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MIT Lincoln Laboratory Reviews

Updated May 14, 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. "Good people doing important work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at MIT Lincoln Laboratory full-time

    Pros

    Work with interesting, smart people. Opportunities to attend lectures and take internal classes on a variety of topics. Good work/life balance.

    Cons

    The culture can be arrogant in terms of our technical abilities. Need to make more of an effort to increase diversity.

    Advice to Management

    Steering committee should spend a few weeks to go and shadow industry leaders from places like Google, IBM... to see how they create a culture of innovation and dynamic work spaces.

  3. "Eh"

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    Former Employee - Assistant Staff
    Former Employee - Assistant Staff
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits are pretty good. Pretty stable job.

    Cons

    Experience is very group and division dependent. Work-life balance is very dependent on specific projects.

    Nearly impossible to move up if you are not full technical staff without going back for a PhD. Sometimes full staff with PhDs look down upon the assistant and associate staff who do not have PhDs.

    Group management is typically lacking. Everyone seems to like managing projects and being technical, but very few "people" managers.

    Sometimes opportunities to work on and lead projects totally depends on clearance level.


  4. "MITLL - review"

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

    I have been working at MIT Lincoln Laboratory full-time

    Pros

    - Meaningful work
    - Technically strong
    - Great benefits

    Cons

    - high-pressure working environment
    - too many works & spread thin


  5. "Intern"

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    Former Employee - Internship in Lexington, MA
    Former Employee - Internship in Lexington, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Challenging work environment. Lots to learn.

    Cons

    Very rigid management levels makes it hard to get promoted.


  6. "Not Great"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at MIT Lincoln Laboratory full-time

    Pros

    Compensation
    Encourage furthering education
    Lots of opportunities to go to trainings and conferences

    Cons

    Arrogant, indifferent, and closed culture
    Lack of direction
    Need clearance


  7. "MIT Lincoln Laboratory - Employer Review"

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    Former Employee - Principal Investigator and Project Leader in Lexington, MA
    Former Employee - Principal Investigator and Project Leader in Lexington, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at MIT Lincoln Laboratory full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Very Interesting work and a challenging environment.

    Cons

    There are limited financial opportunities

    Advice to Management

    Allow employees to capitalize on their inventions by sharing a larger percentage of royalties and by supporting/fostering the launching of dual-use and commercial ventures based on their inventions.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Review from someone in their mid-20s w/only a bachelor's"

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

    I have been working at MIT Lincoln Laboratory full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Academic nature of work/general freedom afforded to you. It is a 'traditional' work place in that there are yearly raises, strong benefits, and it seems like management encourages/supports their employees to actually further themselves professionally.

    Cons

    The freedom afforded to staff often means no one really wants to act as a manager, and therefore means some programs/projects suffer since no one is willing to crack the whip or push back to program sponsors.

    The lack of a manager or direct supervisor also means one can be pulled in many directions by different teams, and it ends up being your responsibility to manage your own time and priorities.

    Being traditional however, also means the laboratory is predominately white and male across the board. Management is taking steps to address, and is upfront about this in their yearly overviews to staff, but the pace leaves something to be desired.

    Additionally, this is not much of a con but a remark, the organization is very flat. You're unlikely to be promoted by that nature (no Staff I->Staff II->Staff III and etc), as promotions actually mean taking a big step in terms of responsibility. However, this should be kept in mind for someone just starting out, as it can be difficult seeing your peers advance in this way in other careers.


  9. "Great traditional workplace"

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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 5 years)

    Pros

    Strong technical support, great projects, stability, internal research

    Cons

    Slow and limited opportunity for advancement within Lab, limited distribution of work products for advancing career outside of Lab


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Diverse and interesting work for national defense"

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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 (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    * Continuous learning encouraged with opportunities galore
    * Diverse project landscape
    * Interesting and competent colleagues
    * Reasonable levels of self direction, and lateral moves within org are possible

    Cons

    * Performance assessment and pay raises very political
    * High pressure environment, sometimes too fast paced
    * Some groups have too many projects, people get spread thin supporting too many
    * Organization often accepts more $$/projects than it can reasonably execute well

    Advice to Management

    * Say no to programs the staff are not interested in supporting, there's probably a reason.


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