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Updated December 14, 2014
Updated December 14, 2014
525 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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great benefits, Smart Colleagues

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Cambridge, MA

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

    Pros

    I liked the benefits package I received from MIT, I also enjoyed the difference in day to day work, fun events around campus, community feel, and location, career stability (MIT will always exist)

    Cons

    Career development, hard to jump from assistant role to an administrative role, not as much growth opportunity, raises are every 6 months but very little

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to manage your employees better into next steps in their career rather than dead end

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    A great university to work for

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Communications Administrator in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Communications Administrator in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at MIT

    Pros

    Good benefits, decent salaries, flexible hours, casual dress, autonomy at work

    Cons

    Complicated promotion process, it is hard to promote outstanding employees from support staff to staff positions, it takes years sometimes. Raises are yearly and are very small. Bonuses are scarce to nonexistent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of outstanding employees once you have them, especially after they have learned to navigate the MIT labyrinths. Compensation should be adequate to employees efforts and hard work. Look at those who run the business of the institution while saving money to the institute and getting the job done properly.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Working at MIT

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Coordinator in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Coordinator in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at MIT

    Pros

    You'll encounter endless bright minds that will make MIT one of the more interesting places to work at. Benefits are pretty good too.

    Cons

    The workplace culture will vary depending on your department. As departments sometime operate as if they're mini companies within the larger company. Once here though, it isn't that hard to adjust.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    My 13+ Years at MIT

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at MIT

    Pros

    Working with an extremely diverse group. Exposure to interesting research and science projects known world wide. Ability to participate in activities, clubs and volunteer opportunities, typically open to only students. Environment of encouragement and appreciation of all employees through rewards and recognition programs.

    Cons

    Administration/management needs to be more transparent within each department of lab center.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great place to be a post-doc!

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at MIT

    Pros

    Excellent environment, top-tier research, very good benefits. Beautiful city to live in, lots to do, excellent public transportation.

    Cons

    Expensive place to live; rents are high if you want to live close to campus.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Graduate Student

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MIT

    Pros

    Very stimulating intellectual environment. Access to the faculty is great and there are many opportunities for exciting research across all disciplines.

    Cons

    The work schedule can be grueling. The graduate student stipend is pretty minimal and you won't be saving any money if you live in Cambridge.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Undergraduate research assistant

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MIT

    Pros

    Opportunity to work for money and gain experience as an undergraduate student
    Opportunity to interact and get to know faculties who are renown experts in their fields

    Cons

    Low compensation compared to internships
    Depending on the department/lab/supervisor, the work you perform is not always meaningful.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    HVAC Technician

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - HVAC Technician in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - HVAC Technician in Cambridge, MA

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

    Pros

    A great place to work, and the benefit is wonderfull

    Cons

    The parking previledge for the Employees is realy very expensive

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    managements are okay and they can actually do better to retain good workers

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great opportunity for someone without a degree

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Shift Supervisor in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Shift Supervisor in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at MIT full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    - Only requires a HS diploma or GED
    - Paid training to obtain license
    - 8 hour shift work including lunch time
    - You can leave for lunch if you are on the weekday day shift
    - Great opportunities for MIT freshman; once licensed, you can study and do homework on shift
    - Looks great on a resume
    - Can quickly progress from trainee to Shift Supervisor in about two or less years depending on prior experience
    - During steady-state operation, shift work is not at all demanding (you can pursue hobbies, read a book, etc.)
    - Sounds cool to say you work there and you get a lot of cred
    - Gated parking lot next to facility
    - Urgent care and MIT Medical located on the other side of campus; 15 min walk
    - Tuition reimbursement program
    - 401k with 5% match
    - Subsidized public transportation
    - Subsidized health, vision, and dental insurance options
    - Paid vacation and sick leave

    Cons

    - Training to obtain operator license is very difficult for the average person; ~12 week program to learn everything there is to know from system schematics to proper response to all kinds of situations
    - Understaffed, not enough licensed people to split up shift coverage reasonably
    - Difficult to arrange time off if you are full time and are not on the day shift; you will need to convince someone on day shift to cover your shift
    - Some of the higher level management does not set a good example and can be demoralizing
    - Many licensed staff are looking for better opportunities elsewhere
    - Career plateaus at shift supervisor for the most part
    - Day shift is often poorly organized leaving extra work for the skeleton shifts afterwards
    - If you work during a skeleton shift (evenings and nights), you cannot leave to grab a meal
    - During non steady-state operation, work can be very demanding and you will likely not have an opportunity to grab a meal
    - Does not pay well if you have a degree from college
    - Pays less than the standard outside of university facilites
    - Working the off-shifts means that your performance review comes from someone not familiar with all the effort you put into the job
    - Yearly pay raises are based on an arbitrary ranking system where day shift employees carry a greater weight simply because they are around when the boss is around; full-time non-day shift employees fall through the cracks

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Hire more student operators
    - Encourage operators to continue on to become supervisors
    - Realize that putting extra strain on the skeleton shift personnel to cover open shifts on weekends is negatively impacting relations with day shift personnel

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  11.  

    Research Associate

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Cambridge, MA

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

    Pros

    Great community, will keep you hired

    Cons

    Pay lower than corporate counterparts.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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