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MIT Lincoln Laboratory Reviews

Updated September 21, 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. "Teaching Assistant Position Was Fantastic"

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    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant in Cambridge, MA
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    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    This job was really fulfilling. Teaching the next generation of engineers how to program was a blast, the networking opportunities were fantastic, and I learned a lot on the job.

    Cons

    Long hours wore me out at the end of the week, but that was my own fault. No one is required to work longer than 8 hours a day, which is a plus for some. Same food was served for lunch each day.

    Advice to Management

    I have none. The camp was run really well.

  3. "Summer Intern Experience"

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    Former Employee - Intern in Lexington, MA
    Former Employee - Intern in Lexington, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Very friendly and compatible engineers
    -Had guidance and assistance whenever I needed it
    -Work on challenging problems

    Cons

    -nothing in particular I can think of (commute was far from Boston?)


  4. "great work environment"

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    Former Employee - Assistant Staff in Lexington, MA
    Former Employee - Assistant Staff in Lexington, MA
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    worked on a lot of cool projects and got to work with many different people, flexibility to switch projects / groups, flexible work environment, great benefits

    Cons

    difficult to move up without getting an advanced degree


  5. "Great Summer Intern Experience"

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    Former Employee - Summer Intern
    Former Employee - Summer Intern
    Recommends

    Pros

    Invests in its interns, numerous resources, mentorship, great company, self-driven work

    Cons

    Commute, lack of communication

    Advice to Management

    Reaching out to a greater intern pool - a lot of people don't know about this opportunity.


  6. "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+


  7. "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.

  8. "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


  9. "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.


  10. "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.


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