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MIT Lincoln Laboratory is a friendly, academic environment in which many thrive

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Former Employee - Intern in Lexington, MA
Former Employee - Intern in Lexington, MA

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Pros

There is so much to be done in the defense industry that the Laboratory has a wide array of projects and activities. Because these are problems that no one else has solved, you often have to start from the bottom up, which provides you with a great learning opportunity. Everyone is friendly and supportive and openly shares their knowledge and skills. The environment is very laid back, but the work is still challenging. Also, because of the nature of the business, projects are always rotating, which allows employees to tackle on a huge range of problems in their time there.

Cons

I honestly have very few complaints about MIT Lincoln Laboratory. It was a great place for me to work, but it may not be for everyone. If you thrive on the corporate competitiveness, you may not thrive at the Laboratory; it is a semi-academic environment that relies in shared knowledge and cooperation instead of competition. The salaries are fair and the benefits are amazing, but they may not pay quite as much as the private sector; this doesn't seem to be an issue for many people who find the benefits and flexibility to be more important than the exact pay.

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    Great environment for the right people

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

    I worked at MIT

    Pros

    Excellent environment with top notch colleagues. Easy going work environment with flexible hours and the opportunity to do the research you want to do, not slave away on the products they want to see. Research is always a great gig in this respect, so make the most of your time there and establish the skills you want for the future.

    Cons

    Of course, you will take a hit in terms of salary to work for a university, so keep that in mind right off the bat. Also, it really is a garbage in, garbage out situation - if you are not a self-starter, the lack of structure will kill you.

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    A hands-off policy is the way to go in any innovative environment.

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    Lincoln Laboratory is a good place to start or end a career.

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

    I have been working at MIT

    Pros

    Working at MIT Lincoln Laboratory looks excellent on the resume. If you can get in the door it will definitely give your career a boost when you leave. While you are here, work life can be very laid back depending on the group you end up in.

    Other advantages are that you get to work with the best and brightest. Your work will also likely have a positive impact on your country.

    Lincoln Laboratory is excellent at training. There are many classes offered in house on a wide variety of fields. Additionally, the lab will reimburse you up to $5500 per year (the cost of a little less than 2 courses) for courses taken in pursuit of an advanced degree.

    Cons

    LL is a huge bureaucracy. There is minimal opportunity for upwards advancement. Unless you have a phd you will largely be held back by what degree you have. In my time there (5 years now) I have seen only a few people advance to higher positions within the lab. Speaking with coworkers I find that it is the general consensus that you can go up at most 1 level before hitting the ceiling imposed by your degree.

    Another downside is that there are very few women in the lab (outside of the Biology/Chemistry groups). I suggest you look elsewhere if you want an office romance.

    No stock options and pay is lower than industry.

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    Provide greater opportunity for advancement. Attempt to have income parity with industry.

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