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Postdoctoral research associate, very satisfied

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Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate  in  Cambridge, MA
Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Cambridge, MA

I have been working at MIT full-time for more than a year

Pros

MIT has a fantastic work environment and the best academic environment anywhere in the world. Highly recommended for a postdoc or a professorship.

Cons

The postdocs here don't have the same sorts of rights that they do elsewhere. A few that come to mind: gym membership costs are the same as staff rather than students, so $500/yr; the salary is a little low; and we have no consulting rights and the IP policy is definitely skewed in MIT's favor.

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    Hard but fulfilling work

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    Current Employee - Graduate Student Researcher  in  Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at MIT part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    If you like hard but meaningful work, this is the right place. Knowing that you are at the cutting edge of research is exciting. Graduate stipend is good enough to live on, and health benefits are great.

    Cons

    As other people have pointed out, you are working with the best and brightest, so it is easy to get down on yourself if you aren't "perfect." Sometimes the hours are very long--expect to work 50+ hours a week for a "part-time" RA.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Good PR, Rigid Bureaucratic Institution

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

    I have been working at MIT full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    This is an amazing place to undertake consulting and depending on whom your PI is it can be a very good opportunity.

    Cons

    Boston/Cambridge is expensive. You need to supplement your income. MIT does not pay well because there is a 50% tax that goes to the MIT bureaucrats. There are probably at least 3 of them controlling what you do who contribute to the overhead expenses. There are a lot of "Queens and Kings" in every department because of poor leadership from the directors, deans and department heads.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    MIT desperately needs management and mentorship towards its employees and students.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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