Principal Multi-Discipline Systems Engineer in Reston, Virginia
The Most Challenging Aspects
I currently am supporting a very politically charged program within IC ITE for the ODNI. We are responsible for developing and implementing a common desktop across a community consisting of 17 separate and disparate agency's ranging in size from 45 to several tens of thousands of personnel. Adoption is required, but setting and maintaining expectations throughout all levels of leadership is a constant challenge. Also each agency wants their requirements met first and fully, not willing to accept that the goal is a common desktop environment that leads to better information sharing and collaboration.
Systems Engineer in Bedford, MA
Very professional place to work and grow your experience.
Freedom to think. You can express your personal point. There is a strong link between the MITRE folks and the Customer; in this case the custom being the USAF.
Senior Systems Engineer in McLean, VA
A company that will challenge you to grow everyday
Great place to work...challenging and interesting work, top management who work hard to help professionals grow, benefits are top notch, pay is competitive, and the "Really Smart People" that work for MITRE will challenge you to excel intellectually and professionally. That's the measure of success...intellectual growth. You can't help but learn from the talent MITRE has...PhDs abound in an amazing variety of disciplines...engineering, mathematics, computer science, artificial intelligence, robotics, linguistics, management theory, public administration...the list is endless. Many are internationally known in their fields. I personally learned a lot in many technical areas I would never had explored otherwise.
From an human resources perspective, the company is extremely flexible with work-family balance...never an issue to deal with family matters. MITRE is very flexible--in fact, encourages--telework when clients allow it. The only exception are clients that require work in a SCIF...the work has to be done either on the client site or at the company facilities.
The one thing MITRE lacks is entrepreneurial environment...being a FFRDC, it is only allowed to do federal government work and does not compete with the for-profit contracting firms. In fact, MITRE acts as an extension of its Government clients, provided in-depth technical expertise to government managers and executives. As a result, if you're goal is business development and becoming a "rainmaker" in the hope of moving up the corporate food chain, and making lots of money, MITRE may be less than ideal. That being said, growing MITRE's influence with clients is rewarded, especially when more billable staff can be added. That always looks good on annual reviews, but the emphasis is technical expertise, leadership, and client interactions.
One can easily spend an entire career with MITRE, have a great variety of interesting projects, work with some really smart people, and retire very comfortably on it's superb retirement plan.
If you can get in...you will be very happy...my five years at the company were well rewarded professionally and intellectually before my own decision to become an independent consultant.
Business Operations in McLean, VA
Not what it used to be
Identity crisis. A not for profit that wants to behave like a for-profit company. No direction and no commitment. Projects constantly initiated, only to be abandoned halfway through to move onto some other 'shiny, new' thing.
Computational Linguistics, Annotator & Arabic Language Consultant in McLean, VA
Very healthy productive work environment
Very healthy productive work environment.
Open discussion and sharing thoughts are one of essential part of our teamwork. Challenging work with flexible work hours and fair pay make it an ideal part time positive job. Not to mention the management support and assistance when needed.