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MITRE Overview

Bedford, MA
5001 to 10000 employees
Nonprofit Organization
Federal Agencies
$1 to $2 billion (USD) per year
Our mission-driven teams are dedicated to solving problems for a safer world. Through our federally funded R&D centers and public-private partnerships, we work across government to tackle challenges to the safety, stability, and well-being of our nation.

Mission: MITRE brings innovative ideas to big challenges in national security and the public sector, providing a conflict-free environment for discoveries in science and technology. We are not for profit – and dedicated to the public good. By working with industry and academia ... Read more

Glassdoor Awards

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

Company Updates

  • MITRE employees help solve some of the most challenging national problems. They also helped make us a Top Workplace in Boston for 10 years in a row. We’re honored that their pride in our mission helped us join this year’s lists of Top Workplaces in Washington, DC; San Diego; and San Antonio as well.

    Boston Globe, San Diego Union-Tribune Name MITRE to Top Workplaces Lists

    Bedford, Mass., November 19, 2018-MITRE Corporation was named a top workplace by the Boston Globe and San Diego Union-Tribune, according to lists published by the two newspapers this month. MITRE has been featured on the Boston Globe list for 10 consecutive years.

  • Employees are our most critical resource as we work to make the world safer. MITRE is honored that their pride in our mission helped us join the list of top workplaces in San Diego.

    Top Workplaces | The MITRE Corporation

    The MITRE Corporation's mission-driven team is dedicated to solving problems for a safer world. We are a not-for-profit company that operates multiple federally funded research and development centers (FFRDCs).We work across the whole of government, through our FFRDCs and public-private partnerships, to tackle problems that challenge our nation's safety, stability and well-being.

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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 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.

MITRE's Business Case for Diversity

A fully diverse and inclusive organization provides MITRE with a competitive advantage:

  • Customers and sponsors want and expect to see people with a broad range of perspectives.
  • Diversity builds the bench by creating a stronger and deeper employee pipeline.
  • Leveraging all sectors of the workforce leads to the best solutions for our customers.

Workforce differences that we celebrate include, but are not limited to:

  • Abilities and Education
  • Age
  • Culture
  • Family Status
  • Gender
  • Learning and Work Styles
  • Race and Ethnicity
  • Religion
  • Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity
  • Socioeconomic Status

MITRE's Corporate Diversity Action Council (CDAC)

The goal of our 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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    The work is meaningful. Significant potential to make a positive impact at the higher levels of government. Great facilities. Management is starting to focus more on employee experience. Fantastic benefits, especially retirement (although you have to stay with the company over a year to receive much benefit). Great educational benefits. Wondering if some of the other negative reviews here on Glassdoor are from other companies that don't want MITRE to succeed in attracting great people to join the company. Really, Mitre is a good place to work.


    It takes significant effort to get plugged in with co-workers and projects. Expectations for success for individual employees and projects are not usually clear. I was expecting more flexibility in my schedule and commute (now at customer site nearly 100%) of the time. Seems like it takes a very long time to move up in the company or receive a promotion.

    Advice to Management

    Consider offering more telework options! Telework 2 or 3 days a week would be extremely beneficial to employee experience. Keep presenting the compelling story of how MITRE is making a difference.

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MITRE Interviews



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    I applied through an employee referral. The process took a week. I interviewed at MITRE (Tysons, VA) in November 2015.


    I networked into an interview through a professional organization. I received a phone interview, in which the interviewer wanted to know where else I was interviewing and what salaries were on offer. I received an invitation to my in-person panel interview the following day. I received an offer within three days after my in-person interview.

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    • 1. Evidence of systems thinking: how did you approach your previous job(s) from a systems engineering context?   1 Answer
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MITRE Awards & Accolades

  • 2018 Washington Post Top Workplaces, The Washington Post, 2018
  • Computerworld 100 Best Places to Work in IT, ComputerWorld, 2018
  • Top Places to Work, The Boston Globe, 2017
  • Top 50 Employers, Woman Engineer Magazine, 2017
  • Top 50 Employers, STEM Workforce Diversity Magazine, 2017
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