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"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
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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...

Other Employee Reviews for MITRE

  1. 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"


  2. Helpful (6)

    "The most rewarding work of my career. Boundless opportunities to work on critical problems."

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    Current Employee - Principal Information Systems Engineer in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Principal Information Systems Engineer in McLean, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at MITRE full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The CEO is the best CEO of them all, period. Exposure to leading edge technologies. Educational opportunities.

    Cons

    Internal job assignment determination is the worst I have ever seen. Employees are virtual in house contractors, searching for work, while HR continues to parade new employees through a revolving door. Internal resource managers are ill-informed, short-sighted and in many cases, downright lazy. Fix the issue of going from one assignment to another and this company will be elevated higher in the list of "Best Companies to Work". Leave it as is, and an evolving door may emerge. MITRE prides itself on being different from "Lockheed Martin, Northrup Grumman, etc." However, that's being just talk. With an influx of so many people from "for profit" companies, the internal atmosphere/values are changing for the worst. I only wish Mr. Grasso knew what is happening in the trenches/bowels of the company. I know he would fix it.

    Advice to Management

    Considering the huge number of employees that have been hired over the last 5-10 years, there is a considerable risk that the culture that these employees bring with them will ultimately change the fabric of the company (which has been excellent) into something that is no longer worthy of emulation. Unfortunately, an environment of deceit, back stabbing and self-righteousness is emerging.

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