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94% Approve of the CEO

MIT President L. Rafael Reif

L. Rafael Reif

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    Administration is Old School

    Business Analyst (Current Employee)
    Cambridge, MA

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

    ConsManagers 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 Senior ManagementNeed to change the company culture.

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    Frustrating with no upward mobility

    Staff In Office of the Vice President for Finance (Current Employee)
    Cambridge, MA

    ProsInteresting 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.

    ConsThe 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 Senior ManagementPlease 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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

    Program Manager, Executive Education (Current Employee)
    Cambridge, MA

    ProsGet 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

    ConsAbsolutely 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 Senior ManagementCommunicate more and try to create incentives and room for growth for your employees

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

    Web Manager (Former Employee)
    Cambridge, MA

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

    ConsAs 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Lack of management and communication and no professional growith

    Systems Engineer (Current Employee)
    Cambridge, MA

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

    ConsLack 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 Senior ManagementInvesting in training and education for Dean appointed employees. Provide career paths within MIT.

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    Exploration Data Analysis and Visualization

    Postdoctoral Fellow (Current Employee)
    Cambridge, MA

    ProsMit 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.

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

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    OK

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Bedford, MA

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

    ConsNo training with new cutbacks that have been caused by the economic turn down.
    little advancement possible
    poor leadership
    low pay

    Advice to Senior Managementunderstand that employees are a valued resource that should be maintained and encouraged and not pigeonholed into some arbitrary bracket.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Sub-par pay.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Lexington, MA

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

    ConsAbsolutely no personnel management experience within the leadership.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLearn how to manage people the same way programs are managed.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Pros and cons

    Staff (Current Employee)
    Lexington, MA

    ProsMIT 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.

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great for MIT grads familiar with the culture

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Lexington, MA

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

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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