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Pros
  • The work/life balance was also very good for this position (in 17 reviews)

  • Cutting edge research with amazing people etc etc etc etc etc etc (in 25 reviews)

Cons
  • Work-life balance can blend to be one ambiguous blob (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. Excellent experience as a graduate student.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MIT

    Pros

    Great learning experience and professors.

    Cons

    Extremely intense with long working hours.

  2. Great Employer! Great culture!

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    Current Employee - Laboratory Manager
    Current Employee - Laboratory Manager

    I have been working at MIT

    Pros

    MIT is a very special place, with a very human and unique culture. It is great to be surrounded by extremely bright and inteligente people while feeling at home and not intimidated.

    Cons

    As a parent, I'd appreciate not as lengthy day-care placement ( can extend for over 2 years), as well as cheaper day-care rates.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. Managed several new initiatives

    Former Employee - Program Manager in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at MIT full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Smart colleagues, great benefits, vision to make the world better place.

    Cons

    Academic institutions can sometimes be slow moving and MIT is not immune to it even if they are pretty agile.

    Recommends
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    Approves of CEO
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  5. Great benefits, okay pay; if you like what you do it's a great place to work.

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    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at MIT full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    MIT has excellent benefits: great health insurance, cheap parking if you're into that sort of thing, and a crazy number of vacation days (20+federal holidays+vacation days). There's an extreme level of job security in a way that's basically unheard of these days. This is an excellent workplace for people who are capable of working super hard for 8 hours a day and then disconnecting and coming back tomorrow. This is a great place to work for people with families or for anyone with serious hobbies outside of work.

    Cons

    Salary is okay but not great, and raises are going to be about 3%/year no matter how well you do your job. As with all jobs, you sometimes feel like you have extra work to do, but the rewards for doing it are going to be pretty minimal: bonuses aren't a thing here. If you feel like your career is going nowhere, that's because it is; you're a cog in a large bureaucracy. If your co-workers seem like a bunch of burnouts, then the problem might just be that you have unrealistic expectations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    In order to retain top talent, salaries should probably be 10–20% higher for a lot of technical positions. Other than that, keep doing what you're doing; MIT's brand name means you're getting the best people you can for the salaries you're offering. The benefit package is top-notch; keep it that way and you'll do a good job of keeping people with families they want to spend time with.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6. It is ok.

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

    I worked at MIT

    Pros

    You can put MIT on your resume.

    Cons

    I found colleagues to be very flat without a life outside of work. Employees don't move around into other positions due to a culture of feeling disloyal. As a result, folks are very burned out and have little interest in their work and life.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  7. A moderately satisfied graduate student in the department of chemistry

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

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

    Pros

    There is a lot of freedom in my specific lab, to pursue many ideas. The resources are exceptional--money is rarely a problem. We learn very valuable skills in leadership, project development, instrumentation, among many other crucial concepts.

    Cons

    The hours are high and the pay is exceptionally low. The departmental culture has a negative effect on many of the people in it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be nicer, consider the fact that students and postdocs have are real people with feelings and not just resources to further one's career

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. first research experience

    Current Employee - Undergraduate Researcher
    Current Employee - Undergraduate Researcher

    I have been working at MIT

    Pros

    Very positive experience working as an undergrad in several labs on campus. Highly recommend UROP program, as well as various summer programs for students from other schools.

    Cons

    Not everyone has such a good experience. Finding a lab that is a good fit is important and can be difficult when you are looking at labs for the first time.

  9. Work with the smartest people on the planet who are genuinely striving to improve the world.

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    Current Employee - Executive Director in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Executive Director in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at MIT full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Egalitarian, mission driven, exciting, influential, impactful, human work environment. Very entrepreneurial "just do it" (build it / make it culture.) Lots of autonomy,

    Cons

    Surprisingly low tech in many systems and processes - quite bureaucratic procedures. Salaries can be quite stagnant. Not really growing so new opportunities may depend on waiting for people to leave or retire.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more strategic about career advancement options within and across the organization. Find ways to reduce the gap between "faculty" and "staff" - they all contribute!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. Great University and great place to receive your education

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MIT

    Pros

    Great Professors, great classes, excellent research, very good lab mates, great resources and health insurance, real possibilities to grow personally and professionally

    Cons

    The university is a Highly competitive place, that is very hard to get into and is a very stressful place for some of its students. Moreover there is a very high cost of living in the area.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    some better job in mentoring for graduates students

  11. Undergraduate researcher

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MIT

    Pros

    Great mentors and research opportunities

    Cons

    I don't have any cons.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

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