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"Great place to work, but not as great as claimed"

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Current Employee - Program Manager in McLean, VA
Current Employee - Program Manager in McLean, VA
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No opinion of CEO

Pros

Best things are the benefits, the work-life balance, the ability to move around and find interesting and new challenges, and the quality of the technical staff.

Cons

Downsides include:
- A perception that MITRE is the best and no other company knows as much (not reality)
- The fact that MITRE organizationally reflects many of the bad characteristics (stovepiping) of the sponsors we support
- The unwillingness of management to terminate poor performers and reward top performers (lots of dead weight)
- The fact that people stay forever so there advancement opportunities can come slowly

Advice to Management

MITRE needs to operate a little more like a private company and little less like a government agency. There should be more focus on performance, as it seems like the top people (who are truly the best in their fields) often have to carry a lot of dead weight to succeed. Eliminating some of the leff impactful folks wouldn't impact the work product, but would allow MITRE to more appopriately reward those who are doing the heavy lifting. A commitment to work-life balance to often seems to mean the stars work and the average folks balance.

Other Employee Reviews for MITRE

  1. Helpful (2)

    "Excellent experience and I would highly recommend this environment to anyone who is technical."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Principal Information Systems Engineer in McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Principal Information Systems Engineer in McLean, VA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Talented individuals, open-minded, free-thinking, and cooperative. About 20% of the people have PhDs and more than 60% have a Masters.

    Cons

    Bureacracy which is not a surprise at any medium to large sized company. Federal work can be challenging, working with the latest and greatest technologies, but it can also be limiting in that your work mainly in areas of defense and a few civilian federal agencies. A broader involvement in other industries would be nice but not possible.

    Advice to Management

    Coordinate better in a matrix type environment. Focus more on management who have the ability to handle personnel issues. Technical leaders may need to be just that technical leaders but not necessarily managers because they were successful leading a technical effort. There are managers who should not be managing people - people are the greatest resource and strength of an organization such as MITRE.


  2. "Excellent"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Lead Multi-Disciplinary Systems Engineer in McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Lead Multi-Disciplinary Systems Engineer in McLean, VA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good work. Good people. Good sponsors.

    Cons

    Long promotion timeframes and small salary increases.

    Advice to Management

    Think outside the systems engineering (BS, MS) mentality in terms of people. Only choose middle managers based upon "business" and "people" skills. Technical expertise is a distant third in priority.

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