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Updated 21 Jul 2019

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MITRE CEO Jason Providakes
Jason Providakes
158 Ratings
Pros
  • "Great work/life balance - little to no overtime is expected(in 310 reviews)

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

Cons
  • "The seniors seem to forget what is like to be in the trenches solving problems for sponsors(in 56 reviews)

  • "Lots of turnover in upper management(in 29 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (106)

    "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 10 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 (33)

    "Increasingly top heavy, at detriment to "regular" employees"

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    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Bedford, MA
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work is high impact and interesting. Many great people

    Cons

    Increasing management overhead is taking away from employees. Department management budgets are also decreasing - no charge codes being provided for all hands meetings, less money for training for staff, the number of staff under first-line managers continues to increase while the amount of time they are given to manage stays the same. Employees are left to scrounge for things that are provided routinely at other companies,...

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    Advice to Management

    Think about what made MITRE a "great place to work" for so many years, and get back to that.

    MITRE2019-06-25
  3. Helpful (9)

    "Good benefits, poor compensation"

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    Current Employee - Lead Engineer in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good technical talent. Sincere desire among workers to act in the public interest.

    Cons

    Very slow to promote. Annual raises less than inflation, about 1% a year; they throw in a "cash award" every year and use it to tell you you got a larger percentage raise but somehow that number disappears next year and your next raise is calculated on your "base salary".

    Advice to Management

    Stop sounding like every other for-profit contractor, telling workers to "grow the company".

    MITRE2019-07-19
  4. Helpful (14)

    "Ignorance is bliss"

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

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

    Pros

    Lack of direction and leadership passes for work-life balance

    Cons

    MITRE is doing SETA work for the government, competing with for-profit engineering companies. The FFRDC contracting mechanism allows them to respond to Government issues more easily than can for-profit SETA firms, so MITRE grows thanks to an unfair advantage. Because of MITRE, the Government has had to crack-down on all FFRDCs and impose strict STE restrictions. This is a shame as the other FFRDCs fill a very valuable...

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    Advice to Management

    Face facts, spin-off your SETA work or drop the non-profit facade. Then, focus on a few FFRDCs where you actually analyze and advise the Government.

    MITRE2019-07-18
  5. "Support my colleagues. Negative Reviews on SOME senior management are accurate"

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    Current Employee - Director in McLean, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Location; Benefits; colleagues are smart both internal and agencies; CEO seems to be trying

    Cons

    Top Level executive Management tripping over themselves; new hires not working out causing disruption

    Advice to Management

    Be careful who you bring in. New transformational Officer was let go at her last company although they allowed her to claim she remained a "consultant", people wo work there said she seemed more occupied self promotion herself than the company, attending sporting events with her family with company tickets, letting go of so many seasoned veterans the CEO finally had enough (saying he would not backfill the position),...

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    MITRE2019-07-21
  6. Helpful (35)

    "Great place to work before the Purges."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 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

    The old MITRE, I miss thee. There used to be a culture of investment in employees. Management meant it, too. The talent level also used to be quite high. It's dropping now that we're pushing out people who weren't self-promoters but were world-class experts in their field. Without the old hands to learn from, what's going to motivate the young?

    Cons

    We've had recent layoffs and firings "for performance" that actually have to do with senior management monitoring people's social media accounts and getting rid of the ones whose political beliefs the managers personally disagree with. A lot of this is people just being horrible because, in the Age of Trump, they can. Although not everything MITRE does is related to the DoD, there's definitely a DoD-driven culture here,...

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    Advice to Management

    If you're not careful, you're going to get sued. I'm surprised it hasn't happened yet.

    MITRE2019-06-12

    MITRE Response

    June 21, 2019Employee Experience Team

    At MITRE, growing our team and strengthening our culture are two integral pieces of our good growth strategy enabling us to deliver impact for our sponsors. We are proud to have a talented, diverse and multigenerational team at MITRE. By cultivating diversity of all types, and creating ...

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  7. "Company that believes in ethics and values"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in McLean, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work environment; great benefits, meaningful work.

    Cons

    Supporting some customers can be challenging

    Advice to Management

    Not all customers operate the same. Therein, solutions may need to differ.

    MITRE2019-07-11
  8. Helpful (23)

    "I recommend caution before joining."

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    Current Employee - Data Scientist 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Not required to hit metrics. Very laid back and very to work at, as long as you stay within your box of responsibility. Stable contracting situation, without the worry of being unemployed or needing to jump from one contract to another. There seems to be a career progression model for long-term employees or employees in the fold. Seems to like to promote or hire from within. Nice people to work with.

    Cons

    I was led to believe I being hired for a specific job, but was then switched to something unrelated. It is just a contracting company. There is not a long-term career vision at MITRE. Very layered and functions through a micro-managed environment. For example, you cannot just talk directly to the client you serve. You need to make sure you consult your management to make sure you don't talk to the client about...

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    MITRE2019-06-24
  9. Helpful (31)

    "Corporate operations is a tough place to work"

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    Former Employee - Security in McLean, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at MITRE full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Friendly coworkers - very few people are hostile Mission is good

    Cons

    Compensation is very low - some people leave for a 20% increase and return a few years later for another 20% increase to get to fair market Undefined job roles, wear multiple hats at once Corporate operations (Helpdesk, Security, Infrastructure) is maxed out Unrealistic overtime requirements Executives sometimes forget they're human first, employees second, leaders last Corporate kool-aid drinkers

    Advice to Management

    Define a single HQ. CorpOps utilizes 50% coverage at Bedford and McLean when demand at McLean for support to technical programs is skyrocketing. Bedford is jaded about what being busy looks like. Listen to what boots on the ground have to say. They're the ones doing the work. Don't schedule focus groups and interviews if you're not going to change anything.

    MITRE2019-06-14

    MITRE Response

    July 9, 2019Employee Experience Team

    Thank you for sharing your perspective. Input from our employees—whether through Pulse surveys, lunches with the CEO, focus groups, Glassdoor, or other forums—informs many conversations that help guide our thinking and the actions we are taking at all levels of management and leadership. ...

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  10. Helpful (14)

    "Could be better, could be worse"

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    Current Employee - Senior Cyber Security Engineer in Aberdeen, MD
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent opportunities to learn and expand your skillset. Work life balance is unparalleled in the industry. Fantastic opportunities to move around within the company and increase your exposure to skills and fields. Mission of overall corporation is admirable, but can get lost as it filters down to delivered products.

    Cons

    Management does not remember what it was like to be an engineer, and has unreasonable expectations. Interaction with clients depends largely upon their industry, as MITRE bridges most of the major industries. Frequent changes in evaluation metrics lead to confusion on what matters most to management both for delivered product and promotion potential. Promotions seem to be tied to items employees often have little control...

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    Advice to Management

    Remember that engineers generally have rather specific personalities. Hire managers from outside, that are skilled at being managers, and not simply engineers who were promoted through the ranks. Pick a metric for assessing value of delivered product and employees and stick with it. Be honest with employees -- making statements that raises are in no way indicative of our value or performance as employees is simply false,...

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    MITRE2019-06-25
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