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MITRE McLean Reviews

Updated November 13, 2017
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  • The pay is rumored to be lower than other companies, but the environment is less cut-threat and you have a better work-life balance at MITRE (in 18 reviews)

  • It's not clear that the Board or upper management know either (in 22 reviews)

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  1. "Positive experience"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in McLean, VA
    Recommends

    I have been working at MITRE full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    -Work life balance
    -The PAY is fairly competitive considering you are not killing yourself working. Other contractors pay more, but they also require over 40 hr work weeks
    -Interviewing was smooth

    Cons

    Traffic. Plan your schedule accordingly


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Division Manager"

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    Current Employee - Division Manager in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Division Manager in McLean, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at MITRE full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    dedicated people, wicked smart, generally regarded as some of the best in their respective professions

    Cons

    very conservative management approach, lots of bluster by senior VPS without business case, salaries less than competitive for hard to find occupations

    Advice to Management

    Do not let tradition drive the future - invest in your people to get the best return

  3. Helpful (6)

    "It is just another Washington Smoke and Mirrors"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in McLean, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at MITRE full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    MITRE used to have a great training program for full-time employees but a few years ago the actual allotments of time provided to take classes was greatly reduced. Now if you want training (i.e. software engineering, big data analytics, machine learning, etc.) that requires more than 2 days (and most of those classes do), you have to use your vacation time.

    Cons

    Be very careful of doing commendable work if you are mid level. People higher up the food chain will steal your work and call it their own. This place is very much a Hobbesian experience.

    Advice to Management

    Start over


  4. Helpful (4)

    "Poor Management Team"

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    Current Employee - Communications Manager in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Communications Manager in McLean, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at MITRE full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, gym (monthly fee), cafeteria, metro. Nice office building. Good colleagues who are supportive in toxic situation. Social responsibility within company is good.

    Cons

    Have been with MITRE more than 4 years. Poor management team, especially in corporate communications. Toxic atmosphere. Morale has been low for years and has gotten progressively worse over the last year. Unfair and uneven promotions and ability to move into other roles. One manager in particular is truly abusive to the staff and is causing talented people to leave the company (2 in the last month). Others are looking. More than half the department has complained to HR. No movement from HR yet or upper management yet.

    Don’t be fooled by on-site facilities like Starbucks and the gym, which is a paid membership. You can buy Starbucks in any corner and there are nearby gyms.

    Advice to Management

    When a more than half a department complains to HR, something is seriously wrong. Move the bad manger into an individual contributor role or fire the person. Do something. Some people want to stay with the company but management poor behavior is making it untenable for many. People are crossing their fingers hoping upper management will do the right thing. That they haven’t yet is discouraging and telling.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "It's okay"

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    Current Employee - Office Administrative Specialist in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Office Administrative Specialist in McLean, VA
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible work hours, however your manager have to approve and agree with it
    Good benefits
    Good work/life balance
    Option to work from home or be a teleworker

    Cons

    Management does a horrible job in communication with their staff
    MITRE has an Yes we can attitude when sometimes they need to say no we can't do the work

    Advice to Management

    Re-train them all


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Worst place I ever worked"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in McLean, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at MITRE full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Nice retirement benefits, good office space with gym, cafeteria, and video teleconferencing capabilities. Starbucks and dry cleaning. Plug in for electric cars. Nurse.

    Cons

    Toxic management who are driven by their own compensation goals and not doing the right work for the right customers. The mission is not important. The kissing up is.

    Advice to Management

    You are making your employees ill with constant change of direction, lack of planning, lack of adult leadership, and lack of focus on customer mission. Good reviews are based on whimsy of your luck of the draw on manager.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great work life balance, but not the most exciting work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in McLean, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at MITRE full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Attempts to keep up to date with newest tech
    - Not very stressful
    - People are all very nice and welcoming
    - Great, for those who like the suburbs while in close proximity to DC

    Cons

    - Niche domain makes the work not as interesting unless you are into the domain
    - Very distinct age gaps
    - Communication efficiency outside of your team may vary
    - A lot of old technology still exists due to intertia
    - Traffic is terrible

    Advice to Management

    Get new employees more enthusiastic about the domain

  8. "Great place for work-life balance and smart colleagues"

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    Current Employee - Health Policy Analyst in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Health Policy Analyst in McLean, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Smart colleagues and important mission are what make the job interesting.

    Cons

    No possibilities for advancement, as there is a lot of outside hiring, constant change and re-organization.

    Advice to Management

    Advance from within


  9. "Compensation and benefits provided by MITRE Corporation"

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    Current Employee - Project Leader in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Project Leader in McLean, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Their pay is competitive and their benefits and employment stability are above their industry average. Their non-profit support to many critical government missions provides significant job satisfaction.

    Cons

    In an effort to stay most competitive "price-wise" with other contractors, there has been some belt-tightening in the last few years that have begun bringing their overall compensation back toward the pack, but still have a ways to go before they'd be "apples to apples" with them


  10. Helpful (18)

    "Mainly for retirees and "late career" folks"

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    Current Employee - Cyber Security Engineer in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Cyber Security Engineer in McLean, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at MITRE full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - The work life balance is pretty nice. Many employees can work whatever hours they want, whenever they want as long as the work gets done and they work 80 hours every pay period (2 weeks)
    - Education benefits in exchange for service commitments
    - A good retirement plan
    - Many available projects to work on across many different organiations

    Cons

    - A very obvious age difference. Younger employees like myself in their 20s to 30s will find themselves surrounded by employees in their 50s to 60s. This is especially true at the McLean offices, though I hear its a bit better in Bedford. There is a pretty significant revolving door of young, technical people leaving, while older people will stay until retirement.
    - A good portion of hires are retirement aged former government employees. If this is your demographic, MITRE is probably a great place for you.
    - Very top-heavy organization, due to the two points above,
    - Management claims that technical talent is extremely valuable to them, yet they do a poor job of obtaining and maintaining them. Management claims that MITRE has a "technical path", where technical employees can still advance and obtain raises without being forced into an unwanted management position. However, any advancement or raises above a certain point are practically impossible without taking on a hard leadership role at some point,
    - While there are a lot of different projects to work on for different people, almost all of MITRE's work deliverables are PowerPoints, spreadsheets, and Word documents. It is very difficult to find actual hands-on work to do here and when you do that work is almost always under appreciated, under valued and inconsistently available.
    - The culture in MITRE is very similar as its majority demographic: old and resistant to change. MITRE rarely produces anything new and sticks extremely hard to documents and standards produced years ago.
    - No bonus structure, profit sharing or additional compensation available.

    Advice to Management

    Try promoting your talented technical staff and maybe they'll stop quitting and going to literally any other company for a lot more money. Listen and actually do something about your employee surveys which overwhelmingly and consistently indicate compensation and advancement limitations as a key factor in employee dissatisfaction.


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