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Updated January 22, 2015
Updated January 22, 2015
463 Reviews
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Pros
  • people pretty much respect your schedule and are supportive of work life balance (in 130 reviews)

  • Good Benefits; however, not as good as they were 25 years ago (in 33 reviews)


Cons
  • Hard to grow salary and climb the ladder, but the work-life balance is great (in 16 reviews)

  • Some upper management seems to talk out both sides of their mouth -- dishonest and hypocritical (in 16 reviews)

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  1.  

    Excellent workplace, once you find your place

    • 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

    Opportunities to do important work. Great access to the data you need to really understand the problem. Smart co-workers. Don't come here if you want to get rich. Don't come here for training. Come here if you already know your stuff, and want to make a difference. The good jobs are high stress, but management bends over backwards to help with work-life balance.

    Cons

    Some of the managers are egotistical turf-guarders with tunnel vision. They tend to be the ones that have job openings. You may have to transfer internally a couple of times in your first two years to get yourself into a good spot.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find some way to get people to talk more across organizational boundaries. You're leaving a lot of capability idle, because people stay in their stovepipes and don't know what anyone else is doing.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 5 people found this helpful  

    Work life balance, but limited professional growth and promotion opportunities, average benefits, and stagnant salaries

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

    I have been working at MITRE

    Pros

    - Work life balance and flexible work hours, but it all depends on the site and project
    - A lot of smart people around
    - Some intellectually challenging projects, however you may be frustrated by the lack of impact of our work

    Cons

    - Very limited opportunities for professional growth and promotion
    - You will loose your competitive edge and marketability if you stay here too long
    - Benefits have been eroding to the point they are now average
    - Mediocre mid level management - the worst I have seen in my career --, incompetent higher level management. A lot of these managers keep telling you stories about their old good days at Booz or Deloitte, but now are no longer willing to work like they used to work at Booz or Deloitte, and simply "parked" at MITRE, waiting for retirement.
    - Stagnant salaries, not aligned with your amount of work and capabilities. The review process is a joke. There are bunch of people around who just "charge" time, but do not contribute, while you are told that the company is expensive because it spends a lot on R&D.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Re-organizing is useless if you continue with the same incompetent managers. Have the guts to admit they are incompetent and fire them. But who heard about a manager who fired himself? Maybe the government will have to get involved to clean up the shop.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    MITRE

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
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  5. 2 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
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    Great company, but can have limited growth potential

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

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

    Pros

    Challenging, interesting, employees seem to matter, great benefits

    Cons

    Limited upward mobility on management track. Getting stuck in the wrong place can hold you back, but there are many opportunities to move around within the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bottom-up annual review. There is no way to let upper management know that lower management isn't very good. Fix this and it will be a great company to work for.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    slightly above average

    • 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

    Pros

    interesting work, for the most part.

    Cons

    management only cares about self-promotion

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    work to make your organization the most esteemed and highest paid and you will thrive. work only for your own promotion and staff will leave in droves and the rumor mill will grind you up.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Consultant

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  9. 6 people found this helpful  

    Don't be misled. Very profit oriented.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Current

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

  11. 6 people found this helpful  

    Human Factors Jr

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

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

    Pros

    The benefits here are amazing. From the insurance, educational assistance, 401k matching etc. The work life balance is great and the wealth of knowledge and SME available is unbelievable. The access to industry leading professional journals and state of the art equipment is also great. Compensation is competitive and the MITRE institute training classes are very nice.

    Cons

    Personal growth here is very very slow. The way promotions are chosen is by the top %10 of AC Levels. Long story short, sometimes only 1 person overall well get a promotion per department based on your AC Level. Unless you are in the right department, work is scarce and you have to personally scavange for projects. MITRE was in the top 100 places to work for 10 years, then quickly fell.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Revise your promotional assessments and conduct regular employee-department head meetings.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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