The Broad Institute Reviews

Updated Jun 30, 2020

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The Broad Institute Institute Director Eric Lander
Eric Lander
163 Ratings
Pros
  • "Tons of resources available to do cutting edge work(in 37 reviews)

  • "If your job allows it than the work/life balance is great(in 26 reviews)

Cons
  • "Staff scientist career path not fully charted(in 15 reviews)

  • "Career development requires (an unusual amount of) personal initiative(in 13 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    "Wonderful work culture, great benefits"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The Broad Institute full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Very generous benefits and time off, casual dress code, friendly culture, encourages growth

    Cons

    Cambridge city is tough to get into. Always traffic, very expensive parking and food, highly congested area

    The Broad Institute Response

    November 19, 2019Sr. Recruiter

    Hi there, this is Tracy from HR. Thank you for the positive feedback! Kendall Square is a very busy area and because of this, parking spaces are coveted and garage parking is expensive! Since we have Broadies commuting from all areas around Boston, Broad subsidizes more than 50% of parking fees for all benefits-eligible employees. Please feel free to email benefits@broadinstitute.org to sign up.

  2. "Review"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Associate in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at The Broad Institute full-time

    Pros

    The Broad is a great scientific environment.

    Cons

    I can not think of anything off the top of my head.

  3. "Great Place to Start"

    4.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Staff Scientist in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at The Broad Institute full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Invigorating research, top notch PIs. You will learn a lot

    Cons

    Not a career place for most, 2-4 years then most leave

  4. "Postdoc @ Broad Institute"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at The Broad Institute full-time

    Pros

    Broad has a great working environment

    Cons

    It is competitive environment, but for those who likes to be challenged, it is a great environment.

  5. "The science can be amazing or mediocre so choose your group wisely!"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Associate in Cambridge, MA
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The Broad Institute full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    -There are groups with fantastic science, amazing and top of the world! -Impressive work advancing technology for the life sciences -Work with very smart people with a collaborative spirit -Nice environment, good benefits -They offer many courses and seminars that can help you grow scientifically and personally -The upper management really seems to care about their employees

    Cons

    -The qualifications of the PIs span a wide range. While some leaders are absolutely fantastic, others seem to have obtained their position for other skills than scientific prowess. Choose your PI wisely! Look at their CV and make sure it commensurates with their job title. Look at their affiliations! In some cases, the postfix "of MIT and Harvard" can turn out to be false advertising, so don't go by the brand -If your PI is not affiliated to Harvard or MIT, your direct access to journals will be very bad and you will have to order articles via the library and wait for them -Collaborative overload can be challenging and a time drain. Many meetings are imposed, but they are sometimes a waste of time.

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    "Good resources, zero advancement"

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Research Technician in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at The Broad Institute full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good location near Kendall T station, access to all MIT periodical resources, Primer series lectures, tuition reimbursement at Harvard Extension School

    Cons

    Limited job responsibilities, extremely repetitive tedious work, after switching projects manager played favorites and would not cross train me

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  7. "Shangri La for a lucky few"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Research Associate 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The Broad Institute part-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Had an amazingly supportive boss who gave me space to develop skills and autonomy. Worked with brilliant people who made me a better scientist. Tons of resources available to do cutting edge work.

    Cons

    Depending on your group's composition and structure, RA's can be stuck in unstimulating environments, and promising talent can stagnate and leave.

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  8. Helpful (1)

    "Software Engineer"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The Broad Institute full-time

    Pros

    Nice people, fulfilling work, smart people, good working environment, good benefits. Everyone is brilliant. Great vacation policy.

    Cons

    Inadequate management (managers often have enough to do as individual contributors in addition to the management work and training appears to be minimal, so sometimes important decisions aren't actively made), salary increases don't match the actual cost of living in the area, lack of planning, minimal career guidance and negative feedback (too nice). Constructive feedback is rare, which means layoffs come as a surprise and it's often unclear how to get raises and promotions. Diversity varies wildly depending on group.

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  9. "Love my job"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    Current Employee - Research Associate II 

    I have been working at The Broad Institute full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    good benefits and fun social events

    Cons

    some groups work crazy hours, but not everyone does. Mostly only the high profile labs

  10. "Quite good."

    5.0
    Current Employee - Undergraduate Research Assistant 
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The Broad Institute full-time

    Pros

    The people and faculty members are top-notch.

    Cons

    Not really any clear cons.

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