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The Broad Institute Reviews

Updated February 8, 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. "Group Leader"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • 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


  2. "A computational job at the Broad Institute"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Computational Scientist in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Computational Scientist in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Cutting-edge research in genomics.
    Great learning opportunities.
    Nice working environment.

    Cons

    Some socially difficult characters to cope with.
    Some poor managerial practices.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure technical people get a good managerial training before they become managers.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to be an academic"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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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 (More than a year)

    Pros

    Near unlimited resources
    Faculty support trainees and their ideas
    More dynamic than traditional academic institutions
    Admin are very efficient

    Cons

    Internal processes can be opaque
    Fast pace not for everyone
    Still an academic institution, pay not as good as industry
    Industry-borrowed culture of meetings can get in the way of science

    Advice to Management

    Encourage the Platforms to internally advertise their specific capabilities more


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Broad"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Research Associate I in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Research Associate I in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    People actually say hello in hallways. Cheerful, generally positive experiences. Focus on collaboration. Great location.

    Cons

    Pay is insufficient considering cost of living in greater Boston.

    Advice to Management

    I'm pretty low on the totem pole, but I've already heard how afraid higher-ups are of voicing opinions in front of the supreme leader. Seems backward to me.


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Administration"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The Broad Institute full-time

    Pros

    Amazing science and brilliant minds. General sense that you're contributing to something great.

    Cons

    Personal experiences at Broad are solely determined by which group you're working in. Has grown very large and feels very corporate and cold. Attempts to promote employee culture feel disingenuous and forced. There are zero development opportunities for employees in administration. If you don't have a PhD, you are treated like a second-class citizen. Poor performers are allowed to skate by and are never dealt with while strong performers are forced to pick up the slack - which leads to high turnover in important roles.

    Advice to Management

    Pay more attention to administrative employees.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Serious science with fun people"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    On the administrative side, at least, work-life balance is given its due. A large number of staff are young parents, and there is a tacit understanding that one of the trade-offs for a non-profit salary is greater control over your schedule and the ability to fulfill family obligations when necessary. This doesn't seem to get in the way of "meeting the misson," however, which is supporting great research. The environment is pleasant to work in, though the academic nature of the organization lends itself to a more "organic," (or some might say "chaotic") way of doing business at times. Science is the name of the game here, and the senior scientists drive institutional growth and goals, sometimes in ways that can complicate things on the administrative side.

    Cons

    As noted above, science takes precedence over all here (as it should). This can make for a difficult-to-navigate administrative/business environment at times. It can also occasionally lead to a feeling of "marginalization" among non-scientists in some cases.

    Advice to Management

    As the Broad continues to grow, the senior leadership need to acknowledge that some ways of doing business that worked at the lab group/small business level don't scale to the needs of the larger organization. They also need to spend time working towards (and communicating) an organizational structure that maintains the dynamic flexibility and excitement of the "Early Broad" with the ability to operate more effectively and efficiently. The science drives everything, but the infrastructure to support the science has to grow with the organization or we risk losing our ability to approach research with the agility, speed, and resourcefulness for which we are known.


  8. Helpful (3)

    "Admin staff"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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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

    Lots of fantastic people to work with, great environment, pretty decent benefits, good work/life balance. Broad is willing to hire less experienced employees, so this may be a great place to start your career.

    Cons

    Admin staff is secondary to scientists and you will be constantly reminded of it. The salaries are noticeably lower than industry average. Admin career paths are somewhat limited and when you chose to leave Broad - you would discover that nobody really knows what Broad is outside of research community.

    Advice to Management

    Understand that you will not be able to fulfill all your admin staff requirements by people who care to do something meaningful in this world and will be willing to take a pay cut to come work at the Broad. Hiring highly qualified (and expensive) professionals for admin staff would allow Broad to do science better.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Stimulating place"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at The Broad Institute part-time

    Pros

    International hub of cutting edge genomics research. Lots of interesting ideas shared in formal and informal settings. Values education very much.

    Cons

    Getting too big too fast. It has become corporation-like place with more bureaucracy and less efficiency.

    Advice to Management

    Hear the voice of your scientists. Every workplace, no matter how awesome, has things to improve on.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great blend of academia and pseudo-pharma"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great science, flexible working environment.

    Cons

    Not an obvious career path ladder for staff scientists.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Process Development Associate II - Genomics Platform"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The Broad Institute full-time

    Pros

    The Broad Institute was a great place to start working after college. The benefits are very good and the work environment is fun. When I started, there were a lot of great people working there.

    Cons

    It is very difficult to gain recognition for your work. While there is some lateral mobility through groups (in the genomics platform), most promotions are decided internally, with not many possibilities to apply for higher positions.



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