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Updated August 10, 2014
Updated August 10, 2014
462 Reviews

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462 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.  

    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

    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
  2.  

    Many opportunities for advancement at this premier educational institution

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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
  3.  

    Fast paced, sink or swim mentality

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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
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  5.  

    Awesome

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great place, great benefits, work life balance location

    Cons

    politics, visa sponsorship management pay

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Inspiring Place to Work

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

    Pros

    MIT is a wonderful place to work. If you are in admin staff you can count on solid opportunities for career development, generous vacation benefits, and great people around every corner. I have taken advantage of the TAP program (Tuition Reimbursement) and the pension and for many years used MIT Medical which has a small-town, caring, competent staff.

    Cons

    Performance reviews can be something you need to ask for. Dealing with some of the Ivory Tower perspectives can be maddening.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Fulfilling mission, grueling hours, highly dysfunctional culture

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The work could not be more meaningful. You're working alongside the world's brightest minds on the most interesting problems. You'll have the freedom to work autonomously to solve fascinating problems of great importance.

    Cons

    MIT's highly dysfunctional culture presents a big challenge to keeping talented people. Some will never leave because they "drank the kool-aid," (so the saying goes at the Institute) and believe that there's no place for them outside the Cambridge bubble. I didn't realize how bad it was until I went to Silicon Valley and learned what kind of lifestyle is possible when one prioritizes and balances lifestyle, career and family.

    The work is grueling and extremely hard. Depending on your position, expect to work 60+ hours per week. You'll be answering emails throughout your weekend, evening, family time and yes, even in the middle of the night. It's an email-heavy culture, and people respond right away, even at the oddest of hours (you'll be expected to do the same).

    There's also a lot of competition, jealousy and perfectionism -- a result of the strict academic culture that permeates every aspect of MIT life. Those who are willing to sacrifice their sleep, sanity and marriages get ahead. A favorite (well-known) professor of mine always looked filthy and in need of a shower (how many times I wanted to wash her hair for her). Between her small children and teaching and research career, showering just seemed like a luxury.

    Institute leadership is dysfunctional, paranoid, demanding and petty. The culture got somewhat better after President Reif took over MIT, but it's hard to change long-standing attitudes and frankly the craziness of the administration.

    MIT could also do a better job of retaining and EQUALLY PAYING female employees.There's an unspoken 15% ceiling on raises, even if you get a raise and take on a big leap in responsibilities. When you come into a position already being paid less than your male colleagues, the gap widens every year. Resentment sets in when you're fairly senior in your career, but get $15,000 - $25,000 less than the men who were hired after you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leadership: therapy, weekends, better values and priorities
    HR: pay women equitably; do salary surveys to ensure that gaps in pay don't widen as employees advance

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Amazing place to work if you are not in the one particular division.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The chance to work with the most outstanding students and faculty in the world, an entrepreneurial culture, the ability to prove yourself to a demanding audience, and a culture that allows you to collaborate based on merit and not on position.

    Cons

    One division has amazing professionals hobbled by fearful and dishonest senior leadership that stop them from being great. People are forced to compromise their ethics and abilities or leave.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at the turnover in divisions over the last 5 years and ask why so many people would leave one division.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant  in  Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Cambridge, MA

    Pros

    Nice people, smart students, great community

    Cons

    Career advancement is not very easy for staff.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Eye opening, educational, overwhelming, fun, invigorating.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    You are working with "the smartest guys in the room," determining the future of the smartest kids in the country. It's quite a responsibility - one taken extremely seriously, yet I don't know when I have ever laughed more at a job in my life! Working in admissions at MIT was and always will be one of the highlights of my career in education.

    Cons

    Long hours reading endless applications. Making sure you stop when students start to sound alike because you're tired. Then it's time to put the applications away and start again later.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    grad student

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    overall good school and education

    Cons

    little to no institutional support.

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