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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
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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.

Other Employee Reviews for MITRE

  1. Helpful (2)

    "Quality Control Initiatives Lead All Units Into Higher Standard of Public Service"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Analyst in McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Analyst in McLean, VA
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Real opportunity for work life balance. Little anxiety about being temporarily unassigned. Good feedback on work in pipeline.

    Cons

    MITRE is not a monolith. It is comprised of the "old MITRE" - the technical centers - and the "new MITRE" - the Center for Enterprise Modernization. These comments and ratings pertain to the "new MITRE". The latter focuses on IT sector piece work, and is run on the commercial model. Unfortunately, few existing or new hires have the skills to compete effectively in that sector, and management knows no better. Deliverables quality does not appear to be relevant in career advancement. Therefore, promotion seekers display behavior which both undermines client work, and corrodes the work environment. Al Grasso appears to understand this, and has taken action to encourage this arm towards greater integration with "old MITRE".

    Advice to Management

    Job One is understanding and enforcing standards for quality work - including client relationships - and compensating on that basis. Too much internal focus leads to stagnation, regardless of degree of self promotion. I applaud Sr. Management's integration initiatives, and urge them to continue building uniformly high management quality in all business units.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Good benefits, people skills required for promotions at higher levels."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lead Systems Software Engineer in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Lead Systems Software Engineer in McLean, VA
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great if you're interested in serving the public interest. Also has great benefits, making the total compensation a little higher than the average company. The pace is not demanding, and working for the government is relatively stable.

    Cons

    There seems to be a divide between management and technical staff (with the exception of Ph.Ds concentrating on research). Promotions for engineering and technical skills are hard to come by. People skills seem more important to get promotions at the higher levels.

    Advice to Management

    Create a (real) dual ladder promotion system for engineering and technical staff. Even though everyone says there is one already, the reality does not match the words. Engineering and technical skills do not seem to be valued, although much of what the company does depends on those skills.

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