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Updated 23 January 2015
Updated 23 January 2015
463 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • people pretty much respect your schedule and are supportive of work life balance (in 130 reviews)

  • Good Benefits; however, not as good as they were 25 years ago (in 33 reviews)


Cons
  • Hard to grow salary and climb the ladder, but the work-life balance is great (in 16 reviews)

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

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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    Challenging Research Environment

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lead Signal Processing Engineer in Bedford, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Lead Signal Processing Engineer in Bedford, MA (US)

    I have been working at MITRE full-time

    Pros

    Breadth of interesting work, quality of peers, retirement benefits, and work schedule flexibility. This is an environment that truly values *quality* work, something that can be hard to find in industry or at government contractor organizations.

    Cons

    Salaries are on the low end of spectrum, and the health care packages are pricey,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    While most people I talk to appear happy with the actual working environment (myself included), the low salary increases that have occurred over the past several years are starting to create a significant monetary gap that is hard to overlook. If you continue down this path for too long, good people will leave, and it will be hard to replace them with employees of equivalent quality.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Excellent workplace, once you find your place

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

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

    Pros

    Opportunities to do important work. Great access to the data you need to really understand the problem. Smart co-workers. Don't come here if you want to get rich. Don't come here for training. Come here if you already know your stuff, and want to make a difference. The good jobs are high stress, but management bends over backwards to help with work-life balance.

    Cons

    Some of the managers are egotistical turf-guarders with tunnel vision. They tend to be the ones that have job openings. You may have to transfer internally a couple of times in your first two years to get yourself into a good spot.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find some way to get people to talk more across organizational boundaries. You're leaving a lot of capability idle, because people stay in their stovepipes and don't know what anyone else is doing.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Feedback

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - HRG in Bedford, MA (US)
    Former Employee - HRG in Bedford, MA (US)

    I worked at MITRE

    Pros

    Great company and corporate mission.

    Cons

    Non profit and no stock options

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great corporate culture

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Pretty good

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Lead Scientist in Bedford, MA (US)
    Former Employee - Lead Scientist in Bedford, MA (US)

    I worked at MITRE

    Pros

    Good benefits, educational opportunities, decent job security.

    Cons

    Somewhat stagnant environment - some staff are "lifers" and do not maintain competitive skills.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Commitment to excellence

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MITRE

    Pros

    Great management and leadership. Offer great opportunities for employees to shape career goals and objectives. Work with leading edge technologies. Great collaborative environment among experts in multiple engineering and technology disciplines.

    Cons

    Government budgets and projects can be risky.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to focus on people.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great work, flexible scheduling, but staid office culture

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Bedford, MA (US)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Bedford, MA (US)

    I worked at MITRE full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    MITRE has some of the government's most interesting work and operates as their scientists. That means your work is always interesting and almost always novel.

    Cons

    It's not a young office and is very quiet during the day - to the point where you wonder why you even come in.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8. 5 people found this helpful  

    Work life balance, but limited professional growth and promotion opportunities, average benefits, and stagnant salaries

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

    I have been working at MITRE

    Pros

    - Work life balance and flexible work hours, but it all depends on the site and project
    - A lot of smart people around
    - Some intellectually challenging projects, however you may be frustrated by the lack of impact of our work

    Cons

    - Very limited opportunities for professional growth and promotion
    - You will loose your competitive edge and marketability if you stay here too long
    - Benefits have been eroding to the point they are now average
    - Mediocre mid level management - the worst I have seen in my career --, incompetent higher level management. A lot of these managers keep telling you stories about their old good days at Booz or Deloitte, but now are no longer willing to work like they used to work at Booz or Deloitte, and simply "parked" at MITRE, waiting for retirement.
    - Stagnant salaries, not aligned with your amount of work and capabilities. The review process is a joke. There are bunch of people around who just "charge" time, but do not contribute, while you are told that the company is expensive because it spends a lot on R&D.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Re-organizing is useless if you continue with the same incompetent managers. Have the guts to admit they are incompetent and fire them. But who heard about a manager who fired himself? Maybe the government will have to get involved to clean up the shop.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Just like everyone else--a body shop focused on heads and revenue.

    • Comp & Benefits
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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 3 years)

    Pros

    Better than average pay; average benefits; not particularly demanding schedules.

    Cons

    A "good ol' boys and girls" network of managers that places high stock in BS coupled with little concern for delivering quality services to federal agencies. As an FFRDC, MITRE was chartered to be an honest broker to the government, to include bringing assistance to agencies that lack the depth or breadth of talent to address internal concerns. Rather than focusing assistance on how to really help agencies deliver better value for taxpayers, the company regrettably uses its FFRDC status to feed off the weaknesses they were retained to rectify. Emphasis is on increasing revenue and protecting company headcount.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is virtually no system in place that attempts to objectively measure and evaluate how well the company is meeting and achieving the goals it was retained to perform. Asking MITRE employees to report how things are going with their client does NOT constitute a quality management system. This is allegedly a company run by engineers. An approved quality management system should be intrinsic to the operation of the company. At present, their is not even the pretense of a QMS in use by those sectors of MITRE that provide administrative support services to agencies.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Working at MITRE is mostly pretty good

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

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

    Pros

    As a technical center employee, there is a lot of variety of important and interesting work.
    MITRE work is for the public interest, which is good, because it is shared with industry and government
    A lot of very intelligent and good people to work with
    Decent benefits, although they have decreased over the years

    Cons

    Upward mobility is difficult. It is not enough to be very good at your job and perform well. It is quite difficult to get promoted. Many people leave MITRE and then come back in order to get a promotion.
    Pay is not that great. And raises are not that great. In spite of excellent reviews and being a consistent performer for 14 years, I haven't had a raise in six years and never been promoted.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to change fix the promotion and pay raise processes. Even though they are currently trying to make changes, the new processes don't fix any of the problems. Pay is not based on performance or years of experience.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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