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Updated August 30, 2015
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  1. Nice and intelligent environment

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It is a nice and intelligent environment and people have inspiring ideas.

    Cons

    Nothing for the Cons at the moment.


  2. Great place to work

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

    Pros

    There are great colleagues here. Creativity is encouraged and there are many opportunities to expand the work.

    Cons

    Adequate office space is an issue here.


  3. IT Consultant

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at MIT full-time

    Pros

    Great college environment with a lots of diversity. Close to transportation and the city. Competitive salaries.

    Cons

    Non support staff get paid once per month. Time off and continuing education benefits are not as good as neighboring universities . May be difficult to navigate such a wide spread campus

    Advice to Management

    Since MIT is an institute of higher learning, you should look to provide more opportunities for staff to learn as well.


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  5. One such a hell to work in Gruss MRI center

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    Former Contractor - Assistant Professor in Boston, MA
    Former Contractor - Assistant Professor in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at MIT as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    good place to work in Albert Einstein College at other places than MRI center.

    Cons

    I went to interview few years ago and there are individuals in the department, they are road block to everything, they make hell for you and give you bad reviews about you to their boss for not selecting you. Every year they advertise for positions for technicians, associates, post doc. this position was not filled because of them. I do not know why the director did not understand this. Please be aware that before applying there.

    Advice to Management

    Director of Gruss MRI must understand what is really going on there.


  6. Administrative Support Staff

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    Current Employee - Enrollment Associate in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Enrollment Associate in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    MIT is famous for innovation and technology and this permeates the work environment. The buildings, students and school culture all contribute to an exciting buzz in the air during the workday. The pay scale is reasonable, the benefits are excellent and there is room for advancement if you are interested in a career in higher ed. Many departments have switched to flex location and flex hours, so you can maintain work life balance.

    Cons

    Many of the staff, particularly support staff, are holdovers from the old school of office administration. There is reluctance to embrace new technology and an overall sense that you are working for anywhere but a top ranked science and tech school. There is room to advance and move within the university, but doing so requires that you personally invest in moving up and on. Your department will not likely have a clear path to advancement and most are more than willing to let talented staff languish in jobs that they are too skilled for.

    Advice to Management

    Invest more in staff development and identify clear pathways for advancement for those that are interested.


  7. phd student

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    Current Employee - PhD Candidate in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - PhD Candidate in Cambridge, MA
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    academically very rigorous. faculty very willing to talk.

    Cons

    very intense. while department is very diverse, some fields are not well represented.


  8. Managed several new initiatives

    Former Employee - Program Manager in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at MIT full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Smart colleagues, great benefits, vision to make the world better place.

    Cons

    Academic institutions can sometimes be slow moving and MIT is not immune to it even if they are pretty agile.


  9. MIT takes care of its employees and offers many attractive opportunities.

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    Current Employee - Communications in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Communications in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart people, competitive pay, excellent benefits. A lot of opportunities for education and advancement. Plus MIT's prestige rubs off. When I tell people I work here, they are always impressed (and often ask me if I was a student here). If you get to work with students, you will be humbled by their brilliance and surprised by how down-to-earth they can be -- and how much guidance they often need.

    Cons

    MIT's excellence doesn't pervade through all levels. Some departments are much better run than others, which I suppose is to be expected. Decentralization and cumbersome bureaucracy create challenges as elsewhere in higher education. There's some abusive, entitled faculty to put up with, so make sure you get all the dirt you can before accepting a job.

    Advice to Management

    MIT should lead the way in flattening the absurd hierarchies of higher ed administration. This is supposed to be a progressive meritocracy, but at times it feels more like the military. Chain of command isn't necessarily the best paradigm for creative problem-solving.


  10. Excellent opportunities come from MIT but they can afford to treat postdocs better

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Associate in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Associate in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent research and learning environment, time there helps open many future doors of opportunity. Family friendly with subsidized child care on campus.

    Cons

    Postdocs are sub-employees since benefits are made VERY expensive and outright removed if you do the courtesy of bringing your own money in the form of a fellowship, health insurance rates are particularly punishing if you have dependents. No retirement savings, come on!

    Advice to Management

    Be more generous with benefit opportunities for postdocs who are staying longer, having families and getting older


  11. Great benefits, okay pay; if you like what you do it's a great place to work.

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    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at MIT full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    MIT has excellent benefits: great health insurance, cheap parking if you're into that sort of thing, and a crazy number of vacation days (20+federal holidays+vacation days). There's an extreme level of job security in a way that's basically unheard of these days. This is an excellent workplace for people who are capable of working super hard for 8 hours a day and then disconnecting and coming back tomorrow. This is a great place to work for people with families or for anyone with serious hobbies outside of work.

    Cons

    Salary is okay but not great, and raises are going to be about 3%/year no matter how well you do your job. As with all jobs, you sometimes feel like you have extra work to do, but the rewards for doing it are going to be pretty minimal: bonuses aren't a thing here. If you feel like your career is going nowhere, that's because it is; you're a cog in a large bureaucracy. If your co-workers seem like a bunch of burnouts, then the problem might just be that you have unrealistic expectations.

    Advice to Management

    In order to retain top talent, salaries should probably be 10–20% higher for a lot of technical positions. Other than that, keep doing what you're doing; MIT's brand name means you're getting the best people you can for the salaries you're offering. The benefit package is top-notch; keep it that way and you'll do a good job of keeping people with families they want to spend time with.



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