MITRE Reviews

Updated 25 September 2014
Updated 25 September 2014
436 Reviews
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436 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • people pretty much respect your schedule and are supportive of work life balance (in 128 reviews)

  • Good Benefits; however, not as good as they were 25 years ago (in 31 reviews)


Cons
  • Hard to grow salary and climb the ladder, but the work-life balance is great (in 14 reviews)

  • Some upper management seems to talk out both sides of their mouth -- dishonest and hypocritical (in 16 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great Company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Lead Information Systems Engineer  in  Bedford, MA (US)
    Former Employee - Lead Information Systems Engineer in Bedford, MA (US)

    I worked at MITRE full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Work on top technology for some of the most important issues for the nation. Great pay and benefits. Great work life balance.

    Cons

    Management structure and procedural changes' impact on employees and employee responsibilities is sometimes unclear. Promotions can be slow at times.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great place to work for

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

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

    Pros

    MITRE is an employees company in that it allows employees the flexibility and freedom to manage themselves and really set their own hours, as long as its conducive to good business and you complete your assignments. A balance of work life is acheived through pushing employee well being programs and assistance. The pool of highly skilled techincal people is endless throughout the company and the reach back is pretty amazing. They offer to help pay for college, Undergrad and Graduate levels. They offer compensation benefits as far as matching contributions to reitrement plans and things of that nature.

    Cons

    Salary is not in the upper most part of the paln here at MITRE. Promotions are slow unless you are a high level employee and them of course your bonus and pay get first dibs at the bigger pot.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to push individual growth and foster a community of open door practices.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 7 people found this helpful  

    Top-heavy structure limits advancement, but stable, steady and reputable

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  McLean, VA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in McLean, VA (US)

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

    Pros

    Depending on the project and location, flexible hours and mobile work add to the great work-life balance. Coworkers are intelligent, dedicated, and generally supportive. Stable and steady work, with good benefits.

    Cons

    Top-heavy structure and low turnover make it difficult to advance. Not a particularly youthful or lively place to work; Forced icebreakers and chess in the library is about as wild as it gets. Managers are MIA much of the time.

    The company has grown to the point where it is struggling to figure out what to do with itself. Benefits are being trimmed. It enjoys a cushy market niche and is still one of the more reputable government contractors around. If you are analytical, have good technical credentials, and enjoy collaborating to help the government, you will fit in well. If you are more of a doer, seeking advancement and cutting-edge technical work, you may get restless. Good for interns needing resume experience or late-careerists and retirees wanting to coast into an easy work routine.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Top-heavy management and overhead is taking its toll. Do something about the cost and value added of deadweight senior staff. 360-degree reviews would be a good place to start. Get out more and engage with customers and staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 10 people found this helpful  

    A company headed in the wrong direction

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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

    Pros

    Generally your peers will be well educated and the work schedule is extremely flexible. If you are a SME and looking for a company to stick with comfortably until retirement then MITRE would be a good fit. Older employees have ample opportunity to either carve out a niche or build their own work programs with a variety of different sponsors. Their education reimbursement programs are good and until recently the retirement program was top notch. Workers are fairly secure in their jobs, and turnover remains in the single digits.

    Cons

    The company has an abysmal track record keeping its best and brightest unless those individuals are happy in their project space, leading to 30-50% year-to-year turnover in fields considered up-and-coming in the market. The company claims it would like to move away from its average age of 50+, but in the same sentence says it is not willing to pay industry average in that experience range. If you are not exactly aware of how the salary increases are structured you can easily end up receiving below inflation raises regardless of the level of work produced, and it will never be corrected unless you leave the company.

    If you have the misfortune of ending up in an inexperienced department, it can hurt your ability to land relevant work and get promoted. This in effect creates pockets of pronounced backstabbing and favoritism that fall completely in opposition to what the company stands for. The lack of 360 reviews means many of these problems will never see the light of day.

