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Pros
  • Good work life balance (pick a reasonable supervisor) (in 35 reviews)

  • I can work with smart people in a good facility (in 61 reviews)

Cons
  • 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. "Administrative Assistant II"

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant II in Somerville, MA
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant II in Somerville, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Free MBTA pass, which just started in September. Before that, there is the pension.

    Cons

    Abusive culture, staff members overload support staff with excessive work, with no opportunity for promotions. Low pay, 2% raise, expensive parking, expensive food. Staff members are protected, no matter how bad they treat you

    Advice to Management

    Stop the abusive behavior to your employees. HR learn how to pay support staff more money, since you offer no opportunity for growth.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Terrible Work Enviroment"

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    Current Employee - Associate in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Associate in Cambridge, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at MIT full-time

    Pros

    there are no pros to working here at MIT Professional Education

    Cons

    Management is terrible. They have no clue how to treat their employees. They expect more out of you than they give incentive to work harder. They cut you down at any chance they can get. Blame shift, while taking credit for the good things you accomplish.

    Advice to Management

    Taking some training on how to manage people. Stop being a hypocrite and make sure you do your job well first, before pointing fingers.

  3. "Communications"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Innovative work going at the University provides opportunities to learn.

    Cons

    Just a horrible place to work. Small, petty, insecure people pollute the culture. I wish I had never taken the job.


  4. "It is good place to work but the work pressure is more"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Cambridge, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Interaction with leading scientists in the world

    Cons

    High pressure work with poor work life balance


  5. "One such a hell to work in Gruss MRI center"

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    Former Contractor - Assistant Professor in Boston, MA
    Former Contractor - Assistant Professor in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at MIT as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    good place to work in Albert Einstein College at other places than MRI center.

    Cons

    I went to interview few years ago and there are individuals in the department, they are road block to everything, they make hell for you and give you bad reviews about you to their boss for not selecting you. Every year they advertise for positions for technicians, associates, post doc. this position was not filled because of them. I do not know why the director did not understand this. Please be aware that before applying there.

    Advice to Management

    Director of Gruss MRI must understand what is really going on there.


  6. "Awful, worst year of my life. I wish I had not accepted the job as it is now super difficult for my to explain why I ch"

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    Former Employee - Research Scientist in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Research Scientist in Cambridge, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Unlimited funding, campus has a lot of faciities, the city is beautiful, there is a lot of diversity on campus.

    Cons

    Horrible hours, no medical assistance, discrimination, theft in the workplace


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Worst Place Ever to Work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Compensation and benefits are decent.
    But NOT worth it.

    Cons

    Politics, politics POLITICS.
    You basically have to be married with kids or male to get any advancement.
    Very toxic work environment. Depends largely on the department, but I was working in a soul-crushing environment. It didn't matter how well you did your job, but if you make one mistake, hell hath no fury.
    No real training to speak of. We were expected to know the job on day 1.
    Management was not receptive to questions. Questions were met by answers of "I'm not going to tell you how to do your job" and "As the (insert job title here), you should know what to do."
    I wasted 6 years of my life here, and pretty much destroyed all my personal relationships in the process due to emotional/psychological breakdowns.

  8. "Research Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant At MIT in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant At MIT in Cambridge, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great education. Diligent and smart students. Good research resources. Plenty research related activities such as seminars, conferences, talks, etc.
    Great basic health care and maternity care.

    Cons

    Work load on research is very heavy. Exposed to high risk and high pressure but received very low compensation. Salary is not enough for sending an infant to a daycare center.

    Small working space.

    No dental insurance.


  9. "Good reputation, however, professors are too busy with business instead of teaching"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good reputation, good people to work with

    Cons

    Very competitive environment, very little attention from your advisor

    Advice to Management

    MIT is a great school, because it attracts the best talents around the world, however, the professors should pay more attention to people, instead of their business


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