MITRE Reviews

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MITRE President and CEO Alfred Grasso
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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  

    MITRE is what you make of it

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    Current Employee - Lead Software Engineer  in  Bedford, MA
    Current Employee - Lead Software Engineer in Bedford, MA

    I have been working at MITRE

    Pros

    You can generally vary your work to maintain interest. Great benefits, time off and work/life balance. Really smart co-workers who are generally willing to help you learn.

    Cons

    The company is extremely risk adverse, to a fault. There is a quite a bit of bureaucracy. Older culture and workforce that can be tough at times for younger employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on actual performance. Don't take work just because it is what we've been doing for years. Take some risk. Doing the safe thing all of the time will make MITRE irrelevant.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great company to work for as long as you dont care about promotions

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in McLean, VA

    I worked at MITRE

    Pros

    Compensation is great and they are very flexible. They did a great job with promoting education to all of their employees and the management chain is very friendly.

    Cons

    Promotion procedure and salary review procedure need a major over haul! You can not move up in the company without taking the management route

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change your promotion procedures. Too much emphasis is placed on document writers and the technical people get left behind

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work; so long as you are not interested in promotions.

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

    I have been working at MITRE

    Pros

    Interesting work.
    Good benefits
    Great work-life balance.

    Cons

    Weak professional development guidance.
    Not much upward mobility.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide better career track guidanc

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 12 people found this helpful  

    MITRE a place to die.

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in McLean, VA

    I have been working at MITRE

    Pros

    If your not looking for advancement in your career and like giving Powerpoint presentations rather than building real systems this is the place for you. If you have retired from a real career and want a place to relax and offer suggestions to the government for how they should perform their job duties then this is the place for you. If you don't want to work hard and don't care about enhancing your career then you have come to the right place.

    Cons

    If your young and want to enhance your career this is not the place to work. MITRE is for the elderly who are just looking to coast through life.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward your technical people or they will leave.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 7 people found this helpful  

    Dual tech/management ladder now ends at Principal Engineer

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

    I have been working at MITRE

    Pros

    Very good benefits. If you are a graybeard, MITRE has an unusually large percentage of people who are subject matter experts with 25+ years of experience, so no age discrimination. They also have a lot of the more common less experienced younger people.

    MITRE is always very highly rated by Fortune magazine and other ranking sources, including this web site.

    Cons

    MITRE is a "Principal Engineer" company -- meaning that all the real work is done by people from entry level up to Principal Engineer. Once you reach Sr. Principal Engineer, you are expected to do a lot of management stuff, which is OK if you are into that sort of work.

    MITRE is the world's most process-oriented company -- meaning that they do a huge amount of work developing processes of all kinds for the government. I suppose someone has to do it, but don't confuse that with real technical work.

    If you want to go somewhere and be invisible and stay until you retire or die, that's easy at MITRE.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    MITRE's technical stature is not very high in the eyes of some other organizations -- DoD contractors especially. I found that out when I was looking at job opportunities to see what my market worth was. More than one candidate employer said that had hired a MITRE employee in the past ,and were disappointed because the employee was process-oriented and could not do actual technical work. So MITRE can be a very disadvantageous place to be from.

    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 5 people found this helpful  

    It's a great place, but carreer advancement sucks

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    Current Employee - Senior Human Factors Engineer  in  McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Human Factors Engineer in McLean, VA

    I have been working at MITRE

    Pros

    great atmosphere, where people are really proud of the work, and take it very seriously. Lots of opportunities to get involved in diverse work programs, involving lots of domains.
    You are constantly sourrounded by very smart people.

    Cons

    As mentioned in other posts, the promotion process is kind of a joke. They claim there is a technical track and a management track, but in reality the only way to advance is through the management track. Also, they sometimes fall too much in love with themselves, thinking that MITRE work is the only quality product out there

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Offer a more clear way for smart engineers to advance, and find ways to provide them with credit for the work they do.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good work, mgmt needs work at times.

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

    I have been working at MITRE

    Pros

    The diverse work program allows one to pick and choose interesting problems to work on. This is a very nice way to experience many types of problems.

    Cons

    The work can be a bit slow at times, and MITRE corporate culture at the main sign doesn't always appreciated offsite demands.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to be more credible when they are say they understand the various parts of staff's work. At times, it's almost like management acts liked tenured faculty that can't be bothered to work out issues.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Dont know what this field is.

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    Current Employee - Info Systems Engineer  in  Suffolk, VA
    Current Employee - Info Systems Engineer in Suffolk, VA

    I have been working at MITRE

    Pros

    It's a great place to work. Interesting work. Very different than other places. It takes a certain type of person to fit in.

    Cons

    It takes a certain type of person to fit in. If your a go getter, then this company may be good for you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get your head out of the clouds. Focus on really making a difference and not writing reports only yeah yeah.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Lots of room for interesting work, but nearly impossible to advance.

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    Former Employee - Info Systems Engineer  in  McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Info Systems Engineer in McLean, VA

    I worked at MITRE

    Pros

    Lots of room for interesting work and good people.

    Cons

    It's nearly impossible to advance with the current management structure. It's best to leave and come back if you want a better positin.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider a better review process.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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