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MITRE Reviews

Updated 20 November 2014
Updated 20 November 2014
447 Reviews
3.6
447 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • people pretty much respect your schedule and are supportive of work life balance (in 129 reviews)

  • Good Benefits; however, not as good as they were 25 years ago (in 32 reviews)


Cons
  • Hard to grow salary and climb the ladder, but the work-life balance is great (in 15 reviews)

  • Some upper management seems to talk out both sides of their mouth -- dishonest and hypocritical (in 16 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    30 years - a good to great place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bedford, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bedford, MA (US)

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

    Pros

    The opportunities that are available to all the tech staff are great. If you are flexible and want to travel/relocate/work MITRE will have a place for you. You can get experiences influencing large government operations that would not be afforded someone working for a"for profit" corporation.

    Cons

    Sometimes the growth pace isn't speedy and like all organizations sometimes the bosses are too risk adverse.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit trying to tweak the organization, fire the outside consultants, remember your roots and make decisions in 1/8th the time you use now.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Dependent on your Department

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MITRE

    Pros

    Excellent products, learn a lot

    Cons

    Occasional tough deadlines, out of Boston

  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    One of the best places to work in the area.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal Information Systems Engineer in Tyson's Corner, Fairfax, VA (US)
    Current Employee - Principal Information Systems Engineer in Tyson's Corner, Fairfax, VA (US)

    I have been working at MITRE full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Challenging work, impact on the country, extremely flexible hours, great benefits

    Cons

    Work is often project based, so you might need to "find your own work" when the project ends, or juggle several projects. Pay isn't quite as good as peer companies, though the stability and job satisfaction outweigh that.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work for innovative creative individuals.

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    Current Employee - Senior Bus/Econ Analyst in McLean, VA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Bus/Econ Analyst in McLean, VA (US)

    I have been working at MITRE full-time

    Pros

    benefits are greater than the average benefits provided in the area. MITRE emphasises strongly personal development and provides all kind of support for employees to grow in areas of their interest.

    Cons

    some may find the MITRE Way a bit overwhelming.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    promotions do not come very easy, yet it's not that difficult either. As long as an employee brings value to MITRE other than doing great work, they are easily noticed and rewarded. Training is on-going and a must by the management. They like to see everyone gets trained in some area of their interest.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 9 people found this helpful  

    MITRE has changed

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in McLean, VA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in McLean, VA (US)

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

    Pros

    MITRE has above-average benefits to make up for its below-average salaries. The culture among the technical staff is mostly supportive. The facilities are nice.

    Cons

    MITRE management, particularly above department managers, seems solely out for themselves. They are generally tireless self-promoters, take credit for the contributions of the technical staff, and "manage upward". One of the best things about MITRE is the ability of staff to propose IR&D. But most IR&D projects are granted to "the usual suspects" who are the favorites of management. Many IR&D investigators never work on sponsored projects and, in fact, eschew doing so, often refusing to apply for security clearances.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get back to basics of an FFRDC and stop thinking of yourselves as Masters of the Universe. Get some humility; 90% of your staff are more technically competent than you. Nothing wrong with that!

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Human Factors Jr

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Human Factors Junior in McLean, VA (US)
    Current Employee - Human Factors Junior in McLean, VA (US)

    I have been working at MITRE full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The benefits here are amazing. From the insurance, educational assistance, 401k matching etc. The work life balance is great and the wealth of knowledge and SME available is unbelievable. The access to industry leading professional journals and state of the art equipment is also great. Compensation is competitive and the MITRE institute training classes are very nice.

    Cons

    Personal growth here is very very slow. The way promotions are chosen is by the top %10 of AC Levels. Long story short, sometimes only 1 person overall well get a promotion per department based on your AC Level. Unless you are in the right department, work is scarce and you have to personally scavange for projects. MITRE was in the top 100 places to work for 10 years, then quickly fell.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Revise your promotional assessments and conduct regular employee-department head meetings.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 11 people found this helpful  

    If you are mid-career, don't stay more than two years

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Leader in Bedford, MA (US)
    Former Employee - Project Leader in Bedford, MA (US)

    I worked at MITRE full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Very flexible in terms of hour, remote work. Job stability, to a fault, almost.

    Cons

    Very few opportunities for growth, promotion. You'll lose your competitive edge and marketability if you stay here too long.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good place ... work life balance, smart people, tough to advance, lower pay

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Leader in Bedford, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Project Leader in Bedford, MA (US)

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

    Pros

    Great work-life balance; lots of training opportunities available to all; easy to reach back into company to understand experiences of others, and technologies; good benefits; get to work with leading edge technology; get to solve critical problems

    Cons

    Mid level management (department heads, technical directors) and supervisors (team leads) --- it's a mixed bag -- some are excellent managers, others are not so much; have been employed at a few global 100 companies and this honestly is the weakest mid level management I have seen.

    Salary is generally lower by at least 25-30% than private sector companies this size. Tradeoff is the work-life balance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a good hard look at mid level management --- take action where needed.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Challenging work in the public interest. Great benefits. Excellent people.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy that comes with government accountability. Low turnover makes promotions slower than for profit companies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Socialize change better and be more transparent in decisions that impact employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great Knowledge Experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Multi-Discipline Systems Engineer in Washington, DC (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Multi-Discipline Systems Engineer in Washington, DC (US)

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

    Pros

    Opportunities to learn; lots of smart people to work with; opportunity to do work in the best interest of the government

    Cons

    there is mediocre management communication

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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