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  1.  

    Sometimes unorganized, but easy to work for with lots of perks.

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    Current Intern - Research Associate in Boston, MA
    Current Intern - Research Associate in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    Great resources, easy access to the t, access to parking and campus resources. They also offer discount mbta monthly passes for employees, which is great.

    Cons

    The administration can be very unorganized. For instance, I was asked for my spring schedule before I was hired, then asked again after being hired. They accidentally gave me the wrong schedule, anyway, so I'm not really sure what happened.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to make it so lab managers communicate more effectively with everyone in the lab, please.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    One of the best universities to work in the US

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

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

    Pros

    Incredible research environment at this school

    Cons

    There are no downsides of being at MIT

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    Loved working with students

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at MIT full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Company had many benefits and salary was good.

    Cons

    very difficult to get another job

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    need to have more options for growth

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    Senior Software Developer

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

    I have been working at MIT

    Pros

    People here are very friendly and work together with respect. There are flexible guidelines for time and occasional working from home. Time off policies are very generous.

    Cons

    Compensation is a bit below the market, and there are the usual politics and confusion of an educational institution.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find some clear directions and move forward, there is too much discussion of change and too little detail of what is wanted.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Flexible and Fun.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant II in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant II in Cambridge, MA

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

    Pros

    Flexibility, Great Benefits, and decent pay.

    Cons

    Could pay more, needs more transparency, a better structure for career development.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Incorporate Bonuses.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    Student Services area within MIT

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

    I have been working at MIT full-time

    Pros

    Great students, faculty and staff to work with, a very talented but unaffected group of people for the most part. This is a community of people who like to solve problems. Students are quick learners, and that is true with practical and professional skills as well as with intellectual skills.

    Cons

    If you want to work with students from a broader liberal arts background, there is a relatively small proportion of students majoring in those fields here. This is primarily a STEM community. I thought initially that could be a problem for me, but it has not been at all. Liberal arts skills are in evidence in electives and in student activities, and the students are great.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8.  

    A great university to work for

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Communications Administrator in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Communications Administrator in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at MIT

    Pros

    Good benefits, decent salaries, flexible hours, casual dress, autonomy at work

    Cons

    Complicated promotion process, it is hard to promote outstanding employees from support staff to staff positions, it takes years sometimes. Raises are yearly and are very small. Bonuses are scarce to nonexistent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of outstanding employees once you have them, especially after they have learned to navigate the MIT labyrinths. Compensation should be adequate to employees efforts and hard work. Look at those who run the business of the institution while saving money to the institute and getting the job done properly.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Inspiring; confining

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Human Resources Consultant in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Human Resources Consultant in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at MIT full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Fabulously stimulating place to work and to be. Adventurous, willing to take chances. Very good benefits (although that has eroded some with the changes in the US economy).

    Cons

    On the administrative side, you can take chances but risk losing trust and access if anything goes wrong. Extreme stratification in wealth, increasingly reflecting US and world economy. Raises at senior level can approach 20% a year while 3% is allocated for rest. The usual, "We're adults; employees act like children" attitude among senior managers -- although management teams are often the most infantile in how they conduct themselves.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put resources behind announced priorities (like diversity). Dare to embrace and reflect a more democratic economy, in which front line staff are rewarded consonant with their contributions. Discipline truly bad (toxic) managers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Be careful before accepting

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant II in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant II in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at MIT full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, nice environment, very convenient. They offer 50% public transportation. There are medical facilities onsite. Interesting groups to join.

    Cons

    The pay is not what one would expect from an institution that has world-wide recognition. There are elements of the job that go far above and beyond what can be considered reasonable. There is a reluctance to support staff when a faculty member misbehaves.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take time to reassess job functions. You will continue to lose good people if you do not offer them proper support and financial incentives.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great place to be a post-doc!

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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

    Pros

    Excellent environment, top-tier research, very good benefits. Beautiful city to live in, lots to do, excellent public transportation.

    Cons

    Expensive place to live; rents are high if you want to live close to campus.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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