MIT Lincoln Laboratory

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MIT Lincoln Laboratory Reviews

Updated Jul 20, 2014
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3.6 82 reviews

76% Approve of the CEO

MIT Lincoln Laboratory Director Eric Evans

Eric Evans

(45 ratings)

76% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • work/life balance, smart people, access to the resources of MIT(in 10 reviews)

  • Benefits, interesting work, some freedom to perform research with personal interest(in 8 reviews)


Cons
  • There is a consensus that most group leaders are poor managers(in 6 reviews)

  • Frustrating not to be able to convert to full time(in 3 reviews)

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    Comfortable

    Associate Technical Staff (Former Employee) Lexington, MA

    ProsA comfortable, 9-5 job with excellent benefits. A bit of freedom to find solutions to problems using your expertise.

    ConsShallow management structure with little room to grow. You can put in a lot of extra effort with little compensation. There are interesting projects, but you need to find them.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMake starting compensation more competitive for software developers. Make it a meritocracy; more emphasis on expertise and less on education level.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

    MIT Lincoln Laboratory Recruiting Manager responded to this review

    Jul 15, 2014

    It is nice too see that you found the freedom to find solutions while you were at the Lab. We do have a flat structure that many employees find advantageous as it streamlines decision making and ... More
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    Friendly and intelligent people

    Summer Research (Former Employee) Lexington, MA

    ProsEveryone is very intelligent and friendly

    ConsYou basically cannot know what anyone else is doing, due to security clearances.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

    MIT Lincoln Laboratory Recruiting Manager responded to this review

    Jul 15, 2014

    We are pleased that your summer position was rewarding and that you find the people intelligent and friendly. Working in a secure environment does sometimes limit access to information based on need ... More
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    Great people, Great benefits, Needs some updating.

    Information Assurance Officer (Former Employee) Hanscom AFB, MA

    ProsGreat Pension Plan (5-6%) Annual Salary. (Takes 3 years to be fully vested)
    Great 401k matching (5%) Annual Salary.
    Great job training, many classes paid for by MIT Lincoln Laboratory.
    Great Future career development.
    Steady Employment.
    On site Medical and Fitness Facilities.
    Great Time off and Holidays.
    MIT Federal Credit Union Membership.

    ConsLow Annual Pay Raises (1-3%) Annual Salary.
    Low Promotion Raises (2-5%) Annual Salary.
    Salary is not open for discussion.
    Slow to react to industry wage changes. Retention Bonuses given when large departures occur.
    After 3-5 years experience, you can make a lot more at another company.
    Human Resources takes a very long time to fill vacant positions.
    (6 Months - 1 year for Technical Staff) (1-2 years for Support Staff).
    Good Olde Boy Establishment.
    This company is not a meritocracy, recent MIT graduates see this and leave for Meritocracies.
    Severe wasteful spending on projects and materials.
    Large Generation Gaps exist, those who worked here when it was great have stayed as it turned to mediocre, and they are retiring at an increasing rate.
    Cafeteria has outrageous prices and terrible food.
    HR Stands for Human Roadblocks If you have a real issue, go to campus.
    These Human Roadblocks are there to play interference with real issues.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWake Up!
    MIT Lincoln Laboratories was once a great place to work.
    You have been banking on the MIT name for far too long, it's time to innovate again.
    Increase compensation, Increase tuition reimbursement.
    Treat people like humans instead of just machines facilitating a need.
    You have lost your way, Go down the road to MITRE and see how they are taking your talent.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great place if you work for the right department

    Software Engineer (Current Employee) Lexington, MA

    ProsThere are many experts in their field who work here, so there are a lot of in-house resources to utilize. There is always something new to learn. Flexible working schedules are great. Good benefits.

    ConsPay scale is seriously out of sync for a lot of jobs. Management is almost always promoted from the ranks within, so that tends to put people who are very intelligent in their field into a management position that many are not equipped for. Promotions are hard to come by, as well.

