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Great university, amazing people to work with!

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Former Employee - Audio/Visual Technician in Cambridge, MA
Former Employee - Audio/Visual Technician in Cambridge, MA

I worked at MIT as a contractor (more than an year)

Pros

The jobs are relatively simple and the projects are loose in terms of time management.

Cons

The hours can sometimes be extremely long (12-16 hours a day) and can start very early in the morning (6AM or earlier).

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at MIT

    Pros

    very good culture, smart students

    Cons

    everything is very encouraging and motivating

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    Prestigious, good resources. Bad location, little sense of community.

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

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

    Pros

    People come to MIT for the caliber of co-workers and the prestige. In these regards, it lives up to expectations.

    The name carries a lot of weight. The professional connections can be quite valuable. There are chances to meet very important people, in a variety of fields, if you are willing to seek them out. The support for entrepreneurship is nice. The available resources are fantastic, I never have to think about ordering equipment, the money spigot is always on. The personal professional services seem helpful (Strategic Planning of Talent, etc.). The fact that both a pension and 401k are available is great, if you plan on staying for a long time. The competence of co-workers (in scientific/academic fields) is top notch, as is to be expected. The non-academic staff has seemed competent and understanding of the needs of researchers, in my limited experience.

    Cons

    It seems that the institute has a tendency to nickel-and-dime people for access to services. The campus gym charges staff an exorbitant fee (over $400/yr) for access. Very little is done to improve life outside of work for staff. The only reasonably priced health insurance requires using the on-campus clinic, which can be quite inconvenient. The tuition assistance is a complete joke, they offer so little money ($5,250 per calendar year) that you can at best afford to take one course at MIT per year without digging deep into your own pocket. At that rate, getting any kind of degree is not practical. Even auditing a course is prohibitively expensive. I am not sure about parking and daycare, but I hear they are bad.

    There is not much going on in the area, outside of MIT. There is very little socialization, or at least, you need to work hard to seek it out. There is very little nightlife. The area has all the problems of being urban, with few of the benefits.

    Cambridge is not a nice place, it is run down, dirty, ugly, and inconvenient. The rental prices are way above the equivalent purchase prices of the equivalent places. The quality of sub-$3000/month apartments is very poor (leaky, moldy, insufficient insulation, infested with bugs, etc). Any apartment under $3000/month is unlikely to be professionally managed, and most landlords are completely unresponsive. There is a very limited selection of restaurants, and most are not particularly good, and there are no real fast food options, and almost all places seem to have surprisingly limited hours. Parking a car around town is supposedly very difficult and parking enforcement is very aggressive.

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    Invest in some staff housing in the local area. Offer free (or nearly free) education for staff (preferably in conjunction with Harvard and other local schools) and better reimbursement for other schools. It is not even remotely acceptable that an institute of higher learning does not make it trivially easy for staff to improve their educations.

    I have no specific thoughts on improving life in Cambridge, but something should be done.

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