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Updated March 22, 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 31 reviews)

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  1. "Postdoctoral Associate"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    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

    Great work experience. Working with a great team and a collaborative environment. Doing both applied and fundamental research gives job satisfaction

    Cons

    Busy schedule with strict deadlines, multiple projects and reviews


  2. "Program Coordinator"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at MIT full-time

    Pros

    Culture, work with faculty

    Cons

    No Transparency, MIT is decentralized so sometimes there is lack of communication


  3. "Teaching assistant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very nice and patient professor. Smart and hardworking students

    Cons

    Not really and cons. Professors are busy sometimes and do not reply very quickly.


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  5. "Slipping appreciation of staff"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at MIT full-time

    Pros

    Some flexibility with work schedules.

    Cons

    Staff is considered second rate citizen to professors.
    Hiring more temporary positions.
    Poor raises.


  6. "Simply the best academic institution in the world!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at MIT full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    I did my Ph.D. at MIT, I was a post-doc afterwards, I worked at a startup for 5 years and now a research scientist again at MIT, total 15 years here and I'm still going... There are reasons:

    - You get to work with the smartest, most talented and motivated people in the world. There is no place like MIT to keep your brain working and to generate ideas that push the barriers of knowledge on a monthly basis!

    - There is great freedom in working on the problems that you like. Progress here is based on fueling the enthusiasm people already have to work on what they like and given that the institution/employer trusts the employees' abilities.

    - There is a really strong spirit of collaboration. One can get advice on anything from the world's best experts. A theorist can find someone (from an experimental group) to fabricate their structure, an experimentalist can find a theorist to simulate their design.

    - People are NOT competitive. Engineers and scientists here are low-key people, work on their problems, and have enough personal confidence (due to their abilities) they are doing well, so they are not complexed and are happy to see when others also succeed. (see though related negative below)

    - This is a great place to get acquainted with people that matter and will matter in this world. There are continuously events to learn about topics beyond your field and make useful contacts.

    - This is the place that has probably generated some of the most successful startups in the world. MIT entices people to form companies, and supports with services like a Technology Licensing Office, Venture Monitoring Service etc.

    - Amazing employee benefits:
       (a) MIT has its own retirement plan of 5%.
       (b) Matches 401(k) contributions up to 5%.
       (c) Quite good medical insurance with on-campus medical facility (this is really convenient!).
       (d) Free pass for all Boston public transportation!
       (e) Discounts on many things...

    - Great athletic facilities (multiple gyms, indoor/outdoor courts, pools).

    - Very social environment, which comes with the nature of a university and the presence of students around.

    Cons

    - Although (as mentioned above) you don't feel competition from other, the fact that everyone around you performs so well imposes quite a bit of stress on you from within that you need to do more and more. This can be quite frustrating at times, but it comes along with being around extremely capable people.

    - If one considers the skills and abilities of the employees here, salary is obviously extremely low relatively, compared to industry.

    - Since this is an academic institution, one often lacks the joy of seeing his/her work produce actual products that get into the market. It is also a personal choice how applied work one wants to do, but this is an academic institution, so basic science often comes first, as it should.


  7. "Good Place for your future"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Student in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Student in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great opportunity to co-op with MBA and Sloan fellows.The program has a very strong alumni network and a great image in the industry. The professors are those huge figures in their area. The courses are well-designed.

    Cons

    Career development is not that strong. You need to be very proactive to contact alumni yourself. Be ready to see very low response rate.

    Advice to Management

    Increase the career development officer. Build a stronger alumni network. Connect past students with current, set up dropbox or other on-line platforms to enable alumni reference.


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    "Poor management at the MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at MIT (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Occasionally good for networking and this is a mostly volunteer organization where it is possible to meet people with diverse interests and backgrounds..

    Cons

    This is a highly political organization and there remain very few programs of value compared to a few years ago. Lots of lip service to volunteers has caused many to terminate the relationship. MIT is such a great institution, but the MIT Enterprise Forum does a disservice to the broader MIT community due to poor leadership. There used to be 30-40 interesting programs annually but now there are only a few programs that are good.

    Advice to Management

    Change the leadership at the MIT Enterprise Forum and empower volunteers rather than undermining them. In past years volunteers would routinely rise above their self-interest and focus on the substance of producing great programs. Today the organization is infected with self-promoters pursuing their own personal agenda and compromising the substance of many programs.


  9. "Could be a better place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Department Administrator in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Department Administrator in Cambridge, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent benefits and located on public transportation.

    Cons

    Toxic work culture and unrealistic expectations such as responding to emails at 2 am by faculty.

    Advice to Management

    Hire mental health life coaches for faculty who need it.


  10. "Postdoctoral Associate"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great benefits, great resources, great science.

    Cons

    Same pay as any other university. City cost of living to pay ratio...

    Advice to Management

    keep up the good work!


  11. "Review from a research assistant (PhD student)"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Graduate Student Research Assistant in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Graduate Student Research Assistant in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Being able to choose a research topic that you are interested in and you believe would make an impact. The stipend from the research assistantship is enough to cover the tuition, housing, health insurance and daily expenses.

    Cons

    The exact experience is highly dependent on the research advisor and your style of doing work. In some departments, you have to choose an advisor before your program starts.

    Advice to Management

    Overall, MIT is a great place, which gathers lots of giants in all sorts of areas. Providing more opportunities/platforms for the giants to collaborate would be even better.



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