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Updated January 22, 2018
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  • Not an obvious career path ladder for staff scientists (in 13 reviews)

  • More career development would be helpful, especially for techs (in 9 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    "Computational Biologist"

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

    I have been working at The Broad Institute full-time

    Pros

    Cutting-edge research, top quality colleagues

    Cons

    Very competitive. Not much else


  2. "Research Associate"

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

    Pros

    Stimulating Environment
    Incredible Resources
    Socials and Free Food

    Cons

    Salary not comperable to working in pharma/industry

  3. "Do fun work, make good science"

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    Current Employee - Computational Biologist
    Current Employee - Computational Biologist
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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The Broad Institute full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I get to apply my computer science and analysis skills to moving science forward and even helping to diagnose patients. My work is novel and challenging. All our group's work is open source, and I feel good about sharing with the community. I like the variety of the tasks I work on: some coding, some analysis, some writing. There are a lot of career development and general educational enrichment programs. The people I work with are wonderful!

    Cons

    Slightly lower pay than working in industry.


  4. "Computation Biology in the GATK team"

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    Current Employee - Computational Biologist in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Computational Biologist in Cambridge, MA
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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The Broad Institute full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The Broad is a large place. Most of it is organized academically, with PIs and post-docs. Some parts, including the Data Science Platform's method group (aka the GATK team) where I work, are more like a national laboratory comprised of staff scientists. Please keep that in mind when reading this or any review about the Broad.

    The methods group is a great place to work. My colleagues are smart, motivated, and collegial and together we tackle the biggest problems in genomics. We take pride in developing high-quality software but at the same time we are at the forefront of computational biology. Although publishing papers is not the goal of our work, it is a byproduct.

    A huge perk is that we have the weight of our talented and professional communications team behind our work, which means that everything we do is high-impact, as long as it's good, of course. It's really nice to have tens of thousands of users. Although computational biologists here are expected to be good programmers, we are not professional software engineers, but fortunately we have a wonderful staff of those, too, on our team.

    We are part of a vibrant community of computational biologists, statistical geneticists, and others at the Broad. There are many statistics and machine learning experts to learn from around here.

    The work-life balance is incredible. People in our group, including managers, have very flexible schedules. I personally arrive at 10 and leave at 4 most days, making up the rest on the train or at home. It's a really good environment for parents.

    Cons

    Because so many people at the Broad and elsewhere depend on our software we sometimes have to be conservative when making changes. It can take a while to prove that a new algorithm is better than the old one. For most teams within the methods group this is not a problem.

    Also, like any non-profit we make less than our market value. We're paid well, but we could all earn a lot more.

    Advice to Management

    I think that our management is doing a great job and I'm very happy with the direction the Data Science Platform is going. They made a lot of big decisions in the last few years and their vision is paying off.


  5. "great benefit"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at The Broad Institute full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    great benefit including long vacation time, 401K

    Cons

    less career growth opportunity, low salary


  6. "Working in a high throughput, fully automated bioprocess"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The Broad Institute full-time

    Pros

    Not overly demanding, flexible hours, great environment with coworkers

    Cons

    Salary is on the lower side, can get repetitive


  7. "Great place to contribute to scientific research"

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

    I have been working at The Broad Institute full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Working on cutting edge research and technologies alongside passionate and dedicated coworkers.

    Cons

    Growing a bit too fast for current offices.

  8. "Amazing place to work!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    Positive Outlook
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    I have been working at The Broad Institute full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I'm going on 3 years here. Culture is palpable. People are smart, kind and authentic. Best engineering team in Kendall Square. Great pay.

    Cons

    Need a more diverse population

    The Broad Institute Response

    Nov 3, 2017 – Associate Director, Talent Acquisition

    Hi! This is Chelsea from Human Resources. I love your subject line, “Amazing place to work!” It’s great to hear that you enjoy the culture and people at Broad as much as I do. I’m glad that you... More


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Pretty good"

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    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The Broad Institute full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    smart colleagues, doing work that matters, excellent PTO, excellent retirement match up to 6% + 3% bonus, reputation of the institute

    Cons

    collaborative only for people at the top, innovation discouraged if not in leadership role, career progression stalls for most people and it's hard to find out why, pretty territorial and political

    Advice to Management

    Trust your team more. Let people innovate. Don't be so afraid.

    The Broad Institute Response

    Nov 16, 2017 – Associate Director, Talent Acquisition

    Hi, this is Chelsea from Human Resources. We are always looking for feedback regarding the benefits offered to our Broadies, and I’m happy to see that you are enjoying them! Regarding your feedback... More


  10. "Great place to work"

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    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 The Broad Institute full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Top notch science in a top notch city

    Cons

    I honestly can not think of any

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work


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