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Great place to work but slow in recognizing impact of younger staff - very 'old school.'

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Current Employee - Principal Information Systems Engineer  in  Colorado Springs, CO (US)
Current Employee - Principal Information Systems Engineer in Colorado Springs, CO (US)

Pros

MITRE is in most ways a fantastic place to work. The company provides good flexibility and stability, and provides work that makes a difference to the well-being of the United States. The benefits package is very good for the industry.

Cons

MITRE tends to exhibit many older company ideals such as secretive promotions and compensation decisions, cliquish upper management tendencies and a "wait your turn" mentality. Overall, the positives outweigh the negatives.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Institute clear processes for promotion and compensation practices and beware of watering down the brand in a well-intentioned drive to reduce costs.

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  1. 9 people found this helpful  

    Soft money, soft employees, soft salary

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Colleagues at MITRE are among the smartest people employed in government service. At MITRE, one is reminded daily that only 40 hours per week are required. The people and the short hours are the best reasons for a person to work here. The benefits are good. The campus is located in a safe area. The Boston and Washington areas offer broad opportunities for culture and recreation and many of the communities are affluent.

    Cons

    MITRE is a non-profit and suffers from a lack of simplicity that comes with the direct drive for more money. It is extremely hard for MITRE employees to determine what things they might do to best contribute to corporate success. It is similarly hard for management to identify and reward those things that have contributed success. There's no simple metric. Everyone's doing their best in this framework, but it's just difficult.

    A recent survey encouraged people to identify technical leaders and asked if people were being encouraged to do technical work. One need not ask these questions when those two things are happening sufficiently. MITRE's technical base might be eroding.

    Plenty of staff appear to merely attend work and don't strive to get something done. If it happens it happens, if it doesn't, it doesn't. Perhaps this is a consequence of the lack of accounting systems for corporate success. The drive to achieve something is underrepresented in this otherwise very, very intelligent collection of people. It's a herd of cats.

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  2.  

    Still a great place to work

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    Current Employee - Level IV
    Current Employee - Level IV

    Pros

    MITRE has a very dedicated and professional workforce, and tackles some of the most difficult and rewarding problems for the country. The people at MITRE are our biggest asset. Working with great people makes the day fly by. Freedom to be self-directed and chose from a broad array of projects and tasks makes working at MITRE like few others.

    Cons

    Extremely high-quality workforce (okay, think about it).
    Being dedicated to a specific area or project can lead to being 'pigeon holed' as competent in that area or project.
    There is too much emphasis on the internal research project competitions. These competitions waste much time outside the grants to work the research, and yield little results.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    MITRE leadership is generally open and available for direct communication. However, some decisions and decision making processes have recently been obscured. This reduced employee trust at a time we are losing some of our best to high-paying companies.

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