MIT Reviews

Updated October 15, 2014
Updated October 15, 2014
497 Reviews
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497 Reviews
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MIT President L. Rafael Reif
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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 24 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.  

    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
  2.  

    MIT

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    • Senior Management
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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
  3.  

    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

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  5.  

    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
  6.  

    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

  7.  

    MIT is a good place to work.

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  8.  

    Immense resources, great people

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Graduate Student in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Graduate Student in Cambridge, MA

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

    Pros

    Being a graduate student at MIT opens a lot of doors. Some professors are loaded with research funds, so it's a great environment for intellectual discovery. Also, if you want to make a startup, MIT is the place to be.

    Cons

    Very isolating experience, research is often frustrating and fruitless. You basically live for the small moments of success.

    Also inconsistent access to some opportunities between different labs, particularly in regards to internships. Internships are really helpful for post-graduation employment, but some (most?) professors really hate them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There should be a institute wide policy on access to internship opportunities for graduate students.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    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.

  10.  

    Research Assistant

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Excellent facilities and tons of opportunities both in academia and industry.

    Cons

    Things can become very narrow at times, but this really depends on the advisor and the student.

  11.  

    Great people, excellent facilities.

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    Current Employee - Post Doctoral Associate in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Post Doctoral Associate in Cambridge, MA

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

    Pros

    Diverse scientific community, stimulating working environment.

    Cons

    Can be competitive and difficult to balance work/life.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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