MIT Reviews in Boston, MA

Updated August 28, 2014
Updated August 28, 2014
468 Reviews

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Pros
  • The work/life balance was also very good for this position (in 14 reviews)

  • Exposure to cutting edge science and an invaluable professional network (in 23 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance can blend to be one ambiguous blob (in 13 reviews)

  • People stay very late for doing research, not ideal for graduate students who have families (in 13 reviews)

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  1.  

    A wonderful, supportive, and diverse community

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate  in  Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Boston, MA

    I worked at MIT full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    No pretense here. Come as you are, and be accepted. Bring your ideas, and contribute to an atmosphere of excitement.

    Cons

    Of course it can be stressful at times, and it's easy to forget that beneath their optimistic facades, other are struggling as well.

    Recommends
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    MIT Fitness Center Attendant

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    Current Employee - Health Fitness Specialist  in  Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Health Fitness Specialist in Cambridge, MA

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

    Pros

    People that go to this gym are generally very nice. The gym is a great environment and feels upscale. There's no pressure while working and I have never met a mean patron. The supervisor is very friendly.

    Cons

    I really can't think of any. Sometimes people complain when the towel boxes are empty during peak hours, but I feel like that's unavoidable unless you buy many more towels.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More training with regards to use of unique/new equipment would be nice. Sometimes patrons would ask me about new equipment and I would have only a very vague idea of how to help them.

    Recommends
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  3.  

    Great place to work

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

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

    Pros

    Exciting Research.., lot of oppurtunities

    Cons

    Low Salary for Post Docs

    Recommends
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  5.  

    Good Place, Great People!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at MIT as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Had a short-term job at MIT campus and had so much fun.. People were good and supervisors were responsible. Good benefit - will definitely consider to come back!

    Cons

    I heard there are some politics/hierarchies over between departments/systems. I didn't really feel that though. Roles are very clear, you kind of do whatever is listed on your job description or even less!

    Recommends
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  6.  

    Hard work but worth all the effort

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

    I worked at MIT full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Brilliant co-workers from many different disciplines, entrepreneurial environment, great benefits (on campus health providers), flexibility to pursue personal interests, work is fulfilling, access to great datasets from large companies

    Cons

    Can be stressful, large expectations sometimes leads to poor work-life balance (as in, there will be no life until the work gets done!), can be hyper-competitive

    Recommends
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    Great place

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant  in  Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at MIT full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Nice people, smart students, great community

    Cons

    Career advancement is not very easy for staff.

    Recommends
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  8.  

    Inspiring Place to Work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at MIT part-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    MIT is a wonderful place to work. If you are in admin staff you can count on solid opportunities for career development, generous vacation benefits, and great people around every corner. I have taken advantage of the TAP program (Tuition Reimbursement) and the pension and for many years used MIT Medical which has a small-town, caring, competent staff.

    Cons

    Performance reviews can be something you need to ask for. Dealing with some of the Ivory Tower perspectives can be maddening.

    Recommends
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  9.  

    Research that has meaning

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    Former Employee - Research Associate  in  Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at MIT part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great minds, great research and opportunities

    Cons

    Made me want to work too hard because it was so interesting!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  10.  

    tremendously intellectually fulfilling, but grueling and extremely demanding

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at MIT full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    If you enjoy the opportunity of working with some of the brightest minds in the world, both faculty and students, as well as investigating a field of interest that you have chosen and developed yourself, you will love working at MIT.

    Cons

    If you enjoy strict working hours, and highly defined responsibilities, and a lot of team projects then MIT may not be the place for you. It's for self-directed, highly motivated, highly autonomous people. Boston is an extremely expensive city and it's mostly suburban, so be prepared for a commute.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    MIT "management" (really administration) are tops- I have never worked with more understanding or positive administration.

    Recommends
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  11.  

    Amazing place to be

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

    I have been working at MIT full-time

    Pros

    This is an amazing place with some of the best peers and colaborators in the world. MIT has strong ties to many people and sectors so finding a network to support a new project or idea is easy. The hours are often flexible.

    Cons

    There is a strong culture of always needing to do better and a sense that what one produces is never as good as it should be.

    Recommends
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