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Updated 23 Jan 2020

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3.1
51%
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28%
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MITRE President & CEO Jason Providakes
Jason Providakes
178 Ratings
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  • "At least that’s how MITRE likes to introduce all staff to its sponsors(in 59 reviews)

  • "Lots of turnover in upper management(in 31 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "As expected"

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    Current Employee - Consultant 

    I have been working at MITRE full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Benefits are as I would expect

    Cons

    more attention to communiation would be good

    MITRE2020-01-07
  2. "Great Place to Manage Your Own Career"

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    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Connectivity Engineer in Bedford, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Tremendous job flexibility. Since MITRE has multiple FFRDC contracts, it’s easy to move into a new work area if you need a change. Work-life balance is excellent, and flexible hours working on critical items of national importance provides great incentive to get up and do the job!

    Cons

    Like all larger companies, work politics sometimes shows up. Nevertheless, navigating these waters is a must for almost any job.

    MITRE2020-01-18
  3. "Great place to start a career!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    Current Employee - Modeling and Simulation Engineer in McLean, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at MITRE full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Impactful work Smart coworkers Great benefits Excellent pay out of undergraduate

    Cons

    Average age and social activity of your coworkers can vary greatly for each department.

    MITRE2020-01-18
  4. "Great Place to Work"

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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operations Research Analyst in McLean, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at MITRE full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    - Really flexible work hours - Huge opportunities to learn from some really smart people - Absolutely great work experience

    Cons

    - Not as product driven; lack of motivation to get applied work done

    MITRE2020-01-17
  5. Helpful (15)

    "Where your your potential, skills & goals go to die"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in McLean, VA
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at MITRE full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Work-life balance - if you’re not deep into a high priority project/sponsor, you’re not doing much. The office is virtually empty after 3:30pm and no one comes to work on Fridays. Campus - easily commutable, 2 coffee shops & cafe The people - a majority of the people you meet and work with are very intelligent and great to be around. With that said, be aware of the snakes in the grass.

    Cons

    Zero career growth or opportunity - any skills or goals you had before joining will be lost in the slow paced, Govt red tape time suck that is MITRE. It’s well known the best way to get promoted at MITRE is actually to leave and come back at a higher level with better pay, and this happens OFTEN. Management - Leadership is appalling. The decision makers are frauds, lying about their education and everything under the sun. Younger/newer staff are used and abused doing the jobs of their managers while getting half the pay. Ethics & Trust - I’ve never seen more unethical behavior in all of my years, and don’t bother making an ethics complaint because you’ll be ignored. For a such a “mission” driven company, they turn a blind eye to the poor managers and employees that are making good employees’ lives painful. Management leads office gossip and talks trash about team members to other team members. I’ve heard some atrocious comments made by management that would be grounds for firing at any other company. By the way, it’s very difficult to get fired at MITRE, especially when you deserve it. Managers and directors (SEVERAL different directors in the last 3 years) in the HR dept are useless and cannot be trusted - that goes for everything from employee relations to recruiting. I’ve never seen such poorly trained/unqualified management and such an underfunded college/experienced hire recruiting program in any company I’ve been at. Culture & Diversity - There.is.none. There’s an entire I&D department that doesn’t do anything. If you think outside the box or offer up opposing viewpoints, be prepared to be labeled as difficult or be shut out from project work. There’s a massive “culture initiative” being led by our CHRO but so far, it’s the same old MITRE way with an extra employee event each season and snacks at meetings. “Be diverse & have a brownie! Nothing will happen if you don’t change, we are just pretending we care!”

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    Advice to Management

    Open your eyes to those in leadership positions that don’t deserve their paychecks, let alone a job and get rid of them. Don’t ignore your good staff, especially those who bring new and different views to the table. If you want to bring in the best of the best and let them lead the way to becoming the new MITRE, fire your HR/recruiting leadership and get people who care about I&D and know how to recruit. Ask the employees when making changes. All we ever heard is “we polled the SLT “or “the SLT said this”, but no one ever taps into what the employees are thinking or what the employees want. The GLINT survey does not capture true data on how the employees are feeling, you need to stop leaning on that and have REAL conversations with focus groups.

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    MITRE2020-01-06
  6. "Works for some"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Bedford, MA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at MITRE full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    * Excellent work life balance. Your work and work load is up to you. * Coworkers are very nice, and for the most part actually care about helping the customers succeed. * Benefits are good. I will say, I never felt angry or upset coming in to work. The work load is pretty much whatever you want to make it, and the people you're surrounded by are friendly. However, you will get to a point where you realize your ambition, talent, and career is dying. Overall, I recommend the company to people who are just starting out, or later in their lives. If you got ambition, you'd do better elsewhere. If you wish to be able to coast, this is a fine place.

