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Updated December 22, 2014
Updated December 22, 2014
51 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.  

    Be careful before accepting

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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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Why postdoc FELLOWS are NOT Employees?

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    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

  3.  

    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    n/a

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Research opportunities highly variable

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    • 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)

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    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.

  7.  

    Interesting and Challenging in every way possible.

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    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

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

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA

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

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    adequate

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    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    co-authorship really helps

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    A fast-paced, high demanding academic institution renowned for its cutting-edge research.

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

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

    Pros

    The resources are abundant, internal opportunities for postdocs are well established, and the prestige of working at MIT.

    Cons

    Work life balance is discouraged. As is true across academics, your work environment is highly dependent on your PI and their day-to-day mood.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No clear hierarchy exists within academics. PIs should be encouraged to attend workshops and seminars on proper management styles.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    I had a good time at MIT.

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

    I worked at MIT full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    MIT is an interesting and stimulating place to work. There are always new things happening, and employees are generally invited to become part of the community and participate in events. You will meet a lot of interesting people at MIT.

    Cons

    In some ways, some of the administrative departments are unstable, constantly shifting with the sands. In my time there, I had eight different supervisors and worked in four different departments, all while performing similar functions. Considering that I was essentially doing the same work in all of these departments, the working conditions varied considerably. I had both wonderful and horrible bosses. I had extensive career advancement opportunities in some departments, and felt squelched in others. MIT is not one employer, it is many, and they are all different, good and bad.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some of the recent layoffs seem to have focused on older long time employees. Since I left, I keep hearing about people over 50 being laid off. If this is not something that senior management wants for MIT, then they should be keeping tabs on the operations of their departments. If there is an overall plan to get rid of older workers, it seems to me that offering retirement incentives is one way to get people to leave.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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