MIT Reviews in Boston, MA

Updated September 12, 2014
Updated September 12, 2014
476 Reviews
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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.  

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

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

    I worked at MIT as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    I 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.

    Cons

    Not 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 ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work. I wish that I worked here longer.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great place to be an RA.

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

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

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

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

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    great people! great work!

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher  in  Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Cambridge, MA

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

    Pros

    the 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.

    Cons

    postdoc salary could be higher.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Research Institute

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

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

    Pros

    Personal growth in a research environment. Good work-life balance.

    Cons

    Low salary. Difficult road ahead in getting a faculty position.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Mind and Hand at the Institute

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

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

    Pros

    MIT can be a stimulating and interesting environment to work in.

    Cons

    Some of he Faculty, although world class, can be very high handed and dismissive of support staff.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Amazing place to work, challenged every day

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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 for more than 5 years

    Pros

    I work with students and am constantly challenged (in a good way) to learn more and do more. Very stimulating and overall excellent colleagues. Culture is a good fit from other top tier institution down the road - very down to earth. I am well-compensated for the work I do interfacing with students

    Cons

    No real career trajectory - have had the same title for 5+ years. Very political so you have to be able to "play the game," which is not always easy to do.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think about the loyal, hard-working, results-producing employees (the "A" players), and how to help them, rather than spending energy on the mediocre or underperforming employees. Also, keep compensation competitive.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great place to be with a work and life balance!

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

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

    Pros

    MIT is a great place to work! There are many opportunities to learn with their tuition reimbursement and everyone is very nice. There are many opportunities to participate in different groups and teams.

    Cons

    Time to finish everything to keep learning . . .

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great place with some quirks

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

    I have been working at MIT as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    They take really good care of their employees. The benefits are great and they support staff well with professional development seminars, large gatherings, and the work-life balance center.

    Cons

    Things are a little decentralized so it's hard to get things done sometimes. Students are also all very stressed and something that tension seeps into the staff atmosphere. Because things are so decentralized, I get the sense that the culture of individual offices varies drastically and thus impacts one's experience.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to try and coordinate university-wide staff communication.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Epic dysfunction at one of the top b-schools in the country--but great benefits

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA

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

    Pros

    MIT offers exceptional benefits, including amazing tuition reimbursement opportunities and full-time health benefits for half-time work. In addition, you have the chance to work with some outstanding people and, depending on the role, deal with some interesting issues.

    Cons

    Dysfunction is sweeping and systemic. Politics are rife at any university, but the intensity of the politics depends on who's leading the school at any given time. Under present leadership at the business school, politics are especially frenzied. Bureaucracy is such that the unfit are rarely fired and often promoted to leadership positions. The politically skilled rise swiftly; some are talented at other things, and some are not, but political skill trumps everything.

    Doesn't Recommend
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    Disapproves of CEO

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