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"An organization drowning in its own hubris"

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Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in McLean, VA
Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in McLean, VA
No opinion of CEO

Pros

Flexible work arrangements; steady work; strong business development. A lot of the work has become very boring.

Cons

Posted AC job categories and responsibilities don't match actual promotions. It does not matter what you do as long as you kiss up to the right manager. Employees are punished for requesting guidance or understanding on why they are not advancing by being told they are only out for themselves despite feedback from the same managers that the way to advance is to work hard and be proactive. Mixed messages lead to great confusion.

Advice to Management

You are not gods.

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  1. Helpful (8)

    "engineers=good; managers=bad"

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    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in McLean, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    It is possible to work on very rewarding technically challenging projects from time to time.
    The flexibility of the "work life" arrangement is superb, better than anywhere.
    MITRE offers flexible work hours and to work from home.
    The benefits package is better than most.
    There are some very talented scientist and engineers to learn from and they are genuinely good people.
    MITRE work has direct and positive impact on our society. That is very rare indeed.
    MITRE can be great.
    A company that is truly "non-for-profit and works in the interest of the public" is sorely needed in today's society.

    Cons

    MITRE has become yet another government bureaucracy burdened by both government procedures and there own internal procedures. It is no longer the "think tank" or the "research center" it once was in its glory days. Productivity and innovation are now being replaced by buzzwords and politics. There are tens of families employed by MITRE and career development is heavily influenced by this. Since there is no real line between management and engineering (causing both to suffer); management appears to take the credit for their engineers ideas and hard work. Knowledge sharing is limited as a result. Research opportunities have been limited as late and are not as forward looking as they should be. Arguably, the same individuals obtain the majority of research funding. MITRE should promote innovation by enabling many smaller research initiatives and allowing the real innovation to flower. Currently, innovation is squelched by those promoting there own interests. A whole new innovation program was formed to address this; but it fell short in execution due to the fact that those running the new program were the problem with the old. This is an example of mingling management and engineering.

    Advice to Management

    Hire personnel managers for line management.
    Hire project managers for project management.
    Stop making engineers or failed engineers managers.
    Don't allow mangers to attempt to perform engineering tasks.
    The only career advancement opportunities in MITRE are currently in management. (fix this)
    That means make it more rewarding to be a good engineer and not a manager.
    Hire more junior engineers and really encourage a mentoring knowledge sharing culture.
    This means to, once and for all, suffer the cost of ramping up new talent to back fill the old salts.

    Get back to your roots.
    Make huge efforts to return all funding to the classical FFRDC funding mechanism.
    Other funding avenues make it difficult to act according to our FFRDC charter.

    Sever the MITRE/HR management chain and allow HR to act in an ombudsman-like role.
    Make it an HR charter directive to work in the interest of it MITRE employees and not in the interest of corporate concerns.

    MITRE is going down the path of a contractor for hire.
    That we are not.
    We must refocus on playing the role of a gov't funded think tank acting in the public interest.
    That is what sets us apart from everybody else, that is what allows us to act ethically above all else.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Despite some rough spots, MITRE is still a great place to work & grow"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Information Systems Engineer in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Principal Information Systems Engineer in McLean, VA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Challenging, cutting edge work
    Professional / technical growth is highly valued
    Work in the public interest & adhere to professional ethics
    Work-life balance
    Para-academic environment
    Great colleagues who love to share their knowledge

    Cons

    Promotion criteria are unclear
    Work programs are slow to evolve to meet emerging needs, which costs business opportunities
    Corporate culture advocates business growth & external research partnerships, but processes for doing so are unclear

    Advice to Management

    Need to make a better business case for the bottom-line expense of MITRE staff versus other contractors; it is becoming increasing difficult to compete

    Need to better leverage the external web site to sell MITRE's capabilities and to attract the next generation engineers

    Need to empower staff at every hierarchical level with knowledge & tools to pursue business and research partnerships

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