The Broad Institute Reviews

Updated March 21, 2015
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The Broad Institute Director Eric Lander
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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. Great Place to get your foot in the door

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Broad Institute

    Pros

    Lots of incredible projects and research occurring here! Great ability for movement (with proper education) and competitive salaries!

    Cons

    Contract Employees are not eligible to receive benefits.

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  2. 1 person found this helpful

    Like a sandbox for life scientists

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

    I have been working at The Broad Institute full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    At the cutting edge of science. Equipped with nearly any resource you can think of to pursue your research aims. If not, surely someone in the vast Boston academic community will collaborate with you. Excellent benefits and perks. Great support staff (HR, immigration) for navigating the employment process.

    Cons

    As others have mentioned, a junior researcher can easily get swallowed up at the Broad. The organization's ethos of collaboration can lead one to be over-ambitious and thus over-stretched.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    While the organization strongly promotes and encourages work-life balance, in reality, especially for wet lab researchers, the underlying culture and demands are still those of the old school Northeastern institutions, where an 80-hour work week isn't unusual.

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  3. The Broad

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Broad Institute

    Pros

    Many smart people and interactions with MIT/Harvard labs, good funding, and some interesting large-scale projects.

    Cons

    Excessive arrogance, politics, bureaucracy, and inertia. Often feels like it's pretending to be a company, without the corresponding compensation.

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  5. Great place to work! Very driven and motivated atmosphere.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The Broad Institute

    Pros

    Good location, fun team and environment

    Cons

    Personal and professional growth opportunities, salary

  6. Really cool company. Interesting place. Nice atmosphere.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Broad Institute

    Pros

    Always really fascinating research going on.

    Cons

    family-friendly policies could be improved

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  7. Very stimulating environment

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    Current Employee - Post Doc in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Post Doc in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at The Broad Institute

    Pros

    A lot of chance of open discussions and opinion exchange

    Cons

    Less training opportunity for career development

    Recommends
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  8. Incredibly stimulating place to work

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    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at The Broad Institute

    Pros

    Some of the smartest, most accomplished coworkers I've ever come across

    Cons

    Don't come here if you don't like rapid learning and hard work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give people personal offices whenever possible -- quite as good

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  9. 1 person found this helpful

    High-impact science in a (sometimes) chaotic environment

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Broad Institute full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The opportunity to change the world. Great collaborative science where, for the most part, science is the most important aspect of the work. A great deal of independence is possible, enabling creative thinking. Successful people at the Broad tend to be more self-starters.

    Cons

    Figuring out how everything is organized. Sometimes not the most transparency in decision-making. Career development and advancement has always been an issue, which leadership seems to be working on, but progress is slow.

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  10. Great place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The Broad Institute

    Pros

    Fantastic people and great mentorship.

    Cons

    None that I observed in my time there.

    Recommends
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  11. Intellectual community w/ great resources

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at The Broad Institute as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    -very hardworking, bright people
    -open communication throughout the building

    Cons

    -efforts being put into building a stronger community / better culture

    Recommends
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