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MITRE Overview
Bedford, MA
5001 to 10000 employees
Nonprofit Organization
Business Services
$1 to $2 billion (USD) per year
MITRE is an independent, not-for-profit corporation that operates seven federally funded research and development centers (FFRDCs)—unique organizations that assist the U.S. government with scientific research and analysis; development and acquisition; and systems ... Read more

Mission: One public interest company, working with industry and academia to advance and apply science, technology, systems engineering, and strategy, enabling government and the private sector to make better decisions and implement solutions to complex challenges of national and global ... Read more

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Best Places to Work: 2013 (#27), 2012 (#4), 2011 (#12), 2010 (#6), 2009 (#24)

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    MITRE Joins Discover Engineering Family Day

    MITRE will have a booth at Discover Engineering Family Day on Saturday, February 18, at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC. The event, which takes place from 10:00am to 4:30pm, features dozens of hands-on STEM activities for kids ages 4 to 12. Admission is free, and the museum is Metro-accessible.


    MITRE Systems Engineering Fellowship Program for Federal Employees

    The MITRE Corporation is now offering a challenging, one-year systems engineering (SE) fellowship program that gives you valuable technical and hands-on experience while earning a master's degree. With the consistent tightening of budgets and the rapid pace of technology evolution, it is imperative that the federal government has the organic skills necessary to implement creative and cost-effective solutions to problems of considerable complexity.

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MITRE – Why Work For Us?

MITRE is an independent, not-for-profit corporation operates federally funded research and development centers (FFRDCs)—unique organizations that assist the U.S. government with scientific research and analysis; development and acquisition; and systems engineering and integration. MITRE operates seven FFRDCs for:

  • The Department of Defense
  • The Federal Aviation Administration
  • The Department of Homeland Security
  • The Internal Revenue Service
  • The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
  • The Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts
  • The National Institute of Standards and Technology
  • The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

MITRE provides innovative, practical solutions for national challenges in defense and intelligence, cybersecurity, aviation, homeland security, civil systems, healthcare, and the judiciary. The corporation is based in McLean, Va., and Bedford, Mass., with sites around the world.

Use your skills and passion to build a career that makes you proud.

At MITRE, our reputation relies on providing technically sound, objective guidance to our government partners. It's not about increasing the bottom line. It's about helping our nation move forward. And it's been that way for more than 50 years.

Through our FFRDCs, we've advanced the state of the art in such critical areas as GPS, air traffic control, mobile technologies, cybersecurity, and healthcare IT—to name just a few. We're proud of this record of teamwork and accomplishment.

MITRE isn't just a place that creates value for our nation. We know you want to work at a place where you're valued, too. That's why we provide:

  • Competitive pay and comprehensive benefits
  • Retirement plan with generous company matching contributions
  • Generous education compensation and extensive in-house training
  • Health and wellness programs, including on-site fitness centers
  • Outstanding laboratory facilities and IT infrastructure
  • Company-sponsored technical conferences and symposia
  • Commuter benefits, including convenient Metro service to our McLean campus.
  • A genuine commitment to work-life balance

MITRE's world-class workforce represents a wide range of cultures, skills, backgrounds, cognitive styles, and other aspects of diversity. MITRE works to create an inclusive culture that doesn't just accommodate but leverages that diversity to create better solutions for our sponsors and a stronger future for the company.

MITRE's Business Case for Diversity

A fully diverse and inclusive organization provides MITRE with a competitive advantage by building employee trust, increasing morale and productivity, and enhancing our ability to attract and retain a high-quality staff. Specifically, diversity and inclusion allow numerous benefits:

  • Customers and sponsors want and expect to see people with a broad range of perspectives.
  • Job applicants and staff want to see open career paths, supported by executive management.
  • Diversity builds the bench by creating a stronger and deeper employee pipeline.
  • Diversity helps to withstand predicted future labor shortages with "best in class" recruitment and retention results.
  • Leveraging all sectors of the workforce leads to the best solutions for our customers.
  • MITRE's Definition of Diversity

At MITRE, we understand that a diverse workforce allows us to be at our best as we work with our customers around the world. Workforce differences that we celebrate include those based on:

  • Abilities
  • Age
  • Culture
  • Education
  • Experience
  • Family Status
  • Gender
  • Job Function
  • Learning Styles
  • Length of Service
  • National Origin
  • Race and Ethnicity
  • Religion
  • Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity
  • Socioeconomic Status
  • Work Styles

MITRE's effectiveness at using the talents of people with different backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives is a key aspect of our mission to serve the public interest.

MITRE's Definition of Inclusion

Inclusion is the practice of engaging the unique talents, beliefs, experiences, capabilities, and culture of individuals and groups in support of a common mission. Inclusive behavior acknowledges and respects differences.

At MITRE, we believe that fostering the collective strength of a wide spectrum of employees results in innovative solutions for our customers. For that reason, MITRE strives to create a culture that respects and leverages individual and cultural differences.

Key elements of inclusion

Actively including individuals from varying backgrounds in work teams and corporate activities to obtain a broader perspective and maximize individual and collective contributions. Creating a work environment that provides all employees the opportunity to reach their full potential and make their maximum contribution. Promoting values and practices that demonstrate openness, respect, collaboration, and appreciation of the validity of different points of view. MITRE's Corporate Diversity Action Council

The goal of the Corporate Diversity Action Council (CDAC) is to embed MITRE's commitment to diversity and inclusion into our work programs. CDAC works through three committees to achieve its goals.

The Workforce Committee supports MITRE's goal to recruit and retain a workforce that reflects the diversity of our customers and the nation. The Operations Committee is focused on enhancing and improving MITRE work programs, products, and operations through the inclusion of diversity of staff and thought. The Education and Awareness Committee supports MITRE's longstanding commitment to creating and maintaining a multicultural workplace where talented individuals can flourish.

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    "Company of thinkers and doers that listens and deliberately tries to change"

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    Very smart and motivated people, everyone is very "achievement focused" (goes above and beyond to honor promises), and a strong push to maximize work-life balance. Strong sense most of the time that what you do matters, and that you are making people's lives better as a result. Much of the work is hard, but I feel like I'm both doing *good* and treated well. For example, the first post on this page (requesting management do a quality survey) is now a standard practice and they started with CCG as the commenter recommended. It might take some time, but it seems all good ideas are listened to. I feel like I'm very well listened to, as long as I communicate clearly and frequently.


    This place is a strong mix of government, academia, management, and consulting. It seems that people who don't communicate what they want feel left out. Some employees act like typical contractors waiting to be told what to do, and they seem to have the worst experiences. Those who communicate clearly with their managers and take some risks seem to rise quickly and are trusted within the organization. Lately there have been many more "business" people hired that have less of a technical background - and they seem to have trouble integrating with the deep technical roots of the company.

    Advice to Management

    Refocus on the technical core - and communicate clearly to new business-minded employees that lower quality work will not be accepted. Everyone has a duty to use the most technically appropriate solutions for their work, and we need more attention to incentivize people to use that technical mastery.

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    Cyber Security Interview

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    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at MITRE.


    I applied online, and was subsequently contacted for a phone screen. The phone screen was 30 minutes of basic HR questions and resume review. I received a formal offer about 10 days later.

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MITRE Awards & Accolades

  • The Washington Post 2016 Top Work Places #8, Top Workplaces, 2016
  • Top 100 Best Places to Work in IT, ComputerWorld, 2016
  • Top Workplaces, The Washington Post, 2015
  • America's Best Employers, Forbes, 2015
  • Top STEM Employers, Professional Woman’s Magazine, 2015
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