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Updated September 25, 2017
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  • Some people struggle with work/life balance (in 41 reviews)

  • Long hours when combined with research and classes (in 31 reviews)

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  1. "Great Job"

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    Former Employee - Reactor Operator in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Reactor Operator in Cambridge, MA
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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at MIT part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great community and benefits. Amazingly inspirational

    Cons

    Low Pay relative to CoL. Salary could be more competitive.


  2. "Great place"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MIT full-time

    Pros

    401K matching up to 5%. Generous on vacation and paid leave.

    Cons

    None. I just like my job.

  3. "Lifeguard and Swim Instructor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MIT part-time

    Pros

    Amazing people, facility, and hour flexibility.

    Cons

    Can sometimes be difficult to pick up enough hours.


  4. "Best Places to be at!"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Cambridge, MA
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    Positive Outlook

    I worked at MIT (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Very caring research staff
    - The project manager is extremely polite and learned woman
    - The CTO is really talented and polite
    - The staff at the lab treat you like a friend
    - Best opportunity with international team
    - At Kendell Square, MIT the environment is really nice for students
    - Professor running the lab is humble and nice person!

    Cons

    None that i know of.

    Advice to Management

    - Must enable students to do Thesis with them by assigning best modules to work on


  5. "Research at MIT is a rewarding experience"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great opportunity to discover cutting-edge technology at MIT. Interact with the brightest minds in the world. Able to work under the high pressure.

    Cons

    Sometimes you might feel overwhelming and it's a school environment, not realistic.


  6. "Not all pockets of MIT are the same."

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

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

    Pros

    Overall there is a very passionate culture among the community that is very positive.

    Cons

    Professional development of staff is not prioritized.

    Advice to Management

    Providing more resources for staff will reduce turnover and thereby benefit faculty and students.


  7. "for grad students"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MIT full-time

    Pros

    reputation, nice city, good environment

    Cons

    long hour working, both weekend

  8. "Global Education"

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

    I have been working at MIT full-time

    Pros

    The students are wonderful to work with.

    Cons

    Always need to do more with the same amount of time. Very demanding


  9. "MIT Postdoc"

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Cambridge, MA

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

    Pros

    - Great intellectual group.
    - Collaboration opportunities.

    Cons

    - Too big.
    - Limited interaction on campus.


  10. "Postdoctoral Associate at MIT Energy Initiative"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Associate in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Associate in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Boundless opportunities for learning and expanding your professional network, brilliant and motivated people everywhere. Bein part of MIT also opens opportunities to collaborate widely around the world.

    Cons

    Some lack of structure and accountability, postdocs are usually paid little, especially in basic science.

    Advice to Management

    Streamline administration, provide principal investigators with voluntary means to be supervised and be accountable.


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