    As many others have said, a good number of managers are placed there with only technical experience under their belt and have no idea how to actually manage a group of peers. Instead they tend to divert back to primarily project work, do the bare minimum in work shaping, development, and assessment meetings and hope that flies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Having sham "town hall" meetings are not enough to address the employee surveys that have become worse and worse every year. If the company is actually headed in the right direction, then benefits removed under the guise of increasing medical costs should be brought back. Upper management bloat should have been dealt with by downsizing instead of using The MITRE Way to duplicate every role and further exacerbating the problem.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 6 people found this helpful  

    mixed bag, great technical work but self-impressed upper management

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    Current Employee - Principal Engineer
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer

    I have been working at MITRE full-time

    Pros

    great opportunities to support creative/inventive projects.

    Cons

    too many small minds controlling big projects. little or no authority for the technical contributor or technical leader. Expect to be furloughed when congress can't sign the budget. corporate values are eroding, people aren't the most important assets important anymore.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    stop whittling down benefits and figure out how to keep from furloughing workers when the federal budget is again made into a political football.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good place for an internship, but I wouldn't come back full time

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    Former Employee - Intern  in  Bedford, MA (US)
    Former Employee - Intern in Bedford, MA (US)

    I worked at MITRE as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    It was a good place for an internship- I was doing work that resembled what the full time people in my department did.

    They also had a group of interns organize some social events and stuff, which was nice.

    The people were all friendly!

    Pay was for pretty good for an internship in my field.

    Flexible hours.

    Cons

    Lack of communication. No one really had any idea what I was working on. I kind of made up my own work.

    Pay for full time employees. I spoke with a few people who were somewhat new hires, and was told by all of them that salaries were below industry average. A manager asked what I thought they could do better for younger employees, so I mentioned salary. The manager's response was to say that they thought the pay was good and if people want to be paid more than they're offered they should look at other companies instead. This attitude seemed a little odd/hostile, especially considering that they'd specifically asked. Doesn't make me too hopeful for a decent salary if I were to try to go back full time.

    Slow moving/bureaucratic.

    Most employees seemed to dislike the direction the company was heading in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Maybe offer better salaries, and somehow cut down on the bureaucracy.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work, great benefits, no upward mobility.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Control Analyst  in  McLean, VA (US)
    Current Employee - Program Control Analyst in McLean, VA (US)

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

    Pros

    Work-life Balance and Retirement Plan are industry leading.
    Provide full Education Assistance.

    Cons

    No room for growth unless you are technical staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn how to promote good employees and do not promote those without leadership competencies into leadership roles.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Old fashioned values, mobility for smart people.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at MITRE full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    If you're willing to adapt, learn, and be proactive, there's no limit to how far you can go at MITRE. The benefits are great, although salaries are maybe a little lower than industry average. If you're good at what you do, MITRE will provide you with a stable job until you retire. And if you don't like what you're doing, there are plenty of opportunities to make lateral moves within the company.

    Cons

    With all the stability, things can feel stagnant sometimes. Some employees (but far from all of them) have a "government job" mindset: they clock their hours and go home, and work at an average pace while they're there. Others are passionate, dedicated and hardworking. It depends on what department you end up in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Shake things up a little. Get the corporate culture more used to things like working form home, truly flexible hours, etc. Recruit some fresh and younger people, and see where that takes you.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great spot for senior technologists

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer  in  McLean, VA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in McLean, VA (US)

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

    Pros

    Work life balance, access to some very interesting and innovative work.

    Cons

    Limited entrepreneurial opportunity other than internal research which has little financial reward

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Direct project management versus matrix mgmt

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Smart company trying to do the right thing

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    • 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 for more than 10 years

    Pros

    1. Smart people with diverse skills to share, interact with and contribute to good causes.
    2. Ample opportunities to excel and grow professionally.
    3. Choices provided for work-life balance decisions.

    Cons

    a. People sometimes become too smart for their own good...and others'.
    b. Need to stay away from some type-A, ladder climbers.
    c. Networking can become more important than performance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire the right kind of people, keep them happy, and help them work smartly.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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