MIT Reviews in Boston, MA

Updated September 28, 2014
Updated September 28, 2014
487 Reviews
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Pros
  • The work/life balance was also very good for this position (in 15 reviews)

  • Cutting edge research with amazing people etc etc etc etc etc etc (in 24 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance can blend to be one ambiguous blob (in 13 reviews)

  • People stay very late for doing research, not ideal for graduate students who have families (in 13 reviews)

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    Worst Place Ever to Work

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

    I worked at MIT full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Compensation and benefits are decent.
    But NOT worth it.

    Cons

    Politics, politics POLITICS.
    You basically have to be married with kids or male to get any advancement.
    Very toxic work environment. Depends largely on the department, but I was working in a soul-crushing environment. It didn't matter how well you did your job, but if you make one mistake, hell hath no fury.
    No real training to speak of. We were expected to know the job on day 1.
    Management was not receptive to questions. Questions were met by answers of "I'm not going to tell you how to do your job" and "As the (insert job title here), you should know what to do."
    I wasted 6 years of my life here, and pretty much destroyed all my personal relationships in the process due to emotional/psychological breakdowns.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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    Research Assistant

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant At MIT  in  Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant At MIT in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at MIT full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great education. Diligent and smart students. Good research resources. Plenty research related activities such as seminars, conferences, talks, etc.
    Great basic health care and maternity care.

    Cons

    Work load on research is very heavy. Exposed to high risk and high pressure but received very low compensation. Salary is not enough for sending an infant to a daycare center.

    Small working space.

    No dental insurance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Good reputation, however, professors are too busy with business instead of teaching

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate  in  Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Boston, MA

    I have been working at MIT full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good reputation, good people to work with

    Cons

    Very competitive environment, very little attention from your advisor

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    MIT is a great school, because it attracts the best talents around the world, however, the professors should pay more attention to people, instead of their business

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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