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Question for MITRE employees: if you already work at MITRE, then apply to a different job vacancy (within MITRE but in a different department and where the position is externally advertised), and then get the position… how do you handle the salary negotiation? ………….. Let’s say the new department offers you 180k… I know you’re always allowed to ask for more, but do you negotiate for more or no because you’re already a MITRE staffer? If you do, how much more would you ask for above 180k?

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  • "Poor Management and decline in technical depth(in 72 reviews)
  • "workers are not technical (without engineering degree training) and many managers' resume (their resumes are online) include graduate degrees that are useless for technical work.(in 57 reviews)
  • "Senior leadership quietly watching the CEO deteriorate the quality and integrity of the company in fear of their jobs.(in 48 reviews)
  • "Salaries are low but competitive by non(in 39 reviews)
  • "Upper management is a bit bloated and out of touch; technical company that hasn't figured out how to establish a clear technical track.(in 31 reviews)
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  1. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 5 years
    Featured Review

    Best growth opportunities

    Jan 12, 2022 - Project Manager in Colorado Springs, CO
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Mitre provides lots of opportunities for growth in technical tracks and leadership tracks. Because Notre is an FFRDC, there is always more challenging work than resources which creates a demand for motivated people. Mitre offers many ways to continue growing allowing individuals to follow the path of paths they find most interesting. Great retirement plan. Many people that spend their careers with Mitre retire early.

    Cons

    Pay scale may be less than comparable work at "for profit" corporations.

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    5 people found this review helpful
  2. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Research

    Oct 5, 2022 - Research Scientist 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Fun good cool neat math

    Cons

    Commute drive government old staid

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  4. 2.0
    Current Employee

    Rapidly declining

    Nov 7, 2022 - Senior Scientist 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    MITRE has incredible infrastructure, capabilites and talent...

    Cons

    MITREs management continues to decline. First, a catastrophic reorg in 2020 when several hundred staff were unceremoniously laid off without thought of the consequences for staffing needs, leading to 18 months of vacancies. NOW, they have such cost overruns, they are mandating staff take vacation because they can't meet payroll. There is zero accountability from the C suite --utter radio silence. How do they think this will resonate with our Federal sponsors? It is not exactly confidence inspiring. There is a focus on optics that undermines the ability to make substantive management improvements: the topic du jour is "belonging". What would make employees feel valued is transparency and accountability from management; people are far more attached to vacation (and sick leave-- also very limited) than to free Starbucks and corporate swag, or "bonding opportunities". MITRE will continue to lose its ability to attract top talent and hemorrhage senior staff if they don't regain focus on what matters - doing great, science driven research in the public interest guided by fiscally responsible policies.

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    28 people found this review helpful
  5. 5.0
    Current Employee

    Best Place for Scientists & Engineers

    Dec 1, 2022 - Principal Systems Engineer 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Encouraging personal development and education. Freedom to do independent research Work with senior decision makers in DoD

    Cons

    Having to continuously find new projects

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  6. 4.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    Good Safe Company

    Oct 30, 2022 - Data Science 
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    Pros

    Good exposure to all things gov contracting without the pressure of a for-profit company. Surrounded by insanely smart people. Definitely good opportunity to do something you are interested in.

    Cons

    Productivity is sometimes hamstrung by org size and structure. They say a lot of things (talk the talk style). Not a great place to move upward quickly without feeling sort of shady switching departments, etc. There's not a ton of incentive to be a very hard worker; everyone moves upward at a similar pace (maybe I'm not correct about this, but I was supposedly always in the 'top 5%' of salary increases and I know it was close to the same as many colleagues)

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    1 person found this review helpful
  7. 4.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    The MITRE Corporation in Colorado Springs

    Nov 8, 2022 - Astrodynamics in Colorado Springs, CO
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Sites at MITRE are small relative to the total size of the company. Working at sites, such as the one in Colorado Springs, makes the work feel less corporate, and more enjoyable. There are many opportunities to try new projects and lines of work within one' expertise.

    Cons

    MITRE is very focused on its two main campuses in Bedford MA and McLean VA. The sites receive lesser treatment compared to the campuses. This also means the project work at the site sometimes relies on what happens at the campuses, and they can seem a little left-out at times.

