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Updated August 11, 2017
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  • Some people struggle with work/life balance (in 41 reviews)

  • Long hours when combined with research and classes (in 31 reviews)

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  1. "Project assistant"

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    Current Employee - Project Assistant in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Project Assistant in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Has a lot of advantages and more experience.

    Cons

    It's been good so far and I haven't faced any negative or bad challenges.


  2. "Nice environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA

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

    Pros

    - Excellent research environment
    - Scope to learn new things with so many large smart people around.
    - Flexible work hours

    Cons

    - shared and small office spaces
    - salary is less considering cost of living of the area and industry rate

  3. "Solid Institution"

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant II in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant II in Cambridge, MA
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at MIT full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Stability, 401k, Pension, Ample Vacation and Sick time.

    Cons

    Low pay, politics, low salary ceiling, poor upward mobility.


  4. "Money vs. Interest"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Associate in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Associate in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours
    Pursue the research topic of interest

    Cons

    Very low salary
    Not-modern labs and equipment

    Advice to Management

    Increase the salary!


  5. "MIT Research Scientist"

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    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at MIT full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Its the hub of science in the world.

    Cons

    Too much stress, too much competition, low salary


  6. "Postdoc associate"

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Associate in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Associate in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good environment for research and learning. Depends on PI. In my case, PI supported education as well.

    Cons

    Some PIs are too busy. People who work independently will take more benefit.


  7. "Amazing place!"

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    Current Employee - Undergraduate Researcher in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Undergraduate Researcher in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    So many smart people and drive

    Cons

    Sometimes too much theory and not enough application

  8. "High power system engineer"

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    Former Employee - High Power Systems Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - High Power Systems Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at MIT full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great science, wonderful and brilliant people. Good resources. Exciting scientific projects. Great opportunity

    Cons

    Very little negative . Facilities are older but that is expected for phyisics, high energy experiments. The pay is somewhat lower then industry


  9. "Wordpress Developer"

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    Current Contractor - Wordpress Developer in Cambridge, MA
    Current Contractor - Wordpress Developer in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at MIT as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    very flexible
    smart and talented people
    very friendly

    Cons

    constantly changing expectations
    not a lot of support from other departments


  10. "Research Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant At MIT in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant At MIT in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at MIT full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good inclusive environment for everyone minorities and international students,
    Under the stress valuable Friendships are formed and friends become family,
    lots of Resources

    Cons

    The professors have the absolute power for a long-term torture commitment where a students life is completely ruined based on the professor's agreement to sign his thesis.

    If a project runs out of funding the student is the one who goes through the struggle finding other sources

    Some professor are manipulative and abusive verbally

    Advice to Management

    There has to be some supervision on professors attitude with their students


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