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MIT Reviews in Boston, MA

Updated Jul 26, 2014
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3.4 325 reviews

45% Approve of the CEO

MIT President L. Rafael Reif

L. Rafael Reif

(94 ratings)

58% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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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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    MIT: Freedom of Academic

    Postdoctoral Research Associate (Current Employee) Cambridge, MA

    ProsContact with smart, driven people across a range of sectors

    ConsCareer development is entirely up to you, no one is going to help you.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStructure more career development

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Probably the most intellectually rewarding place on the planet!

    Postdoctoral Fellow (Current Employee) Cambridge, MA

    Pros- Incessant pool of intellectual stimulus
    - Exposure to the most cutting-edge research in science and technology
    - Youthful and vibrant city of Cambridge

    Cons- Salaries/stipends are not exactly commensurate with the uber-expensive surrounding of Cambridge
    - Lack of subsidized housing for most grad students
    - Unpaid TA positions (not the case at that other school in Cambridge)

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    BEST years of MY CAREER

    Director (Former Employee) Cambridge, MA

    ProsMIT provided me multiple opportunities to pursue new areas of expertise. The leadership and culture fostered respect and deep cultural values for individuality and professionalism.

    ConsDepartments can be quite large and at times one could question, "Does anyone know I am here?" However, camaraderie and opportunities to grow abound. No matter what interest you may have, someone at MIT was working on it and making the world a better place.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep doing what you are doing - a remarkable place for dedicated professionals in every field.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good experience for grad students

    Graduate Student Researcher (Current Employee) Cambridge, MA

    Proscan't do better science, cutting edge research

    Consoverwhelming at times, no work life balance

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    My lab at MIT was one of the nicest work environments I ever worked in.

    Technical Assistant (Former Employee) Cambridge, MA

    ProsI loved my lab. Everyone was really nice and accepting and friendly. The work was fast-paced and challenging. There were lots of opportunities for growth, because of the mentorship style of the people inside the lab (i.e. the post-docs, graduate students, etc.). Although it took some time to figure out, I realized that you had to make your own opportunities and network with people and ask to meet their friends, etc.

    ConsNot as much friendliness/companionship between labs. I wish that I had more opportunities to become friends with my colleagues outside of work. It seemed here that people came to work and were friends at work and then left work and didn't see each other much outside of work. This varies from lab to lab, though.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up the good work. I wish that I worked here longer.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great place to be an RA.

    Graduate Research Assistant At MIT (Current Employee) Cambridge, MA

    ProsYou get paid for writing your own thesis. Also, you get to go to conferences.

    ConsTaking classes while doing research is almost impossible. Also, people don't really have a social life around here.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    I have never been able to identify with as many people as I have at MIT.

    Graduate Research Assistant At MIT (Current Employee) Cambridge, MA

    ProsYou have a lot of flexibility and are growing a network of truly amazing people. (The best and brightest people in the world)

    ConsThough you are working toward your ph.d. the salary is meager and you are uncertain about the exact duration of your studies.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Interesting and Challenging in every way possible.

    Graduate Student Researcher (Current Employee) Boston, MA

    Prosthe challenge and the steep learning curve. also, the school expectancy that its students should be proficient in more than one field of science. A very good place to meet exceptionally smart people. also, it was surprising how much money the school pay for student group for extra-curricular activities

    ConsHard. sometime depressing. challenging research topics. not all departments have a system in place to graduate their students in 5 years or less

    Advice to Senior Managementbetter screening accepting students. sometimes it seems they dont match well a student profile/knowledge/background to a research topic. Not all departments have a good system in place for student development and research progress

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Administration is Old School

    Business Analyst (Current Employee) Cambridge, MA

    ProsIf you are content to be a drone with no prospects for growth or learning, this is your place.

    ConsManagers are the worst. Morale is poor. No one really cares about their job. Typical employee goal is to do as little as possible and if something goes wrong blame everyone around them.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNeed to change the company culture.

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    great people! great work!

    Postdoctoral Researcher (Former Employee) Cambridge, MA

    Prosthe world's experts in many fields are just down the hall. easy to approach people and talk to them. generally, the researchers and grad students are very friendly and open to discussions. people are usually excited and very motivated by their work.

    Conspostdoc salary could be higher.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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