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Updated April 5, 2017
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  • state of the art facilities and great work/life balance (in 16 reviews)

  • Interesting challenges addressed with cutting edge technology and collaborations with top researchers in the field (in 23 reviews)

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  1. "BRINGING THE PASSION BACK TO SCIENCE"

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

    I worked at The Broad Institute full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The Broad does a great job at emphasizing a culture that is inclusive and creative. Go Broadies.

    Cons

    The science can be high level/ theoretical which can sometimes intimidate or leave other non-science colleagues to feel out of sorts.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to imbue the passion for science and research.


  2. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Associate Software Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Associate Software Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Cool, smart people. Interesting work. A great cause. Good pay.

    Cons

    Seems a little disorganized at times


  3. "Good place to start"

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

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

    Pros

    Great science, supportive and collaborative environment, great place to learn new techniques

    Cons

    If you stay for more than 2 years, you are selling yourself short. As an RA, you can easily double your salary by moving to industry.


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  5. "Great Benefits and Culture. Salaries could be better."

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    Current Employee - Associate Software Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Associate Software Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The Broad Institute full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Health Benefits, Tuition Benefits, Culture, Location, Flexible. Good work-life balance.

    Cons

    Salaries not great, easy to get too comfortable.

    Advice to Management

    Pay employees better.


  6. "After 6 months"

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    Current Employee - Staff Research Scientist in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Staff Research Scientist in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The Broad Institute full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    nice and very competent staffs

    Cons

    it is too big and broad. It is hard to connect to all groups. It is actually a challange


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Good job, not growth"

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    Current Employee - Senior Research Scientist in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Research Scientist in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent parental leave policy, health care, vacation time.

    Cons

    No path forward, unclear direction for growth.


  8. Helpful (3)

    "Long ways to go"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at The Broad Institute full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Latest technology, great scientists and fun lab environment.

    Cons

    No room for growth, low salaries, too much favoritism and fraternization, questionable ethics, no team building efforts and no incentives to stay.

    Advice to Management

    Stop the favoritism and fraternization


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Excellent benefits, decent pay, great science--mission is flawed"

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    Former Employee - Senior Research Chemist in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Research Chemist in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great scientific resources, and the brain-power in that building is formidable. Culture was very tight for the first few years. The massive growth of the organization may have helped many aspects of the scientific purpose of the Broad, but it destroyed the culture.

    Cons

    Director-level management and above are constantly in political battles with each other. Always looking for the next big thing, but not following through on the one's they've invested in (with much fanfare) previously. Focused attention to the mission of bringing the power of genomics to MEDICINE stops at the publication of significant results. All innovation, not as much application.


  10. "Research Associate I"

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    Former Employee - Research Associate I in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Research Associate I in Cambridge, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Cutting-edge science, good resources, newest technology, nice location, new facilities.

    Cons

    I worked in a small group. Honestly, I (along with other colleagues) never felt like our PI cared about us as people, and was only interested in finding out how much progress we had made with our work, and how fast. Additionally, there were some truly volatile characters working within my group, making it so that the interest and motivation I found in my scientific work was no longer worth the toxic work environment.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your bench scientists with respect, and show them that there are opportunities for advancement if they work hard. Realize that people are your greatest asset. Act quickly when you know there are volatile personalities creating poor dynamics among your group.


  11. "This is the best place I've ever worked."

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    Current Employee - Manager in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Manager in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Open culture with leaders who really care about their people. Caring coworkers. Competitive pay. Lots of learning. Lots of encouragement for internal moves.

    Cons

    Nada. All of the cons are part of the pros. If you're a ladder climber, you won't be happy. Flatter org structures thrive here.


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