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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

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    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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    only matters who your supervisor is

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at MIT

    Pros

    Best research in the world is done here, the equipment here is great, you usually get the freedom to research what you want and the professors won't steal your work.

    Cons

    the professors are sometimes too busy to look after you, so you really have to develop research skills in classes or on your own. it really depends on who you work for... some professors are great... others are not so wonderful and will have you do mind-numbingly dull work. you just have to be super careful when you read the urop descriptions and go in for an interview.

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    i would say to hire and train students, not just give them busy work;

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