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Updated July 2, 2015
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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. Research Assistant

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MIT full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    I get paid to get a PhD

    Cons

    It is not exactly a 9 to 5 type job.


  2. Research Assistant

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MIT

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Big name, very good for academic career

    Cons

    Hard working, long time low pay


  3. MIT

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MIT

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    MIT has a strong alumni network, a lot of big and small companies come to campus during career fairs, a lot of funding and solid academics

    Cons

    MIT is not humanities focused, and it can be extremely intense and fast paced with coursework, extracurricular activities, sports, and other interests.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on being more aware of the mental health of students, improve the advising system and maybe facilities as well.


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  5. postdoctoral scholar

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Scientist in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Scientist in Boston, MA

    I worked at MIT full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Fantastic work environment with many brilliant people and enthusiastic coworkers.
    The facilities are top-notch and span surface science, electron microscopy and microfabrication.

    Cons

    It is in Boston. While the MIT faculty and staff are great, MIT is located in Massachusetts which is unfortunate. Perhaps MIT could be relocated to a more friendly place, like Florida!


  6. General

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

    I have been working at MIT full-time

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefit if you are pay by MIT (postdoc assco.)
    Surrounding by most brilliant mind.

    Cons

    Did not get pay well enough.


  7. Graduate student assistantship

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MIT

    Pros

    The exact salary differs from department to department. Ours are enough for comfortably living in the greater Boston area.

    Cons

    Obviously a grad student salary is not going to help with saving or paying off student loan.


  8. Great place to work & learn

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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 a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    World-class research, world-class people & minds.

    Cons

    As a postdoc/research scientist, can be isolated, but that's a problem with all places.


  9. Good place to study

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

    I have been working at MIT (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good place to study with good and smart person.

    Cons

    High living cost to live


  10. MIT Graduate Student

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at MIT

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    One of the best places to be

    Cons

    -can be intimidating when new to the institure


  11. The Best Institute of the world

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

    I have been working at MIT (Less than a year)

    Pros

    great environment and smart people around you. Nice staff and faculties. A lot of new opportunities.

    Cons

    Too many chances and it's easy to be distracted. Too many talents and you will feel yourself too normal.



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