MIT Lincoln Laboratory

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satisfied...could be better

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Current Employee - Technical Staff in Lexington, MA
Current Employee - Technical Staff in Lexington, MA

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

Pros

awesome people and a collaborative environment. Couldn't work with better people

Cons

flat structure curtails ambition, more negotiating power would up motivation

Advice to ManagementAdvice

more direct time. Really want to engage and learn more from the experience. Time is so limited, often driving without a map.

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

MIT Lincoln Laboratory Response

Jan 30, 2014Recruiting Manager

We are pleased that you feel satisfied. We are continuously trying to improve. Your advice is noted. We believe that your optimism is well founded and appreciate your input.

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Government job: slow-moving, great benefits, reasonable hours, hard to get fired

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    Current Employee - Associate Technical Staff in Lexington, MA
    Current Employee - Associate Technical Staff in Lexington, MA

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

    Pros

    People are intelligent; well-funded place to do research; some flexibility at the staff level to pursue your own projects. Good place to retire or raise a family.

    Cons

    The lab doesn't focus much on management, and as a consequence, the management quality is pretty patchy. There are so many possible pitfalls when doing research--one can attack uninteresting questions, or fail to have a clear question to answer, or fail to design the experiment in a way that will answer the question. Further, research is slow, and requires patience at the right moments and tenacity at others. I've never been on a project at Lincoln that was successful, and it was always a management problem. I don't want to knock Lincoln too hard, as these are common problems with research: without clear market feedback, it's really easy to end up in the weeds. But for whatever reason, we spent a lot of time in the weeds.

    Note that the lab is a BIG place, and this was just my experience in division 8. I would say that it is likely to be completely irrelevant to your experience in other divisions.

    Also, there is no such thing as job mobility for assistant or associate staff, at least in division 8. This is a place run by PhDs for PhDs. If you don't have one, you just do what you're told. That's not the worst thing in the world, but it might not be ideal for someone young and ambitious.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    360 reviews would be really helpful for everyone.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    MIT Lincoln Laboratory Response

    Jan 30, 2014Recruiting Manager

    It is clear that you have given some thought to your insights and that is appreciated. It is an accurate observation that the Laboratory is not market driven. With no profit motive or shareholders ... More

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    MIT Lincoln Laboratory as at the forefront of technology

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lexington, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lexington, MA

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

    Pros

    technology, culture, smart people, opportunities for movement to things of interest

    Cons

    parking, some arbitrary rules get in the way

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    there isn't much, but cut through the red tape!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    MIT Lincoln Laboratory Response

    Jan 15, 2014Recruiting Manager

    Thank you for your comments. Parking can be a challenge and there is active study ongoing to find viable options within the existing space constraints. We do have some administrative steps that do ... More

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