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MITRE CEO Jason Providakes
Jason Providakes
152 Ratings
Pros
  • "Great work/life balance - little to no overtime is expected(in 307 reviews)

  • "Fair employment practices; Low Stress for the most part; Great Benefits(in 60 reviews)

Cons
  • "Need to focus more on the importance of our work with our sponsors(in 56 reviews)

  • "Lots of turnover in upper management(in 28 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (90)

    "Most of the negative reviews here are correct"

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    Current Employee - Principal Scientist in Bedford, MA
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at MITRE part-time for more than 20 years

    Pros

    MITRE's mission is exceptional, and most of the people I know at MITRE really believe in it. My colleagues in my local department are smart, dedicated and imaginative. The work in my organization is varied and mostly very interesting. The opportunities for part-time and flex schedules are exceptional, and the benefits remain pretty good, including the retirement plan. Work-life balance is also solid. I've stayed at MITRE...

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    Cons

    I was skeptical about the value of Glassdoor until I read the recent reviews, which are spot-on as far as I'm concerned. Where to start? Many reviews here suggest that the company started going downhill when Al Grasso left and Jason Providakes took over; but the problem actually started with Al. On the one hand, he did good things to make the company more unified; on the other hand, he instituted a culture of glad-handing...

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    Advice to Management

    Fire Jason Providakes and Rich Byrne. Make Pete Sherlock or Kerry Buckley the CEO. Forget the vanity projects. Shut down the portfolio effort - it's caused more problems, and introduced more management hassles, than it's solved. Stop communicating with your employees using glad-handing nonsense. And please - please - don't embarrass yourselves by having the Employee Experience Team respond to this review.

    MITRE2019-02-08

    MITRE Response

    February 18, 2019Employee Experience Team

    We agree that MITRE has an extremely talented workforce, with a shared purpose of serving the public interest, and we appreciate hearing the perspectives of all our employees—both those who are early in their careers, and those who have been at MITRE for several years. That said, ...

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  2. Helpful (34)

    "Going downhill compared to other FFRDCs"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at MITRE full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    Lots of flexibility Difficult to get fired Easygoing atmosphere Great people

    Cons

    Benefits and pay have declined precipitously compared to other FFRDCs Constant reorganizations Training budget cut every year Recent layoffs let fantastic staff go while terrible staff stayed

    Advice to Management

    The recent layoffs were one of the most mismanaged messes I've ever seen. Top performing employees were let go while people who are completely unsuitable in their roles got to stay. It was communicated very poorly and morale is still low because of it. Some departments are extremely understaffed now because laid off people haven't been replaced.

    MITRE2019-03-31
  3. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Group Leader in Bedford, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at MITRE full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    Excellent work/life balance. Great pay. Great coworkers. Interesting projects. Lots of opportunities to work on different things.

    Cons

    Management is slow to make decisions but there is a company wide push to improve that. Funding for projects can be difficult to get

    Advice to Management

    Make decisions faster. Have a more clearly defined - and transparent - budgeting process.

    MITRE2019-05-18
  4. "Good work culture and can carve your own career path"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at MITRE full-time

    Pros

    You can carve your own career path there. There is a lot of flexibility in terms of what projects you can work on.

    Cons

    Nothing really comes to mind.

    MITRE2019-05-18
  5. Helpful (1)

    "Different Bottom Line"

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    Current Employee - Principal Systems Engineer in Bedford, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at MITRE full-time for more than 6 years

    Pros

    Working in the public interest and work life balance

    Cons

    It seems very difficult to keep track of the officers vision. They are great sound bites but the implementation is unclear.

    MITRE2019-05-16
  6. Helpful (52)

    "Lots of projects to learn from, too many layers of management, lack of impactful work"

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    Former Employee - Lead Engineer in Bedford, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at MITRE full-time for more than 6 years

    Pros

    Lot of nice people. Flexibility to work on multiple projects allows employees to pick up skill sets. You can have a lot of fun and learn a lot depending on the project you're working on. Also depends on the people you're working with on your project. Lots of training opportunities. Management seems to be okay with spending money to getting people certified or furthering their education. Good work-life balance. ...

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    Cons

    Most of the work you do amounts to a powerpoint presentation and/or a demo and no actual operational impact even if its considered impactful work by upper management. It's unfortunate that for a large number of projects out there, its more important for you to charge your hours than it is to actual contribute meaningful work. Instead of getting fired for not doing your work, you get kicked off the project once they...

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    Advice to Management

    Promote people based on actual skills, not because it is time to do so. Hire people with real industry experience and put them on projects where they can truly make an impact. Get rid of group leaders. Most barely have insight into what you do or lack the skills to understand what you're working on. Managers should only manage, not also work on projects. Often times, employees are "forgotten" since managers only...

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    MITRE2019-02-09

    MITRE Response

    February 18, 2019Employee Experience Team

    Thank you for taking the time to share your perspective on multiple topics. We, too, appreciate MITRE’s investment in the career development of our employees, and the emphasis on work/life flexibility. We are proud of the work we do, which continues to have significant impact on the ...

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  7. Helpful (35)

    "Interesting work; few opportunities for advancement (or pay increases)"

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    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in McLean, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at MITRE full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    Excellent benefits. MITRE puts in an almost-unheard-of 7.5% automatically, and with matching will go up to 10% (they take one year to start matching, but you're fully vested from the get-go). Net result is that you're putting in 12%, and they're putting in 10%, for a total of 22% per year. They also have student-loan repayment up to another $1800 per year (although only for 3 years). They also have subject-matter...

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    Cons

    Promotions beyond Level 3 are rare (as in, one person per department per year from 3 to 4, one from 4 to 5, etc). So functionally they're awarded largely by seniority, as opposed to merit. Pay is tied very closely to salary band: Level 3 (Senior) is centered at $110k (+/- 25k), Level 4 (Lead) is centered at $140k. Management convinces themselves that they're "paying above market", but that's not really correct....

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    Advice to Management

    More leadership, less management. Drop the corporate jargon. Stop trying to fix things that aren't broken.

    MITRE2019-03-15
  8. "Good benefits"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

      I worked at MITRE full-time

      Pros

      Good benefits and retirement, smart people

      Cons

      Lots of turnover in upper management

      MITRE2019-05-07
    • Helpful (25)

      "Your initial salary is your best"

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      Former Employee - LAN Dsitributed Systems Engineer in McLean, VA
      Doesn't Recommend
      Neutral Outlook
      Disapproves of CEO

      I worked at MITRE full-time for more than 6 years

      Pros

      Good retirement plan and less bottom line focused than many Defense Contractors.

      Cons

      Pay raises are paltry and not merit based.

      Advice to Management

      Managers need to promote based on merit and not on personal friendships.

      MITRE2019-04-12
    • Helpful (5)

      "Good Work Life Balance"

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      Current Employee - Computer Scientist in McLean, VA
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      No opinion of CEO

      I have been working at MITRE full-time for more than 2 years

      Pros

      The work life balance is great. There is a lot of room to grow, and the direct management definitely understands the struggles of working in new fields and the need for a lot of research time.

      Cons

      The company values individuals who plan more corporate events over the individuals that work and produce great tools/ research.

      MITRE2019-04-17
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