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  1. Excellent opportunities come from MIT but they can afford to treat postdocs better

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Associate in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Associate in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at MIT full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent research and learning environment, time there helps open many future doors of opportunity. Family friendly with subsidized child care on campus.

    Cons

    Postdocs are sub-employees since benefits are made VERY expensive and outright removed if you do the courtesy of bringing your own money in the form of a fellowship, health insurance rates are particularly punishing if you have dependents. No retirement savings, come on!

    Advice to Management

    Be more generous with benefit opportunities for postdocs who are staying longer, having families and getting older

  2. It is ok.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at MIT

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    You can put MIT on your resume.

    Cons

    I found colleagues to be very flat without a life outside of work. Employees don't move around into other positions due to a culture of feeling disloyal. As a result, folks are very burned out and have little interest in their work and life.

  3. Be careful before accepting

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant II in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant II in Cambridge, MA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits, nice environment, very convenient. They offer 50% public transportation. There are medical facilities onsite. Interesting groups to join.

    Cons

    The pay is not what one would expect from an institution that has world-wide recognition. There are elements of the job that go far above and beyond what can be considered reasonable. There is a reluctance to support staff when a faculty member misbehaves.

    Advice to Management

    Take time to reassess job functions. You will continue to lose good people if you do not offer them proper support and financial incentives.

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  5. Helpful (1)

    Why postdoc FELLOWS are NOT Employees?

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    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at MIT full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great career resources for professional development and alumni networking for post-docs. Offers 401K plan for post-doc ASSOCIATES, but not for FELLOWS. Good medical center and overall kind people around the campus to work with. Pays 1/2 of the monthly T-pass.

    Cons

    Almost no work-life balance, depending on the lab you work on stress can be higher than the average research institution. Compensation of post-docs is low like all places, but it is especially negative factor when you consider how expensive cost of living in this city.

    Advice to Management

    Not sure why you need two categories of post-docs: ASSOCIATES and FELLOWS. The former is a benefit-eligible position the latter is not. If you get your own grant, MIT will immediately convert you to a fellow position, and you will loose all your benefits, as if they are punishing you because you brought money to the campus (!) There should be a way to centralize these grants and pay the post-doc through the MIT pay check to make all post-docs benefit eligible, REAL employees. I have seen this can happen in other institutions, so this is not rocket science for such a prestigious institution. MIT also subsidizes ASSOCIATE'S heath insurance, but not FELLOW'S insurance. Hence if your PI is not that generous, you will need to pay even this basic benefit from your own pocket. If you have family/dependents this can cost a fortune to you. MIT should merge all post-doctoral positions into one category and make all of them benefit eligible. Otherwise we will continue to feel being treated unfairly.

  6. Graduate Research Student

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at MIT full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    hard working atmosphere, affiliation with MIT and overall reputation

    Cons

    Dishonest culture among facult. Has never graduated a minortiy PhD student in the 40+ year history of the program. 80% of students who graduate leave fusion research to work on wall street.

    Advice to Management

    n/a

  7. Helpful (1)

    Research opportunities highly variable

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at MIT full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Can get involved in fantastic research opportunities. Very flexible (at least for me) vacation/ holiday/ work scheduling. Very nice benefits.

    Cons

    Can get stuck doing something awful - each fiefdom is drastically different in personality (mostly based on whomever is running said lab/department/etc). The fact that so much paperwork has to be dealt with in *paper* in this day and age is a bit ridiculous. Salary was a joke.

  8. Administrative Assistant II

    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant II in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant II in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at MIT full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    -Working with intelligent persons all around
    -Very accessible to public transportation
    -Half-off T passes

    I think that your experience at MIT very much depends upon your unique situation (supervisor, department, etc.).

    Cons

    -Support staff is not unionized.
    -No PPO health plan available.
    -Lack of promotions from within.

  9. Interesting and Challenging in every way possible.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in Boston, MA

    I have been working at MIT full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    the challenge and the steep learning curve. also, the school expectancy that its students should be proficient in more than one field of science. A very good place to meet exceptionally smart people. also, it was surprising how much money the school pay for student group for extra-curricular activities

    Cons

    Hard. sometime depressing. challenging research topics. not all departments have a system in place to graduate their students in 5 years or less

    Advice to Management

    better screening accepting students. sometimes it seems they dont match well a student profile/knowledge/background to a research topic. Not all departments have a good system in place for student development and research progress

  10. Epic dysfunction at one of the top b-schools in the country--but great benefits

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    MIT offers exceptional benefits, including amazing tuition reimbursement opportunities and full-time health benefits for half-time work. In addition, you have the chance to work with some outstanding people and, depending on the role, deal with some interesting issues.

    Cons

    Dysfunction is sweeping and systemic. Politics are rife at any university, but the intensity of the politics depends on who's leading the school at any given time. Under present leadership at the business school, politics are especially frenzied. Bureaucracy is such that the unfit are rarely fired and often promoted to leadership positions. The politically skilled rise swiftly; some are talented at other things, and some are not, but political skill trumps everything.

  11. adequate

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - PhD Candidate in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - PhD Candidate in Boston, MA

    I have been working at MIT full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    the reputation for top research is outstanding; great teachers and colleagues ; adequate support for high end research; strong student body

    Cons

    very much completely thrown into deep end of pool with little recourse; no possibility of co-authorship; very low stipend relative to market

    Advice to Management

    co-authorship really helps

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