MIT Reviews

Updated April 22, 2015
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  1. HVAC Technician

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - HVAC Technician in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - HVAC Technician in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at MIT full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    A great place to work, and the benefit is wonderfull

    Cons

    The parking previledge for the Employees is realy very expensive

    Advice to Management

    managements are okay and they can actually do better to retain good workers

  2. Really enjoyed my time here.

    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Cambridge, MA
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Cambridge, MA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great place to work. Really smart, hardworking people who do the best they can to deliver the best result. Good work is acknowledged and appreciated. The people are friendly and readily work as a team, supporting and helping each other.

    Cons

    There are a lot of decisions by committee. It can be difficult to get decisions made because of the number of opinions taken into account.

  3. MIT Postdoc program

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Associate in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Associate in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at MIT full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    great place to work and grow

    Cons

    So far, there is none

    Advice to Management

    none

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  5. Great exposure to smart people who are looking to change the world.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Cambridge, MA

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

    Pros

    I worked in a lab in which the advisor is very hands off and allows independent exploration. The lab is doing incredible work in areas with high impact (autism, visual impairment) and the advisor does a great job finding applications for research. Very friendly lab, fun people who care about life as well as work.

    Cons

    Academia obviously does not compensate as much as industry. Experiences are very lab-dependent, so others may have not had such positive experiences.

  6. Helpful (1)

    Good Community

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Resource Sharing in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Resource Sharing in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at MIT full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Innovative, off-the-beaten path spirit, management (in my department) really does strive for transparency, staff feedback for major decisions (hiring leadership, changes to policy or space planning) are encouraged and solicited. Great people on staff: smart, friendly, supportive, for the most part love what they do. Just a great culture to be a part of.

    Cons

    This is academia, so if you want to move forward, you pretty much wait for someone to a.) leave or b.) retire. I've only been here for about 2 years so maybe I'm impatient, but yes, I am frustrated that in that time, no attainable opportunities for promotion have opened up.

    Also, the campus is dotted with really ugly sculptural art. It's like, REALLY ugly. Why??

  7. MIT Ph.D. Student

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - PhD Candidate in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - PhD Candidate in Cambridge, MA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good working environment and a lot of money to spend for experiments

    Cons

    Too much work
    Ph.D. students spend a lot of time in courses

  8. Helpful (1)

    Good place bad pay

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Cambridge, MA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good collaboration. Prestigious place to work..

    Cons

    Old people don't leave thereby not allowing career progression so good employees leave.
    Managers and faculty who verbally abuse employees are not held accountable. The university makes excuses for them.
    Old timers are blocking the careers of many others below them.
    Pay is terrible.
    No innovation except with students.

    Advice to Management

    Change all the above.

  9. It's both challenging and fun working as a research assistant in MIT.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant At MIT in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant At MIT in Boston, MA

    I have been working at MIT part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    It's both challenging and fun working as a research assistant in MIT. I can work with excellent students. And the degree is treasured in the job market.

    Cons

    Course load is heavy. It's not easy to manage even I only take 2 courses in one semester. But anyway, challenging courses make me learn more.

  10. Helpful (1)

    Why postdoc FELLOWS are NOT Employees?

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    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at MIT full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great career resources for professional development and alumni networking for post-docs. Offers 401K plan for post-doc ASSOCIATES, but not for FELLOWS. Good medical center and overall kind people around the campus to work with. Pays 1/2 of the monthly T-pass.

    Cons

    Almost no work-life balance, depending on the lab you work on stress can be higher than the average research institution. Compensation of post-docs is low like all places, but it is especially negative factor when you consider how expensive cost of living in this city.

    Advice to Management

    Not sure why you need two categories of post-docs: ASSOCIATES and FELLOWS. The former is a benefit-eligible position the latter is not. If you get your own grant, MIT will immediately convert you to a fellow position, and you will loose all your benefits, as if they are punishing you because you brought money to the campus (!) There should be a way to centralize these grants and pay the post-doc through the MIT pay check to make all post-docs benefit eligible, REAL employees. I have seen this can happen in other institutions, so this is not rocket science for such a prestigious institution. MIT also subsidizes ASSOCIATE'S heath insurance, but not FELLOW'S insurance. Hence if your PI is not that generous, you will need to pay even this basic benefit from your own pocket. If you have family/dependents this can cost a fortune to you. MIT should merge all post-doctoral positions into one category and make all of them benefit eligible. Otherwise we will continue to feel being treated unfairly.

  11. Top place for engineers

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at MIT part-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Challenging, eye-opening; you work really hard, but it's worth it; you are not cutting edge - you reach beyond the cutting edge

    Cons

    Steep learning curve, not much time to enjoy all the opportunities offered, competitive atmosphere can be off-putting to some people

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