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excellent place to work
Principal Mechanical Engineer (Current Employee) –  Lexington, MADecember 11, 2017
Challenging fast past , wide variety of work, great people to work with
great management, friendly when you work here you work with the best. Most people stay for their entire working career
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challenging work
Cons
can't think of any
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Working in an Intellectually Stimulating Environment
Launch and Orbital Analyst (Former Employee) –  Lexington, MADecember 7, 2017
Working with people that challenge your thinking, both on the task at hand and in the general discourse of the day. Work hours are fairly flexible, allowing you to make and keep outside appointments.
Pros
Awesome people
Cons
Annual self reviews
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Great place
Research Intern (Former Employee) –  Lexington, MAOctober 12, 2017
Smart people, exciting projects, a researcher's dream. FFRDC means that there is more bureaucracy but the work is unmatched by anything private industry has to offer.
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Great place to work
Database and Application Developer Intern (Current Employee) –  Lexington, MASeptember 27, 2017
I've learned a lot working at Lincoln Labs. There is a great culture and everyone wants to see you excel. There are a lot of opportunities to go to training and educational events.
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Great place to work
Mechanical Designer (Current Employee) –  Lexington, MASeptember 26, 2017
MITLL is a great place to work. I love it here. Benefits are great. People are smart and competent. Management provides opportunity to learn new skills and improve yourself. There are multiple cafeterias on site. There is a parking garage. The work is very interesting and if you are looking for R&D work, there is plenty here MITLL has to work on.
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Relaxed culture, intelligent people
Associate Business Manager (Current Employee) –  Lexington, MASeptember 22, 2017
As a technical staff member, the Lab is a great place to work. As a business professional, the Lab can be less dynamic with fewer opportunities for growth. Either way, the culture is good and there are a lot of very nice, intelligent, interesting people.
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Okay place to work
System Administrator (Former Employee) –  Lexington, MASeptember 21, 2017
Okay place to work. Good place to get into the federal research sector. Everything there is pretty relaxed and slow paced going at the speed of government.
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Good place
Staff Member (Current Employee) –  Lexington, MASeptember 15, 2017
Good place to work. Co-workers are great to work with. Group office has nice group leaders. The lab has very reasonable work habits. Although lab has good technical people some who have been there for a long time need to catch up
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MIT Lincoln Laboratory
Engineer (Former Employee) –  Lexington, MASeptember 10, 2017
Great place to start your career. A research and development facility working with government contracts. Pay is very low however. Parking is available on campus.
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Team based work, productive environment
Systems Administrator - CO-OP (Former Employee) –  Lexington, MASeptember 5, 2017
Working at the lab was a good experience, I gained a lot of knowledge on technology and if there is a question out there people go out and try to find the answer. If you enjoy technology you will enjoy the lab. They just re-did the cafe which is pretty nice now I have to say. Overall good experience working there.
Pros
good pay, always working, has a reputation
Cons
high security can be troublesome
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Good projects; good management
Engineer I (Former Employee) –  Lexington, MAAugust 30, 2017
Tasks were appropriate.
I continued to learn about Windows and Linux embedded systems.
Management was competent and easy to work with.
Workplace culture was reserved.
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Large company with a small R&D company feel
Senior Software Applications Engineer (Current Employee) –  Lexington, MAAugust 25, 2017
Everyone that I worked with at MIT Lincoln Labs were wonderful and professional. Even though there were 5000+ employees working there, the way the divisions and groups were set up it made it feel like you were working for a start-up or small R&D company.
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Smart people, limited career advancement
Member Technical Staff (Former Employee) –  Boston, MAAugust 19, 2017
Non-profit culture, smart people, some stars and some slackers. The lab struggles to find the balance between seniority and performance and thus sometimes finds it difficult to retain young talent. A lot of engineers but very few have management training.
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Challenging projects with highly intelligent coworkers
Associate Research Staff (Current Employee) –  Lexington, MAAugust 14, 2017
MIT Lincoln Lab tackles many different projects with a goal for national security. The management structure is relatively flat for such a large organization, and education and career advancement is considered very important by the lab. In terms of direct compensation it is lacking compared to the private sector, however there are many benefits that offset that, including a pension, 401k matching, paid time off. I have enjoyed my time there and would recommend those qualified to take a good look at the lab.
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A solid choice
Associate Technical Staff (Former Employee) –  Lexington, MAJuly 29, 2017
Great choice for more of an academic envirionment. Work life balance is typically excellent, but individual experiences may vary. Super flexible hours, great for a family situation. Downside is management is flat structure, not much opportunity for advancement. Managers are all former technical people, so not all are good at management. Very good for a starter job or for someone who is not intent on climbing into a leadership role.
Pros
Work life balance, relaxed environment, good equipment
Cons
Limited opportunity for advancement, and have to fit the mold
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good place
Chemist (Former Employee) –  Lexington, MAJuly 21, 2017
I was a contractor, not directly employed. Good place to work. Good Pay. Good benefits. Good work environment. .........................................
Pros
good manager support
Cons
job insecurity due to contracting
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Good place depending on the group
Associate Staff Engineer (Former Employee) –  Lexington, MAJuly 19, 2017
Good place depending on the group. Engineering is treated like a service organization, so we were more like second class citizens. Great projects, though, and good benefits.
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rewarding and demanding place to work
Security Representative (Current Employee) –  Lexington, MAJune 26, 2017
good company with great benefits and average to below industry standards compensation. rewarding work on multiple interesting projects but extremely demanding and consistently need to work long hours to satisfy demands
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A great place to work. Caring and flexible people to work with and for.
Administrative Assistant (Former Employee) –  Lexington, MAApril 5, 2017
There was no typical day for me at MIT/Lincoln Laboratories because I was the Administrative Assistant floater. Each day or week I was covering a different office. The people I was in contact with were fair, flexible, nice and caring. The culture was some what collegiate and exciting to me. The hardest part of the job was when I had to leave due to a family medical emergency.
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Research laboratory with lots of classified work
Associate Staff Scientist (Former Employee) –  Lexington, MAMarch 20, 2017
MIT Lincoln Laboratory is a research laboratory. Its products are technical reports and research prototypes. You will need good quantitative skills in statistics, math, or a related field. This is a good company for EE and physics graduates. A data scientist would fit in very well! Programming and software architecture are not particularly valued in their own right -- the code is considered one necessary part of solving research problems in radar or signal processing.

Matlab is by far the most prevalent programming language at Lincoln (though some departments such as high-performance computing and aviation radar work in C++).

Managers are generally selected and promoted for their technical skill. Managers' soft skills are all over the map, from terrible to excellent. Sooner or later you will run into a manager you clash with. However, moving around within the laboratory is pretty easy compared to some companies.

Lincoln invests pretty heavily in training and staff development. You do not need domain knowledge of radar -- they are happy to teach that on the job. Not everything at Lincoln is radar and signal processing: there is also a supercomputing center, for example, where you don't need to know what a Fourier transform is (but do need to know parallel programming).

More than half of the projects are classified, meaning you will not be able to talk about work outside the secure area (so no shop talk in the cafeteria).

Lincoln is a pretty good place to work unless you get unlucky like I did and stuck with a bad manager. If that happens, network with colleagues
  more... and find a new department early! Lots of people will help you out internally, if they know you want a change.  less
Pros
Opportunities to learn, solid benefits, reasonable work load
Cons
Slow advancement
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