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"Solid stable employment, but not moving at free-market speed"

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Former Employee - Software Systems Engineer in Bedford, MA
Former Employee - Software Systems Engineer in Bedford, MA
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I worked at MITRE full-time (More than a year)

Pros

Very good and flexible benefits. Stable work with no fear of layoffs. Chances to work on research projects and work which is of public benefit.

Cons

Sub-market salaries (for talented software engineers at least). Sometimes frustrating inefficiencies and delays between projects due to working with government agencies. There's a lot of variety in different centers/divisions/departments, so the nature of work can't really be generalized well on a company-wide level.

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  1. "30 years and counting..."

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    Current Employee - Senior Principal Systems Engineer in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Principal Systems Engineer in McLean, VA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at MITRE full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    MITRE is full of smart people - I learn something in almost every conversation. The work is important to our nation - whether it is about defending the country, closing the tax gap, ensuring the safety of the skies, or improving healthcare. Work-life balance is stressed. The salaries are a bit better than average and the benefits are excellent. Management all has engineering dirt under their fingernails....

    Cons

    MITRE doesn't grow quickly and is not about making money. If you are looking to make your fortune, this isn't the place.

    Advice to Management

    Stay in touch with your roots...


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Stable and slow growth"

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    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at MITRE full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    There is a big push to do important work at MITRE. Constant badgering about "what is MITRE work", versus SETA work.

    There is pressure to provide "impact" for the sponsor, rather than just run job hours. It is not enough to have a project to work on, you must be providing serious sponsor impact.

    The retirement program is good and the vacation is good.

    Cons

    The combination of not-for-profit, minimal growth, and very low turnover limit career growth opportunities. I would stay away if young. MITRE provides senior technical advice to the government, and age and experience provide confidence to the clients. Perfect for those at the end of their career who have already been senior managers and don't want the pressure any longer. However, even in those cases, you must have some serious techical ability or specialty.

    Advice to Management

    There needs to be a much clearer definition of what an FFRDC does that is different. It's way too complicated and fuzzy for clients to understand. Even though there has been much work on branding, and much self-congratulation, the result is not effective.

    There also needs to be much better "marketing". New programs keep the company alive and bring excited motivated employees. Too often, the senior managers have no relationship with the sponsors and do no program development. Senior managers are more administrators than business leaders. Managers spend most of their time talking to themselves, rather than out in the customer space. If a business unit declines or is stagnant, the managers must be replaced rather than kept on as "good old boys/girls"

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