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Updated June 10, 2014
Updated June 10, 2014
22 Reviews
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  1.  

    Very high expectations in limited timeframes

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

    I worked at The Broad Institute full-time

    Pros

    The salary and benefits are very competitive. The organization treats their staff very well. Was voted one of the top 100 places to work in Boston three years in a row. Lots of perks.

    Cons

    Many managers are driven by the concept of perfection. That is an inspiring notion, but their definition of perfection changes frequently. Many, many people in leadership positions are involved in all levels of work, so there is often an overload of inconsistent feedback.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust your employees more. They are extremely competent professionals.

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  2.  

    The Broad Institute -- amazing place to work

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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 for more than 5 years

    Pros

    the people, the benefits, the vision, attention to employee needs, extremely collaborative, very innovative, on the cutting edge, really making a difference in scientific knowledge and medicine, straddle academia and industry, affiliations with Harvard and MIT

    Cons

    There are so many great initiatives at the Broad that the possibilities to contribute are endless. Thus, it is imperative to define focus and achieve. lots of meetings

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    Excellant

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    Former Employee - Facilities Assistant  in  Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Facilities Assistant in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at The Broad Institute full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great professionals team. Very positive environment. Made you work as hard as they were trying to solve cancer, and many other diseases. Still miss my team.

    Cons

    My job was outsourced to a security company. Would have liked to keep my position.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Always available

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  5.  

    Great Place to work with, slow career development.

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    Current Employee - Research Associate II  in  Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Research Associate II in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at The Broad Institute full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Encourages you to interact with other scientist and talk shop in order to foster potential collaborations.

    Cons

    More academic focused versus Industry focused.

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    A brilliant crop of scientists working on problems worth solving.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The Broad Institute

    Pros

    Flexible hours, interdisciplinary work, cutting-edge equipment, a wide selection of technical and scientific challenges. Leadership is heavily visionary (which is both a pro and a con, depending on your temperament).

    Cons

    The company is scattered amongst multiple buildings and even within buildings teams are quite heavily silo'ed -- the left hand often does not know what the right hand is doing. Professional/career development requires a tremendous amount of initiative to pull off -- resources are there, but are not always easy to find/access. Leadership is heavily visionary (which is both a pro and a con, depending on your temperament).

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    A great springboard, a horrible ladder

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    - Top tier research, big ideas, well funded (relative to academia), a culture of enthusiasm
    - Great benefits and location
    - Looks very good on resume

    Cons

    - Junior staff frequently used as a cogs to serve massive projects for which they will receive negligible acknowledgement.
    - Almost zero room to move up. A case of the have's (grant/program heads) and have nots (grunt work scientists).
    - Although well funded, most money is tied up in big government programs, expect nothing to go toward your own ideas.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Realize that 17th author on a Nature paper is close to nothing for a young investigator. Reward junior and middle tier staff with real prospects/money or freedom.

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  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work, though increasing levels of hieararchy are getting in the way of things

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

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

    Pros

    -MIT and Harvard affiliation
    -Cutting edge technology
    -Great benefits package

    Cons

    -Too much management overhead
    -Lots of efforts within organization are being doubled or even tripled due to inefficient grant & funds management
    -Increasing internal competition over grants
    -Not enough collaboration within organization
    -Engineering salaries are far below industry standard

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Focus on organization-wide platforms to centralize the sharing of scientific data and improve the cross-pollination between projects and groups.
    -Pay more competitive salaries to stop brain-drain. A lot of good people have left due to structural inefficiencies and lackluster salaries.

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  9.  

    Great for personal growth

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

    I have been working at The Broad Institute full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Many workshops almost everyday on biology and computer science. Great for those looking for learning opportunities. Awesome location and building. Vibrant environment. Smart people. Very good work/life balance.

    Cons

    Lower pay for software engineers compared to private sector. One can feel the academic inefficiency at times compared to product development groups in private sector.

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    IT is quite inefficient.

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  10.  

    Not a bad place to work

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    Former Employee - Associate Accountant  in  Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Associate Accountant in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at The Broad Institute as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    The pay
    Coworkers
    Location- naer the T
    Lots of food

    Cons

    Some managers can be VERY rigid

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lead by example

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  11.  

    Incredible

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    Former Employee - Research Intern  in  Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Research Intern in Cambridge, MA

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

    Pros

    Great environment, wonderful research, clean, professional, beautifully renovated. An absolute dream for every wet-lab scientists. I look forward to working somewhere half as good someday.

    Cons

    Many buildings spread around, difficult to get around sometimes. Rather cramped when I was there, but they opened new labs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire me again!

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