MITRE Reviews

Updated 27 October 2014
Updated 27 October 2014
443 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • people pretty much respect your schedule and are supportive of work life balance (in 129 reviews)

  • Good Benefits; however, not as good as they were 25 years ago (in 32 reviews)


Cons
  • Hard to grow salary and climb the ladder, but the work-life balance is great (in 15 reviews)

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

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    One of the best places to work in the area.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal Information Systems Engineer in Tyson's Corner, Fairfax, VA (US)
    Current Employee - Principal Information Systems Engineer in Tyson's Corner, Fairfax, VA (US)

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

    Pros

    Challenging work, impact on the country, extremely flexible hours, great benefits

    Cons

    Work is often project based, so you might need to "find your own work" when the project ends, or juggle several projects. Pay isn't quite as good as peer companies, though the stability and job satisfaction outweigh that.

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

    Good place ... work life balance, smart people, tough to advance, lower pay

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Leader in Bedford, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Project Leader in Bedford, MA (US)

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

    Pros

    Great work-life balance; lots of training opportunities available to all; easy to reach back into company to understand experiences of others, and technologies; good benefits; get to work with leading edge technology; get to solve critical problems

    Cons

    Mid level management (department heads, technical directors) and supervisors (team leads) --- it's a mixed bag -- some are excellent managers, others are not so much; have been employed at a few global 100 companies and this honestly is the weakest mid level management I have seen.

    Salary is generally lower by at least 25-30% than private sector companies this size. Tradeoff is the work-life balance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a good hard look at mid level management --- take action where needed.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great Knowledge Experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Multi-Discipline Systems Engineer in Washington, DC (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Multi-Discipline Systems Engineer in Washington, DC (US)

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

    Pros

    Opportunities to learn; lots of smart people to work with; opportunity to do work in the best interest of the government

    Cons

    there is mediocre management communication

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • 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

    Challenging work in the public interest. Great benefits. Excellent people.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy that comes with government accountability. Low turnover makes promotions slower than for profit companies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Socialize change better and be more transparent in decisions that impact employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    The MITRE Corporation

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Seninor Program Manager
    Current Employee - Seninor Program Manager

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

    Pros

    Work Life Balance is the best in the engineering business

    Cons

    I can think of nothing negative about this company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen and work with the staff

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

    MITRE has changed

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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 (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    MITRE has above-average benefits to make up for its below-average salaries. The culture among the technical staff is mostly supportive. The facilities are nice.

    Cons

    MITRE management, particularly above department managers, seems solely out for themselves. They are generally tireless self-promoters, take credit for the contributions of the technical staff, and "manage upward". One of the best things about MITRE is the ability of staff to propose IR&D. But most IR&D projects are granted to "the usual suspects" who are the favorites of management. Many IR&D investigators never work on sponsored projects and, in fact, eschew doing so, often refusing to apply for security clearances.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get back to basics of an FFRDC and stop thinking of yourselves as Masters of the Universe. Get some humility; 90% of your staff are more technically competent than you. Nothing wrong with that!

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 6 people found this helpful  

    If you are mid-career, don't stay more than two years

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Leader in Bedford, MA (US)
    Former Employee - Project Leader in Bedford, MA (US)

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

    Pros

    Very flexible in terms of hour, remote work. Job stability, to a fault, almost.

    Cons

    Very few opportunities for growth, promotion. You'll lose your competitive edge and marketability if you stay here too long.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    excellent

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Tech Staff in Bedford, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Tech Staff in Bedford, MA (US)

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

    Pros

    challenging work, excellent perks, excellent work environment

    Cons

    MITRE practice old fashion company ideals

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great Company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 (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
  11.  

    Great place to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 (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

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