    MIT Lincoln Laboratory Recruiting Manager responded to this review

    Jul 15, 2014

    We are pleased that you have seen the level expertise that is at the Lab first hand. The constant learning and flexible work environment is something we are proud of. Salary concerns are usually an ... More
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    Great for tech staff

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsThe lab is a hub of brilliant minds with great benefits and work-life balance.

    ConsThere is a divide between technical and support staff. Support staff are often looked down upon or treated poorly....not to mention the noncompetitive salaries of hose support positions.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWork on office culture to improve the retention rate of Gen Y staff as well as recruiting more women for management roles, as is the lab is run by a lot of "old, out-of-touch, men".

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

    MIT Lincoln Laboratory Recruiting Manager responded to this review

    Jul 15, 2014

    Thank you for taking the time to provide a review. As you have probably seen, senior management is very actively engaged in working to build an inclusive environment, including increasing the ... More
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    Great place to work

    Subcontractor (Former Employee) Lexington, MA

    ProsLots of different types of projects to work on

    ConsNo quality control on software. Developers get away writing code without documenting

    Advice to Senior ManagementIntroduce standards

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

    MIT Lincoln Laboratory Recruiting Manager responded to this review

    Jul 15, 2014

    Thank you for bringing up these topics. Clearly we need to encourage appropriate documentation and standards. Hopefully you have pointed out your concerns to appropriate contacts in management ... More
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    The environment at MIT Lincoln Laboratory is one that encourages collaboration and creative problem solving.

    Associate Technical Staff (Former Employee) Lexington, MA

    ProsThe quality of the work that is available is very high and keeps working challenging and stimulating. The technical proficiency of the coworkers is outstanding. It is easy to find an expert in any relevant field.

    ConsThe pay scale is inversely proportional to the quality of the tasks. The pay scales are not in line with the rest of the industry. While technical problems are handled with great skill, personnel problems and management skills leave a lot to be desired.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIt would be a large step in the right direction to have two managers per group that are complimentary. One that can handle technical issues, and one that can handle personnel ones.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

    MIT Lincoln Laboratory Recruiting Manager responded to this review

    May 13, 2014

    We are pleased that you found the work here of high quality and the staff proficiency outstanding. As a not for profit, government funded Laboratory, there are some compensation considerations that ... More
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    Very good community of vastly different people makes this an interesting place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Lexington, MA

    ProsVery good benefits and sense of community. Many different ways to get involved in projects other than just doing your job.

    ConsPersonal growth can be a challenge and you can get stuck in one position with no where to go

    Advice to Senior ManagementMore honesty and open communication with feedback relevant to your core functions

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great place, interesting work

    Assistant Staff (Current Employee) Lexington, MA

    ProsWork is usually very interesting
    Work-life balance is fantastic
    Benefits are the best I've seen
    Chance to work across multiple domains
    Learn new things daily and use/invent cutting-edge technology

    ConsCompensation is highly dependent upon academic credentials (degree)
    Sometimes projects feel stale
    If you're not self-motivated, it is hard to succeed

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep looking for interesting work to advance technology rather than chasing dollars.

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

    MIT Lincoln Laboratory Recruiting Manager responded to this review

    May 13, 2014

    We are pleased that you find this to be a great place with interesting work. It is true that this is a place where self-motivated people succeed. As technology changes rapidly, we value people who ... More
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    Not happy with the culture of the lab

    Assistant Staff (Former Employee) Lexington, MA

    ProsMost employees and supervisors are easy to talk to. The lab invests in employees through tuition assistance. It is friendly to people with family, providing flexible hours, health benefits, and vacation days. The lab is investing in emerging areas like bioinformatics and is unlikely to go down.

    ConsThe pay is below average in comparison to tech industry. The lab is bureaucratic. The employee headed social groups are equally bureaucratic and awful. There are little social interactions across the lab. Group cultures differ by a lot. A few supervisors are supportive of the employees, but they are very few. There is a consensus that most group leaders are poor managers. There are service groups that are bad place to be if you are young, intelligent, and driven. Many groups persist old boy school culture.

    Advice to Senior ManagementChange the culture. Retain competitive people who are good at managing and in technical skills.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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