Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard

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Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard Reviews

Updated October 7, 2014
Updated October 7, 2014
52 Reviews
3.9
52 Reviews
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Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard Director Eric Lander
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work life balance is really unmatched (in 3 reviews)

  • Great organization, Resources and funding, Top class cutting edge research, a vision to succeed and bring positive change through science (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • All round confusion, wannabe matrix organization, fake non-profit, good only for top guys, delusion about being the best (in 3 reviews)

  • Challenging work environment for trainees (in 2 reviews)

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  1.  

    Amazing breadth, not so much depth.

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    Current Employee - Research Scientist II in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Research Scientist II in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    I get to play with numerous toys, techniques, equipment. I do a lot myself.

    Cons

    I'm so busy and overworked, I don't get to read or focus on the details.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Organization, storage, well thought out support positions would make this place more efficient.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Its been a satisfying experience

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer II in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer II in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great scientific research environment where everyone with a motivation for improving human health and life, can contribute. Great work-life balance philosophy where quality of work is considered and not hours put in. Its an open environment where one can have a voice if one is willing to speak up.

    Cons

    I feel in the Software Engineering side of things the salary is average and there aren't many initiatives to attract or retain good talent.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great work, no career opportunities

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard

    Pros

    The work is very interesting and rewarding. The benefits and flexibility are wonderful.

    Cons

    There are no opportunities for advancement and compensation is poor.

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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    A great place to start an engineering career

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard

    Pros

    Information sharing environment. You have opportunities to keep up with the most trendy technologies. Lots of scientific as well as tech seminars to make you well informed.

    Life and work balance is pretty good. Very flexible working hours.

    Cons

    Salary is at the lower end of industry level.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give more recognition.

    Recommends
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  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Flexible, laid-back place to work.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard

    Pros

    It is a very laid back atmosphere, but at the same time people that want to get ahead and learn have opportunities to do so. The job is much more flexible in comparison to some other jobs in biotech, and management is very understanding. They are very good about letting people do what they are most interested in, within reason. They do have trainings though where employees can learn new statistical programs and such, which is good.

    Cons

    Some days can be a little slow and the work often tends to be repetitive. You might be able to learn more working in a more academic setting, but it depends on what you are looking for exactly. There are some opportunities for advancement, but you can also end up working as a technician for several years doing the same thing over and over again. Some of the employees that I have encountered are not extremely motivated and don't work a lot. On the other hand, some other people are brilliant and work extremely hard, so it can be a mix. Finally, since the Institute is still growing substantially, organization is not the greatest at this moment. It can be frustrating to navigate the surroundings since they change often.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve organization, screen potential employees more carefully.

    Recommends
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  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Top notch science if genomics is your thing

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    Current Employee - Computational Biologist in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Computational Biologist in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard

    Pros

    The people here are the best at what they do, and you get to learn from them every day. The work environment is socially relaxed and informal, if scientifically intense. Opportunities to make professional contacts in the Boston area are excellent, and the institute hosts many interesting seminars.

    Cons

    There could be more collaboration and communication between groups, especially if they see one another as competitors. This gets in the way of science.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage groups to work together more.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    It was an awesome experience working there.

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    Current Employee - Student in Pune (India)
    Current Employee - Student in Pune (India)

    I have been working at Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Academic Excellence.
    Close-knit Community.
    Involved Students.
    Top-notch Professors.
    Merit Scholarships.
    Class Size.

    Cons

    Homogeneous Population.
    Demanding Schedule.
    Cost of Tuition.
    Transferring Credits.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    no advice.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great culture.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Strong culture of collaboration. Good benefits. Amazing building and really great atmosphere to go to work to every morning. The proximity to MIT and the connections to other major hospitals bring in an air of privilege and importance of the work -- helps with motivation on a bad day.

    Cons

    Somewhat weak administration. Recent high-level turnover and a series of questionable financial decisions. Funding is largely based on private philanthropy and federal grants, so jobs seem to come and go with the general economic climate.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    great

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard

    Pros

    flexibility collaborative innovative would recommend to others

    Cons

    few career ladders need to be better defined

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good

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

    I have been working at Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard

    Pros

    The opportunities for collaboration, the resources

    Cons

    The pay might be lower?

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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