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Updated December 22, 2014
Updated December 22, 2014
528 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.  

    Inspiring; confining

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    Former Employee - Human Resources Consultant in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Human Resources Consultant in Cambridge, MA

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

    Pros

    Fabulously stimulating place to work and to be. Adventurous, willing to take chances. Very good benefits (although that has eroded some with the changes in the US economy).

    Cons

    On the administrative side, you can take chances but risk losing trust and access if anything goes wrong. Extreme stratification in wealth, increasingly reflecting US and world economy. Raises at senior level can approach 20% a year while 3% is allocated for rest. The usual, "We're adults; employees act like children" attitude among senior managers -- although management teams are often the most infantile in how they conduct themselves.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put resources behind announced priorities (like diversity). Dare to embrace and reflect a more democratic economy, in which front line staff are rewarded consonant with their contributions. Discipline truly bad (toxic) managers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great benefits, Smart Colleagues

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at MIT full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    I liked the benefits package I received from MIT, I also enjoyed the difference in day to day work, fun events around campus, community feel, and location, career stability (MIT will always exist)

    Cons

    Career development, hard to jump from assistant role to an administrative role, not as much growth opportunity, raises are every 6 months but very little

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to manage your employees better into next steps in their career rather than dead end

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    Working at MIT

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    Current Employee - Coordinator in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Coordinator in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at MIT

    Pros

    You'll encounter endless bright minds that will make MIT one of the more interesting places to work at. Benefits are pretty good too.

    Cons

    The workplace culture will vary depending on your department. As departments sometime operate as if they're mini companies within the larger company. Once here though, it isn't that hard to adjust.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    My 13+ Years at MIT

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

    I have been working at MIT

    Pros

    Working with an extremely diverse group. Exposure to interesting research and science projects known world wide. Ability to participate in activities, clubs and volunteer opportunities, typically open to only students. Environment of encouragement and appreciation of all employees through rewards and recognition programs.

    Cons

    Administration/management needs to be more transparent within each department of lab center.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    HVAC Technician

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    Current Employee - HVAC Technician in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - HVAC Technician in Cambridge, MA

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

    Pros

    A great place to work, and the benefit is wonderfull

    Cons

    The parking previledge for the Employees is realy very expensive

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    managements are okay and they can actually do better to retain good workers

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Good Community

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    Current Employee - Resource Sharing in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Resource Sharing in Cambridge, MA

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

    Pros

    Innovative, off-the-beaten path spirit, management (in my department) really does strive for transparency, staff feedback for major decisions (hiring leadership, changes to policy or space planning) are encouraged and solicited. Great people on staff: smart, friendly, supportive, for the most part love what they do. Just a great culture to be a part of.

    Cons

    This is academia, so if you want to move forward, you pretty much wait for someone to a.) leave or b.) retire. I've only been here for about 2 years so maybe I'm impatient, but yes, I am frustrated that in that time, no attainable opportunities for promotion have opened up.

    Also, the campus is dotted with really ugly sculptural art. It's like, REALLY ugly. Why??

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Immense resources, great people

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    Current Employee - Graduate Student in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Graduate Student in Cambridge, MA

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

    Pros

    Being a graduate student at MIT opens a lot of doors. Some professors are loaded with research funds, so it's a great environment for intellectual discovery. Also, if you want to make a startup, MIT is the place to be.

    Cons

    Very isolating experience, research is often frustrating and fruitless. You basically live for the small moments of success.

    Also inconsistent access to some opportunities between different labs, particularly in regards to internships. Internships are really helpful for post-graduation employment, but some (most?) professors really hate them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There should be a institute wide policy on access to internship opportunities for graduate students.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Amazing Place to Gain Experience

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    Current Employee - MIT Research Assistant in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - MIT Research Assistant in Boston, MA

    I have been working at MIT as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Professors are extremely passionate and willing to include you in the discussion of the project. There is large opportunity for growth, but it is hard to find time to learn because classes are so time-consuming

    Cons

    Professors can sometimes give you too much freedom and not enough guidance if you do not actively seek it out.It also very difficult to get the right equipment for projects if your lab does not have them already. It is best to work under a grad student when first starting out instead of pioneering your own project. The pay could have been higher. Compared to many other campus jobs, $10 dollars an hour is abysmal pay.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great Atmosphere, Terrible Career Development

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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 an year)

    Pros

    Flexible hours, laid-back attitude, little bickering, great students, nice people

    Cons

    Support and administrative staff have little chance of advancing their careers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have more positions between Administrtative Assistant and Administrative Officer. The jump is huge ad it's often impossible to make. More program coordinators and managers are needed

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    grad student research stipend

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    Current Employee - Grad Student Researcher in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Grad Student Researcher in Cambridge, MA

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

    Pros

    flexible work schedule, a lot of freedom

    Cons

    not enough to live in Cambridge

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    increase grad student salaries!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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