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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. Featured Review

    Helpful (3)

    Worthwhile

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    • 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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

  2. Fantastic organization and supportive of employees

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at MITRE full-time

    Pros

    Creative support, good interesting work, flexible work hours

    Cons

    Started to undergo some changes that affected the organization

  3. Helpful (1)

    MITRE Great Place - adequate salary

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    Current Employee - Lead Engineer
    Current Employee - Lead Engineer

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - Benefits
    - Work environment
    - People
    MITRE is an FFRDC and as such it has the feel of other research and academic institutions. Salary is fair, benefits are awesome specially retirement compensations ( a lot of old folks here), and generally people are really nice.

    Cons

    Upper Management is atrocious that is what you get when you have engineers managing people.

    Advice to Management

    - Listen to your co-workers
    - Talk more with lower level engineers
    - Stop cutting benefits
    - Salary raises have to improve

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  5. Helpful (2)

    It's okay, but there are better places to work.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    -Decent benefits, but slowly eroding.
    -Good work/life balance; usually flex-time is allowed.
    -Intelligent and mostly friendly environment to work in.

    Cons

    -PhD and engineering elitism run rampant; if you have a bachelors or masters in something other than a hard science be expected to prove yourself every step of the way.
    -Although you'll be told otherwise, much of the "MITRE work" is no different than the work for-profit contractors do.
    -Due to a heavy management structure, expect not to be promoted for a number of years regardless of how well you perform within your organization.
    -Sadly, many managers couldn't manage themselves out of a wet paper bag and have a habit of openly pointing blame for project/customer miscalculations towards their own team members.

    Advice to Management

    Settle upon standard policies.
    Give your lower-level employees a voice, this is where the real work is being accomplished!

  6. Helpful (4)

    Unlike Any Other

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    work-life balance is great for those who are allowed to use it. The benefits and corporate culture are great.

    Cons

    Management leaves much to be desired. The officers create policy and then change their mind when someone complains. Employees have little faith in leadership.

    People stay a long time. Not a lot of room to move around/up.

    Advice to Management

    Stick to the policies created or don't put them in place at all. It's not worth riling everyone up and jeopardizing your credibility.

  7. Helpful (1)

    It has broadened my thinking. A lot of diverse technical backgrounds are points of view.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MITRE

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible work locations and hours subject to client needs.

    Cons

    You do have to maintain and drive demand for your services in order to stay employed. Sometimes it's hard to fit in the networking time to promote your own good work.

  8. Helpful (2)

    A very very deep talent pool

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Information Security Engineer in McLean, VA (US)
    Current Contractor - Information Security Engineer in McLean, VA (US)

    I have been working at MITRE as a contractor (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great talent, great mission, nice facility

    Cons

    Like many companies, lots of political wrangling

    Advice to Management

    Say what you do, do what you say.

  9. Helpful (11)

    Great company that doesn't know what it is right now.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lead Systems Software Engineer in Bedford, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Lead Systems Software Engineer in Bedford, MA (US)

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Very intelligent co-workers (when they stay), generally hard and interesting problems (if you're not handed grunt work and told to suck it up), good research program (if you can and keep funding), solid work life balance (usually). Great work programs available, if you can find them.

    Cons

    "The MITRE Way" has started to ruin a great company by making it like other companies. Many of the differentiating factors have diminished over the years: less emphasis on the "public interest", more emphasis on being a "business" and being "competitive", lower (but still good) retirement matching and vacation, more readiness to do "grunt work" instead of challenging research, greater emphasis on making "the customer" happy.

    Salaries are low, and nearly everybody I worked with was making below average for the company, let alone for industry. This has been compounded since 2009 by the implementation of Lump Sum Merit payments, otherwise called a bonus in industry. These were instituted originally as a one-time measure, but it seems that senior management got used to being cheap.

    An increased emphasis on commercialization of outputs and creation of products (though senior management swears up and down that this isn't the case) has led MITRE astray of what was once its core mission.

    Advice to Management

    You claim to hire some of the greatest engineers and scientists in the world and yet treat them like children when implementing policies and changes. They're not idiots and can see right through your facade.

    MITRE is turning into just another beltway bandit under your watch. I ask if that's what you really want your legacy to be.

  10. Great place to work, would have stayed longer but left to take a job in Maine.

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    Former Employee - HRIS Analyst in Bedford, MA (US)
    Former Employee - HRIS Analyst in Bedford, MA (US)

    I worked at MITRE full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits are very good, as are the work-life benefits.

    Cons

    Compensation is competitive and the work-life balance is good.

    Advice to Management

    If training was needed, it was usually provided.

  11. MTS

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at MITRE

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great company, fantastic benefits, fabulous work environment

    Cons

    Limited upside mobility for staff

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