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Pros
  • Strong focus on work-life balance (in 17 reviews)

  • Working on cutting edge technology (in 25 reviews)

Cons
  • work-life balance is not the best (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. Post-doctoral Associate

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Fantastic non-salary benefits; fantastic Learning experiences; fantastic growth opportunities; fantastic colleagues; great environment to expand network; very knowledgeable supervisors/PIs and colleagues.

    Cons

    Low salary for post-doc in Cambridge. Very expensive to live here and essentially impossible to support a growing family.


  2. phd student

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    i work for myself. great office and resources available to facilitate with research activities, including libraries labs and more.

    Cons

    i also work for a great advisor who facilitates access to mit resources such as funding, other facultiy, libraries and labs.

    Advice to Management

    no particular advice to management whatsoever.


  3. Administrative Asistant

    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant/Customer Service Representative
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant/Customer Service Representative

    I worked at MIT full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    I love working with a lot of people especially faculty, stuffs and students at MIT. There are a lot of opportunity to improve our knowledge from small training to taking the class at the institute.

    Cons

    I worked at Massachusetts Institute of Technology for about 15 years. It's time for me to move to different place/job. The benefit is great but the salary is not.

    Advice to Management

    If they can give the employ good salary and also benefit, it would be great place for the people to work.


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  5. Excellent Employee

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

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

    Pros

    It is an excellent environment for research

    Cons

    relatively unbalanced work and life


  6. Elearning developer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The opportunity allowed me to explore and challenge what i had previously achieved with elearning.

    Cons

    There are no cons, it was an awesome and educational opportunity.

    Advice to Management

    None


  7. Graduate student

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    Current Employee - Graduate Student
    Current Employee - Graduate Student
    Recommends

    Pros

    Very supportive environment. Many resources to pursue a variety of careers

    Cons

    A lot of work and if you're not self-motivated it can be hard to finish in under 6 years


  8. Enjoyable

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    I was blessed with manygGreat opportunities

    Cons

    Did not experience much cons here


  9. PhD Program, OR Center

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    Current Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The PhD and MS programs at MIT's Operations Research Center have a very collaborative culture, with graduate students constantly sharing ideas, supporting each other, and teaming up on research projects. The faculty vary in their supervising styles, but students generally enjoy a good amount of autonomy. MIT provides excellent opportunities for entrepreneurship and business teaching, which is especially great for those interested in business academia or tech.

    Cons

    There are plenty of general cons to doing a PhD (in any field), but I can't think of anything specific to our program. Perhaps it is fair to say that some of the faculty are so successful, and overstretched, that students may get less face-time and direct mentorship than they might receive at other institutions. And as with any university / department, not all faculty get along and sometimes faculty politics can taint the advice students receive (e.g., who you are encouraged to collaborate with, whose courses you are counseled to take or avoid, etc).

    Advice to Management

    More could be done to educate PhD students about the nature of career opportunities in academia and industry, and to support long-term professional development and career-planning. The faculty seem to prefer their students seek academic jobs, and are not particularly knowledgable about non-academic options, which can result in somewhat unbalanced career advice and a divergence in goals between advisors and students.


  10. Great school

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at MIT full-time

    Pros

    The people, the resources, the people again

    Cons

    the cost (if you dont get finaid)

    Advice to Management

    Give more finaid and give the undergrads more freedom


  11. Postdoc at MIT

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The institution has great admin, they will always try to to help you out any way they can. They are pretty large though and you can expect some delays and emails bouncing around a lot. The institute has an awesome brand name and this will help you get your foot in the door or at least get people to read your resume and cover letter. Also there are unparallelled networking opportunities with many brilliant and motivated people, who are generally nice and oftentimes somewhat quirky. being in the middle of the Kendall Cambridge area helps a lot to meet new people and get in touch with the professional scientific and business community

    Cons

    The biggest negative is the same as in every other academic institution worldwide: you are at the grace of your supervisor, they wield all the power over your career. For most job prospects you require their cover letter and oftentimes their network to even get taken seriously by some employers. This con is obviously not unique to MIT, but despite all their values about student and postdoc right they not actively protect the mentees from their mentors enough, then it is necessary. Overall you are a small part in a big machine and you can get easily lost among the cogs.

    Advice to Management

    It would be radical but I strongly recommend to get rid of the tenure system and implement 360 feedback system. Tenure is horribly outdated, what is the point of tenure in todays world when really only the publication record and amount of funding really matter to administration. Overall there isn't a a big enough focus on the fact that profs are supposed to be mentors and actually care about their mentees' capabilities and prospects; getting feedback from students and postdocs would paint quite a different picture. They should also actually enforce the student and postdoc rights



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