The Broad Institute Reviews

Updated July 9, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    High-impact science in a (sometimes) chaotic environment

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Broad Institute full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The opportunity to change the world. Great collaborative science where, for the most part, science is the most important aspect of the work. A great deal of independence is possible, enabling creative thinking. Successful people at the Broad tend to be more self-starters.

    Cons

    Figuring out how everything is organized. Sometimes not the most transparency in decision-making. Career development and advancement has always been an issue, which leadership seems to be working on, but progress is slow.


  2. Great learning expereince

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Cambridge, MA

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

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

    Pros

    Start-of-the-art facility, top scientists to work with, exciting science

    Cons

    No clear career path for research scientist

    Advice to Management

    Better defined career path, options for promotion.


  3. Helpful (1)

    good

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Research Associate
    Current Employee - Senior Research Associate

    I have been working at The Broad Institute full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    flexibility , learning, friendly, collaborative, cutting edge, state of the art equipment for scientists

    Cons

    No upward movement, promotions are rare, lacking transparency.

    Advice to Management

    create more upward mobility


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  5. Exciting place for new science

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Graduate Trainee in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Graduate Trainee in Cambridge, MA

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

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

    Pros

    We have access to all the latest technologies, and the group leaders are constantly pushing to expand our knowledge of human disease. Plus all of the projects are aimed at solving a problem that humanity faces, which makes the boring parts of the job easier to get through.

    Cons

    To my knowledge there is not much room for advancement among staff scientists, the pay is relatively low compared to nearby companies, and the large number of upper-management employees can make getting small things done overly complicated.

    Advice to Management

    Improving career advancement/networking opportunities for trainees would be awesome.


  6. A very unique Environment

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

    I worked at The Broad Institute full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The lab culture is a mix of professional and laid-back, and each floor is different. Some of the brightest minds work here, and there are great resources, IF you can figure out how to best access them. Excellent benefits package

    Cons

    Fairly high turnover rate for employees. Sort of wasteful: not a lot of thought goes into reducing labware usage, carbon footprint, recycling, etc.


  7. Great culture

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Process Development Associate II in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Process Development Associate II in Cambridge, MA

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

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

    Pros

    It was a such a fun work environment because everyone I worked with was under 30 and liked to go out. The job was always evolving to the next technology, which was also a lot of fun, playing with new expensive robots and machines other places couldnt afford

    Cons

    There wasnt a lot of room for advancement. The pay was decent but not great. The politics were intense. Management was mostly hired internally so ppl didnt have the adequate experience to handle managing a team, esp of peers.


  8. Strong research institution

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

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

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Interesting projects happening here. Great reputation. Balance of "academic curiosity" and "industry focus"

    Cons

    Funding changes and restructuring changes resulted in a loss of my position.

    Advice to Management

    Balance of curiosity and purpose is essential.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Great people, vibrant atmosphere, awesome colleagues... but very bad management team.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at The Broad Institute full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Work is quite intense and very fulfilling. I was constantly exposed to brilliant people with great ideas. Overall, I'm very happy that I was part of the Broad. Fantastic experience overall, with very decent compensation for a non-profit environment.

    Cons

    A big caveat here: there is very little room for career progression as opportunities are almost non-existent. In response to this issue, my manager used to raise his shoulders. Another disappointing aspect: there is an intense feeling of absence of communication among groups dealing with similar projects, which was very frustrating at times. A lot of hand waiving, an abysmal lack of decisions, some projects going south and people staring at each other with no word coming out of their mouths... too bad, I'm going to miss my colleagues and friends there...

    Advice to Management

    Just wake up and stop pretending that things will fix themselves. Management is tactic, long-term planning. It's not hiding behind well-spoken words, in a formatted HR-language. It's about strategy development with the work force, not just among over-represented C-whatever-O.


  10. Very high expectations in limited timeframes

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at The Broad Institute full-time

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The salary and benefits are very competitive. The organization treats their staff very well. Was voted one of the top 100 places to work in Boston three years in a row. Lots of perks.

    Cons

    Many managers are driven by the concept of perfection. That is an inspiring notion, but their definition of perfection changes frequently. Many, many people in leadership positions are involved in all levels of work, so there is often an overload of inconsistent feedback.

    Advice to Management

    Trust your employees more. They are extremely competent professionals.


  11. Best job I ever had!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The Broad Institute full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    I worked in the sequencing group for a looong time, starting in 2002 towards the tail end of the human genome project. It was a very exciting, enjoyable time. We went through several technological revolutions over that time, so the challenges were unique and varied. It was fun to get to constantly learn new things. The people were excellent and it was a great culture.

    Cons

    The institute as a whole has grown 20x in size since I joined, as such it has become far more corporate in recent years. There's been a high rate of turnover at the highest levels and some of it wasn't done in the most friendly way.

    Advice to Management

    Need to do a better job training up and coming managers. Certainly in my new role I don't feel I was adequately prepared.



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