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Updated July 16, 2018
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Pros
  • "Work life balance and pay is quite good" (in 259 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. Helpful (1)

    "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 (22)

    "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 (28)

    "Lack of confidence"

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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 10 years)

    Pros

    The campuses are very nice; the gym is very good; flexible scheduling can come in very handy; wonderful coworkers, benefits have slowly eroded but are still good

    Cons

    Senior management does not communicate plans. You cannot tell what projects are currently in the pipeline that exemplify "making the world safer" or "good growth strategy."
    CEO off on vacation in the middle of a layoff. (Why would he advertise that? )

    Advice to Management

    Replace the CEO with one who can communicate a vision


  4. Helpful (31)

    "Systems Engineer"

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

    I worked at MITRE full-time

    Pros

    Beautiful facilities with great IT and systems support. Many amenities, credit union, gym with a superior cafe. Many educational opportunities to advance career.

    Cons

    Senior leadership quietly watching the CEO deteriorate the quality and integrity of the company in fear of their jobs.

    Advice to Management

    Board needs to understand the reality of what’s happening and take action before it’s too late.


  5. Helpful (46)

    "Principle engineer"

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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 10 years)

    Pros

    Great opportunities to work on multiple projects for a wide veriety of sponsors. Really great retirement program, but get your salary $ on your way in since raises are not that great particularly for senior staff. Company has a focus on early career staff.

    Cons

    Very little value placed on late career staff who have dedicated years to mitre. It use to be a great place for experienced technical staff where the best and brightest can flourish, but the culture does not value great experienced engineers as much as really good speakers with little technical depth. The new cio and coo are creating a top heavy , elitist culture, where there are more VP’s than ever and significant staff reduction happening in the operational domain this month. The new COO is focusing on cuts with very little regards for the staff and at onetime a really great culture. Failing to offer some sort of early retirement or voluntary layoff is an example of just how little value is placed on the culture and on the staff that will be left behind after the layoffs. Other than the marketing pitch of “making a safer world”, there is little vision of where we are going as a company other than let promo our buddy’s to vp.

    Finally there is little to no values shown to the experienced staff at mitre... all efforts are placed on early career staff while senior staff get minimal merit increases, very few growth opportunities and are set out to the pasture. No where is age discrimination more evident than in the operational organizations, the cio lets his directors run the show, and the directors rely solely on the deparment heads who value the early career staff since they are the only group to show any motivation. The late career staff have been Beaten down so often with lack of raises, lack of promotion, and Pure disrespect by the incompetent group or middle managers that the culture is stagnet, hostel, and simply not bearable by most.

    Advice to Management

    COO: stop looking for operation savings until you have a plan on what the saving would give you. CEO: remember that it is the staff make mitre great... stop building a layer of VPs that puts distance between you and the staff... your predecessors were in touch with the staff “are you?”


  6. Helpful (21)

    "Continuous Change as a Strategy"

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

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

    Pros

    Honestly working on the side of the U.S. citizens. Work well with both government and contractors.

    Cons

    Inexperienced officer core making changes for change sake, no long term vision, change NOW if it doesn't work we'll change again, is not a strategy.

    Advice to Management

    Create a vision and stick with it, constantly changing things the workforce has to adapt to is not helpful.


  7. Helpful (32)

    "Don't recognize this company anymore"

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

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

    Pros

    A lot of amenities, benefits have been good, work life balance has been good. Not sure where all that will stand after this summer.

    Cons

    CEO Making changes for no good reason other than his selfish ego. Corporate Operations have been told layoffs are coming and all other information has been vague. Employees are scared, morale and loyalty are low. A company that has had such a long tenure is now going to lose everyone.

    Advice to Management

    Figure out your vision and a plan before you make any changes and terrify the employees further. Maybe, try not to start your company wide email with "I am going on an extended vacation for personal travel" when your employees are afraid to take vacation or even call in sick.

  8. Helpful (12)

    "New CEO upsetting the environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at MITRE full-time

    Pros

    MITRE can be a great place to work with friendly people and a lot of benefits that encourage working long term at the company

    Cons

    The new CEO is switching up a lot of things that are making everyone antsy about the direction the company is going. I'd give it a few years to let things settle before trying to join the company.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate better. Don't just address the good things but reign in rumours by addressing the bad things such as layoffs.


  9. Helpful (5)

    "MITRE"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at MITRE full-time

    Pros

    Benefits, work culture, impact of work

    Cons

    internal communication, nepotism, headquarters-centricity,


  10. Helpful (15)

    "Don't recognize the company anymore"

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

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

    Pros

    When I first began, there were plenty: rewarding work, great teams, lots to learn and do, and substantial recognition of achievements. Flexible work hours and good benefits rounded out a thought-provoking, engaging, and stable work environment.

    Cons

    After spending more than half my professional career at MITRE, I left for a better paying and healthy work environment elsewhere. The stress is overwhelming due to a "workforce shaping" restructuring framed as "agility' or “progress” and instead appears to be more about specifically making employees fearful, disenfranchised, and disempowered, especially those in operational roles. Just trying to survive or "roll with the punches" paralyzes some segments of the workforce.

    Advice to Management

    While one expects change over time, changes instigated to satisfy an executive's whim has chaotic, confusing, and demoralizing aftereffects. In many cases, they reek of an excess of hubris, hamarta, and anagnosis on the part of MITRE's officer core, especially the CEO, COO, and the SVP/Programs. The Board of Trustees, by its inaction, seems to agree with and approve of this behavior. For those of us who valued MITRE's culture, staff, and mission in the past, this change is one that has been handled by the executive leadership in a fashion, one that may not lead to the long-term viability of MITRE's stability or reputation.


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