The Broad Institute

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The Broad Institute Reviews

Updated November 9, 2014
Updated November 9, 2014
77 Reviews
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The Broad Institute Director Eric Lander
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Pros
  • work/life balance is good for those who don't want to advance in their careers (in 6 reviews)

  • flexibility , learning, friendly, collaborative, cutting edge, state of the art equipment for scientists (in 8 reviews)


Cons
  • Unclear career path for staff researchers, the organizational structure is quite flat (in 5 reviews)

  • No clear objectives or room for improved compensation (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    A brilliant crop of scientists working on problems worth solving.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The Broad Institute

    Pros

    Flexible hours, interdisciplinary work, cutting-edge equipment, a wide selection of technical and scientific challenges. Leadership is heavily visionary (which is both a pro and a con, depending on your temperament).

    Cons

    The company is scattered amongst multiple buildings and even within buildings teams are quite heavily silo'ed -- the left hand often does not know what the right hand is doing. Professional/career development requires a tremendous amount of initiative to pull off -- resources are there, but are not always easy to find/access. Leadership is heavily visionary (which is both a pro and a con, depending on your temperament).

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    A great springboard, a horrible ladder

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The Broad Institute full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Top tier research, big ideas, well funded (relative to academia), a culture of enthusiasm
    - Great benefits and location
    - Looks very good on resume

    Cons

    - Junior staff frequently used as a cogs to serve massive projects for which they will receive negligible acknowledgement.
    - Almost zero room to move up. A case of the have's (grant/program heads) and have nots (grunt work scientists).
    - Although well funded, most money is tied up in big government programs, expect nothing to go toward your own ideas.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Realize that 17th author on a Nature paper is close to nothing for a young investigator. Reward junior and middle tier staff with real prospects/money or freedom.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work, though increasing levels of hieararchy are getting in the way of things

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at The Broad Institute full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    -MIT and Harvard affiliation
    -Cutting edge technology
    -Great benefits package

    Cons

    -Too much management overhead
    -Lots of efforts within organization are being doubled or even tripled due to inefficient grant & funds management
    -Increasing internal competition over grants
    -Not enough collaboration within organization
    -Engineering salaries are far below industry standard

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Focus on organization-wide platforms to centralize the sharing of scientific data and improve the cross-pollination between projects and groups.
    -Pay more competitive salaries to stop brain-drain. A lot of good people have left due to structural inefficiencies and lackluster salaries.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great for personal growth

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at The Broad Institute full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Many workshops almost everyday on biology and computer science. Great for those looking for learning opportunities. Awesome location and building. Vibrant environment. Smart people. Very good work/life balance.

    Cons

    Lower pay for software engineers compared to private sector. One can feel the academic inefficiency at times compared to product development groups in private sector.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    IT is quite inefficient.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Research institute with an eye on the future. Well intention, poor execution.

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    Former Employee - Research Scientist in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Research Scientist in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at The Broad Institute part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great organization, Resources and funding, Top class cutting edge research, a vision to succeed and bring positive change through science.

    Cons

    All round confusion, wannabe matrix organization, fake non-profit, good only for top guys, delusion about being the best.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No advice, just a question how does all the international and nationwide searches manage to find someone from Harvard or MIT?

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great work life balance, good people, unsatisfying work

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    Former Employee - Process Development Associate I in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Process Development Associate I in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at The Broad Institute full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Work life balance is really unmatched. I worked 40 hours a week on a bad week. All the people are energetic, young, and nice. After you pay your dues you get a lot of freedom and career advancement opportunities at an early age.

    Cons

    The first two years in process development you are going to be doing primarily production work with limited opportunity to pursue your own experiments.
    Non-profit payscale.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None, but it will be interesting to see how the company proceeds with grant money for genomic research drying up so quickly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Not a bad place to work

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    Former Employee - Associate Accountant in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Associate Accountant in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at The Broad Institute as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    The pay
    Coworkers
    Location- naer the T
    Lots of food

    Cons

    Some managers can be VERY rigid

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lead by example

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great science--difficulty advancing

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    Current Employee - Research Scientist II in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Research Scientist II in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at The Broad Institute full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Learn a lot, fast pace

    Cons

    Breadth not depth. Sometimes just churning things out to meet milestones.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work now

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Broad Institute

    Pros

    Flexible, smart people, collaborative, energy driven, action oriented

    Cons

    promotion strategy, pay, leadership, management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    better promotion for staff

  11.  

    Process Research Associate I

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    Former Employee - Process Research Associate in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Process Research Associate in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at The Broad Institute full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Relaxed atmosphere and very friendly coworkers.

    Cons

    Very political upper management. Hard to move to another position in a related group.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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