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Updated August 3, 2015
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Pros
  • Strong focus on work-life balance (in 17 reviews)

  • Working on cutting edge technology (in 25 reviews)

Cons
  • work-life balance is not the best (in 14 reviews)

  • People stay very late for doing research, not ideal for graduate students who have families (in 13 reviews)

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  1. GECD Intern

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at MIT

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Even as an intern without a technical/scientific background, I felt welcome as an employee of MIT. I found faculty, staff, and especially students to be pleasant to work with. I gained so much insight into my field (international education) through meaningful hands-on projects and attentive mentors.

    Cons

    I do not really have any complaints. I just wish I could have worked at MIT for a longer amount of time! The world of academia is tough, as is the competition.

    Advice to Management

    Continue doing a great job of paying attention to your employees and their success! Only suggestion- campus wide- please consider closing the campus when snow/weather conditions are really dangerous.


  2. Mit

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MIT

    Pros

    Research work content is leading edge where everyone brings their own expertise to the table supplementing each others skill base.

    Cons

    Last winter was brutal, not to be repeated hopefully.


  3. Postdoc at MIT (Biological Engineering)

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Associate
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Associate

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    In the middle of Kendall biotech cluster.

    Cons

    Could be too intense for some people.


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  5. Postdoc at MIT

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    Former Employee - Computational Biologist in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Computational Biologist in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at MIT (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    As a foreign scholar I experienced MIT to be extremely professional handling all issues including visa, health care, etc. Money was enough to survive in Cambridge or Boston without problems. The atmosphere is amazing with lots of talks and visitors from my field and related fields all the time.

    Cons

    I did not find many cons. It depends on where you work exactly and who your boss is. It's definitely competitive but in a good way.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it like it is and don't interfere too much with science. It's an extremely inspiring place and do whatever you can to keep it like that.


  6. Great Place

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MIT

    Pros

    Very aware of issues that affect Postdocs.

    Cons

    Just cons to be a postdoc. Not specific to MIT.


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    You get what you ask for

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Independence and creativity is highly valued. Endless opportunities for networking and expanding skills and education. Great benefits. Outstanding and inspirational community.

    Cons

    Not so good pay for junior positions. Slow hierarchical climbing. Not a great place for people expecting highly structured working space.


  8. Nice place do to research

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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 (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Resource, colleagues, funding are good. One of the best in the world maybe. Many core facilities on campus or in Cambridge.

    Cons

    Stress, competent, arrogant students. PI only concerns about funding and publications.


  9. Great place to work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MIT

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people, incredibly intelligent and caring. Not a lot of pressure despite being one of the world's most famous tech schools. Nicely located in Kendall Sq, the biggest start up and biotech hub in the US (along with San Fran).

    Cons

    Like most academia, low monetary compensation. Facilities at MIT are fairly old in many areas and the school is still in the intermediate stage of upgrading.

    Advice to Management

    Push harder for renovations and upgrading the campus. New facilities like the Media Lab and Koch Institute are much needed all over campus.


  10. Graduate Researcher

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Ecosystem. Great opportunity for growth.

    Cons

    Since I am a grad student+researcher, it's a bit time constrained


  11. Postdoc

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

    I worked at MIT full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    You will learn many things and may get involve with a project that you need to collaborate with many scholars with different backgrounds. Money was enough to survive in Cambridge or Boston without problems. The atmosphere is amazing with lots of talks and visitors from my field and related fields all the time.

    Cons

    You feel lots of pressure sometimes while working on different projects. Finding good restaurants around MIT is almost impossible



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