Decent compensation and an abundance of interesting work
Associate Staff (Current Employee) – Lexington, MA – June 9, 2014
Many who work at Lincoln Laboratory (LL) will have different experiences from each other, simply because there is such a great breadth of work that is done there. While you may start off doing a certain kind of work in one group, movement between groups (within reason) is relatively easy and employees are generally encouraged to find the work most interesting to them. The compensation is likely a bit lower than some of the larger for-profit defense contractors, but the work environment is more relaxed and pleasant (non-profit, collaborative, no need to log hours, flexible work hours/schedule).
Work/life balance can be tricky. On one hand, the official policy is to have a good balance, but you have to take that into your own hands. The fact is that there is always more work to do, so you have to take it upon yourself to have a balance.
LL is a very flat organization, which is both a pro and a con depending on your perspective. On the positive side, there's usually not a lot of intragroup competition and your work and input is received more or less the same regardless of official "rank". On the other hand, it's harder to get promoted and there is only so far you can climb before going into management.
Job security is excellent if you are a staff member. While sub-contractors have been laid off before as a result of budget cuts, there have not been any staff layoffs or even a hiring freeze (and this includes during the sequester).
No logging hours, flexible work schedule, excellent paid vacation time
Security-heavy environment (necessary, but cumbersome at times)