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Updated September 22, 2017
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  • Some people struggle with work/life balance (in 41 reviews)

  • Long hours when combined with research and classes (in 31 reviews)

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  1. "Great"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Possibilities, colleagues, office space, salary

    Cons

    No No No No No


  2. "Research Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant At MIT in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant At MIT in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good inclusive environment for everyone minorities and international students,
    Under the stress valuable Friendships are formed and friends become family,
    lots of Resources

    Cons

    The professors have the absolute power for a long-term torture commitment where a students life is completely ruined based on the professor's agreement to sign his thesis.

    If a project runs out of funding the student is the one who goes through the struggle finding other sources

    Some professor are manipulative and abusive verbally

    Advice to Management

    There has to be some supervision on professors attitude with their students

  3. "Postdoctoral Associate Review"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Prestige (MIT's brand is one of the best)
    - Colleagues are extremely smart and are either well on their way to become, or already are, leaders in their respective fields
    - Strong entrepreneurial spirit, and multiple opportunities for securing seed funding for ventures

    Cons

    - Work-life balance is non-existent
    - Facilities constantly under construction which leads to a lot of noise pollution/can make concentration difficult
    - Faculty extremely overworked, and routinely neglect to fulfill their career development and mentorship duties for their students and post docs

    Advice to Management

    For the sake of MIT's future alumni, provide additional leadership, communication, and management training for faculty, and make this training compulsory every few years. This would help address one of the many problems faced by students and post docs, since many faculty are great researchers but are not effective mentors and group leaders.


  4. "PhD student"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Smart collaborators. So many resources.

    Cons

    Have to manage your own stress levels.


  5. "PhD candidate"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    1. Easy to get access to world experts in many fields
    2. Numerous resources (eg. core facilities) with knowledgeable staff
    3. Cooperative and interdisciplinary working environment
    4. Access to Sloan classes and multiple free on-campus entrepreneurial centers is a big plus to PhD students and post-docs

    Cons

    1. Some buildings are too old and need serious renovation. Elevators in buildings 16 and 56 break at least 6 months in a year.
    2. Not enough staff in the Facilities department - even urgent repairs take a long time.
    3. Very limited parking privileges for students

    Advice to Management

    Either expand graduate student housing options or provide additional parking space close to main campus for students. We are increasingly being priced out of Cambridge.


  6. "Research Assistant"

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

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

    Pros

    As a student, having the opportunity to work as a research assistant through your program is extremely useful. Not only does it provide additional work experience and learning opportunities but having a monthly stipend makes your time as a student much more manageable.

    Cons

    You have to take time out of your studying schedule to work.


  7. "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 (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Brilliant people all around
    Fast pased projects to keep you busy

    Cons

    Management can vary wildly
    Disconnect and practically no work culture, since labs are mostly PHD students working on their own thesis

    Advice to Management

    Now MIT is practially a huge empire or small city within Cambridge and I only received a small taste, Co-Oping there. But frankly the lab I worked in, my boss was incredibly rude and uninspiring. I guess you get that when you have smart people that are a little socially awkward, they end up being jerks. Anyways, I learned a lot, and I am grateful for that.

  8. "Research Assistant"

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

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours, intellectually stimulating, great benefits

    Cons

    Low pay, poor management, lack of advisor oversight from administration


  9. "IT Specialist"

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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 (Less than a year)

    Pros

    intelligent colleagues,flexible with working hours

    Cons

    May get boring a times in time


  10. "Great School, Great Enviroment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at MIT full-time

    Pros

    It's MIT. Who don't wanna be working at MIT. Great resource, smart colleague, everything is great.

    Cons

    Competitions. Stressful. But mostly because you wanna be the best in the world.


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