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MITRE Overview

Website www.mitre.org
Headquarters Bedford, MA
Size 5001 to 10000 Employees
Founded 1958
Type Nonprofit Organization
Industry Business Services
Revenue $1 to $5 million (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 ... 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 ... More


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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 and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs; the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts; the National Institute of Standards and Technology; and 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.

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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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    Great work/life balance, strong encouragement for advanced degrees and full reimbursement, extensive catalog of free on-campus learning resources. In the Software Tech Center I have an endless opportunity to improve myself as well as satisfy each sponsor's needs.


    We are supporting the government, which despite our excellent technical capabilities, sometimes gets mired in bureaucracy. As a FFRDC, MITRE cannot compete with prime contractors, which is great for trust, but means my job is guidance, which is good and bad.

    Advice to Management

    The MITRE Way is a promise, but when department heads are compensated for keeping their own staff on tasks, there is a natural conflict of interest - we should have the right person for the job, not cronyism.

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    I applied through an employee referral. The process took a week. I interviewed at MITRE (Bedford, MA).


    I had a call form a department head. Had an all day interview scheduled after with two different departments. Very little coding questions, mostly talked about my projects and my way of thinking. I heard back a week later with an offer for both and was asked to pick one.

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MITRE Awards & Accolades

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  • Employees' Choice -50 Best Places to work, Glassdoor, 2013
  • Top Companies for Work-Life Balance, Glassdoor, 2013
  • Employees’ Choice -50 Best Places to Work, Glassdoor, 2012
  • #1 Top Companies for Work-Life Balance, Glassdoor, 2012
  • Employees’ Choice - 50 Best Places to Work, Glassdoor, 2011
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