MIT Lincoln Laboratory Reviews

Updated May 6, 2021

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Pros
  • "Work life balance, interesting work(in 54 reviews)

  • "A lot of interesting work with people who respect each other(in 33 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Flat organization tree of command means that group leads do not have power over the people under them(in 12 reviews)

  • "If you aren't among technical staff members you can be treated as a second class citizen(in 12 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year
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      Wonderful group of smart and caring people

      Jan 6, 2021 - Systems Administrator in Lexington, MA
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      Pros

      Great learning environment to develop one's professional career. Great team atmosphere and opportunities to collaborate. Truly unique problems to solve.

      Cons

      It demands a creative approach to adapt to limitations and regulations if you're not experienced in this arena. It's a pro for some.

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    2. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Love this place!

      May 6, 2021 - Engineer in Lexington, MA
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      Pros

      Motivates engaging and interesting problem solving.

      Cons

      Less opportunity for vertical growth.

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    3. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Good caring people.

      Apr 30, 2021 - Entry Level Assistant Technical Staff in Lexington, MA
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      Pros

      Everyone I work with is incredibly respectful, caring, and will go out of their way to ensure I have everything I need. Asking for help is not only expected but highly encouraged. You never have to go it alone. Great community. So long as you self-advocate, there will always be someone there to help you. Amazing place to learn. Great work life balance. The flexible schedule is also a huge plus.

      Cons

      The flat structure leads to 3 group leaders for anywhere between 50 and 100 staff. It may feel like there isn't much you can do in terms of career path. Despite this if you know what you want there will always be someone you can talk to who can help. Many of the groups feel a bit isolated and almost all of them are very different from the rest. Advice about navigating one group may not be universal. It can be easy to feel isolated if you just keep your head down and do your work. Without proper self-advocacy, you may feel left out or neglected by the leadership which is already stretched thin.

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    4. 2.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Depends on group and project

      Apr 13, 2021 - Assistant Staff in Lexington, MA
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      Pros

      Unique projects. Bright minds. Library support. Supercomputer. Opportunity to be creative. Most colleagues are genuinely helpful and collaborative.

      Cons

      Emphasis on selling something to the sponsor. Praise given to those who can sell a promise to the sponsor. Reprimanding given to those who admit and report bugs to the sponsors. Lots of misrepresentation and hand-waving with graphs and statistics. So much consciousness about one's "brand" and "image". Lack of true technical integrity. An environment where everyone is too afraid to appear incompetent. Weeks or months would go by where underlying problems do not get brought up. Honesty gets punished if it ruins the image they want to give off. Lack of transparency. Group leaders will just cancel your one-on-ones. Bullying and superiority complex among some colleagues. I would often hear the word "stupid" or "blind". Bias for those with military connections. Due to the prototyping nature, projects lack scalability and usability.

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    5. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Work-Life

      Apr 25, 2021 - Manager 
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      Pros

      Great work-life balance for parents

      Cons

      none that I can think of

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    6. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Great work environment

      Apr 22, 2021 - Software Engineer in Lexington, MA
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      Pros

      Friendly people and great collaboration

      Cons

      Potentially slower timelines but having many projects help

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    7. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      Overall good, but could use an update

      Feb 9, 2021 - Associate Staff 
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      Pros

      The Lab promotes collaboration and supports staff in learning new skills. Co-workers are smart and helpful. It is an excellent place to work if you have outside hobbies or a family, because of the 9-5 culture. The Laboratory has done a good job pivoting to remote working during the pandemic.

      Cons

      Organizational culture is outdated. Overwhelming majority of the management has been at MIT Lincoln Laboratory for their entire careers. Most senior management has been there for 25 years+, and they are not keen to change the way the Laboratory does things. For women in particular, I would suggest coming with a PhD, because without one- your career will progress slowly. If you don't view power point as a fundamental mechanism for communication, it may not be the place for you.

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    8. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Midpoint Between Academia and Industry

      Mar 24, 2021 - Assistant Staff in Lexington, MA
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      Pros

      Limitless opportunities to pursue unique research topics relevant to national security in a relatively flat organization. Excellent benefits package: 4 weeks vacation for staff, pension(!), 5% 401(k) match, great healthcare options, plenty of opportunities to advance your education

      Cons

      Criteria for promotion to subsequent staff levels isn't clear. Pay is low for the industry and pay raises are percentage based (3% is typical).

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    9. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Good Experience

      Apr 25, 2021 - Mechanical Engineering Intern in Lexington, MA
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      Pros

      Good experience for students and alot of opportunities outside of you own team.

      Cons

      Feels very not diverse and the problems you are working on are just not that exciting.

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    10. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Interesting Work, Government Salary

      Mar 2, 2021 - Assistant Technical Staff in Lexington, MA
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      Pros

      Excellent work-life balance (most people work ~40 hours/week max), interesting projects based in defense that you would never see otherwise, interdisciplinary work, support for learning new skills or experimenting with fields that interest you

      Cons

      Funded by the government, so wages will be significantly less than private industry. They also don't focus on retention for younger hires (bachelor's only) and provide little to no options for career progression unless you get a graduate degree.

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