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MIT Lincoln Laboratory Reviews

Updated August 15, 2018
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  • "Ladder system is painful, though many group leaders work the system for you" (in 11 reviews)

  • "At least for System Administrators (and I believe most of the technical staff/researchers) prepare for SOUL-CRUSHING micro-management" (in 10 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Cutting-edge research, focus on science/tech, not profits. Able to play real and useful role in addressing national security challenges.

    Cons

    Release review and other bureaucratic thickets can be frustrating.

    Advice to Management

    Create better management tools.

    MIT Lincoln Laboratory Response

    Nov 21, 2017 – Recruiting Manager

    Thank you for your comments and your long service. There is an inherent amount of bureaucracy that is necessary to administer the enterprise. Through management created committees, most procedures... More


  2. "New hire"

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    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Lexington, MA
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Lexington, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I started a month ago and I absolutely love the lab. Great people, benefits, and environment. I'm excited to be part of the team and look forward to decades with this organization.

    Cons

    None. I might feel different after my first winter in Massachusetts.

    Advice to Management

    I think you have done a fantastic job of creating an environment for self starters and my transition from a military career to the civilian workforce was seamless.

  3. "Leadership development programs"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at MIT Lincoln Laboratory full-time

    Pros

    MITLL has two Leadership development programs to help develop a skill set in Contracts or Finance, Great for any entry level college graduate

    Cons

    Utilize them more rather than allowing them to be "in" on the conversations in the room allow them to contribute. Consider college graduates as opposed to the workforce who has prior work experience. Throwing around the word intern as opposed to full time worker doesn't allow them feel apart of the MITLL community rather seen as a child in the work place

    Advice to Management

    Uplift and encourage, give incentive to stay, programs should be 1-2 years as opposed to 3+


  4. "Great Community"

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    Current Employee - Associate Technical Staff
    Current Employee - Associate Technical Staff
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interesting work focused on national-level programs and challenges. Community great overall - many nice, smart people and good opportunities to connect with people in other technical areas through technical seminars and interest groups. Hours generally extremely flexible in groups where work can be done remotely.

    Cons

    Management can be hit or miss, depending on your group. Management training for new tech team leads lacking, although training events are available for those motivated to attend. Managers not always quick to address problems, and in some cases don't seem aware of them before issues have escalated.


  5. "Supervisor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits, culture, flexibility, work / life balance!

    Cons

    Union issues. negative culture in service provider community.

    Advice to Management

    Let managers manage and Supervisors supervise!


  6. "Good place to start a career"

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    Current Employee - Associate Staff
    Current Employee - Associate Staff
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of interesting work here

    Cons

    Pay is not competitive compared to most of the tech industry


  7. "Great company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at MIT Lincoln Laboratory full-time

    Pros

    Amazing projects, friendly staff, works with cutting edge technology

    Cons

    Most positions require a security clearance.

  8. Helpful (4)

    "A throwback to poorly managed companies"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at MIT Lincoln Laboratory full-time

    Pros

    Employees seem to be very happy. They repeatedly smile and say "good morning", "hello", etc. to you multiple times each day. It's so much so, that their enthusiasm seems manufactured.

    Cons

    Meaningful internal communications seem to be completely absent. Limited folks have 1:1s with their managers. My manager virtually never speaks to me. A great cloud of secrecy seems to cover the place. If you have any progressive views of how a workforce should be managed, I highly recommend not working at MIT LL.

    Advice to Management

    HR practices seem to be stuck in 1962. The word outside MIT LL has changed a lot. Update your ways of handling employees and their challenges.


  9. "Technical Staff"

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    Current Employee - Technical Staff in Lexington, MA
    Current Employee - Technical Staff in Lexington, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Competitive salary, great benefits, fantastic work-life balance, intellectually stimulating.

    Cons

    Advancement can be extremely slow or non-existent if you don't want to move into management.


  10. "Must be in the "In Crowd""

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Lexington, MA
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Lexington, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Overall benefits and pension are great but base salary is low.

    Cons

    Promotions aren't given based on performance or quality of work. You must be in the right circle to survive.


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