities that are available to all the tech staff are great. If you are flexible and want to travel/relocate/work MITRE will have a place for you. You can get experiences influencing large government operations that would not be afforded someone working for a"for profit" corporation.

    Cons

    Sometimes the growth pace isn't speedy and like all organizations sometimes the bosses are too risk adverse.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit trying to tweak the organization, fire the outside consultants, remember your roots and make decisions in 1/8th the time you use now.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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