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Best place I've ever worked.

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Senior Engineer
Current Employee - Senior Engineer

Pros

Close to the mission. Engaged on the top IT-related national challenges in partnership with the top government players. Unlike contractors, who compete for work, the government competes for MITRE support. MITRE puts the public interest and the mission first, along with its people. Sharing and teaming are remarkable. Helping each other is the corporate culture. Numerous nationally known experts. Challenging technical problems. Opportunities to make a difference. Great retirement benefits.

Cons

Occasional overconfidence at the top. Sometimes slow to change. Some old-time seniors need to be shuffled along to make way for young blood. In some areas, you have to become a manager to get promoted past the middle ranks. Others areas have rubust, career-long technical promotions with no need to become a manager to move up.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Fix the senious problem that, in some parts of MITRE, you must become a manager to get promoted past the middle ranks. This is unconscionable in a company whose primary purpose is to provide top technical expertise.

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Other reviews for MITRE

  1.  

    Great Place for a Long Term Employee

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Dedicated to public service. Because MITRE is not-for profit and has no stockholders, the most effort goes on jobs that are most important to the Government customers.
    Once you have built up a network of friends among your colleagues, you can find out anything and you canget almost anything done.
    MITRE is kind to its employees -- not only are the benefits good, but MITRE makes it as easy as possible to get through a personal crisis of health or family.
    People who have earned trust are actually trusted.

    Cons

    It can be tough to be a newbie, unless you are lucky in having a first-tier manager who is a good mentor.
    The various constraints imposed by the Government require patience,
    Some staff are frustrated because promotion is based on value -- which includes not only technical skill and hard work, but also the ability to have impact (i.e. influence others) and the extent to which your particular skills are in demand.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make more effort to explain WHY certain decisions are made -- both corporation-wide policy changes, and individual assignments/promotions.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2. 7 people found this helpful  

    Great work but promotions can be non-existent (depends on department).

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lead Engineer  in  Bedford, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Lead Engineer in Bedford, MA (US)

    Pros

    Varied and interesting work, frequent opportunities to tackle problems outside your usual experience. Management and staff are nicer people compared to most private sector engineering companies I've worked at. Very flexible work hours, good benefits, layoffs almost never happen, laid-back atmosphere if you want that.

    Cons

    Some departments get lots of promotions, others little or none. MITRE doesnt tell the staff which technical specialties they value, you have to figure that out after a few years there, but it makes a huge difference in raises and promotions. They seem to really like systems-oriented expertise. As consultants, MITRE is expected to be expert in anything the Govt. wants help with, so they throw whoever needs coverage in their department at the problem, sometimes someone who doesnt really know what they are doing on that problem although they may think they do. There is an assumption that anyone from MITRE can be an expert in anything the Govt. needs advice with, resulting in good or bad advice at various times. Department management #1 priority is keeping their own people at work, which sometimes limits using expertise in other departments. Review process (P&D) is a joke to deparment management. MITRE's main product is viewgraphs to advise Govt. MITRE projects usually dont really need to make anything actually work all they way since MITRE doesn't actually field systems, only prototypes at most, but thats a problem not only at MITRE but in lots of Govt. high-tech systems since making promises they can't deliver is often the only way to get the Govt. contract in private industry. MITRE is supposed to help with that, but the DoD is so politicized that it can be impossible, and if you say 'this won't work' on a huge program its like saying 'the emperor has no clothes' and its not appreciated and not listened to by the DoD decision makers and sometimes by MITRE project management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promotions should be distributed more among all the departments. It would improve job satisfaction to promote more people to AC4 or AC5 in some depts which never get promotions. I dont see why promotions have to be so closely tied to salary level.

    Doesn't Recommend
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