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Updated June 21, 2017
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  • In many departments, having work/life balance is just talk (in 19 reviews)

  • The of lower management to impress upper management on the work of the umderlings was unreal (in 22 reviews)

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  1. "Really fun place to work"

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    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in West McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in West McLean, VA
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    Pros

    Great workplace environment, encourages collaboration and new ideas. Easy to move between projects and keep things interesting. Compensation is adequate, retirement options are phenomenal. Management is highly ethical and makes sound decisions across the board. Flexible work hours and work environment and very friendly people.

    Cons

    Limited compensation and upward mobility. Lack of visibility across industry compared to other major for-profit companies.

    Advice to Management

    Advance MITRE grown talent before external talent


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    "Fabulous place to work at"

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    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Washington, DC
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    Pros

    Flexible hours, easiness to telecommute, great quality of life programs, TechTalks, brown bags, a great environment for knowledge sharing. Most people here have degrees of higher education, many, many Ph.D's, experts in different fields. Benefits and compensations are great, they really value their employees and every single worker is treated with respect. The availability of resources allows employees to utilize their fields of expertise and pursue their own interests through different sponsoring programs. The overall atmosphere is great, there's a lot of commitment from each individual.

    Cons

    None that I can think of, maybe besides the location requires getting through heavy traffic to and from work.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.

  3. "Fantastic place to work."

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in McLean, VA
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    Pros

    MITRE treats their employees remarkably well - like human beings! In addition to fantastic benefits and pay, we are also treated with respect, our opinions are valued, and there is a great life/work balance encouraged.

    Cons

    The research program can be terribly political. If you're not part of the click it's extremely hard to get your research funded.

    Advice to Management

    Encourage the younger staff to be more involved in the research program. Funding is typically so hierarchical that it's difficult for new staff to break in. Also, don't let chief engineers be a bottle neck - they wield far too much power in the funding process.


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    "Open Environment with Great Opportunities"

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    Current Employee - Lead Multi-Discipline Systems Engineer in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Lead Multi-Discipline Systems Engineer in McLean, VA
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    Pros

    Flexible work environment that allows you to apply your strengths and stretch the application of your skills/knowledge. Ability and expectation that you will think before you blindly act. Ability to engage with senior leaders and proactively recommend changes.

    Cons

    Uncertain career progression path with inconsistent application of existing criteria. Hiring of experts late in their career with limited motivation to teach and apply their skills. Limited opportunities to attend training with demanding needs of the customer and existing internal policies.

    Advice to Management

    Make career path progression more transparent.
    Get in the trenches and learn from the worker bees what is going on today.


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    "MITRE is there to take on the hard jobs tell the truth stand with integrity and help our nation and its citizens"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bedford, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bedford, MA
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    Pros

    MITRE is a Federally Funded R&D Center that takes on challenging technical jobs working in the national interest. Therefore, it has the ability to do important work that can do things for all Americans for national security without being distracte by "make money on it for shareholders" is very satisfying. Working technologies like UAS, Satellites sensing and comm, IT infrastructure, bio-tech etc keeps me growing professionally and working with colleagues and senior Government leaders keeps me growing personally. It is wonderful to work with people who think about our country more than themselves. Seeing and working with them is really inspiring. You go home feeling good about yourself and your career choices.

    Cons

    My biggest downsides are:
    1. MITRE is limited in how much work it can perform and this limit has been pretty fixed for the last 15 years by Congress. There are so many new and important problems we could help on yet are unable to contribute in war on terror, security, technology modernization (mobile wireless, unmanned vehicles, integrated sensors, etc.) due to this limitation.
    2. If your career ambitions include making lots money, then MITRE has a limited salary range and little opportunity for entreprenurial financial success no profit that becomes a bonus (think stock brokers).
    3. While MITRE has made great strides in diversity in the more junior ranks more needs to done at senior technical leadership areas.

    Advice to Management

    The most valuable things that they could do is coomunicate with all their staff especially geographically distributed. Learn what the work prgram is from the staff doing it not from the leadership management chain. Apply the same respect they give themselves on tools and systems they find useful to their engineering employees.
    Finally, take risks embrace change and disruptive technology we can be our sponsors test subjects.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "One of the few firms that lives up to "best places to work" surveys"

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    Current Employee - Lead Economic Business Analyst in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Lead Economic Business Analyst in McLean, VA
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    Pros

    Great benefits
    No need to focus on business development
    Good work-life balance
    You can work as hard or as relaxed as you dare to
    Management tends to respect employees
    People are generally very helpful and congenial
    On many teams, work is kept in perspective

    Cons

    Raises vary between 3%-6% so you will need to come in as high as you can
    Promotions are far and few between
    Management is technically focused and undervalues the management consulting skills
    Management tends to focus on short-term goals and keeping the client happy rather than being a "trusted advisor" that is unafraid to tell the truth

    Advice to Management

    Give more priority to business consulting rather than systems engineering
    Invest in developing a "tool kit" and some standard applications to avoid dependence on client's inadequate basic tools/systems


  7. "Work-Life Balance is taken seriously and supported across the organizations"

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    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in McLean, VA
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    Pros

    Work-Life Balance is taken seriously and supported across the organization. People are encouraged to pursue their personal and professional goals almost equally. Paid time off is granted for some civic duties such as being a museum docent or election worker. Working from home and flexible scheduling make child care challenges easy to manage.

    Cons

    Low staff and management turnover limits promotion and growth opportunities. The company is growing strongly but in many diverse areas. If you're employed in a fairly stable work area it's difficult to find promotions in your area. This forces others to either develop new skills in unrelated areas to pursue advancement or stay put and hope for the best. Since many of the areas of MITRE are mutually exclusive, it can be hard to transfer into growth areas. For example, an expert in artifiicial intelligence would have difficulty becoming a network engineer.

    Advice to Management

    Encourage managers to give more frequent financial rewards for performance throughout the year to offset the slower career advancement due to low staff turnover.

  8. "MITRE is truly a great place to work"

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

    Ability to work in the public interest on critical national security issues with full support of management to "do the right thing." At MITRE the only interest is the public interest.

    Cons

    As a not for profit organization, while your are paid a competitive salary, there are no stock options or bonuses as can be seen in some other high tech companies (eg. Google...)

    Advice to Management

    More town hall style interactions with employees, enabling management to discuss it vision and direction, coupled with Q&A with the staff.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Mr. Grasso is a firm believer in MITRE and it's mission but never loses site that MITRE's core value is its employees."

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    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in McLean, VA
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    Pros

    I beleive that MITRE values my input and cares about my contributions.

    Cons

    There is not a lot of growth opportunities for minorities and women. But the company has taken a hard look at these practices and is improving significantly.

    Advice to Management

    Spend more time talking with our customers at the highest level possible. Our technical managers have great relationships with our customers and upper managemnt should build upon that relationship.


  10. "MITRE is a challenging environment with interesting work--but it's not for everyone."

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    Current Employee - Lead Multi-Discipline Systems Engineer in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Lead Multi-Discipline Systems Engineer in McLean, VA
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    Pros

    There is an abundance of interesting work and a wide variety of clients. Personnel are free to pursue projects they enjoy (including MITRE-sponsored research projects). Employees have a great deal of autonomy over our work and schedules.

    Cons

    Employees sometimes drop out of projects mid-stream to do another project they find "more interesting" --with no managerial repercussions for the negative affect they have on the project. Some people find it difficult to work within the MITRE culture which is more like a hybrid of academia, consulting, and government environment than a standard contracting firm.

    Advice to Management

    There is a great deal of favoritism among certain personnel and it shows in the manner in which they are treated and given promotions.


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