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    1 person found this review helpful
  8. 4.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Enjoying MITRE

    Nov 13, 2022 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    I've worked for several defense contractors and MITRE is my favorite so far. The benefits are better than most large contractors and I enjoy the culture of not for profit vs for profit. The retirement options are the best I've seen.

    Cons

    Understaffed/overworked at times but that's not uncommon in my experience. It would be nice to have sick time in addition to PTO. I have a flexible schedule but if I have an appointment that means I need to work extra hrs another day to make up for it or use PTO.

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  9. 3.0
    Former Employee

    A good company with some flaws

    Nov 26, 2022 - Lead Engineer 
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    Pros

    Great company for working mothers. You’d be challenged to find a company that is more accommodating to part time work (can work 20 hrs/week and receive full time benefits). The company benefits are top notch (10% match). Awesome work life balance.

    Cons

    Highly political environment. There is definitely a ‘good old boys’ network here where grooming occurs. I don’t mean mentoring, I mean selections early on. It’s rare to see the hardest working person get to the top. It’s normally the people who are heavy in marketing themselves and are comfortable putting their names on others work. If you are fine with being a churner who gets little to no credit, this will be fine for you. The CEO is not liked overall. Bad leadership and very political. They would have these ‘Covid update’ calls where half the time it was comments that had nothing to do with Covid. I recall one of his executive leaders make a statement like ‘now that we have a good president in charge…’. This was over a phone call where all employees were invited. After I left, vaccines were forced on employees by the CEO (vaccinate or quit). The entire MIP (mitre internal research) program is a joke. It’s completely political. I used to be told I have to encourage new employees to submit ideas knowing very well they had almost no chance of getting it. The same people win every year and they get it because they are in the same department as the area leads (those who make the decisions). Salaries are not competitive with market BUT the benefits are very generous. Job security is a pro but they keep some pretty poor performers due to it. Promotions take forever. It’s hard to move up the chain. Some people leave the company then come back several years later just for the promotion.

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    6 people found this review helpful
  10. 3.0
    Current Employee

    The Emperor's Wardrobe is Getting Sorta See-Through

    Nov 15, 2021 - Engineer 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Benefits, though slightly trimmed from year to year, are still very good relative to industry. Demands and tempo are slow, gentle, varying a bit by project. You can have a cushy, low-stress life here, for decades, and, if you stay in to make maximal use of the retirement program, you will end up a paper millionaire.

    Cons

    A while back, the management consulting vultures told MITRE it was sitting on an untapped cash cow, that its brand was solid but virtually unknown, that its reputation was growing dull, passe, pricey, that it could be five or ten times greater with some aggression and re-invention. Senior leadership has cycled a few times since then, proclaiming We Will Change, Grow, Take Risks, We Will Be Younger, Faster, Different, Less Ivory Tower... each more forcefully than the last. These goals are not, by themselves, "bad," but their rhythm has ramped up past the point of sanity. New business angles and buzzwords fly by faster than the organization's ability to focus. Unclear whether this is fear of extinction, or just executive ego and muscle-flexing. Whatever the cause, our random flailing cannot continue.

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    88 people found this review helpful
  11. 3.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    Not good for early career, but better for late career

    Oct 31, 2022 - Anonymous Employee in McLean, VA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    - Generally great work-life balance - Great job security - Good culture and good people - Good (not amazing) benefits that favor employees who intend to stay a long time - Projects are generally interesting, meaningful, and impactful

    Cons

    Not good for those in early-mid career for the following reasons: - Lack of proper learning opportunities - Lack of structure (have to figure everything out yourself) - Lack of mentorship Other cons: - Compensation is below the industry standard and increasing one's salary can be difficult - Everything is project-dependent. This place can be great or it can be hell depending on the project/team - Have to fill out timecards - Management lines are strange. Most of the time, managers do not work with the people they manage. Higher-level managers who are the main arbiters of salary have to rely on second-hand or third-hand word of mouth regarding an employee's performance - Corporate management seems to make poor decisions in spite of recommendations from technical contributors

    5 people found this review helpful
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