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"Far and away the best of several employers."

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Current Employee - Senior Engineer in McLean, VA
Current Employee - Senior Engineer in McLean, VA
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Pros

1. Great colleagues - Incredible wealth of knowledge and experience available from people willing to help.

2. Very satisfying work - Vast variety of projects and types of work with emphasis on best solving the right problem, not the most profitable (been there, done that - there is a difference).

3. Fantastic work/personal balance.

4. Justifiably in Fortune's Top 100 Places to Work for 9 years - Good at lots of stuff that counts.

Cons

1. Not for fresh-outs or newbies (unless you have a PhD, want to do research, and chose MITRE over a college) - Get some real-world experience to temper your learning: flame some electronics, choke some computers, and watch a contract grind down in dueling depositions.

2. Yeah, they have the occasional bad manager - The Peter Principle is, after all, a universal principle, and yeah, the lack of effectiveness rubs off on the underlings. Life goes on.

3. Recognition goes to the flashy demo - Not unlike the real world, but here it isn't temper by the facts of did it make money or not.

Advice to Management

Feedback: From the bottom looking up, it looks like good work on the right path.

Suggestion: Based on the backgrounds and demonstrated skills of various employees observed over 15+ years, resolve the apparent inconsistencies between conditions for hiring a person into a grade level compared with those for promoting a person to the same level. (Yes, I know, this isn't unique to MITRE, and personally, I feel fairly compensated; it isn't just about me; please work to resolve it.)

Other Employee Reviews for MITRE

  1. "MITRE is a great place to work!"

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

    Pros

    Very diverse workforce, emphasis on learning, collaboration, and information sharing.

    Cons

    Moving away from the FFRDC model and taking on typical "contractor" tasks.

    Advice to Management

    Stick with what got MITRE where it is today - high caliber technical support in an R&D environment.


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    "MITRE doesn't build systems."

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    Former Employee - Information Architect in McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Information Architect in McLean, VA
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    This was the disclaimer that several hiring managers made when I came to an open house in 2004 with some years of systems integration experience on my resume. However, MITRE does develop some sophisticated prototypes for the government. I appreciate my five years of varied planning studies, such as technology evaluations and functional requirements. As an adviser, there are some opportunities to help the government make good decisions based on some level of objectivity. The MITRE campus is a fairly collegial environment. I greatly appreciate MITRE's generous retirement contributions.

    Cons

    Leadership skills are important, but politics can be problematic, both within MITRE and at government sites. It can be challenging to return to mainstream system integration after spending five years with Microsoft Office. MITRE supports continuing education, but budgets for internal training are limited. The corporation has grown substantially in recent years but still relies largely on personal networking for internal staffing. The employee ranking process can be a painful exercise. Prospective hires should also be aware that MITRE policy strictly prohibits employment references, if they ever need to change jobs.

    Advice to Management

    With the rapidly changing technologies facing the government - and sometimes originating from MITRE - I hope that the corporation maintains the agility it needs to provide differentiated value in these challenging times.

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