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Updated February 24, 2017
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Pros
  • Finding a good work/life balance is encouraged (in 31 reviews)

  • Very smart people involved, and great network (in 58 reviews)

Cons
  • Some people struggle with work/life balance (in 39 reviews)

  • High pressure to perform, and long hours (in 30 reviews)

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  1. "Very smart people"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Smartest people in the world.

    Cons

    Standard stresses of academia: constant deadlines and fear of not getting a faculty position when its all over.


  2. "Very happy with MIT as an employer"

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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

    Pros

    Great environment, the cultural strongly supports employees, good opportunities, excellent pay

    Cons

    Depending on the department/lab/center you're in the culture can be very different.


  3. "Challenging, but opens doors"

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

    I have been working at MIT full-time

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities to work with the brightest people and resources
    Opens a lot of doors

    Cons

    Anti-social and high rate of depression due to intense competition


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  5. "Research Scientist"

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

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

    Pros

    great working environment, benefits are good

    Cons

    Great place, can't say cons

    Advice to Management

    need more increase of the salary


  6. "Departmental Politics"

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    Former Employee - Lab Technician
    Former Employee - Lab Technician
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, smart and talented coworkers, not micro-managed.

    Cons

    Departmental politics are stressful and affected funding.


  7. "Post-Doc"

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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 full-time

    Pros

    Great Research, Great People, Intellectually stimulating

    Cons

    Long working hours, lack of direction, certain faculty have poor management skills


  8. "Library Assistant at MIT Libraries"

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    Former Employee - Library Assistant in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Library Assistant in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Knowledgeable and supportive staff set on innovation and improving user experience.

    Cons

    I found nothing negative about working here.


  9. "Graduate Student"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MIT full-time

    Pros

    As you might expect, MIT has plenty of intelligent people, and no shortage of resources. Of course, details vary wildly between departments, labs, and advisors, so your mileage may vary.

    Cons

    Graduate student life can be quite isolating. While this issue is not MIT specific, it seems to be a bit more prevalent than other places. Some people struggle with work/life balance.

    Advice to Management

    As with any University, the lower levels of management might be quite different depending on which part of the institution you are in. Since graduate students are mostly "managed" by their labs/advisors, there's not much scope for more traditional kinds of management. If I had to give advice, it would be "don't bother the students too much", which in my experience they're pretty good at already.


  10. "Marketing Manager"

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    Former Employee - Exhibits Manager in Somerville, MA
    Former Employee - Exhibits Manager in Somerville, MA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    A laid back work environment with independence to write one's own agenda in years when budgets were relatively flush or stable. Good benefits package.

    Cons

    Upper management had difficulty sharing decision-making with stakeholder employees. Transparency seemed to be an issue which led to some employee confusion and an unfocused work environment.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to operate on your own here with minimal budgets.


  11. "Great"

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

    Pros

    They care about employees
    Great benefits

    Cons

    Turnover
    Easy to suffer from burnout



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