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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. IT Consultant

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

    I worked at MIT full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great college environment with a lots of diversity.
    Close to transportation and the city.
    Competitive salaries.

    Cons

    Non support staff get paid once per month.
    Time off and continuing education benefits are not as good as neighboring universities .
    May be difficult to navigate such a wide spread campus

    Advice to Management

    Since MIT is an institute of higher learning, you should look to provide more opportunities for staff to learn as well.

  2. Stimulating, dynamic environment

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at MIT

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great co-workers, stimulating environment, fantastic benefits and lots of interesting work going on. Faculty are amazing

    Cons

    Tough commute if you are not near the red line. Salaries are a bit behind the for-profit sector and no bonus potential

  3. Lab work

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant
    Current Employee - Research Assistant

    I have been working at MIT full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great place to work, experience, great leadership. Get to get published on a lot of papers, work with a diverse group of people and build skills.

    Cons

    None that I can think of.

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  5. Loved it

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MIT

    Pros

    I loved working for MIT, the benefits are fabulous and my team really cared about work life balance.

    Cons

    Can be a bit monotonous after a while.

    Advice to Management

    Be involved

  6. Executive Assistant

    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Moorpark, CA
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Moorpark, CA

    I worked at MIT (Less than a year)

    Pros

    flexible work week. I was a student and I was able to adjust my work schedule with my school schedule

    Cons

    repetitive job. After a while I was doing the same thing. I personally like constant change.

  7. Postdoc

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MIT

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Interesting environment, Good learning and Low of connection

    Cons

    Bad work balance, lot of competition, not too much rest

  8. technical assistant

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at MIT

    Pros

    Very good benefits. Lot to learn

    Cons

    Salary was less compared to industry.

  9. Postdoctoral associate

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Associate
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Associate

    I have been working at MIT

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great exposure to leaders in the neuroscience field and the latest advances technology.

    Cons

    As with most postdoctoral positions, salary and benefits could be better.

  10. Administrative Support Staff

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    Current Employee - Enrollment Associate in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Enrollment Associate in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at MIT full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    MIT is famous for innovation and technology and this permeates the work environment. The buildings, students and school culture all contribute to an exciting buzz in the air during the workday. The pay scale is reasonable, the benefits are excellent and there is room for advancement if you are interested in a career in higher ed. Many departments have switched to flex location and flex hours, so you can maintain work life balance.

    Cons

    Many of the staff, particularly support staff, are holdovers from the old school of office administration. There is reluctance to embrace new technology and an overall sense that you are working for anywhere but a top ranked science and tech school. There is room to advance and move within the university, but doing so requires that you personally invest in moving up and on. Your department will not likely have a clear path to advancement and most are more than willing to let talented staff languish in jobs that they are too skilled for.

    Advice to Management

    Invest more in staff development and identify clear pathways for advancement for those that are interested.

  11. Sexism prevails. Innovation, though present, is an uphill battle for all but the elite

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    Current Employee - Project Manager
    Current Employee - Project Manager

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    MIT is an institution of higher education committed to staying at the forefront of what matters in education - producing the research & teaching to solve humanity's problems. If you believe in education, you can believe in working as a part of the MIT machine.

    Cons

    Sexism, ageism, ableism, and elitism are the dominant driving cultural forces in decision making at MIT. If you are not one of the nimble independent researchers, you are a part of a machine which is quick to hang on "the way it's always been done."

    Advice to Management

    Join the 21st century. Hire women, promote young people - support their development, ensure equitable, innovative, and current progressive policies drive MIT forward, not the same stagnant decisions of your ruling elite.

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