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Updated November 18, 2017
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Pros
  • Work / life balance seems like a high priority (in 43 reviews)

  • There are a lot of smart people there, and there is good work/life balance (in 24 reviews)

Cons
  • At least for System Administrators (and I believe most of the technical staff/researchers) prepare for SOUL-CRUSHING micro-management (in 9 reviews)

  • Flat organization means informal delegation of responsibility (in 8 reviews)

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  1. "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.


  2. "MIT Lincoln Laboratory"

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

    I have been working at MIT Lincoln Laboratory full-time

    Pros

    Very prestigious, cutting edge technology, interesting people, relaxed academic setting

    Cons

    Stagnant wages and outdated buildings

    Advice to Management

    Give larger raises to retain support staff

  3. "cutting-edge technology, retrograde people management"

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    Current Employee - Tech Staff
    Current Employee - Tech Staff

    I have been working at MIT Lincoln Laboratory full-time

    Pros

    Interesting, challenging projects and many smart people.

    Cons

    Interesting, challenging projects and many smart people only go so far if the culture rewards/ignores highly competitive, insecure, individualistic and/or lack good communication skills. Work gets stolen, peers sabotage each other in other ways to enhance their relative reputation or work out personal vendettas, tasks and expectations are often not communicated clearly and generally poor/rude behavior is tolerated.

    This is sad because Lincoln has tremendous potential, as an FFRDC without the same pressures in the private sector, to distinguish itself from industry as a leader in cutting-edge management as well as technology development.

    Advice to Management

    Actively promote and reward prosocial behavior. Make evaluations contingent on communication skills and teamwork abilities. Hire at least one manager per group that is paid to focus on the human element- career development, teamwork training and education, mediation to resolve problems that inevitably arise and general emotional and psychological well-being of the employees.


  4. "Business Program Manajer"

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    Former Employee - Business Program Manager in Lexington, MA
    Former Employee - Business Program Manager in Lexington, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Worked with some of the smartest people in the world.
    Worked on some of the most advanced technology in the world.
    Great group of people - some good friends

    Cons

    The value the organization assigned to my position was much lower than commercial industry assigns to a similar position. i.e. pay was low.

    Advice to Management

    See Cons

    MIT Lincoln Laboratory Response

    Oct 26, 2017 – Recruiting Manager

    Thank you for your comments and your long tenure. You have identified some pros that we hope are common to all employees. We continually work to address what you addressed as a con. It is... More


  5. "Data Analytics Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great exposure to a fast-paced, high-tech work environment
    Innovative work and technologies

    Cons

    Not the typical tech atmosphere, felt bureaucratic


  6. "Amazing place. Wish I could pick it up and move it to a more affordable environment."

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    Current Employee - Systems Administrator II in Lexington, MA
    Current Employee - Systems Administrator II in Lexington, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work life balance is fantastic. Tough but very interesting projects that change as needs change. Benefits are amazing. Great place to work.

    Cons

    Salary can’t compete with private sector. Housing in neighboring towns is extremely expensive. While projects do change, you may get stuck on a never ending one which gets boring.

    MIT Lincoln Laboratory Response

    Oct 26, 2017 – Recruiting Manager

    Thank you for your comments. We are pleased that you have experienced some significant positives in your work. The Boston market is on the expensive side and we work hard to keep our compensation... More


  7. "Associate Staff"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at MIT Lincoln Laboratory full-time

    Pros

    Highly intelligent workforce, demanding and interesting projects.

    Cons

    Salary is below industry, however benefits are excellent.

    MIT Lincoln Laboratory Response

    Oct 26, 2017 – Recruiting Manager

    Thanks for your insights. There may well be places where the salary could be higher but considering total compensation and opportunity, we try to be very competitive. Over the long run, Laboratory... More

  8. "I recommend working here"

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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

    Pros

    LL builds leaders where accomplishments are rewarded with responsibility. You can quickly work with sponsors, lead teams, complete technical work, and brief your work.

    Cons

    Promotions are hard to come by.

    MIT Lincoln Laboratory Response

    Oct 26, 2017 – Recruiting Manager

    Thank you for your comments. These are the outcomes we try to achieve. Hopefully you will continue to work with your manager and others to improve your chances of promotion. While the organization... More


  9. "Not understanding of disabilities"

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    Former Employee - Associate Member of Technical Staff in Lexington, MA
    Former Employee - Associate Member of Technical Staff in Lexington, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at MIT Lincoln Laboratory full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, bright people, interesting and fulfilling work.

    Cons

    I was told to look for work elsewhere because of disability related issues.

    Advice to Management

    Try not to just accommodate disabled persons, but actually understand their disabilities.

    MIT Lincoln Laboratory Response

    Oct 26, 2017 – Recruiting Manager

    While we are pleased that your three years here were interesting and fulfilling, we are sorry that we seem to have missed the opportunity to better deal with your situation. Hopefully you will... More


  10. "Electrical Engineering Intern"

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    Former Employee - Computer Engineering Intern in Lexington, MA
    Former Employee - Computer Engineering Intern in Lexington, MA
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    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at MIT Lincoln Laboratory (More than a year)

    Pros

    It had a great research-like environment that was low-pressure and conducive of learning. People were generally friendly and there were a decent number of opportunities to network with other interns.

    Cons

    The work is really hit or miss. I had a great time with what I worked on but another intern had nothing to do. If you are going to work here, you should make sure you have some idea of what you'll work on and where you'll fit before you agree, if possible.

    Advice to Management

    The program is great, keep doing what you're doing.

    MIT Lincoln Laboratory Response

    Oct 26, 2017 – Recruiting Manager

    Thank you for your comments. We are proud of our internship programs and happy that you a great time. It is recommended that students communicate with their managers to make sure that they are... More


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