SENIOR SYSTEMS ENGINEER (Current Employee) – Washington, DC – November 12, 2013
Once a powerhouse, now a mere shell. They tout how their work is somehow at a higher level than other contractors, but in reality they are just another company bowing and scraping for the few government scraps.
Forget advancement unless you meet the politically correct template and you have the right friends.
Senior Software Engineer (Current Employee) – McLean, VA – September 30, 2016
If you are energetic, hard-working, career minded, this is not the place for you because there is almost no chance for career advancement. Typical promotions at low level take 6-7 years where they take 3 yrs in most places.
The company values newcomers more than their own proven and loyal employees, so negotiate when you join as you will not get a promotion after you do. This is so well known that there is huge grade inflation at the time of hire when compared to the tried and tested abilities of existing employees. Sad, but true.
Great Research Program, great work-life balance, good retirement benefits, flexible hours, telecommuting option
Lacking practical technical knowledge (lots of academic, theoretical knowledge), senior management who are here to take it easy, almost zero chance for promotion or advancement, too much politics
Lead, Systems Engineer (Current Employee) – McLean, VA – December 29, 2016
A reorganization has changed the company into something that is no longer different from the status quo. The company culture that was like a family is no longer there. Rather than a culture of those who help one another it is a cut throat enterprise.
Work/life benefits, continuing education
The lack of "care and feeding" of employee's for growth
SD Quality Assurance Mgr. & Training Specialist (Current Employee) – McLean, VA – December 11, 2016
Management is very interested in work-life balance. There are many opportunities for continuing education and it is encouraged. Many opportunities for socializing with different groups within the corporation. Employees are encouraged to give back and volunteerism is very much supported with paid time off to pursue volunteerism. Great place to work. Very diverse & inclusive.
Administrative Assistant (Former Employee) – McLean, VA – May 24, 2016
As things go, MITRE seems to be an almost ideal place to work. Amazing benefits are part of the package such as tuition fully covered as education is encouraged, PTO, and sabbatical available for employees. Knowledgeable people work at MITRE and you can expect to learn a lot while here.
Problems exist because management has some unrealistic expectations of subordinate employees as they are out of touch with reality. In fact, some managers are downright sadistic especially if they have tenure with the company. Expect to see managers play favorites. Also, rivalries exist between departments and older employees are sometimes threatened by new staff members and interfere with their ability to learn the particulars of the job.
MITRE might be the right fit for some while others will struggle to fit in. Beware....
Staff Member (Current Employee) – McLean, VA – June 8, 2016
Poor management. Not all organizations adhere to work life balance. Job tasks are not challenging or innovative. In the "This is how it has always been done" mentality. No career advancement. Everything moves as slow or slower than the government. Trying to figure out why it has been rated such a great company to work for.
Salary and benefits are very very good.
Often find myself searching for something to do. Not busy, not challenged.
Senior Virtulization Engineer (Current Employee) – McLean, VA – December 11, 2016
Mitre is a great well managed company. This is not always a good thing when you are trying to advance. The people here love being here so they never leave making it harder to climb the ladder. I would say overall management knows how to keep up moral while meeting deadlines. I will miss this place, but I must be career oriented at this stage in my life.
Cyber Security Analyst (Current Employee) – Bedford, MA – January 17, 2017
The only issue is the commute and sometimes getting new project work is difficult until you get established. the company does not mentor or have an efficient way to build up your resume. those with experience do well but those with little experience is hard to grow or get onto good project work. Requires clearance to work as primary customer is US government.
work life balance, work from home, holiday parties
Lead Reliability Engineer (Current Employee) – Aberdeen, MD – November 8, 2016
However, the culture is changing from a Senior Government Expert (SME) to that of a contractor house, less the $$$ benefit. Lapses in the end of the government fiscal year has everyone chasing their tail, looking for little contracts to work under... Musical chairs.
Great people and management
Highly dependent on government funding and associated hiccups.
Data Engineer Intern (Former Employee) – McLean, VA – September 13, 2016
A typical day in MITRE can be as simple or as interesting as you want it to be. Your job at MITRE is rarely every simple, though. You get to help solve some of the most challenging projects in the industry. The management does everything in their power to help you succeed. The hardest part is getting used to the idea of not having to deliver a product and that you'll be doing mostly research for a large portion of your project. The most enjoyable part of the job is that you get to meet so many smart, insightful, and interesting people.
Systems Engineer (Current Employee) – Bedford, MA – July 5, 2015
MITRE is a good employer - Market rate compensation, good retirement benefits, good work/life balance, great job security...but it's not a *great* place to work.
The culture very much depends on where you work in the company, both in geographic location as well as specific department, but in general things just happen slower than they would at a for-profit company. Middle management and executive leadership rarely seem to mesh in message.
Many have said "MITRE is a great place to retire," which seems accurate.
work/life balance, retirement benefits
not the best place for new employees fresh out of college
Environmental Health and Safety Technician (Former Employee) – McLean, VA – February 24, 2017
It was a great opportunity to learn and utilize what I obtained from earning my college degree. Unfortunately, I cannot divulge to much information about my last job because of my security clearance, my apologies.