Massachusetts General Hospital Reviews

Updated March 24, 2015
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Massachusetts General Hospital President and Trustee Peter L. Slavin, MD
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Pros
  • GREAT experience, learned tons and great benefits (in 17 reviews)

  • Work-life balance is promoted, but you are treated like a small fish in a big pond (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • for a researcher, there is no work-life balance in general (in 5 reviews)

  • Might have to work long hours if you are in the research side (in 6 reviews)

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  1. I had a great experience - everyone was very helpful for me and allowed me to clarify my career goals.

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    Former Intern - Research Assistant in Boston, MA
    Former Intern - Research Assistant in Boston, MA

    I worked at Massachusetts General Hospital as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great people, great learning environment.

    Cons

    No real cons at this position.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think more face time with some "higher ups" would be great.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. Good stepping stone if on the academic track. Get out if you're going to industry.

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

    I worked at Massachusetts General Hospital full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Hard working people and many, many, postdocs, so there there are a lot of interesting discussions to be had and connections to be made. Cafeterias have good food, but not great. Several gyms nearby on either campus site. Great health care package.

    Cons

    The many research labs are sprinkled about the main hospital and the offsite MGH locations. I worked at the Navy yard, 149 building. The research facility is pretty big, but there is surprisingly little space for labs. A lot of cubicles in a cramped space. The research labs in our group were incredibly small, and by that I mean: If you wanted a 2x2 ft empty space to do an experiment, you'd have to reserve the space and argue with 3+ people.

    Salary was also below average for Cambridge/Boston postdocs, but that was more or less dependent on your lab.

    I recommend googling the MIT or Harvard Medical School salary schedules based on years of experience before accepting your offer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I can only speak for the lab I worked at. Although being quite well known, the lab culture was pretty boring. Not much talking and clearly no room for upward mobility. Several postdocs have been there for 4-5 years in the same position, some went on to "instructor" level for some more years which is basically a glorified postdoc.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful

    New patient coordinator

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    Former Employee - Patient Services Coordinator in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Patient Services Coordinator in Boston, MA

    I worked at Massachusetts General Hospital

    Pros

    Great benefits package,discounts to a lot of places. Number one hospital in the world.

    Cons

    A lot of managers have their "favorite" employees and only those employees get higher reviews, secretaries having affairs with doctors. Over worked and under paid.when you leave MGH will treat you like you never existed and not give you a good reference.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to treat everyone the same and stop with your favorite employees treatment. We all work hard and deserve to be treated equal! Stop over working people and under paying them!

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. Great experience

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    Former Contractor - Patient Observer in Boston, MA
    Former Contractor - Patient Observer in Boston, MA

    I worked at Massachusetts General Hospital as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great hospital to work and to learn New skills. The staff is very professional and I enjoy working with them. Great opportunities to work with extraordinary patients.

    Cons

    Per diem job with no benefit. No advance possibilities for this position. Long hours sitting when one on one situation and can be negative for your health.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. Great place to work the night shift; would not want to work there during the day!

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    Current Employee - Lab Technologist
    Current Employee - Lab Technologist

    I have been working at Massachusetts General Hospital (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Decent salary, lots of "love" from upper management (bonuses, letters of appreciation, holiday gifts, "MGH perks"...), satisfying work (lab), for night shift only: no crowds and free, prime parking access.

    Cons

    Driving through the Big Dig to get to work, occasional encounters with insects and rodents in the building, for day and evening shift: hospital is very crowded and parking is assigned, off-site, and expensive!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create opportunities for inter-departmental "field trips" to give employees insight and a better understanding of what goes on in other departments.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful

    If you're a fan of slavery I guess it's OK.

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Massachusetts General Hospital

    Pros

    Public transport nearby
    Whole foods
    I need twenty words in this section and I can't think of any more pros. Harvard Gardens does a good burger?

    Cons

    Dismal salaries. Your rent increases faster than your salary.
    Poor mentorship
    Treated like a slave
    Overinflated egos that need stroking
    Managers aren't trained to manage.
    No sensitivity in personal situations
    Profit driven

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. Great Place To Work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Massachusetts General Hospital

    Pros

    MGH is one of the premier hospitals in the nation. It is a great place to work. Wonderful benefits - especially healthcare. Lots of amenities - hair salon, scrubs shop, gift shop, day care centers, kids summer camp, museum, close to T

    Cons

    parking is off site and can be expensive

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful

    Great benefits, but there's no growth.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Massachusetts General Hospital full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Benefits are good.
    Commute is not bad.
    Most people are friendly.
    Most patients are great to work with.

    Cons

    No growth for certain positions
    Don't expect bonus or a raise
    Department is very important, some are good/ some not so good
    Poor management
    The hiring process is slow/ company is too big

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. Great experience, great company and initiative with large amount of resources.

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    Former Intern - Psychiatry Research in New York, NY
    Former Intern - Psychiatry Research in New York, NY

    I worked at Massachusetts General Hospital as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    People are always kind, easy to talk to and have great ideas.

    Cons

    Hospital environment can be stressful

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  11. Great benefits, but there's no growth.

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    Current Employee - Patient Services Coordinator in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Patient Services Coordinator in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Massachusetts General Hospital full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Benefits are good.
    Commute is not bad.
    Most people are friendly.
    Most patients are great to work with.

    Cons

    No growth for certain positions
    Don't expect bonus or a raise
    Department is very important, some are good/ some not so good
    Poor management
    The hiring process is slow/ company is too big

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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