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Updated December 9, 2018
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  • "Work life balance is not always great" (in 50 reviews)

  • "Long hours when combined with research and classes" (in 34 reviews)

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  1. "MIT. Need I say more?"

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

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

    Pros

    Fantastic colleagues, can do anything. Support staff is helpful

    Cons

    Sink-or-swim culture. No one is pushing you down, but no one is helping unless you ask.

    Advice to Management

    Keep at it!


  2. "Great Education"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MIT full-time

    Pros

    Smart People, Exciting Research, Beautiful Architecture

    Cons

    You will be very busy

  3. "Great platform"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MIT full-time

    Pros

    Work with brilliant people, cutting edge research

    Cons

    Low salary for a postdoc


  4. "Good stipend for graduate student researchers"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MIT full-time

    Pros

    Supportive professors and inspiring environment

    Cons

    None to report, varies by department


  5. "Good place to be a graduate student"

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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

    A lot of resources for your research and life. Compensated a lot as a ChemE grad student compared to other departments.

    Cons

    Experience highly variable on advisor. Can't generalize.


  6. "Administrative Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at MIT full-time

    Pros

    MIT is certainly a world-class institution. For employees, there are many supports and opportunities available.

    Cons

    There are many logistical and operational services that are not in-sync for the admins to be able to plan events and other job-related tasks effectively. It takes several iterations/ years to get a good handle on this .

    For MIT to be as high-stress as it is, there needs to be more mental health supports for employees.


  7. "Great environment, Great Opportunities"

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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 (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Smart people, professors, great on CV. Pushes students to the limit and lets them explore way beyond what they think their capabilities are.

    Cons

    A bit stressful sometimes, and if you're the social type, probably not the right place for you.

  8. "Great place"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MIT full-time

    Pros

    - Great opportunities to work with great people
    - A great atmosphere

    Cons

    - Lot of pressure
    - Low salary


  9. "Research Assistant"

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

    I worked at MIT full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    MIT has very good academic benefits for the employees, i.e. take class for free

    Cons

    The housing is too expensive at Cambridge given salaries from educational institutions are usually not high.


  10. "Postdoc Associate"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MIT full-time

    Pros

    great research environment, awesome collaboration opportunities, flexible work hours

    Cons

    low salary as in all academic jobs