Big Company Culture with All the Politics
COMMUNICATIONS BUSINESS PARTNER (Current Employee) – McLean, VA – July 9, 2017
The company is going through a big culture change. This company is a private, not-for-profit that operates research and development centers for the federal government. It used to be 'mission-driven', focusing on solving tough problems and working in a collaborative way to do so.
It is now a highly charged political hierarchy that is going through major culture changes--not for the better. While everyone at MITRE works hard and focuses on producing high-quality products, the company used to emphasize work-life balance.
That is no longer true. The work-life balance is being chipped away to the point that this not-for-profit is being run more like the big consulting firms. That means long hours, weekends. In this case though, there's no chance for true financial reward because this is a not-for-profit.
There is little room for advancement, and management skills in many cases are poor because the company promotes without ensuring people have true people management skills.
Work-life-balance gone by wayside, insurance expensive, management