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Updated June 6, 2017
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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 60 reviews)

Cons
  • Some people struggle with work/life balance (in 40 reviews)

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

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  1. "Wordpress Developer"

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    • Senior Management
    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


  2. "PhD student"

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    Current Employee - PhD Student in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Smart collaborators. So many resources.

    Cons

    Have to manage your own stress levels.

  3. "Research Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant At MIT in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant At MIT in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    As a student, having the opportunity to work as a research assistant through your program is extremely useful. Not only does it provide additional work experience and learning opportunities but having a monthly stipend makes your time as a student much more manageable.

    Cons

    You have to take time out of your studying schedule to work.


  4. "Postdoctoral Associate Review"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Prestige (MIT's brand is one of the best)
    - Colleagues are extremely smart and are either well on their way to become, or already are, leaders in their respective fields
    - Strong entrepreneurial spirit, and multiple opportunities for securing seed funding for ventures

    Cons

    - Work-life balance is non-existent
    - Facilities constantly under construction which leads to a lot of noise pollution/can make concentration difficult
    - Faculty extremely overworked, and routinely neglect to fulfill their career development and mentorship duties for their students and post docs

    Advice to Management

    For the sake of MIT's future alumni, provide additional leadership, communication, and management training for faculty, and make this training compulsory every few years. This would help address one of the many problems faced by students and post docs, since many faculty are great researchers but are not effective mentors and group leaders.


  5. "IT Specialist"

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

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

    Pros

    intelligent colleagues,flexible with working hours

    Cons

    May get boring a times in time


  6. "Academic environment"

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

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours, good benefits, intelligent colleagues

    Cons

    Much like being in grad school again


  7. "Great place to be a graduate student."

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    Current Employee - PhD Student in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at MIT full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Excellent resources for research and professional growth.

    Cons

    The graduate community is not very strong despite the large number of graduate students.

  8. "Researcher"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    Pay, Work, Hours, People, Fun

    Cons

    May get boring a times due to work speed.


  9. "Postdoc"

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

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

    Pros

    very flexible with working hours

    Cons

    not a very competitive salary


  10. "Great PhD"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at MIT full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Amazing Research Centers, Great Advisors

    Cons

    Very few cons, except the ones well known in academia (some stress)


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