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Updated November 13, 2014
Updated November 13, 2014
515 Reviews
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Pros
  • The work/life balance was also very good for this position (in 15 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 13 reviews)

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

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    Research Associate

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

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

    Pros

    Great community, will keep you hired

    Cons

    Pay lower than corporate counterparts.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Good fun, bright people, lots of sports

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Visiting Researcher in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Visiting Researcher in Cambridge, MA

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

    Pros

    Professors, level of research, people, freedom in time management, opportunities, business oriented minds, possibility of taking courses at Harvard and Sloan, many societies and clubs, great contacts, good fun overall

    Cons

    Groups focused on modelling don't really have great equipment in the laboratories, microscopy is not as good as at Oxford, both XRD and SEM is usually overbooked

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Undergraduate Research

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    Current Employee - Undergraduate Researcher in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Undergraduate Researcher in Cambridge, MA

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

    Pros

    Easy to get funding, learn a lot, can actually contribute to substantial and meaningful projects

    Cons

    Might end up not contributing very much actually, can be stressful to do research as well as classes

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Really enjoyed my time here.

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

    I worked at MIT as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great place to work. Really smart, hardworking people who do the best they can to deliver the best result. Good work is acknowledged and appreciated. The people are friendly and readily work as a team, supporting and helping each other.

    Cons

    There are a lot of decisions by committee. It can be difficult to get decisions made because of the number of opinions taken into account.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    Great exposure to smart people who are looking to change the world.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Cambridge, MA

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

    Pros

    I worked in a lab in which the advisor is very hands off and allows independent exploration. The lab is doing incredible work in areas with high impact (autism, visual impairment) and the advisor does a great job finding applications for research. Very friendly lab, fun people who care about life as well as work.

    Cons

    Academia obviously does not compensate as much as industry. Experiences are very lab-dependent, so others may have not had such positive experiences.

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    MIT Postdoc program

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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 (less than an year)

    Pros

    great place to work and grow

    Cons

    So far, there is none

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    MIT Ph.D. Student

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    Current Employee - PhD Candidate in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - PhD Candidate in Cambridge, MA

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

    Pros

    Good working environment and a lot of money to spend for experiments

    Cons

    Too much work
    Ph.D. students spend a lot of time in courses

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    It's both challenging and fun working as a research assistant in MIT.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant At MIT in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant At MIT in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    It's both challenging and fun working as a research assistant in MIT. I can work with excellent students. And the degree is treasured in the job market.

    Cons

    Course load is heavy. It's not easy to manage even I only take 2 courses in one semester. But anyway, challenging courses make me learn more.

  10.  

    Top place for engineers

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Cambridge, MA

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

    Pros

    Challenging, eye-opening; you work really hard, but it's worth it; you are not cutting edge - you reach beyond the cutting edge

    Cons

    Steep learning curve, not much time to enjoy all the opportunities offered, competitive atmosphere can be off-putting to some people

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    It was amazing.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Scientist I in East Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Research Scientist I in East Cambridge, MA

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

    Pros

    Substantial flexibility in hours, amazingly talented & intelligent community, great gym facilities (climbing wall, pool, basketball courts), emphasis on learning, fast-paced, free classes for employees

    Cons

    Salary was pretty low, and there was sometimes too much to do and not enough people who knew how to do it (i.e., easy to get burned out).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    pay your top employees better, identify slackers and please fire them. It's discouraging to seriously bust your balls while your coworkers are slacking off, and to not make any higher salary for the effort.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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