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Updated December 10, 2014
Updated December 10, 2014
546 Reviews
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Pros
  • The work/life balance was also very good for this position (in 17 reviews)

  • Cutting edge research with amazing people etc etc etc etc etc etc (in 25 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance can blend to be one ambiguous blob (in 14 reviews)

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

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great opportunity for someone without a degree

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    Former Employee - Shift Supervisor in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Shift Supervisor in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at MIT full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    - Only requires a HS diploma or GED
    - Paid training to obtain license
    - 8 hour shift work including lunch time
    - You can leave for lunch if you are on the weekday day shift
    - Great opportunities for MIT freshman; once licensed, you can study and do homework on shift
    - Looks great on a resume
    - Can quickly progress from trainee to Shift Supervisor in about two or less years depending on prior experience
    - During steady-state operation, shift work is not at all demanding (you can pursue hobbies, read a book, etc.)
    - Sounds cool to say you work there and you get a lot of cred
    - Gated parking lot next to facility
    - Urgent care and MIT Medical located on the other side of campus; 15 min walk
    - Tuition reimbursement program
    - 401k with 5% match
    - Subsidized public transportation
    - Subsidized health, vision, and dental insurance options
    - Paid vacation and sick leave

    Cons

    - Training to obtain operator license is very difficult for the average person; ~12 week program to learn everything there is to know from system schematics to proper response to all kinds of situations
    - Understaffed, not enough licensed people to split up shift coverage reasonably
    - Difficult to arrange time off if you are full time and are not on the day shift; you will need to convince someone on day shift to cover your shift
    - Some of the higher level management does not set a good example and can be demoralizing
    - Many licensed staff are looking for better opportunities elsewhere
    - Career plateaus at shift supervisor for the most part
    - Day shift is often poorly organized leaving extra work for the skeleton shifts afterwards
    - If you work during a skeleton shift (evenings and nights), you cannot leave to grab a meal
    - During non steady-state operation, work can be very demanding and you will likely not have an opportunity to grab a meal
    - Does not pay well if you have a degree from college
    - Pays less than the standard outside of university facilites
    - Working the off-shifts means that your performance review comes from someone not familiar with all the effort you put into the job
    - Yearly pay raises are based on an arbitrary ranking system where day shift employees carry a greater weight simply because they are around when the boss is around; full-time non-day shift employees fall through the cracks

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Hire more student operators
    - Encourage operators to continue on to become supervisors
    - Realize that putting extra strain on the skeleton shift personnel to cover open shifts on weekends is negatively impacting relations with day shift personnel

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place bad pay

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at MIT full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good collaboration. Prestigious place to work..

    Cons

    Old people don't leave thereby not allowing career progression so good employees leave.
    Managers and faculty who verbally abuse employees are not held accountable. The university makes excuses for them.
    Old timers are blocking the careers of many others below them.
    Pay is terrible.
    No innovation except with students.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change all the above.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Postdoc

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

    I have been working at MIT full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Work with smart and hard working individuals. Access to best resources available and abundant professional opportunities. The scientific environment of Boston is hard to match, perhaps San Francisco comes second close.

    Cons

    The environment in my lab is pretty bad. Everyone is overworked and stressed because our PI is extremely demanding every once in a while someone "falls through the cracks". I have worked before in environments where the standard is high, but the PI was relaxed. That makes a whole difference.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Science is also about the people that do it. Do not abuse the workforce that moves your labs ahead.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Administration is Old School

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at MIT full-time (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.

  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Frustrating with no upward mobility

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  7.  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    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

  8.  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  9.  

    Lack of management and communication and no professional growith

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    • Senior Management
    • 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
  10.  

    Exploration Data Analysis and Visualization

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    OK

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    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

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