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"A unique public-service mission, ideal for talented technical entrepreneurs with little need for management support"

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Former Employee - Principal Scientist in Boston, MA
Former Employee - Principal Scientist in Boston, MA
No opinion of CEO

Pros

MITRE's public-interest mission is unique and makes one feel proud to work for the company. One feels that one is playing an important (sometimes critical) role in improving US Government programs and activities. MITRE work offers opportunities to have impact that one simply cannot get anywhere else. The company is very family-friendly, and it's not hard to have a satisfying career that allows one to maintain a work/life balance. The company is a not-for-profit, so one isn't constantly fighting to get the next version of the product out the door. The retirement benefits are excellent--a company matching program that exceeds 12% of salary. One is rarely stuck in an unsatisfying job--projects typically change at least one a year, so if your current assignment doesn't make you happy, just work with your manager to look for something different. You might not get something you like right away, but new opportunities do arise on a regular basis. The information technology support is top notch, excellent internal networking infrastructure, excellent support services. Primary work computers are regularly turned over (2-3 yr lifecycle). The facilities, particularly in the Washington DC area, are attractive and well maintained. The culture tends to favors those who are entrepreneurial--in many ways one can make one's own career at MITRE. The company is in many ways a small marketplace of skills, so if you have and continue to develop your skills, and invest time regularly in finding and connecting with your "market", you can have years of steady, diverse work.

Cons

Promotion opportunities in purely technical roles end at about the Applied Capability 4 level, after which time one must become a manager in order to advance further. Managers typically have no budget or strong incentive to really manage, as all the engineering staff is assessed based on technical performance. You get what you pay for. The mid-level managers do their management "on the side" so they can focus on technical deliverables. Work opportunities in the Bedford area are becoming harder to find, as the vast majority of MITRE sponsors are located in the DC area. Most of the "plumb jobs" are in DC, as they typically require on-site working relations with US Government officials. The company used to have a strong internal research program, but it has recently transformed into a collection of short term projects with little appetite for sustained focus on strategic problems.

Advice to Management

Create a full technical track to complement the management track. Address the structural problems that disincentivize quality management. Put people who actually understand what it means to do research in charge of the research program.

Other Employee Reviews for MITRE

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    "Good fit for most people exists if you work to find it."

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

    Pros

    MITRE is a large company that performs a large number of different technical jobs for the government. There is a large amount of flexibility to change jobs within the company to find a better fit for your particular requirements. If you enjoy technical work, such as engineering (systems, software, etc), software development, analysis and the like, there's probably a job a MITRE that you'd find enjoyable. There are great benefits, including the retirement plan and ample paid time off. There is quite a bit of stability in the company as an FFRDC as compared to typical government contractors. There is also a good work/life balance promoted and supported by the company.

    Cons

    Career advancement seems to be on the slow side when compared to many defense contractors. Pay is reasonable, but also not as high as comparable contractors - particular as compared to other contractors doing classified work.

    Advice to Management

    Eliminate annotated PowerPoint briefings as a suitable deliverable for the majority of the work program - see E. Tufte's criticisms: http://www.edwardtufte.com/bboard/q-and-a-fetch-msg?msg_id=0001yB


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    "Great work-life balance, but not a fast track career wise."

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

    Pros

    MITRE culture encourages a work-life balance, and that's not just lip service. Working long hours is not required and most people work at or slightly over 40 hours per week. The benefits at MITRE are good and the retirement plan is particularly generous. The employer contribution to total compensation is around 10% of salary, and although the health plan is great, the premiums are higher than elsewhere.

    Cons

    MITRE is a very pleasant place to work, but that comes at a cost. Promotions at MITRE are few and far between and raises are paltry (the annual raise for an average performing employee can be less than the cost-of-living adjustment). Despite that, the great work-life balance encourages employees to stay,

    Advice to Management

    The current performance review process includes only reviews by supervisors of those who report to them. As is done elsewhere, that should be expanded to include performance reviews of supervisors by their staff.

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