MIT Reviews in Boston, MA

Updated September 18, 2014
Updated September 18, 2014
481 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.  

    Great working environment

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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

    Working with some of the most talented scientists in the world. Lots of independence. The MIT brand is an important door opener all over the world. The environment is very open and inclusive, good ideas and creativity are prized.

    Cons

    You need to be very self motivated.

    Recommends
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  2.  

    Amazing Place to Gain Experience

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    Current Employee - MIT Research Assistant  in  Boston, MA
    Current Employee - MIT Research Assistant in Boston, MA

    I have been working at MIT as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Professors are extremely passionate and willing to include you in the discussion of the project. There is large opportunity for growth, but it is hard to find time to learn because classes are so time-consuming

    Cons

    Professors can sometimes give you too much freedom and not enough guidance if you do not actively seek it out.It also very difficult to get the right equipment for projects if your lab does not have them already. It is best to work under a grad student when first starting out instead of pioneering your own project. The pay could have been higher. Compared to many other campus jobs, $10 dollars an hour is abysmal pay.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great Atmosphere, Terrible Career Development

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant II  in  Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant II in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at MIT full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Flexible hours, laid-back attitude, little bickering, great students, nice people

    Cons

    Support and administrative staff have little chance of advancing their careers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have more positions between Administrtative Assistant and Administrative Officer. The jump is huge ad it's often impossible to make. More program coordinators and managers are needed

    Recommends
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    Incredible journey of challenge, introspection, and growth

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

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

    Pros

    What makes MIT different than the other great research institutions is not how smart the people are - there are smart folks all over the place. The difference about MIT is the passion community members have for what they do... and how diverse those passions are.

    Cons

    Extremely challenging and it's very easy to feel stupid here. I've heard somebody say "MIT is the place where smart people can go to feel dumb". I wouldn't say you'll feel dumb but you definitely won't be the big fish anymore.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let students take risks and learn from mistakes. Stop trying to insulate them from every single tough part of life outside of their academics.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    grad student research stipend

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

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

    Pros

    flexible work schedule, a lot of freedom

    Cons

    not enough to live in Cambridge

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    increase grad student salaries!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Challenging - in a good way

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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

    Challenging - in a good way. You'll learn a lot if you're doing it right. Great benefits. Large enough organization that you can apply for internal jobs. Some wonderful mentors and managers. It's like a small city - within reach, there are banks, a post office, places to buy food, places inside and outside to sit and eat, free concerts, etc. The Getfit annual exercise program gives you a free T-shirt for signing up, and a way to keep you healthy. You get 3 weeks vacation the first year, 4 every subsequent year, and on special anniversaries (10 years?) you get a fifth week for that year.

    Cons

    MIT does not train managers well or hold them accountable for abusive behavior. MIT does have management training available, but there are few spots available, and let's be honest - those who really need it don't sign up. There is rarely a ladder up; MIT has almost no talent pipeline. This means for most positions, there's no role above you that you can work toward. If you're really good, you may get a promotion to a better title and a bit more responsibility, but if you want to move up, you need to find a new job outside MIT or apply for a different job within MIT. Also, pay and title at MIT totally depends on the department you apply to. Although MIT claims to have a title and compensation system, it is completely subject to the manager and department. More often than not, two people are doing the same exact job with the same level of experience, and they have wildly different titles and pay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Although there seems to be training available for managers, those who actually need it don't get it. There are abusive managers throughout the Institute - faculty and staff. It seems to be an ongoing problem that isn't specific to any one area of the Institute. Although formal complaints are made, ombudsmen are consulted, and HR representatives are made aware, most support staff that suffer abuse have only one option: to leave and allow the next employee that takes their place to suffer the torment.

    Recommends
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    Opportunities Abound

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    Former Employee - Undergraduate Research Assistant  in  Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Undergraduate Research Assistant in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at MIT as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    The best part of working at MIT is the wealth of knowledge and technology available at your fingertips. The work is hard, but the opportunities are seemingly endless. I was there as a summer research assistant and it was a wonderful experience. I was compensated well, although this would depend on the funding for different labs. PIs in all labs were very willing to give advice when asked.

    Cons

    Never saw many cons during my time. if you put in the required work, you were allowed to do things the way you wanted to do them. Little micromanagement from staff

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work! Although, as I said earlier, this probably varies from lab to lab and job to job

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Front Desk

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    Current Employee - Desk Worker  in  Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Desk Worker in Cambridge, MA

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

    Pros

    Quiet, friendly guest, relaxing. OVERALL great place to work.

    Cons

    no room to advance, shift 4-12am is prevents a good balance of work and life. Have yet to see the woman i report to via email.

    Recommends
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  10.  

    One of the best if not the best scientific research institutions in the world

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

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

    Pros

    World class colleagues, abundant resources, educational environment - a place to work hard and try to achieve something

    Cons

    Highly competitive atmosphere and can be political, but this is not uncommon in top organizations

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Manage capital renewal projects to maintain campus buildings and utilities in support of the Institute's Mission.

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    Current Employee - Facilities Engineer  in  Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Facilities Engineer in Cambridge, MA

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

    Pros

    MIT holds true to the tradition of universities being a community with regards to the engagement of employees across divisions responsibilities.

    Cons

    The diversity of campus assets and occupants sometimes requires additional coordination to keep everyone informed.

    Recommends
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