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    Cons

    * Management is useless. This is especially true at the executive and upper levels. I mean, come on, how does the CEO have a 30% approval and still have his job? Middle management doesn't provide much help in advancing your career or advocating for you in any way. Usually, they barely even know what your project is, or what you do day to do. Their job ends at listening to your yearly review. * Useful work is hard to come by. Many projects are plain old seat filler paper pushing, or have the semblance of usefulness, but will lead to nowhere. * Things are too shrouded. A lot of the work is reproductions of previous work due to real or made up (security theater) restrictions. * Pay becomes quickly non-competitive at the L2-4 ranges. There's no adjustment for actual performance, only a facade. Yearly adjustment is just divided up equally among staff, +/- a few shekels. * The government has a clear bias towards the DC area even though they're supposed to be for the whole nation. Work, opportunity, networking and so on is all focused down in DC area. You will quickly realize you're invisible and have no opportunity up in Bedford. * Overhead on projects is solely there to make your job harder and worse.

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    Advice to Management

    Lower management: Move towards actual management. How can people be reviewed when they see their managers twice a year? Advocate on the behalf of your staff, and shift responsibility from the individual contributor to the manager. Otherwise, what's even your job? Upper management: Actually do something that isn't give yourselves promotions or title changes. The people in the trenches are getting fed up with some new executive every month, and some old executive changing their title. Try to actually lead instead of moving around.

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    MITRE2020-01-23
  7. Helpful (10)

    "Leaning towards mean spirited culture"

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    Current Employee - Systems Engineer 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at MITRE part-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Technical staff and back office staff typically demonstrate excellence, integrity and dedication to the mission of government sponsoring agencies/departments, and respect towards one another.

    Cons

    Behavior of executives, in some cases, towards the working staff is becoming more mean spirited or callous. Perhaps this startling at the top and trickling down. Reasons for decisions made affecting groups of staff and relations with our sponsors are not often communicated clearly, leading to doubting integrity of decision makers.

    Advice to Management

    People need to trust leaders to follow them. Trust is earned with consistent behaviors and believable honest communications (not silence or spin) that demonstrate integrity.

    MITRE2020-01-09
  8. Helpful (11)

    "Trust and Integrity diminishing"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Leadership 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pays commensurate with industry Good work life balance

    Cons

    Long time employee who sees issues of trust and integrity with senior leadership precipitated by Mitre Way maneuver 7 years ago split the organization and in the view of many staff and leaders ...has created internal power plays and shifts that are not serving the public interest ... Constantly making big changes with little justification Disconnect between senior leadership and the staff, management and customer base...pushing what Mitre sees as value versus what customers see as Mitre value...

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    Advice to Management

    The people at all levels are the backbone of the organization...never forget that, or should I say remember that...

    MITRE2020-01-05
  9. "Good work life balance"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Agile Developer in Bedford, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, flexible work. Easy to switch projects and work on what you like

    Cons

    No bonus. Difficult to quantify impact. Rely heavily on Project Leader assessments that may be distant from your department manager.

    MITRE2020-01-18
  10. Helpful (9)

    "Career Sandtrap"

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    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior MultiDisciplinary Systems Engineer in McLean, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Free parking, good retirement match, tuition reimbursement, well integrated internal portal.

    Cons

    Don't be fooled by the latest rebranding and egalitarian attitude, MITRE is still a staff augmentation company like any contractor in the Beltway. You will be assigned to a location at a customer site just like your manager and their boss. Everyone is billable. Everyone. If you are a project leader you will discover how little is left after management takes their percentage. You are then expected to find cheaper (lower end) staff to backfill your project to carry out actual work. Do not expect any level of support from the management, security, facilities, or anyone else that charges your project for their tax to your project. They are there to ensure the rules are followed, not to advocate for you or smooth your day-to-day operations. You will meet people with two and three Master's degrees and even multiple PhDs -- all paid for by MITRE. However, if you ask for training outside graduate school, "soft skills" development, or attend a conference, you will be told that there is no budget for that or you can "take X time" that has to be worked with extra hours over the next 6 months to cover your lost billable time. You are on your own to navigate career-development and advocates. Your management is busy ensuring the lowest performers are billable and looking for their next big project. Do not look for assistance when you have issues with staff from your management or HR, neither are interested in accountability or ethics violations (and there are many). They will work VERY hard to cover up bad behavior that has existed for years but they have ignored; whether it's poor conduct, questionable time reporting, outright contract violations, or security infractions. If you call it out, your career will be negatively impacted and you will be advised by senior managers to "transfer to a different part of the company." MITRE does not deal with toxic staff, whether they are support staff or upper management. They simply transfer them to a different part of the company and let someone else discover the issues. The most disconcerting part of working for MITRE is the low bar for delivery and the morass that is "technical review." Whether you're a cyber professional, behavioral scientist, or program manager, your skills will drop precipitously here because of the lack of training, accountability, and poor attention to delivery. You will be pulled down into the mire like everyone else and two years from now realize that you can't leave because you are no longer competitive for a job outside MITRE.

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    Advice to Management

    Make department heads and technical directors responsible for growing staff -- not just keeping them billable. If staff is no longer operating at the level they were promoted to 2 years ago, demote them. Start holding people accountable for non-delivery, poor performance, toxic behavior, repeated ethics/security violations, and losing contracts. Most of all, start acting on the responses you have from here, Glint, and the many other forms of feedback you receive.

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    MITRE2020-01-04
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