The Broad Institute

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The Broad Institute Reviews

Updated November 23, 2014
Updated November 23, 2014
77 Reviews
3.8
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The Broad Institute Director Eric Lander
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • work/life balance is good for those who don't want to advance in their careers (in 6 reviews)

  • flexibility , learning, friendly, collaborative, cutting edge, state of the art equipment for scientists (in 8 reviews)


Cons
  • Unclear career path for staff researchers, the organizational structure is quite flat (in 5 reviews)

  • No clear objectives or room for improved compensation (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    Unparalleled place to do science

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Graduate Student in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Graduate Student in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at The Broad Institute full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Creative colleagues
    Resources
    Visionary leadership
    Mentorship from senior scientists
    Community is strong
    Access to program-wide platforms

    Cons

    Exit opportunities can be unclear depending on your role since the organization is unique.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great learning expereince

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at The Broad Institute full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Start-of-the-art facility, top scientists to work with, exciting science

    Cons

    No clear career path for research scientist

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better defined career path, options for promotion.

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

    good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Research Associate
    Current Employee - Senior Research Associate

    I have been working at The Broad Institute full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    flexibility , learning, friendly, collaborative, cutting edge, state of the art equipment for scientists

    Cons

    No upward movement, promotions are rare, lacking transparency.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    create more upward mobility

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Dysfunctional management and senior leadership

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Broad Institute full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    work/life balance is good for those who don't want to advance in their careers. The ones that do need to pick up their slack and compensate for the ones working from home or not pushing hard enough. The impossibility to fire someone makes it very nice for people who don't want to work too hard or have no ambitions. Great place if you want a safe and relaxed environment to vegetate.

    Cons

    Doesn't move. Very slow. Salaries significantly below market average. Management is non-existent. No manager has any training in actual management and handle important situations very poorly. Senior management has a very narrow (and aging) view of where the institute could be. Promotions are rare and not transparent. No bonuses or incentives to work harder than others. Huge disparity between different departments. Needless to say all the top minds it attracts, keep leaving every year except for the (aging) senior leadership.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire real managers. Invest in your employees and create good career paths for those who want to push the limits.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great experience

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Broad Institute

    Pros

    Good community, many fantastic benefits, awesome time working with others

    Cons

    Difficulty interacting with all workers, not many company wide events, many students cycling in and out

  7.  

    Exciting place for new science

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Graduate Trainee in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Graduate Trainee in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at The Broad Institute full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    We have access to all the latest technologies, and the group leaders are constantly pushing to expand our knowledge of human disease. Plus all of the projects are aimed at solving a problem that humanity faces, which makes the boring parts of the job easier to get through.

    Cons

    To my knowledge there is not much room for advancement among staff scientists, the pay is relatively low compared to nearby companies, and the large number of upper-management employees can make getting small things done overly complicated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improving career advancement/networking opportunities for trainees would be awesome.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Be prepared to be self-motivated, little guidance or development

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Broad Institute full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The Broad offers a stimulating environment with very brilliant scientists and staff. Training is self-oriented, and self-directed. It has a flexible schedule, and strong work/life balance in most cases. It is a dynamic and creative atmosphere.

    Cons

    Many scientists are too busy on their own projects to manage their staff effectively (many of whom don't even receive reviews at the highest levels). The gains in flexibility can put a commensurate drag on everyone. Reporting structures often make no sense. Development at Broad is rare and promotions are also few and far between. Many job families are outdated and do not reflect actual jobs since the split from MIT in 2008 (!!). The growth of the organization has outpaced its structure for strong personnel management and management training.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    All the positive things about the Broad can become negatives very quickly (WFH days, flex schedules and other perks can cause workflow bottlenecks, and force others to pick up the slack for those not in the office regularly.) Strong management is needed, as well as training for scientists in management if the institute is going to grow at its current rate.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Satisfaction, resources, efficiency, etc. are highly dependent upon what department you work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at The Broad Institute full-time

    Pros

    There are a lot of 'toys' and equipment here. I've had a lot of experiences with disparate biology and technologies. There are also some departments that are thriving.

    Cons

    In my particular department, there have been many layoffs, a ridiculous reorganization, and lack of support. Loss of grant(s) have caused a significant downsizing in staff. Unfortunately, there has not been a similar downsizing in the scope of projects or equipment required. With no money, the result is a lot of broken (sad) equipment without service contracts and a very overworked staff with no guidance, oversight, support, or working resources. Morale is exceedingly low and people are actively fleeing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    A very unique Environment

    Former Employee - Automation Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Automation Engineer in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at The Broad Institute full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The lab culture is a mix of professional and laid-back, and each floor is different.
    Some of the brightest minds work here, and there are great resources, IF you can figure out how to best access them.
    Excellent benefits package

    Cons

    Fairly high turnover rate for employees.
    Sort of wasteful: not a lot of thought goes into reducing labware usage, carbon footprint, recycling, etc.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11.  

    Great culture

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Process Development Associate II in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Process Development Associate II in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at The Broad Institute full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    It was a such a fun work environment because everyone I worked with was under 30 and liked to go out. The job was always evolving to the next technology, which was also a lot of fun, playing with new expensive robots and machines other places couldnt afford

    Cons

    There wasnt a lot of room for advancement. The pay was decent but not great. The politics were intense. Management was mostly hired internally so ppl didnt have the adequate experience to handle managing a team, esp of peers.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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