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Updated February 26, 2015
Updated February 26, 2015
569 Reviews
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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.  

    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
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  2.  

    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

  3.  

    Great job to work at while in school. Pretty low wage for summer opportunities. Would only work part time for them.

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

    I worked at MIT part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great job to work at while in school. Lots of experience before graduation. Companies will like you because you went here.

    Cons

    Pretty low wage for summer opportunities. Would only work part time for them. Some supervisors don't care what you do really.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it going!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    Life Changing

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

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

    Pros

    Unlike anywhere else I've been a part of, MIT is truly on the cutting edge of technology and making changes to the world

    Cons

    Being a student at MIT is like drinking water from a fire hose, you have to learn excellent time management skills and adjust for an offset work/life balance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn from your students

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    It is MIT, so probably no need to say much about it.

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

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

    Pros

    It opens your eyes because you are working with the best engineers and scientists in the world.

    Cons

    Highly competitive, long hour working, facility is old

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    Learning Resources Developer Intern - Lifelong Kindergarten Group

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    Former Intern - Learning Resources Developer in Cambridge, MA
    Former Intern - Learning Resources Developer in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at MIT as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    -Extremely fun group of people
    -Very creative
    -Hands-on experience
    -People want to hear your voice/ideas/opinions
    -Flexible schedule

    Cons

    None that I can think of

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    Two year postdoc at MIT

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

    I have been working at MIT

    Pros

    MIT offers an exceptional environment for researcher. There are numerous resources one can use in campus and it is a life time opportunity to meet the Toppest people in the world.

    Cons

    The pressure is expected high because one will be surrounded with talented scholars. The salary is not enough for living cost at Boston

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Incredible work-life balance & benefits

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    Current Employee - Web Designer
    Current Employee - Web Designer

    I have been working at MIT full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Amazing people & great benefits. I've been there for 15 years in a variety of positions, and I've love working there.

    Cons

    For my field, the salary isn't competitive. I'd love to stay, but I can make so much more money elsewhere. That said, the benefits are worth a lot!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    A fantastic place to work. I was very happy working as a UROP assistant there.

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    Former Employee - UROP in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - UROP in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at MIT part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    -Great professors to work under
    -Very understanding of busy schedule
    -Pays well
    -Work varies a lot and keeps you very interested

    Cons

    -Challenging work!
    -If you are working in a small lab, there can be a lack of social aspect

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Work hard, learn fast

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MIT

    Pros

    Amazing place to learn, surrounded by really smart and ambitious people. Your life will be like "drinking from the fire hose"

    Cons

    Unhealthy work/life balance. High living-cost around Kendall square.

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