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MITRE CEO Jason Providakes
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  • "Work life balance is rapidly becoming a thing of the past(in 21 reviews)

  • "Harder for early-career, less strictly technical work, upper management(in 27 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review
    Helpful (30)

    "Great place to work. MITRE is much different than other government consulting firms. I hope it stays that way."

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    Current Employee - Principal Scientist in McLean, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at MITRE full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    I spent many years at two very large, well-respected government consulting firms before coming to MITRE. Several of MITRE’s positive attributes below are noted in stark contrast to my experiences at other firms. (1) Work-Life Balance – I’ve never felt pressure to work more than 40 hours per week at MITRE. People are unplugged during nights and weekends. It’s a great place to work if you have a family. At other firms,...

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    Cons

    There is lots of talk of change within MITRE, although I feel that staff performing sponsor work would be hard-pressed to notice anything different day-to-day. However, the talk of change from MITRE’s leadership continues nonetheless and it’s stirring the pot as you can see from many recent Glassdoor reviews. Leadership has not articulated many specifics on what these changes might mean to the staff, so the rumor mill...

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    Advice to Management

    (1) As MITRE is making changes, please do a better job of explaining your thinking in detail to the staff. Otherwise, the vacuum you leave will be filled with our own theories and possibly our insecurities (as witnessed by many recent Glassdoor reviews). We’re smart enough and will understand even if your motivations are complex. We’ve heard the same phrases, such as “good growth,” repeatedly over the past year but have...

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    MITRE Response

    January 7, 2019Employee Experience Team

    Thank you for writing such a thoughtful review of your experience at MITRE. Your feedback reflects many of the sentiments, including an appreciation of our mission-focused work and work-life flexibility, that we hear from our workforce through leadership interactions, focus groups, ...

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  2. "Values employees. Need I say more."

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    Current Employee - Web Developer in Bedford, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at MITRE full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    There is nothing better than being valued as an employee, especially after coming from a company that didn't. Smart coworkers. Creative workplace. Lots of very cool technology.

    Cons

    The commute is terrible.

    Advice to Management

    I have no advice to management. Keep doing what are you doing. Its a positive and great workplace.

  3. Helpful (70)

    "Most of the negative reviews here are correct"

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    Current Employee - Principal Scientist in Bedford, MA
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at MITRE part-time for more than 20 years

    Pros

    MITRE's mission is exceptional, and most of the people I know at MITRE really believe in it. My colleagues in my local department are smart, dedicated and imaginative. The work in my organization is varied and mostly very interesting. The opportunities for part-time and flex schedules are exceptional, and the benefits remain pretty good, including the retirement plan. Work-life balance is also solid. I've stayed at MITRE...

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    Cons

    I was skeptical about the value of Glassdoor until I read the recent reviews, which are spot-on as far as I'm concerned. Where to start? Many reviews here suggest that the company started going downhill when Al Grasso left and Jason Providakes took over; but the problem actually started with Al. On the one hand, he did good things to make the company more unified; on the other hand, he instituted a culture of glad-handing...

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    Advice to Management

    Fire Jason Providakes and Rich Byrne. Make Pete Sherlock or Kerry Buckley the CEO. Forget the vanity projects. Shut down the portfolio effort - it's caused more problems, and introduced more management hassles, than it's solved. Stop communicating with your employees using glad-handing nonsense. And please - please - don't embarrass yourselves by having the Employee Experience Team respond to this review.

    MITRE Response

    February 18, 2019Employee Experience Team

    We agree that MITRE has an extremely talented workforce, with a shared purpose of serving the public interest, and we appreciate hearing the perspectives of all our employees—both those who are early in their careers, and those who have been at MITRE for several years. That said, ...

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  4. Helpful (43)

    "Lots of projects to learn from, too many layers of management, lack of impactful work"

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    Former Employee - Lead Engineer in Bedford, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at MITRE full-time for more than 6 years

    Pros

    Lot of nice people. Flexibility to work on multiple projects allows employees to pick up skill sets. You can have a lot of fun and learn a lot depending on the project you're working on. Also depends on the people you're working with on your project. Lots of training opportunities. Management seems to be okay with spending money to getting people certified or furthering their education. Good work-life balance. ...

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    Cons

    Most of the work you do amounts to a powerpoint presentation and/or a demo and no actual operational impact even if its considered impactful work by upper management. It's unfortunate that for a large number of projects out there, its more important for you to charge your hours than it is to actual contribute meaningful work. Instead of getting fired for not doing your work, you get kicked off the project once they...

