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Updated September 18, 2018
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Pros
  • "Great work life balance for workers" (in 271 reviews)

  • "The company really does provide a good work life balance as well as a good benefits package" (in 51 reviews)

Cons
  • "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 19 reviews)

  • "Upper management decided to "celebrate" this in July/August with an ice cream social" (in 24 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "A very easy going place, lots to offer."

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    Former Employee - Computer Scientist Staff in Bedford, MA
    Former Employee - Computer Scientist Staff in Bedford, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at MITRE full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very flexible hours and many different projects to work on.

    Cons

    Like much government work, some days can be very slow.


  2. Helpful (44)

    "going downhill fast"

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    Former Employee - Principal Engineer in McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Principal Engineer in McLean, VA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    benefits, interesting work, good people, good mission, non-profit

    Cons

    retirement match falling behind national labs and competitors (e.g., Booz Allen). Major strategic mistake to downgrade DoD/IC work (~60% of work program, 90% of demand) in favor of groveling for VA, IRS, HHS work (so 2010s!).
    Staff uniformly hates corporate management; management thinks everyone loves them.

    Advice to Management

    Stop hiring the cheapest people you can find. Get back to basics: speak truth to power, be the smartest guy in the room, be willing to walk.
    If you want to cut costs, offer early retirement bonuses.

  3. Helpful (31)

    "Hard to get work even after being employed"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    * good work-life balance
    * flex hours and telecommuting
    * nice facilities

    Cons

    * dead wood in upper management
    * too much politics and not enough competency in senior management
    * it's all about who knows who
    * age bias in favor of young new hires resulting in many full time employees not finding work 'coverage'

    Advice to Management

    More meritocracy and less politics.


  4. Helpful (27)

    "Oblivious Leadership"

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

    I have been working at MITRE full-time

    Pros

    -Education Benefits
    -Contribution to national issues

    Cons

    All other benefits have been cut year after year. Management is out of touch with the staff. They are only concerned with the bottom line.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your staff, develop solutions to communicate better with your employees.


  5. Helpful (32)

    "Holding out hope"

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

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

    Pros

    Great retirement plan; some exceptionally smart, dedicated staff; opportunity to contribute to sponsor’s (customer) missions.

    Cons

    MITRE used to rely on system engineering principles and data driven decisions for recommendations to sponsors. More and more MITRE relies on new “sales sharks” who come back from sponsor meetings and direct project staff.

    Division level VP meetings are wholly focused on revenue targets, growth, accelerating work, with lip service being paid to outcomes, speaking truth-to-power, and good MITRE work.

    Been over two-years since I have heard management mention “work/life balance”.

    Advice to Management

    I once planned on working for MITRE until I retire because I believed in the company and the work. Stop turning MITRE into a cut-throat, revenue driven commercial concern, and focus back on core values and strengths. Turn it back into a company employees want to work at until they retire rather than a company they rush to retire from.


  6. Helpful (18)

    "Many VPs"

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    Current Employee - Project Leader in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Project Leader in McLean, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work.
    Excellent tech staff.
    Smart department managers.
    Nice buildings.

    Cons

    Internal IT has deteriorated in last 18 months.
    New CEO added lots of VPs....seems like a new one every couple of weeks. They're all figuring out how to be executives. Lots of ideas.
    CEO thinks MITRE should be like for-profits.

    Advice to Management

    Focus.
    Be nice to the department managers.
    Get out of your offices; meet people and learn about their work.
    Stop treating people over 50 like they're too old to be useful.
    Value MITRE's culture.


  7. Helpful (16)

    "Still a lot going for it"

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    Current Employee - Current Employee
    Current Employee - Current Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    MITRE is still a place where smart, motivated people can truly make a difference in national security and have a great career. The workforce is very talented, collaboration is open and highly valued, and opportunities abound. Employees can easily move around the company and across FFRDCs, applying their skills to all manner of hard problems from different domains like space, cyber, healthcare, intelligence, military, treasury, and law enforcement. Some international opportunities too. People stay here a long time because there are good benefits, but also excellent training and growth opportunities. You can have a long and varied career here, with plenty of mobility and variety, in a culture of public service.

    Cons

    Current executive leadership is intentionally disrupting the culture and focus of the organization, with vague goals and questionable means. Messaging about ‘good growth’ sounds like a move away from first principles of not-for-profit public service, and staff are concerned about unintended consequences, but understand that negative feedback is not welcome. COO-led buyout/layoff of operations staff was inept, poorly timed and poorly managed. CEO appears unconcerned and dismissive about the negative climate he has created amongst the staff. CEO also has serious issues with his personal brand.

    Advice to Management

    MITRE is different from for-profit institutions in so many positive ways. Be careful not to erode the foundations of this company.

    To the board: Wake up. This is not going well.

  8. Helpful (15)

    "Good, but management seems lost"

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    Current Employee - Lead Engineer
    Current Employee - Lead Engineer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Depending on where you work, MITRE does some really interesting technical work
    Work-life balance is excellent with flexible hours
    Benefits are very good by contractor standards

    Cons

    Management seems to be flailing around with pointless reorganizations and new buzz terms, instead of addressing real problems.
    Management is more worried about the process, than the actual results


  9. Helpful (14)

    "In flux"

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    Current Employee - Project Leader in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Project Leader in McLean, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great national-impact problems to solve; not “turn the crank” engineering.
    Excellent tech staff; lots of collaboration
    Good benefits
    Nice facilities, many locations (&some telework options)

    Cons

    New executive team getting its bearings
    Reductions in benefits for several years running

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the workforce; get out of the penthouse more often
    Stop outsourcing functions
    Be clearer about what you plan to do. Too many business buzzwords & “initiatives.”


  10. Helpful (26)

    "MITRE Experience 2018"

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    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Billerica, MA
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Billerica, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Great Training Opportunities
    -Good Benefits
    -R&D Government Opportunities

    Cons

    REALITY: Corporate “Reshaping” has generated a politically charged negative culture and unpleasant working environment
    RESULT: Mature workforce has been demeaned in this process and morale is very low

    Advice to Management

    Evaluate and plan for organizational change by seeking many advisors to determine best course for all concerned parties


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