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"Disappointing"

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Former Employee - Lead Communications Engineer in McLean, VA
Former Employee - Lead Communications Engineer in McLean, VA
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

Opportunity to support the Gov. in an unbiased fashion.
Benefits.
Ability to easily transfer between internal organizations.
Wide breadth and depth of corporate knowledge that is relatively easy to access.

Cons

The mean salaries for the professional ranks (AC ranks) are at best average.
The spread of annual salary increases is extremely narrow, i.e. little difference between a bottom performer and a top performer of the same professional rank. There is little monetary incentive to do an outstanding job.
Promotions are largely based on 'who you know' as opposed to competence.
The management style is very 'old boys club' and rather stodgy.
There can be the appearance of conflict of interest in the relationships between upper management and retired Gov. officials as well as between Gov. sponsors and relatives (e.g. spouses) who work at MITRE.
The technical supervisory ranks (AC-5 and above) are not given the time nor charge codes to properly manage their staff. They must charge full time to a contract while simultaneously managing staff.

Advice to Management

First, clean out the dead wood from the AC ranks. How can MITRE consider itself a good custodian of the Government's money when it keeps non and very poor performers on the payroll for years and years?
Second, be ruthlessly scrupulous about cleaning up all apparent conflicts of interest due to the hiring of retired Gov. officials who can bring programs into MITRE and the employment of spouses of current Gov. sponsors in the organizations which support that sponsor.
Third, give your AC-5s and AC-6s in management positions the proper non-direct charge codes, with sufficient funding, to allow them to properly manage their staff. They should not have to take the time out of their hide.

Other Employee Reviews for MITRE

  1. Helpful (17)

    "I have been disappointed with my experience with MITRE due to the lack of career growth and low salary increases."

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lead Financial Analyst in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Lead Financial Analyst in McLean, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    MITRE is a good place to work if one needs a work-life balance, is at an advanced stage of his/her career (near retirement) or wants job security.

    Cons

    MITRE is not a good fit for career-focused employees. Promotion rates are slower at MITRE than at for-profit companies. Pay for performance is nonexistent: salary increases are very small (1.5% salary increase is budgeted for 2012).

    Advice to Management

    The results of the last employee survey are pretty revealing in terms of employee dissatisfaction with the lack of career opportunities and are consistent across the company. The company ranking in the "100 best companies to work for" list continues to drop year after year. MITRE barely made the list this year (96 over 100). This is a clear sign that MITRE should wake up from its past glory days to review its pay for performance system, organizational structure and career paths across the board to retain its employees. The work life balance trade-off does not compensate for the nonexistent salary increases and lack of monetary recognition for high performance. The lack of monetary incentives for high performance recognition and opportunities for advancement will make it harder to retain top performer employees.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Good place to work for people who seek stable & idle life"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior MultiDisciplinary Systems Engineer in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Senior MultiDisciplinary Systems Engineer in McLean, VA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    * work/LIFE balance
    * Good benefits (health/retirement/PTO, etc)
    * competitve starting salary

    Cons

    * many seemingly interesting projects actually turn out to be a powerpoint engineering job; workload doesn't exist at MITRE since the money is from government. That's why you can have work/life balance and good pay+benefits.
    * at caasd only two kinds of skills are needed: air traffic management (ATM) related and JAVA, while at c3i, cyberspace security is the core topic. (still, it requires computer skills) As for analytical skills, as long as you have the degree and graduate from a prestigious school, that's sufficient.
    * MITRE is more like an IT company than a real engineering & research company.
    * direction is not clear even at higher managements. It takes time (weeks or months) for them to make collective agreement.

    Advice to Management

    make soft-shell easier. Let the employee have the freedom to participate what projects they really are interested in.


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