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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. "PhD student, chemical engineering"

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

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

    Pros

    Great people. The majority of people you will meet and work with will be awesome.
    Access to learning: there are ALWAYS opportunities to learn stuff. There are tons of seminars every day, plus clubs. Also, depending on what your status is, there are courses for free (open courseware) or for pay.
    I was lucky to meet President Reif once, and he was on my friend's thesis committee, and we both have positive things to say about him. He's great! smart, supportive, warm.

    Cons

    My advisor and I were a bad match, but by the time I figured that out, it was too late to change advisors. Also, it's somewhat difficult to change advisors anyway.
    My labmates started out pretty great, but then the group deteriorated over time. In particular, there were a lot of people speaking Mandarin in the lab, which is fine except that I don't speak it, which led to a very isolating experience.
    Also, some labmates did some unethical things, and there was effectively no negative consequences to them for their actions, even though the advisor was informed. Those events tend to lead to a demoralizing and mistrustful culture. I stopped talking to most of my labmates for the last 2 years of my PhD.

    Advice to Management

    Make it easier to change research groups.


  2. "MIT DMSE"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great place, where cutting edge science is going on

    Cons

    None at this point, MA is really cold if you are not used to the climate


  3. "Research Assitant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good experience;
    You learn a lot and the project is very challenging;
    get prepared for the future career.

    Cons

    Need to keep a good relationship with your adviser;
    You have to be responsible for your project and sometimes no one can really help you;
    Need to do heavy course work at the same time


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  5. "Excellent"

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

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

    Pros

    Boston/Cambridge, Lots of freedom and support

    Cons

    Fast environment, can be stressful at times

    Advice to Management

    Don't change anything, great university.


  6. "PhD Students"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - PhD Graduate Student in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - PhD Graduate Student in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Collaborative environment, TONS of great benefits, including many entrepreneurship mentoring services. MIT seems to want nothing more for every student to go and start their own company.

    Cons

    Puts research faculty in administrative roles for which they are not qualified. Too much bureaucracy. Can be very stressful to be around so many smart and hardworking people.

    Advice to Management

    What would be wrong with having professional administrators, CEO types, run the show instead of physics professors


  7. "An Amazing Company with Great Work Culture"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - At the MIT Media Lab in Cambridge, MA
    Former Intern - At the MIT Media Lab in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great faculty with lots of helpful training tools
    Premier location in Cambridge and great benefits
    Access to lots of great events and a great learning environment around the campus
    Many more perks of working for a leader in worldwide innovation

    Cons

    Parking in traffic can be bad, but its really close to public transport

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work and keep innovating while sustaining the excellent talent you have. The faculty I've worked with were all very motivated and an awesome team, and I only have great things to say about my time working there.


  8. "postdoctoral associate"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    interdisciplinary environment, excellent medical coverage, good postdoc association, representation, events, networking. great opportunities to network with neighboring biotechs and pharmaceutical companies.

    Cons

    the only con I can think of is not an MIT flaw, but rather the poor compensation of postdocs in general.

    Advice to Management

    raise the postdoc compensation so as to allow people to live semi-comfortably in the boston area.


  9. "Excellent place for graduate students"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Stipend is competitive; tons of resources and opportunities for academic and personal development. Excellent research environment; everyone you meet is highly competent.

    Cons

    Narrow range of disciplines compared to many other universities; takes an effort to find people outside of the engineering/math/science fields. Cambridge is relatively expensive to live in.

    Advice to Management

    Would like to see more graduate student-focused collaboration between Harvard and MIT.


  10. "A great place to work"

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

    I worked at MIT (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Benefits are excellent. Vacation and other policies are generous.
    Work-life balance is valued. Lots of resources available.
    People care about what they do, and care that those around them are comfortable and productive.

    Cons

    Systems can be unnecessarily bureaucratic. It can be difficult to find and engage resources.
    Salaries perhaps lower than elsewhere for comparable work.

    Advice to Management

    Find ways to cut through the bureaucracy so that employees feel part of a team. Work-life balance is valued but this must stay a priority to really work over time.


  11. "graduate student"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at MIT (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    best science in many of the fields

    Cons

    enormous pressure on producing results

    Advice to Management

    make better working environment for students


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