MIT Reviews

Updated July 16, 2015
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Pros
  • Strong focus on work-life balance (in 17 reviews)

  • Working on cutting edge technology (in 25 reviews)

Cons
  • work-life balance is not the best (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. Helpful (2)

    Good, but they think that they're better than they are.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Massachusetts in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Massachusetts in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at MIT full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    There's a lot of pride in the community at MIT, and a lot of freedom as well.

    Cons

    Leadership tends to be "pale, male, and stale." While there are opportunities for advancement, these usually don't come with adequate salary increases. It's one of MIT's worst kept secrets that you can only reasonably expect 1-3% annual raises, despite quality of the work done and increased job responsibilities; and worse, most promotions only generate a 10% increase in pay.

    Advice to Management

    Stop focusing on benefits. They're good, but they're not as good as they used to be, so pointing to them when people ask for equitable pay is frustrating. Also, consider increasing your annual tuition reimbursement cap - it's been locked in place for decades. I feel like MIT's in an unique position to fully understand that tuition hasn't been flat, so why should this benefit be flat?


  2. okey place for a 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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    almost unlimited resource for research

    Cons

    engineering has 5-y limit for postdoc, which is stressful if you are working in biology area


  3. MIT administrator

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at MIT (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The students are really wonderful to work with.

    Cons

    There are a lot of ineffective managers.


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  5. Nice and intelligent environment

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at MIT

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

    Pros

    It is a nice and intelligent environment and people have inspiring ideas.

    Cons

    Nothing for the Cons at the moment.


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

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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 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


  7. It is ok.

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    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.


  8. Be careful before accepting

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    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.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Why postdoc FELLOWS are NOT Employees?

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    • Comp & Benefits
    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.


  10. 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


  11. Helpful (1)

    Research opportunities highly variable

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.



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