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The Broad Institute Reviews

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. Helpful (1)

    "Research associate 1"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Research Associate I in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Research Associate I in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at The Broad Institute full-time

    Pros

    Great fast paced environment, always room for experiments

    Cons

    Fast turnover rate, sometimes too fast


  2. "good and bad"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Research Scientist II in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Research Scientist II in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good salary for academic environment
    Lots of collaboration
    Provides lunch (every two weeks) and some socials
    Large budget

    Cons

    Lack of training specific to each project
    Not enough support
    Wasting money for outsourcing


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Best Place for Postdocs"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 The Broad Institute full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great minds, good compensation, excellent benefits, and exceptional professional development opportunities. It's a fun place to do research. In a nutshell, Broad Institute imbibes the elegance of academia in an industry-like environment where the research is driven by innovation rather than profit. One of the best places for doing genomic research as a postdoc.

    Cons

    Super competitive and not for everyone. To survive in this environment, you need to work long hours to compensate for the time you spend in meetings and seminars.

    Advice to Management

    Postdocs should be paid and rewarded more for all their hard works.


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  5. Helpful (5)

    "As an Employer Its Best Days Are Behind It"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place for trainees and academic faculty. The work some of the departments have produced is outstanding.

    Cons

    This is where staff scientist careers go to wither and die.

    There are people at the Broad who have had excellent carrers as staff scientists but they joined when it was growing. Now it is a large institution and most of the leadership positions go to tenure track faculty. It is difficult to get supervision experience and so when there is a rare staff management position they often hire from industry. As a result, there is no real career path for staff scientists.

    The Broad also has a track record of laying off people who were good and had worked there for 10+ years when grants ended because there was no cooperation between departments filling open positions.

    Some departments are better than others, but unless your 10 year plan is to be scientist II, you might be happier somewhere that supports growth and pays (you) better.

    The Broad Institute Response

    Sep 16, 2016 – Chief People Officer

    Thanks for your comment. You raise two important issues that we have been actively working on. First, regarding career paths for staff scientists: At the Broad Institute, we believe that scientists ... More


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Project Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Cambridge, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    amazing science and very high energy

    Cons

    leadership focuses too much on their own careers

    Advice to Management

    you lay off way too many people


  7. "Group Leader"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Top notch technologies- great science. You are surrounded by very bright people. Great flexibility and benefits

    Cons

    No clear career path.
    Sometimes it is hard to understand who is doing what.

    Advice to Management

    Define career path.
    More training for manager


  8. "good place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Associate in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Associate in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    it is a good place to work

    Cons

    not any real downsides I can think of


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Exciting research with some limitations"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Computational Biologist in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Associate Computational Biologist in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The Broad Institute full-time

    Pros

    Very bright and dedicated co-workers. Exciting research at the Broad and ample opportunities for collaboration with other prestigious researchers and institutions. A general sense of optimism that several groups at the Broad are doing great things.

    Cons

    Internal analysis platform is desperately running out of space. Cloud-based analysis platform to which we are transitioning is developed by an external programming group that seems to have competing priorities and limited cloud development experience.

    Group leaders lack a formal management background and appear to struggle with prioritization and delegation. It's not entirely their fault as they have to juggle many tasks and projects.

    Advice to Management

    Provide more training to group leaders, especially on how to effectively manage a group with limited resources.

    Add a seasoned medical/grant writer to help group apply for funding opportunities that would expand resources. In some cases applying for grants may be daunting for non-native speakers of English who are otherwise brilliant scientists.

    Group leaders need to voice their concerns without fear of ruffling feathers in other teams.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Salaries 10-15 Thousand bellow industry level"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Process Development Associate II in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Process Development Associate II in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    It is GREAT research institution and composed of very bright people. Mostly friendly and intelligent. It offers very good benefits.

    Cons

    Salary is way too low, which leads to people leaving as soon as they can find a better paid job! Offers tuition reimbursement, however many others company do as well. In addition, the salary is SO low that you cannot pitch in for yourself to take extra classes and finish as masters before 3 years!! I would rather have a few less holidays and or parties and have a better salary.

    Advice to Management

    RAISE people's salaries! You also loose money having to retrain new employees over and over.


  11. "a good place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Computational Associate in Hyde Park, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Computational Associate in Hyde Park, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A unique scientific community with good benefits. Interesting challenges addressed with cutting edge technology and collaborations with top researchers in the field. Institute leadership has a strong focus on employee well-being.

    Cons

    Pay is not quite competitive with equivalent positions in Cambridge. Health insurance has very high co-pays. Pay scales are poorly defined.

    Advice to Management

    This is a good place to work, but it is easy to feel lost in such a big organization. You guys need a map.


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