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Updated February 17, 2018
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Pros
  • Good work life balance (pick a reasonable supervisor) (in 36 reviews)

  • Great place to study with nerdy but smart people (in 69 reviews)

Cons
  • The work-life balance is not ideal (in 45 reviews)

  • Long hours when combined with research and classes (in 33 reviews)

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  1. "Visiting Researcher"

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

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

    Pros

    Incredible interdisciplinary atmosphere with no intellectual restrictions
    Cutting-edge facilities

    Cons

    Extremely competitive environment
    High expectations from your PI


  2. "recommended"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    great facilities and passionate people

    Cons

    no limits on working hours

  3. "Tech Caller On Campus"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at MIT part-time

    Pros

    Great people, supervisors are awesome, we play a daily game during each shift with gift card prizes! There's also a lot of food during break!

    Cons

    Talking on the phone can be hard, especially if the person is not very friendly.


  4. "Postdoc"

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

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

    Pros

    Excellent collaboration opportunities, access to talks and seminars from top of the world professors, many opportunities around the greater Boston area.

    Cons

    Many current pieces of equipment are becoming out-dated.

    Advice to Management

    Infrastructure is still important for delivering best quality education.


  5. "Teaching Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MIT part-time

    Pros

    Fair pay for the position.

    Cons

    Expensive place to live while in graduate school.


  6. "Researcher"

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

    Pros

    World class. Exciting place to be.

    Cons

    Sometimes it may be stressful.


  7. "Lecturer"

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

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

    Pros

    Having the opportunity to work with an astoundingly bright group of students with an insatiable desire to learn. Pay that is proportional to full-time faculty salaries for the same position, rather than the insulting pay offered part-timers at many institutions - including pension benefits. And full benefits for teaching three or more classes per year.

    Cons

    Trying to keep up with students who are undoubtedly smarter than you are.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up.

  8. "Research Assistant"

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

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

    Pros

    Great people around you who are brilliant, smart, and very friendly. You can also enjoy the best research environment here.

    Cons

    Sometimes it is a little bit stressful, especially as a part-time research assistant who still need to fulfill full-time study credits.

    Advice to Management

    There are many employees working at MIT, and sometimes 4-5 employees share 1 supervisor. Employees sometimes receive limited guidance from their supervisors.


  9. "Good place to work"

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

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

    Pros

    the people really do make the difference working here...they are great

    Cons

    sometimes you cannot get a straight answer to a question...that is due to various departments do things differently


  10. "Great Science"

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    MIT has a vibrant scientific environment

    Cons

    As a junior reseracher you have to be almost completely independent

    Advice to Management

    Provide better benefits for postdoctoral researchers


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