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MITRE Reviews in Washington, DC

Updated Jul 18, 2014
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3.9 12 reviews

80% Approve of the CEO

MITRE President and CEO Alfred Grasso

Alfred Grasso

(10 ratings)

83% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • people pretty much respect your schedule and are supportive of work life balance(in 121 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 11 reviews)

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

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    A very good engineering consulting company that works in a large variety of government areas.

    Systems Engineer (Former Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsThis is a friendly, intelligent company that seems to be very good at employing talented people and giving them interesting things to do. It seems there is a reasonable level of autonomy and a good attitude about respecting employees as people and professionals.

    ConsIt's a bit old school (could be a pro for some I suppose ) and it sometimes feels limiting to be in a company that exclusively deals with government contracts. Also, as someone working on a government site rather than at a MITRE office, I sometimes felt out of touch.

    Advice to Senior ManagementProvide a bit more involvement to help offsite workers feel integrated in the company.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Positive, professionally enhancing, solid technical environment

    Senior Multi-Discipline Systems Engineer (Current Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsStrong emphasis on technical staff development. Outstanding continuing education benefites. Broad, and diverse work program. Good work-life balance.

    ConsDifficult to promote; weak technical staff career path.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe "MITRE Way" is project/porfolio oriented, but does very little to develop and leverage technical staff.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Not bad, even good, with luck and low expectations.

    Senior Staff and Manager (Current Employee) Washington, DC

    Pros- Health and retirement packages aren't as good as they used to be but are still fairly good.
     - Attracts lots of people at the staff (non-manager) level that care about public service.
     - Has some departments, pockets, of really skilled people. Some of the project teams work pretty well and haven't been messed up by management.
     - If you can get a job with the right team, right customer, right project and have as little to do with the company as possible then you can do good work, have impact and even some interesting work.
     - Some of the customers are good. Naturally some aren't. MITRE does pretty much whatever the customers want (has no sense of self-respect) but the plus of that is if you get a good customer who knows what they are doing (and the customers' money makes the rules) then the work and projects are good.

    Cons- Many managers during last 10 years are refugees from commercial consulting. They miss their glory days at that and are turning the company into bigger is better and more money is better oriented consulting company. Many of the staff wonder if these managers were so great at for-profit consulting why they didn't stay there rather than come and ruin MITRE.
     - Management team (many Directors and almost all Officers) as a rule has no interest in the work. They make fun of the engineers and will even call them names. Very arrogant bosses.
     - HR as a rule has no ability to help departments recruit qualified staff. HR gets quotas based on number of people to hire fast and not about quality. They can't screen or attract skilled folks in really any skill area. They make a big deal about employee referrals because they have to as that is only way to get applicants. HR pretty much just makes appointments for the interviews. That is about it.
     - Does not seem to attract qualified general managers at the senior level. Some are people who got famous and promoted on only one special project. Many are just sales people. A couple with some skill related to the work but that is getting really rare. None of them seem to be very experienced or skilled at the general stuff of managing an organization (personnel, managing finances, planning).
     - MITRE officers keep diversifying the types of business the company is in and have greatly reduced their interest in any one set of customers. Customers are taking notice and realize MITRE will send out a sales person to give them a pitch or manager to fix a problem but that MITRE doesn't really know much or care much about the work the customers need.
     - MITRE senior managers and officers aren't trustworthy or reliable. Many will say whatever is convenient at the time. They make many many announcements, make a big show at an all hands, but nothing ever comes of it. Not credible.
     - In some places the work/live balance is truly terrible. The managers can't plan the work and so the teams spend huge amounts of unpaid overtime. They quit as soon as they can and get consulting jobs to get at least paid better. Some of the managers miss the always-on life of consulting and expect you to be on the job at all times. So lots of nights and weekend work.
     - Most people do not join for the pay. But the managers make it all about the money one way or the other. In that case, given the long hours and little job satisfaction, the pay isn't very good.
     - Managers make a big deal about the few cases in old history where MITRE did some great work. But they don't and appears can't do anything to do great work now. For most of the senior staff working at MITRE is boring and much less interesting than other options. If you fight for it very hard you might be able to build some professional development but you have to be very clever and really lucky to pull that off.
     - There lots of rules about promotions, pay raises etc that are claimed to make it fair but that is mostly smoke and mirrors. People post jobs for their friends and close them after a few hours before anyone else can apply. Officers use personal bias to over-rule ratings and pay adjustments recommendations. HR staff openly lobby to get their friends jobs at MITRE.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPlease go back to the consulting jobs that you miss and love so much. Please hire some people who really know how to run an organization (can actually use a budget) and care about working at a not-for-profit (don't daily miss their consulting jobs). It would be nice to get some managers with experience and success at running a not-for-profit or "think tank" kind of place to come to MITRE. Please please decide what types of work you want or lines of business to do and try to do that well rather than trying to do lots of unrelated things poorly. Please stop admiring Google and Amazon and Apple at every meeting. It is terrible to morale. It is fine that the company does more than engineering but please stop making fun of engineers. It hurts the work, the company and makes it a not nice place to work.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    if you want a rewarding career, work at MITRE

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsGreat opportunities for younger staff who are earnest about getting in front of the sponsor. You can make great waves if you are able to translate technical concepts into simple actions or recommendations.

    ConsHard to grow salary and climb the ladder, but the work-life balance is great. You will definitely have a rewarding career.

    Advice to Senior ManagementEither be for profit or not-for profit -- straddling both makes it hard for staff to understand how the organization fits into the bigger picture.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    MITRE: Where careers go to die

    Senior MultiDisciplinary Systems Engineer (Current Employee) Washington, DC

    Pros401K matching, free parking, onsite gym

    Cons- Management is deplorable
    - Promotions are almost non-existent
    - Salaries are lower than competition
    - Few opportunities for advancement

    Advice to Senior ManagementPut your Department Heads, Resource, and Portfolio managers through mandatory 360 reviews and act on the results (i.e. fire bad managers).

    Quit recycling crummy people into "alternative" positions. If people aren't delivering -- fire them.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    overall, generally positive

    Principal Engineer (Current Employee) Washington, DC

    Prosgood work and life balance

    Consvery slow and undefined path to promotion

    Advice to Senior Managementnone

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Growth has led to decline

    Principal Information Systems Engineer (Current Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsWork on tough problems technical and non technical
    Develop strong relationships with key government leaders
    Caring colleagues
    Great benefits: vacation, retirement and tuition reimbursement

    ConsSome poor performers that float around for years
    Working as consultants to government is what pays the bills
    Research program is out of touch with real world
    Too many subject matter experts and engineers in middle management

    Advice to Senior ManagementGovernment contraction is opportunity to get rid of legacy poor performers
    Invest in middle management
    Make research program more relevant to our customers

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    MITRE is a great place to work.

    Lead Systems Engineer (Current Employee) Washington, DC

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

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementIf you recruit and employee top talent reward them as such.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    OK

    Senior Communications Engineer (Current Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsRetirement benefits are good compared to most companies.

    Conssmall annual raises for top performers hurt the company.

    Advice to Senior ManagementN/A

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great place to work for the self-motivated

    Senior MultiDisciplinary Systems Engineer (Current Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsWork Life balance is stressed

    ConsQuasi gov't work and benefits

    Advice to Senior ManagementModerate growth

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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