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MIT President L. Rafael Reif

L. Rafael Reif

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    MIT is an exciting place

    Tech Staff (Current Employee)
    Lexington, MA

    Prosinteresting research, interesting people, fair amount of freedom

    Consthis is a pressure cooker environment

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    pretty good place to work

    Assistant Staff (Current Employee)
    Lexington, MA

    ProsResources, both in terms of people and technology available, to do all sorts of really cool stuff.

    ConsHad a tough time transitioning out of school, frustrated with degree bias

    Advice to Senior ManagementBetter mentorship

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good place to work for the short term

    Assistant Technical Staff (Former Employee)
    Lexington, MA

    Pros1. good life/work balance
    2. very encouraging about additional education/tuition reimbursement
    3. very flexible work hours
    4. people who can't manage get demoted pretty quickly
    5. management is involved in the work of the people they are managing
    6. just about everyone is smart
    7. location is very convenient (in Lexington) - away from a lot of traffic
    8. awesome library/staff on lincoln campus
    9. can get involved with a number of different projects if you're bored with your current one

    Cons1. lincoln has an odd system for promotions - you need to be working under the right leader and on the right projects to get noticed
    2. not all work can be published due to security issues - publications are key for scientists/engineers
    3. relatively little feedback on work from superiors
    4. egos can be a problem at times
    5. pay is mediocre compared to other places

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe promotional structure at Lincoln is odd. Assistant Technical Staff do not just compete with other Assistant Technical Staff in their group, but in their entire Division. This gives preference to staff who are working under group leaders with more influence.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Lexington, MA

    ProsMost co-workers are very intelligent and working with them can be an incredible learning experience. Most projects are very interesting and fun to work with.

    ConsComplete lack of direction, at least with this particular position. Six months spent on a project that will most likely never see the light of day. A good engineer/scientist doesn't always make a good boss.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDirection for student employees; granted co-op experience and knowledge is limited, but to spend more than 20% of the time sitting around with nothing to do is a waste of company money.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    A good place to work.

    Technical Staff (Current Employee)
    Lexington, MA

    ProsMIT Lincoln Laboratory is a great place to work on first-class technology. The work is generally quite good and most of the staff are very competent.

    ConsThere is a sense that the Laboratory is not the place it once was. The accomplishments of today pale in comparison to past glory. In addition, there are a few members of senior management that absolutely baffle the mind.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe Laboratory should get rid of the ladder. This process is a waste of management time and does not promote a sense of teamwork among the staff.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Sub-par pay.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Lexington, MA

    ProsRetirement benefits. For every dollar you put in, MIT puts in $2.

    ConsAbsolutely no personnel management experience within the leadership.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLearn how to manage people the same way programs are managed.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great place to work.

    Assistant Technical Staff (Former Employee)
    Lexington, MA

    ProsOutstanding colleagues who are experts in their fields. Outstanding resources to get your job done. Great professional development opportunities including tuition reimbursement and internal/external seminars. Flexible work arrangements.

    ConsCareer advancement can be slow.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLincoln Lab attracts outstanding employees who accomplish great things. Keep up the good work!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Lots of work, little guidance.

    Graduate Research Assistant (Former Employee)
    Lexington, MA

    ProsI spent 2 years as a graduate research assistant at MIT. The work is cutting edge and there are really smart people everywhere. The facilities are typically good and funding is good.

    ConsThere is always LOTS of work to do. For me, there was very little guidance from my advisor/boss so it was a bit difficult at times to figure out what the top research priorities were.

    Advice to Senior ManagementEncourage more collaboration between departments.
    Encourage professors to be more accessible to students (i.e. encourage an open door policy vs. strict appointment style meetings).

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    Pros and cons

    Staff (Current Employee)
    Lexington, MA

    ProsMIT is at the technological forefront. Some incredibly technically talented and brilliant people work there. People look at you differently when you say you work for MIT. Great health benefits.

    ConsCulture. Case in point: a SENIOR LEADER recently broadcast an email announcing a new page on the intranet with the meant-to-be-attention-grabbing subject line: "PAY CUTS ACROSS DIVISION". What message does that send about the value of personnel in that division to their leaders? In the middle of a recession, undoubtedly there were recipients in the division whose families have been directly, perhaps painfully, affected by the economic downturn. Although the leader did follow up with a brief apology, the organization saw fit to PROMOTE that person to an even higher level of leadership.

    Although there are a minority of technical employees who 'punch the clock', the majority are not that way. Consequently, they should be able to work in an environment that supports them and their growth. The organization has a long way to go in that respect. The really sad part is that the organization is more than capable of getting there. A fiercely internally competitive culture retards successful collaboration, and the 'what's in it for me' attitude prevails because it is rewarded. Politics can be thick.

    Cultural change is occurring, albeit slowly. I hope to see the day when no senior or junior manager would ever dream of doing something like the example above.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTechnical expertise alone does not a true leader make. Learn from those we primarily serve--the military -- on the qualities of a leader.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    MIT: for staff, a bit between academia and industry

    Member of Technical Staff (Current Employee)
    Lexington, MA

    ProsThe benefits are very good. Employees usually have more paid time off than their peers at competing employers. The retirement plan seems to be better than most companies, but comparable to competing academic institutions. Shifting hours to be a bit off from 9-5 seems to be easy and common. Employees have access to great equipment to complete their projects. Opportunities for training or taking a class are good. Internal seminars and invited speakers are good. Employees tend to be some of the brightest people around.

    ConsManagers come from purely technical backgrounds and do not appear to receive much management or leadership training. They may be good at winning grants, but they can be quite bad at handling necessary administrative or personnel issues. Ironically, the tuition reimbursement for continuing education is worse than at competing employers and academic institutions. Salary does not seem to be competitive with industry. Women and minorities are very underrepresented in management.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPay more attention to employee job satisfaction. We often lose our best people for reasons that could easily be prevented or mitigated.

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