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Updated May 23, 2018
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Pros
  • Good work life balance (pick a reasonable supervisor) (in 38 reviews)

  • Plenty of smart people to interact with (in 71 reviews)

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  1. "Postdoc"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MIT full-time

    Pros

    Great intellectual environment, interesting courses

    Cons

    Competitive, stressful, not a very good work life balance


  2. "Great company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    no complaints, great benefits and people

    Cons

    some red tape when it comes to vacation time

  3. "Worthwhile experience"

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    Former Employee - UROP Student
    Former Employee - UROP Student
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    I worked at MIT part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    With a good mentor (generally a graduate student), it's easy to be inspired and driven to learn the foundational techniques of your discipline and begin to develop experimentation skills yourself.

    Cons

    In wet lab environments, it's very easy to get caught up with experimentation to the detriment of other aspects of life (eg. courses) so communication with mentors about expectations is necessary.


  4. "Administrative Assistant II"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MIT full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits, access to gyms with pool (with affordable membership), education benefits, healthcare on campus, updated equipment,

    Cons

    Poor departmental support for staff. Lack of departmental organization and staff turnover means loss of information and people who know what they are doing. Almost zero training. No end to the amount of work that gets piled on. Sometimes impossible work loads. Low pay for the area. Cannot support a living locally. Lots of politics involved to get your work done.

    Advice to Management

    Spend more money and attention on how work is distributed in the department. Support staff when it comes to work loads and offer in-person training for new hires.


  5. "Great place to work!"

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

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

    Pros

    Flexible work environment with people that really want to revolutionize education!

    Cons

    New position, so its a bit undefined.


  6. "MIT Sloan"

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

    Pros

    The mission of MIT Sloan is "to develop principled, innovative leaders who improve the world and to generate ideas that advance management practice.

    Cons

    Students at MIT Sloan run over 70 active clubs

    Advice to Management

    Throughout the school year, a number of professional and academic conferences are organized by, or in partnership with, the school.


  7. "postdoc experience"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Boston, MA
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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great research environment. Excellent colleague. A lot of connection to industry.

    Cons

    A little stressful because of the high expectations.

    Advice to Management

    Get better lightings for stata

  8. "PhD student"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at MIT full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    inspiring, dynamic, interesting, challenging, simply amazing

    Cons

    Intense, sometimes overwhelming... Here is where you realize no matter how brilliant you felt about yourself before coming to MIT, everyone else here are equally, if not more brilliant - MIT teaches you how to be humble and modest, which are valuable qualities for ensuring one's continuing growth in the long run.


  9. "Graduate research assistant"

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

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

    Pros

    Excellent research, networking, collaboration opportunities for young researchers.

    Cons

    Working environment is usually below average. Stress level is usually very high given the requirements from PIs.


  10. "Work Environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MIT full-time

    Pros

    Great staff, environment is supportive

    Cons

    Students are highly competitive, Faculty are very educated but sometimes lack the compassion that makes them hard to work with


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