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The Broad Institute Reviews

Updated November 10, 2017
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Pros
  • state of the art facilities and great work/life balance (in 17 reviews)

  • Talks by cutting-edge scientists every week (in 30 reviews)

Cons
  • 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. Helpful (1)

    "Project Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people, interesting work and lots of social events!

    Cons

    Pay is too low for the area and the new CIO got rid of the internal IT security team. Bad move!

    Advice to Management

    Promote from within to retain good people.


  2. "Incredible place to study science!"

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

    I have been working at The Broad Institute part-time

    Pros

    Great resources and connections to some of the worlds best institutions
    Good benefits
    Increasing focus on culture
    Many opportunities to advance your career

    Cons

    Little interaction between different groups within the institute
    Environment is very similar to academia (could be a pro for you)

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Amazing place to work!!"

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

    I have been working at The Broad Institute full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits, amazing science, collaborative culture, really looking out for employees

    Cons

    It is a non-profit so don't expect the salaries to be competitive with the surrounding pharma and biotech companies. Some people find it difficult to advance here- I say that you need to be in the right place at the right time when an opportunity comes along.


  4. "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.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Fun place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at The Broad Institute full-time

    Pros

    There is a good work culture

    Cons

    It can be a bit chaotic


  6. "After 6 months"

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    • Senior Management
    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. "Developed bioinformatics tools"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The Broad Institute full-time

    Pros

    Leading genomics institution with exciting science.

    Cons

    It is fast-pace and high pressure environment.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Good job, not growth"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  9. "Good so far"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    -Lots of support staff
    -Great resources

    Cons

    -Insular
    -Needs more diversity of scientific approach


  10. 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.


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