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Updated January 28, 2015
Updated January 28, 2015
549 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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    HVAC Technician

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    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
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    Research Associate

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    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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    Good fun, bright people, lots of sports

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    Current Employee - Visiting Researcher in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Visiting Researcher in Cambridge, MA

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

    Pros

    Professors, level of research, people, freedom in time management, opportunities, business oriented minds, possibility of taking courses at Harvard and Sloan, many societies and clubs, great contacts, good fun overall

    Cons

    Groups focused on modelling don't really have great equipment in the laboratories, microscopy is not as good as at Oxford, both XRD and SEM is usually overbooked

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Good Community

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    Current Employee - Resource Sharing in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Resource Sharing in Cambridge, MA

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

    Pros

    Innovative, off-the-beaten path spirit, management (in my department) really does strive for transparency, staff feedback for major decisions (hiring leadership, changes to policy or space planning) are encouraged and solicited. Great people on staff: smart, friendly, supportive, for the most part love what they do. Just a great culture to be a part of.

    Cons

    This is academia, so if you want to move forward, you pretty much wait for someone to a.) leave or b.) retire. I've only been here for about 2 years so maybe I'm impatient, but yes, I am frustrated that in that time, no attainable opportunities for promotion have opened up.

    Also, the campus is dotted with really ugly sculptural art. It's like, REALLY ugly. Why??

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Undergraduate Research

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    Current Employee - Undergraduate Researcher in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Undergraduate Researcher in Cambridge, MA

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

    Pros

    Easy to get funding, learn a lot, can actually contribute to substantial and meaningful projects

    Cons

    Might end up not contributing very much actually, can be stressful to do research as well as classes

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Surrounded with brilliant people in an amazing locale.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MIT

    Pros

    environment, peer group, opportunities outside of work

    Cons

    easy to lose sight of personal goals

  8.  

    MIT Postdoc program

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

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

    Pros

    great place to work and grow

    Cons

    So far, there is none

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    fantastic place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    great work/life balance; smart, enthusiastic co-workers; most holidays; great boss; reasonable hours

    Cons

    pay is not the most competitive

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Really enjoyed my time here.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at MIT as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great place to work. Really smart, hardworking people who do the best they can to deliver the best result. Good work is acknowledged and appreciated. The people are friendly and readily work as a team, supporting and helping each other.

    Cons

    There are a lot of decisions by committee. It can be difficult to get decisions made because of the number of opinions taken into account.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11.  

    Great exposure to smart people who are looking to change the world.

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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

    I worked in a lab in which the advisor is very hands off and allows independent exploration. The lab is doing incredible work in areas with high impact (autism, visual impairment) and the advisor does a great job finding applications for research. Very friendly lab, fun people who care about life as well as work.

    Cons

    Academia obviously does not compensate as much as industry. Experiences are very lab-dependent, so others may have not had such positive experiences.

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