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Updated April 22, 2017
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Pros
  • Good work life balance (pick a reasonable supervisor) (in 34 reviews)

  • I can work with smart people in a good facility (in 60 reviews)

Cons
  • Some people struggle with work/life balance (in 39 reviews)

  • Tough working environment with long hours (in 31 reviews)

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  1. "MIT Research Assistant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - MIT Research Assistant in Cambridge, MA
    Current Contractor - MIT Research Assistant in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great opportunity to work and study.
    Faculty and Admins at MIT care a lot about students and are extremely helpful accommodating your job with your classes.
    The work/life balance is incredible, if you count studying as life and if you're organized with your routine. Depending on your contract and the school you're working with you get paid hourly, or you get tuition plus stipend, or you get a percentage of your tuition covered. The more you get paid the more hours (up to 30 per week sometimes), you have to put in.

    Cons

    There are some busy, busy weeks, particularly at the end of each term. So it's crucial to plan ahead to balance your school work with your job.


  2. "Research Scientist"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    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 (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    great working environment, benefits are good

    Cons

    Great place, can't say cons

    Advice to Management

    need more increase of the salary


  3. "Library Assistant at MIT Libraries"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Library Assistant in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Library Assistant in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Knowledgeable and supportive staff set on innovation and improving user experience.

    Cons

    I found nothing negative about working here.


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  5. "Great place to intern"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Intern in Cambridge, MA
    Former Intern - Intern in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at MIT as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    They give interns real research projects and you can get plenty of help.

    Cons

    Minimum wage for many interns.


  6. "Marketing Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Exhibits Manager in Somerville, MA
    Former Employee - Exhibits Manager in Somerville, MA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at MIT full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    A laid back work environment with independence to write one's own agenda in years when budgets were relatively flush or stable. Good benefits package.

    Cons

    Upper management had difficulty sharing decision-making with stakeholder employees. Transparency seemed to be an issue which led to some employee confusion and an unfocused work environment.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to operate on your own here with minimal budgets.


  7. "Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    High impact research and leading institute in Engineering

    Cons

    There is almost no cons for my present job


  8. "Postdoctoral Associate"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Associate in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Associate in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work experience. Working with a great team and a collaborative environment. Doing both applied and fundamental research gives job satisfaction

    Cons

    Busy schedule with strict deadlines, multiple projects and reviews


  9. "IT consultant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - IT Consultant in Cambridge, MA
    Current Contractor - IT Consultant in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Relaxed enviroment, understanding managers. Great

    Cons

    Financial department can be very cheap at times.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Simply the best academic institution in the world!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at MIT full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    I did my Ph.D. at MIT, I was a post-doc afterwards, I worked at a startup for 5 years and now a research scientist again at MIT, total 15 years here and I'm still going... There are reasons:

    - You get to work with the smartest, most talented and motivated people in the world. There is no place like MIT to keep your brain working and to generate ideas that push the barriers of knowledge on a monthly basis!

    - There is great freedom in working on the problems that you like. Progress here is based on fueling the enthusiasm people already have to work on what they like and given that the institution/employer trusts the employees' abilities.

    - There is a really strong spirit of collaboration. One can get advice on anything from the world's best experts. A theorist can find someone (from an experimental group) to fabricate their structure, an experimentalist can find a theorist to simulate their design.

    - People are NOT competitive. Engineers and scientists here are low-key people, work on their problems, and have enough personal confidence (due to their abilities) they are doing well, so they are not complexed and are happy to see when others also succeed. (see though related negative below)

    - This is a great place to get acquainted with people that matter and will matter in this world. There are continuously events to learn about topics beyond your field and make useful contacts.

    - This is the place that has probably generated some of the most successful startups in the world. MIT entices people to form companies, and supports with services like a Technology Licensing Office, Venture Monitoring Service etc.

    - Amazing employee benefits:
       (a) MIT has its own retirement plan of 5%.
       (b) Matches 401(k) contributions up to 5%.
       (c) Quite good medical insurance with on-campus medical facility (this is really convenient!).
       (d) Free pass for all Boston public transportation!
       (e) Discounts on many things...

    - Great athletic facilities (multiple gyms, indoor/outdoor courts, pools).

    - Very social environment, which comes with the nature of a university and the presence of students around.

    Cons

    - Although (as mentioned above) you don't feel competition from other, the fact that everyone around you performs so well imposes quite a bit of stress on you from within that you need to do more and more. This can be quite frustrating at times, but it comes along with being around extremely capable people.

    - If one considers the skills and abilities of the employees here, salary is obviously extremely low relatively, compared to industry.

    - Since this is an academic institution, one often lacks the joy of seeing his/her work produce actual products that get into the market. It is also a personal choice how applied work one wants to do, but this is an academic institution, so basic science often comes first, as it should.


  11. "Teaching assistant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very nice and patient professor. Smart and hardworking students

    Cons

    Not really and cons. Professors are busy sometimes and do not reply very quickly.



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