MIT Reviews

Updated August 28, 2014
Updated August 28, 2014
468 Reviews

4.2
468 Reviews
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MIT President L. Rafael Reif
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Review Highlights

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.  

    A wonderful, supportive, and diverse community

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate  in  Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Boston, MA

    I worked at MIT full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    No pretense here. Come as you are, and be accepted. Bring your ideas, and contribute to an atmosphere of excitement.

    Cons

    Of course it can be stressful at times, and it's easy to forget that beneath their optimistic facades, other are struggling as well.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    MIT Fitness Center Attendant

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    Current Employee - Health Fitness Specialist  in  Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Health Fitness Specialist in Cambridge, MA

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

    Pros

    People that go to this gym are generally very nice. The gym is a great environment and feels upscale. There's no pressure while working and I have never met a mean patron. The supervisor is very friendly.

    Cons

    I really can't think of any. Sometimes people complain when the towel boxes are empty during peak hours, but I feel like that's unavoidable unless you buy many more towels.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More training with regards to use of unique/new equipment would be nice. Sometimes patrons would ask me about new equipment and I would have only a very vague idea of how to help them.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Grad student at MIT

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great facilities, super people. Lots of hard workers. Great facilities (research, athletic and otherwise).

    Cons

    Can be a bit stressful. Easy to compare yourself against everyone else all the time.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Wonderful environment

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MIT

    Pros

    It is a wonderful place with all smart people

    Cons

    There is nothing to complain so far

  6.  

    Great place to work

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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 more than a year

    Pros

    Exciting Research.., lot of oppurtunities

    Cons

    Low Salary for Post Docs

    Recommends
  7.  

    Good Place, Great People!

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

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

    Pros

    Had a short-term job at MIT campus and had so much fun.. People were good and supervisors were responsible. Good benefit - will definitely consider to come back!

    Cons

    I heard there are some politics/hierarchies over between departments/systems. I didn't really feel that though. Roles are very clear, you kind of do whatever is listed on your job description or even less!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Hard work but worth all the effort

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    Former Employee - Graduate Student Researcher  in  Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in Cambridge, MA

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

    Pros

    Brilliant co-workers from many different disciplines, entrepreneurial environment, great benefits (on campus health providers), flexibility to pursue personal interests, work is fulfilling, access to great datasets from large companies

    Cons

    Can be stressful, large expectations sometimes leads to poor work-life balance (as in, there will be no life until the work gets done!), can be hyper-competitive

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Many opportunities for advancement at this premier educational institution

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at MIT

    Pros

    Lots of peer groups to help you improve your personal and job skills
    All job openings are posted and it is up to the individual whether to apply (i.e. your supervisor isn't involved).

    Cons

    Won't necessarily get career guidance or training via your supervisor.
    Coordination across departments often occurs based on who you know (sometimes a pro) rather than process

    Recommends
  10.  

    Fast paced, sink or swim mentality

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MIT full-time

    Pros

    Many resources, allows a lot of autonomy, hardworking colleagues. There aren't too many restrictions in terms of where you want to take your job, which is amazing.

    Cons

    Culture of overworking, sink or swim mentality, if you are not strong-minded, it is easy to feel overwhelmed and incapable. However, most people feel that way.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend time nurturing better culture

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Awesome

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great place, great benefits, work life balance location

    Cons

    politics, visa sponsorship management pay

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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