MIT Reviews

Updated October 28, 2014
Updated October 28, 2014
500 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The work/life balance was also very good for this position (in 15 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 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.  

    It's both challenging and fun working as a research assistant in MIT.

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant At MIT in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant At MIT in Boston, MA

    I have been working at MIT part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    It's both challenging and fun working as a research assistant in MIT. I can work with excellent students. And the degree is treasured in the job market.

    Cons

    Course load is heavy. It's not easy to manage even I only take 2 courses in one semester. But anyway, challenging courses make me learn more.

  2.  

    It was amazing.

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    Former Employee - Research Scientist I in East Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Research Scientist I in East Cambridge, MA

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

    Pros

    Substantial flexibility in hours, amazingly talented & intelligent community, great gym facilities (climbing wall, pool, basketball courts), emphasis on learning, fast-paced, free classes for employees

    Cons

    Salary was pretty low, and there was sometimes too much to do and not enough people who knew how to do it (i.e., easy to get burned out).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    pay your top employees better, identify slackers and please fire them. It's discouraging to seriously bust your balls while your coworkers are slacking off, and to not make any higher salary for the effort.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Top place for engineers

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    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Cambridge, MA

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

    Pros

    Challenging, eye-opening; you work really hard, but it's worth it; you are not cutting edge - you reach beyond the cutting edge

    Cons

    Steep learning curve, not much time to enjoy all the opportunities offered, competitive atmosphere can be off-putting to some people

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    At MIT it feels like the sky is not the limit

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

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

    Pros

    At MIT you get a unique opportunity to work with or just be around and get a chance to get to know some of the greates minds in almost every field: engineering, life sciences, business, computer and material sciences, etc. In addition, there are a lot of activities that stimulate both professional and personal growth.

    Cons

    Very competitive and hence might be some difficulties in establishing collaborations.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    MIT

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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

    Good working environment, hard working peers

    Cons

    No guidance from faculty, cold.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    UROP

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MIT

    Pros

    Flexible hours, competitive pay, nice people

    Cons

    Ambiguous instruction, sometimes maybe boring

  8.  

    Incredible

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    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at MIT full-time

    Pros

    As a student, world class opportunities for research. Very friendly faculty and staff, learning opportunities and classes are incredible. Great atmosphere

    Cons

    Can sometimes be a little bit overwhelming

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    postdoc

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at MIT

    Pros

    got "smart" impression associated with MIT

    Cons

    Living in Cambridge is too expensive

  10.  

    mit

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MIT

    Pros

    enjoy intellectual freedom in research environment

    Cons

    under the pressure of social expectation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They are doing very very well.

  11.  

    MIT is a good 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 (more than an year)

    Pros

    If nothing else it beefs up your resume. They recently made a significant improvement to the employee personal computing website (the only SAPweb system was pretty bad). I've had very positive experiences at MIT medical, the hospital that services the health plan. The benefits are great - health, dental, eyeplan, T-pass.

    Cons

    MIT oddly seems to struggle with handling issues related to computing -- its IT is a bit disorganized, it's unclear how to do simple things like finding servers to run computing jobs, accessing journals on JSTOR has to go through a ridiculous system called VERA that just adds more steps to be able to see papers, and until recently its website for the employee personal information/resources looked like it hadn't been updated in a decade. (It has since been improved with nice results.) These were all things that ran very smoothly at my last university.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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