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MITRE Reviews

Updated 15 December 2014
Updated 15 December 2014
452 Reviews
3.6
452 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. 2 people found this helpful  

    slightly above average

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    • 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

    Pros

    interesting work, for the most part.

    Cons

    management only cares about self-promotion

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    work to make your organization the most esteemed and highest paid and you will thrive. work only for your own promotion and staff will leave in droves and the rumor mill will grind you up.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Great company, but can have limited growth potential

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lead Systems Engineer in McLean, VA (US)
    Current Employee - Lead Systems Engineer in McLean, VA (US)

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

    Pros

    Challenging, interesting, employees seem to matter, great benefits

    Cons

    Limited upward mobility on management track. Getting stuck in the wrong place can hold you back, but there are many opportunities to move around within the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bottom-up annual review. There is no way to let upper management know that lower management isn't very good. Fix this and it will be a great company to work for.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    MITRE, great mission, quality workforce, but at the whim of the federal government and Congress.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    MITRE has some of the most passionate, mission-focused employees I have ever worked with in my career. The benefits for retirement are exceptional. Senior management is very thoughtful and caring about the workforce. The combined talent of the workforce is impressive.

    Cons

    Benefits are great, but skewed in value towards those further along in their careers. Pay is fair when considering base pay includes what most private sector companies pay separately as bonus and is not at risk as long as you are performing and contributing as expected. Pay banding at MITRE can be limiting to promotions and percieved advancement for those who are junior in their careers. Unfortunately, MITRE is a federally funded research and development center and is at the whim of its constituent's sponsors and Congress' budget battles.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider altering the benefits to be more flexible for a multi-generational workforce and rethink pay banding and grade level structure to provide more promotional opportunities to retain top up-and-coming talent before they are lured away by the private-sector. Stop chasing "Best Places To Work" external recognition and "swoosh - just do it!"

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Consultant

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

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

    Pros

    The employee benefits were great, and it was interesting and engaging work. Overall, it was a good place to work. I got more involved with the specific customer I advised versus corporate MITRE.

    Cons

    There was the expectation to stay connected to the corporation, but geography often present a problem. Also, advancement within the company was limited because it was top heavy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide more opportunities to advance within the company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Amazing project. Independence to work how you want. They want to develop you for wherever you end up upon graduation.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern in Bedford, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Intern in Bedford, MA (US)

    I have been working at MITRE as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    -Freedom
    -They give you real, important work
    -Smart Co-Workers
    -Good food
    -Intern activities

    Cons

    -Not having a security clearance will hurt your effectiveness

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Doing a great job.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    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

  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    30 years - a good to great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    One of the best places to work in the area.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work for innovative creative individuals.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Human Factors Jr

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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

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