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Updated January 4, 2015
Updated January 4, 2015
13 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.  

    Great Knowledge Experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Multi-Discipline Systems Engineer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Multi-Discipline Systems Engineer in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Opportunities to learn; lots of smart people to work with; opportunity to do work in the best interest of the government

    Cons

    there is mediocre management communication

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 10 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
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Positive, professionally enhancing, solid technical environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Multi-Discipline Systems Engineer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Multi-Discipline Systems Engineer in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Difficult to promote; weak technical staff career path.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Washington, DC

    I worked at MITRE full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    This 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.

    Cons

    It'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 ManagementAdvice

    Provide a bit more involvement to help offsite workers feel integrated in the company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    if you want a rewarding career, work at MITRE

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

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

    Pros

    Great 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.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 18 people found this helpful  

    MITRE: Where careers go to die

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior MultiDisciplinary Systems Engineer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior MultiDisciplinary Systems Engineer in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    401K 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 ManagementAdvice

    Put 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    overall, generally positive

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    good work and life balance

    Cons

    very slow and undefined path to promotion

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 7 people found this helpful  

    Growth has led to decline

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal Information Systems Engineer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Principal Information Systems Engineer in Washington, DC

    I have been working at MITRE

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Some 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    MITRE is a great place to work.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lead Systems Engineer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Lead Systems Engineer in Washington, DC

    I have been working at MITRE

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you recruit and employee top talent reward them as such.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    OK

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Communications Engineer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Communications Engineer in Washington, DC

    I have been working at MITRE

    Pros

    Retirement benefits are good compared to most companies.

    Cons

    small annual raises for top performers hurt the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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