MIT Reviews in Boston, MA

Updated September 18, 2014
Updated September 18, 2014
479 Reviews
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479 Reviews
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MIT President L. Rafael Reif
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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.  

    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
    Positive Outlook
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    Great School for Graduate Degree

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    Former Employee - PhD Candidate  in  Boston, MA
    Former Employee - PhD Candidate in Boston, MA

    I worked at MIT full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    talent pool, creativity, intelligence, funding, career, opportunities

    Cons

    competitiveness, bubble, over-achievers, mental sanity

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Wonderful environment

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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 for more than 10 years

    Pros

    great access to the best science technology there is in the world.

    Cons

    No clear career trajectory for post-docs, poor graduate student mentoring.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Research opportunities highly variable

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

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

    Pros

    Can get involved in fantastic research opportunities. Very flexible (at least for me) vacation/ holiday/ work scheduling. Very nice benefits.

    Cons

    Can get stuck doing something awful - each fiefdom is drastically different in personality (mostly based on whomever is running said lab/department/etc). The fact that so much paperwork has to be dealt with in *paper* in this day and age is a bit ridiculous. Salary was a joke.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great School

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    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant At MIT  in  Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant At MIT in Cambridge, MA

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

    Pros

    Access to professors, classes on anything you need, good libraries, most technical software is available, good lab facilities

    Cons

    Funding can be hard to obtain for more than 1-2 semesters at a time. Even as a student, you end up spending a fair bit of time trying to obtain funding for your research instead of actually doing your research.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Research Asistant

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

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

    Pros

    It is the best job of the planet. Cutting edge research with amazing people etc etc etc etc etc etc

    Cons

    hard, long, cold phd research. pressure, policies. academic, competitive -- everything you would expect from a place like mit etc etc etc etc

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Best time of my life

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

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

    Pros

    Intellectual atmosphere
    Virtually unlimited resources
    Great place to network
    Can collaborate with Harvard and other institutions in the vicinity

    Cons

    Navigate through advisor and department politics
    Boston has the worst weather ever
    Experience is very subjective to advisor and department

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Watch where people change the world at MIT!

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

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

    Pros

    Depending on your position, the pay is great. There are so many opportunities for cross-disciplinary collaboration and the work is very fulfilling and rewarding in many ways.

    Cons

    Your career is what you make it. If you don't seek advancement or growth, your career will probably remain stagnant. But be the first to do something new and innovative and you will see your future is what you make it!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I have none.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Excellent Working Environment.

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    Current Employee - Project Manager  in  Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Cambridge, MA

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

    Pros

    MIT is a great place to work with decent pay and great benefits.

    Cons

    Keeping the faculty happy at all times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good benefits, relaxed atmosphere

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

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

    Pros

    Coworkers are understanding, great benefits, 3 weeks vacation first year, 4 weeks after that, pretty good pay

    Cons

    lacking in room for growth

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better training processes, better raises

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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