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Great place to work

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Current Employee - Senior Simulation Modeling Engineer  in  McLean, VA (US)
Current Employee - Senior Simulation Modeling Engineer in McLean, VA (US)

I have been working at MITRE

Pros

The benefits are fantastic. The entire company operates using an "open-door" policy - almost everyone there is willing to stop what they're doing to answer questions about the work they're doing. There are lots of training opportunities, in a range of fields. The company is very responsive to employee questions and concerns (at least for a company its size. I love working here.

Cons

If you don't want to do government contracting, this is not the place for you, obviously.

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Challanging Work with Family Life Balance

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lead Engineer  in  McLean, VA (US)
    Current Employee - Lead Engineer in McLean, VA (US)

    I have been working at MITRE

    Pros

    Great family life balance can be had at MITRE. Employees can adjust their hours around their children's schedules. I don't miss a thing with my kids lives and I wouldn't trade that for anything. In addition, the work is very intellectually challanging and employees are given the opportunity to research ideas that are outside of conventional thinking.

    If you can network well (and this is the key to success on many levels), you can have much control over the projects you work on and the career path that you want to take (technical, managment, etc)

    There are lots of smart people from many different fields that you can learn from. And most people are easy to get along with and generous with their time since the FFRDC workstyle is of a slower pace.

    You can grow your knowledge across many different technical fields while working at MITRE.

    Main MITRE campus are spacious and have very nice facilities.

    MITRE is an especially great fit if you have an academic background / PhD or if you have previous military experience.

    Cons

    If you are not a good networker you will struggle with the promotion process and the technical quality of work from your projects. Promotions are hard enough to come by regardless of whether you are a good networker or not. All promotions take time except for a talented / lucky few, but with a 'flat' company like MITRE, this is somewhat understood.

    Competition for internal IR&D is overly bureaucratic and quite baffling. It seems to get worse every year and upper management seems to value the creation of a research portfolio containing all of the hot buzz words over giving MITRE's talented employees intellectual freedom to pursue groundbreaking ideas. I really feel that MITRE's management is significantly holding back the quality of MITRE's research.

    MITRE is slightly moving away from its traditional FFRDC / think tank role. More and more projects are requiring employees to interact in a program managment type of role between the government and its prime contractor.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get back the MITRE Innovation Program to what it was 5-10 years ago.

    Be better connected with your top technical talent and what the companies technical capabilities are as a whole. There seems to be a growing disconnect here.

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  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Far and away the best of several employers.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer  in  McLean, VA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in McLean, VA (US)

    I have been working at MITRE

    Pros

    1. Great colleagues - Incredible wealth of knowledge and experience available from people willing to help.

    2. Very satisfying work - Vast variety of projects and types of work with emphasis on best solving the right problem, not the most profitable (been there, done that - there is a difference).

    3. Fantastic work/personal balance.

    4. Justifiably in Fortune's Top 100 Places to Work for 9 years - Good at lots of stuff that counts.

    Cons

    1. Not for fresh-outs or newbies (unless you have a PhD, want to do research, and chose MITRE over a college) - Get some real-world experience to temper your learning: flame some electronics, choke some computers, and watch a contract grind down in dueling depositions.

    2. Yeah, they have the occasional bad manager - The Peter Principle is, after all, a universal principle, and yeah, the lack of effectiveness rubs off on the underlings. Life goes on.

    3. Recognition goes to the flashy demo - Not unlike the real world, but here it isn't temper by the facts of did it make money or not.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Feedback: From the bottom looking up, it looks like good work on the right path.

    Suggestion: Based on the backgrounds and demonstrated skills of various employees observed over 15+ years, resolve the apparent inconsistencies between conditions for hiring a person into a grade level compared with those for promoting a person to the same level. (Yes, I know, this isn't unique to MITRE, and personally, I feel fairly compensated; it isn't just about me; please work to resolve it.)

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