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    Advice to Management

    Promote people based on actual skills, not because it is time to do so. Hire people with real industry experience and put them on projects where they can truly make an impact. Get rid of group leaders. Most barely have insight into what you do or lack the skills to understand what you're working on. Managers should only manage, not also work on projects. Often times, employees are "forgotten" since managers only...

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    MITRE Response

    February 18, 2019Employee Experience Team

    Thank you for taking the time to share your perspective on multiple topics. We, too, appreciate MITRE’s investment in the career development of our employees, and the emphasis on work/life flexibility. We are proud of the work we do, which continues to have significant impact on the ...

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  5. Helpful (32)

    "Unknown Future"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      No opinion of CEO

      I have been working at MITRE full-time

      Pros

      Retirement package is good but used to be better

      Cons

      Company is going through a huge business transformation that is impacting every part of business operations. Outside consultants and Directors from across the company are making decisions that impact departments and processes they know nothing about. CEO keeps referring to good growth and I haven’t met someone that can explain what that means

    • Helpful (32)

      "Not as good as it can be"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      No opinion of CEO

      I have been working at MITRE full-time for more than 20 years

      Pros

      Benefits, Facilities, Peers, Sponsors. Great opportunities for Millennials.

      Cons

      Commute is terrible, Management does not appear to care about the employees well-being; they care more about getting everything done in a speedy fashion and worry about the content later. Some projects take time and thought to produce a quality product.

      Advice to Management

      Start caring about the employees who work for MITRE and less about self-promoting yourselves. We need stability and not another organizational change. The recent organizational announcement is another example to prove that Senior management doesn't know what it is doing. We should not be guessing at how to run a $2B organization.

    • Helpful (17)

      "Interesting work; few opportunities for advancement (or pay increases)"

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

      I have been working at MITRE full-time for more than 4 years

      Pros

      Excellent benefits. MITRE puts in an almost-unheard-of 7.5% automatically, and with matching will go up to 10% (they take one year to start matching, but you're fully vested from the get-go). Net result is that you're putting in 12%, and they're putting in 10%, for a total of 22% per year. They also have student-loan repayment up to another $1800 per year (although only for 3 years). They also have subject-matter...

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      Cons

      Promotions beyond Level 3 are rare (as in, one person per department per year from 3 to 4, one from 4 to 5, etc). So functionally they're awarded largely by seniority, as opposed to merit. Pay is tied very closely to salary band: Level 3 (Senior) is centered at $110k (+/- 25k), Level 4 (Lead) is centered at $140k. Management convinces themselves that they're "paying above market", but that's not really correct....

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      Advice to Management

      More leadership, less management. Drop the corporate jargon. Stop trying to fix things that aren't broken.

    • Helpful (24)

      "Moribund Introverted Technology Researching Engineers"

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      Current Employee - Lead Software Systems Engineer in McLean, VA
      Recommends
      Neutral Outlook
      No opinion of CEO

      I have been working at MITRE full-time for more than 9 years

      Pros

      Flexible work schedule, freedom to learn and research new technology

      Cons

      Stagnant org structure, dubious promotion track

      Advice to Management

      Fix bonuses and incentives for software engineers and developers; increase salaries

    • Helpful (21)

      "On a Steady Decline"

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

      I worked at MITRE full-time for more than 2 years

      Pros

      Exceptional work-life balance if you happen to work on a relaxed task and have flexible project leaders that allow it Endless cool project opportunities IF you are ambitious and able network enough to seek them out McLean campus is undergoing renovations that can make MITRE a fun environment to work in Cafeteria is incredibly convenient

      Cons

      Incredibly poor management at every level - executives couldn't be more out of touch. An extreme lack of transparency exists across the management hierarchy and as a result, the company is run very inconsistently. For every ambitious individual you meet, there are about ten more who are content delivering the bare minimum or less. This is not to say that MITRE lacks talent, just expect to go well out of your way to...

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      Advice to Management

      Mass hiring initiative was a mistake. Manage the company consistently - no more lip service.

    • Helpful (1)

      "Great Place to Work-if Comfortable with a Highly Bureaucratized Culture"

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      Former Employee - Electronic Records Management Applications Architect in Bedford, MA
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Disapproves of CEO

      I worked at MITRE full-time for more than 6 years

      Pros

      Fair employment practices; Low Stress for the most part; Great Benefits. Embrace of Work/Life balance by most management. Stable employer. Important work for national benefit.

      Cons

      Highly stratified, with many layers of management. Frequently little chance for advancement, with poor guidance on promotion requirements. Not the place for fast trackers nor risk-takers.

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