MIT Reviews in Boston, MA

Updated April 30, 2014
Updated April 30, 2014
468 Reviews

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Pros
  • The work/life balance was also very good for this position (in 14 reviews)

  • Exposure to cutting edge science and an invaluable professional network (in 23 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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  1.  

    Administration is Old School

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    Current Employee - Business Analyst  in  Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Cambridge, MA

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

    Pros

    If you are content to be a drone with no prospects for growth or learning, this is your place.

    Cons

    Managers are the worst. Morale is poor. No one really cares about their job. Typical employee goal is to do as little as possible and if something goes wrong blame everyone around them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to change the company culture.

  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Frustrating with no upward mobility

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    Current Employee - Staff In Office of the Vice President for Finance  in  Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Staff In Office of the Vice President for Finance in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at MIT full-time

    Pros

    Interesting work and nice to be part of a World class educational and research institution. Benefits good (pay not as good). Work-life balance ok. Nice overall environment.

    Cons

    The VP for Finance office is now almost entirely managed by those with corporate and commercial backgrounds. No one has higher education experience and therefore problems arise in terms of understanding the "business" of education. Policies are made only to then have exceptions depending on who's asking. The worst is that HR actively restrict upward internal mobility. Annual reviews are completely useless because no matter how wonderfully you do, your annual increase will never exceed a particular rate (think below rate of inflation) and there is NO upward mobility. No flex schedule options.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please consider this: why would a talented person want to stay somewhere where they are not properly rewarded for good work, and there is absolutely no reward or room to grow? Also, stop making changes just to do something and then changing it back. Please think before acting.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Has some great silly perks, but no room for growth and several incompetent people

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    Current Employee - Program Manager, Executive Education  in  Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Program Manager, Executive Education in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at MIT

    Pros

    Get to meet some interesting people from all over the world, work with some of the smartest faculty, attend some fun Boston outings (sports, receptions), decent pay, free education

    Cons

    Absolutely no room for growth, incompetent people can't be fired (so you work with a lot of them -- non-faculty), no raises (1-2% a year),

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate more and try to create incentives and room for growth for your employees

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  5.  

    Faculty and students are treated as rock stars, staff are forgotten

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    Former Employee - Web Manager  in  Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Web Manager in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at MIT

    Pros

    Fantastic benefits, name recognition, access to faculty and student knowledge

    Cons

    As a staff employee, we're constantly forgotten, unrecognized, and mistreated. In my department many employees have been there for 30+ years and are set in how things run and don't want any changes. As a new employee, I needed to settle into their ways or my life would be made hard. Directors are not willing to make changes for the better because it will make waves and cause political issues. In the 2 years I was there, I received 2.5% cost of living raises each year. I was told that my department is not able to issue any merit based raises.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Lack of management and communication and no professional growith

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer  in  Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at MIT

    Pros

    Great connections to other very bright people. International and national exposure to other well connected people.

    Cons

    Lack of professional development support by managers and the university doesn't make it possible to obtain higher levels of education as an employee.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Investing in training and education for Dean appointed employees. Provide career paths within MIT.

    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Exploration Data Analysis and Visualization

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow  in  Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at MIT

    Pros

    Mit is a very dynamic place, every six months all the people around change; in the same time exchange ideas and opinions is very sample. usually the salary are very low but there are different benefit: frequent flight and travel for conferences, strong respect in the international community, nice work ambient.

    Cons

    in Mit is impossible make plan for the long term, the turnover is very strong and the level of the stress is incredible.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    please try to use less your MIT brand and increase the quality of research, hence the quality of life for researchers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    OK

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Bedford, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bedford, MA

    I have been working at MIT

    Pros

    Stable work place that will continue on no matter the economy.
    new technology that the interest geeks everywhere.
    Cool location

    Cons

    No training with new cutbacks that have been caused by the economic turn down.
    little advancement possible
    poor leadership
    low pay

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    understand that employees are a valued resource that should be maintained and encouraged and not pigeonholed into some arbitrary bracket.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Sub-par pay.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Lexington, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lexington, MA

    I have been working at MIT

    Pros

    Retirement benefits. For every dollar you put in, MIT puts in $2.

    Cons

    Absolutely no personnel management experience within the leadership.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn how to manage people the same way programs are managed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    Pros and cons

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff  in  Lexington, MA
    Current Employee - Staff in Lexington, MA

    I have been working at MIT

    Pros

    MIT is at the technological forefront. Some incredibly technically talented and brilliant people work there. People look at you differently when you say you work for MIT. Great health benefits.

    Cons

    Culture. Case in point: a SENIOR LEADER recently broadcast an email announcing a new page on the intranet with the meant-to-be-attention-grabbing subject line: "PAY CUTS ACROSS DIVISION". What message does that send about the value of personnel in that division to their leaders? In the middle of a recession, undoubtedly there were recipients in the division whose families have been directly, perhaps painfully, affected by the economic downturn. Although the leader did follow up with a brief apology, the organization saw fit to PROMOTE that person to an even higher level of leadership.

    Although there are a minority of technical employees who 'punch the clock', the majority are not that way. Consequently, they should be able to work in an environment that supports them and their growth. The organization has a long way to go in that respect. The really sad part is that the organization is more than capable of getting there. A fiercely internally competitive culture retards successful collaboration, and the 'what's in it for me' attitude prevails because it is rewarded. Politics can be thick.

    Cultural change is occurring, albeit slowly. I hope to see the day when no senior or junior manager would ever dream of doing something like the example above.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Technical expertise alone does not a true leader make. Learn from those we primarily serve--the military -- on the qualities of a leader.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great for MIT grads familiar with the culture

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Lexington, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lexington, MA

    I have been working at MIT

    Pros

    Prestige. Benefits great for working professionals who support growing families, but significantly less so for those who don't.

    Cons

    New hires almost all fresh out of school. Experienced professionals who offer different perspectives and valuable experience are not nearly as aggressively sought after.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Seek training on the 'people'-side of management. They are your greatest assets. Think about employee retention, not just recruiting.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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