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Updated May 20, 2018
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Pros
  • Work life balance and pay is quite good (in 260 reviews)

  • Great benefits; interesting work programs (in 49 reviews)

Cons
  • Long-touted work-life balance is going by the wayside (in 19 reviews)

  • It's not clear that the Board or upper management know either (in 23 reviews)

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  1. "Director"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at MITRE full-time

    Pros

    One of the best work environments available. Great retirement plan. Flexible work schedule and great people.

    Cons

    Pay is on the low side.


  2. "Here a few years"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in McLean, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great resources to work with at MITRE.

    Cons

    Difficult to navigate through as an employee. Fortunate to find great mentors.

    Advice to Management

    Direct work should be planned out in 6 or 12 month increments for all employees.

  3. Helpful (14)

    "Company changing, maybe not for the good"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bedford, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bedford, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Most employees have (hopefully not "had") a great sense of mission, the importance of our work to the nation.

    Cons

    The old sense of loyalty is going by the board, so working here is little different than working for a for-profit.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees.


  4. Helpful (15)

    "Meh"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at MITRE full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Pockets of excellence in certain highly technical areas in engineering amid a sea of mediocrity. Nice buildings, benefits, MIT cachet from long long ago. MITRE Institute learning opportunities. Flexible work schedule but only in certain departments.

    Cons

    Dimming former offshoot of Lincoln Labs. Overmanaged inverted pyramid. Lots of byzantine intrigue. Poor execution of its matrix management. Don't be on the bench for long or it is sayonara Tokyo. If you get in good with someone up the chain you may be promoted. Promotions are not due to technical ability. Hiring and firing many times not thought through by managers who are over their heads. An overall atmosphere of gradual decline.

    Advice to Management

    Clean up the mess and reduce client eye-rolling. You could be better. Turn the pyramid 90 degrees.


  5. Helpful (16)

    "Times are a changing"

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    Current Employee - Senior Project Leader in Bedford, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Project Leader in Bedford, MA
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working in the public interest not making a buck. Focus on high quality. Making a difference. A place to grow. Great technical work. Some managers.

    Cons

    The new CEO is changing the culture but not being open to even senior management about his intent. Management is largely incompetent, not trained, and not recognized for management only their technical skills.

    Advice to Management

    Rethink your good growth strategy. Hold managers accountable to do their job.


  6. Helpful (15)

    "Work-Life Balance No Longer As Good"

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

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

    Pros

    Company has great benefits.

    Cons

    Company is moving toward private sector work, which will mean longer hours for everyone. Long-touted work-life balance is going by the wayside. Only some managers allow flexibility; it's the luck of the draw.

    Advice to Management

    Try to maintain work-life balance--flexibility for employees.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Project Leader"

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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 5 years)

    Pros

    Highly talented workforce; excellent benefits; flexible work arrangements; very professional workplace. One of the best companies I've ever worked for - woudl highly recommend.

    Cons

    Upper management is a bit bloated and out of touch; technical company that hasn't figured out how to establish a clear technical track.

    Advice to Management

    Skinny down the upper management layers and push more authority down to the front lines.

  8. Helpful (13)

    "MITRE"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bedford, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bedford, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work balance and accommodations

    Cons

    Poor Management and decline in technical depth


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great Company to Work For!"

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    Current Employee - Senior Cyber Security Engineer in Bedford, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Cyber Security Engineer in Bedford, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Challenging work! If you absolutely love software or hard engineering problems, and that's all you want to do - this is the place to be! Engineers run the show. Vast types of work here because of the various client needs. Work life balance and pay is quite good.

    Cons

    Amount of work varies by project/team. Some engagements can last years while others last few months. Not many diverse means of career growth here. Only progression seems to be take on more projects, more research, and let time take its course to advance as an Engineer.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on improving skills of workforce constantly like you already do, but don't depend on clients/sponsors to fund as much of it.


  10. "A really great place to work!"

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

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

    Pros

    Good work-life balance, easy to switch to new projects if you’re looking for a change, good benefits, and a great campus in McLean. MITRE is a great place to work! With more than 50 years supporting the government, the company earned a great reputation and is known for its work environment.

    Cons

    The company is going through some changes, which has some staff feeling concerned and their negativity seems to trickle down. After the dust settles, morale will improve and the company has a bright future.

    Advice to Management

    Keep being transparent in your communication to staff. You’ve got a smart team of people leading the company, so keep the lines of communication open so lower level staff know what’s being planned at the top and so you can hear their thoughts and concerns. The CEO is wicked smart, he’s got passion and no shortage of great ideas, and he has a solid management team supporting him. Make sure your lower and middle management is onboard with your plans and that they’re able to help staff adjust to the changes and help them understand the changes so they can address staffs concerns. The management closest to staff have the greatest impact on their perception of the company and the changes.


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