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Updated 5 March 2015
Updated 5 March 2015
475 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • people pretty much respect your schedule and are supportive of work life balance (in 130 reviews)

  • Good Benefits; however, not as good as they were 25 years ago (in 33 reviews)


Cons
  • Hard to grow salary and climb the ladder, but the work-life balance is great (in 16 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    Worthwhile

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

    I have been working at MITRE

    Pros

    Great work/life balance, strong encouragement for advanced degrees and full reimbursement, extensive catalog of free on-campus learning resources. In the Software Tech Center I have an endless opportunity to improve myself as well as satisfy each sponsor's needs.

    Cons

    We are supporting the government, which despite our excellent technical capabilities, sometimes gets mired in bureaucracy. As a FFRDC, MITRE cannot compete with prime contractors, which is great for trust, but means my job is guidance, which is good and bad.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The MITRE Way is a promise, but when department heads are compensated for keeping their own staff on tasks, there is a natural conflict of interest - we should have the right person for the job, not cronyism.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Exceptional Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at MITRE full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Exceptional people, challenging projects, rewarding experiences, ability to move laterally within the organization.

    Cons

    Telecommuting opportunities are limited to project specific requirements.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the great work!!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Professional

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

    I have been working at MITRE

    Pros

    Best company to work for

    Cons

    good benefits good people with strong background.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great company, great work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Info Systems Eng in Bedford, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Info Systems Eng in Bedford, MA (US)

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

    Pros

    Lots of autonomy, interesting work, working in the national interest. Working with smart, passionate people. Good work life balance. Within the Centers there is the ability to move around.

    Cons

    Asked to do cutting edge work for industry standard salary and benefits. Doesn't seem like there's much project growth in Bedford, MA. Emphasis seems to be on DC area.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get out of your offices more and meet the people who make MITRE the great place that it is.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    I have been a MITRE employee for nearly two years.

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

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

    Pros

    -Great Work/Life Balance
    -Starting pay is great for new grads
    -I can really feel the impact of my work.

    Cons

    -Sometimes the work is very tedious
    -Most of the work depends on available projects, sometimes the work i do is not what i ideally want, this can get old very quick.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Since i am a relatively new hire and fresh out of college, this piece of advice does not directly apply to me but I've learned from my older coworkers. If you want to keep employees, please compensate accordingly. I've already seen some of my coworkers do exceptional work and by the end of the year they get nothing to show for it. For me, this is not a problem, yet.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7. 8 people found this helpful  

    Grasping at Straws

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

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

    Pros

    Mandate is good and if you find that work it's fun
    Colleagues are smart and interesting
    Local management is good

    Cons

    Trying to change culture but since top management doesn't change it won't work
    Senior management just doesn't "get it"
    Move to international arena shows mandate and work being done now is not enough to sustain the company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop listening exclusively to surveys and get out to real people to find out what's going on
    Leave lower management alone, they're not the problem (mostly)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    Summer Intern

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Intern - Hourly in Fort Dix, NJ (US)
    Former Intern - Intern - Hourly in Fort Dix, NJ (US)

    I worked at MITRE as an intern (more than a year)

    Pros

    great experience, fun work at Fort Dix, overtime available, good pay for college internship

    Cons

    No cons at this time

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    more overtime availability for willing interns.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    Mixed bag...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Many smart, well-educated employees with an interest in applying their skills to solve difficult and complex problems. The opportunity to work with them with minimal bureaucracy is often the most satisfying parts of the job. Also, numerous opportunities to build or strengthen skills, technical and business, if this is of interest to employees.

    Cons

    Salaries, as mentioned in many other reviews, are often times lower than industry. How pay and raises are determined across groups and the wider organization is somewhat unclear, although there are efforts underway to apparently address some of these concerns. Likely some tweaks will be made. Will be interesting to see how effective these changes can be.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More attention on personnel management and developing a culture that fosters true innovation and supports employees who are interested in focusing on their work, first and foremost, would benefit almost everyone. Some projects take an awfully long time to get rolling and this slumbering start should really be unacceptable with bells and whistles going off for upper management, if need be, to intervene and provide the necessary support, resources, directions, leadership, etc. required for success. Lots of resources wasted unnecessarily and morale dampened due to managerial neglect.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 7 people found this helpful  

    Place for Retirees to Bank.

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

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

    Pros

    Easy work, tons of remote telework, all government contracts so the work isn't hard. Decent infrastructure.

    Cons

    Average age of company is around 50...and I am not kidding. Unless you are 50+ and have a PhD not many people will listen. Just suck it up, take the good pay and telework a lot. No bonuses, confusing business model. If you don't like a project you simply leave it for another....at any time. Not sure how clients feel about that though.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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