Accountant (Current Employee), Cambridge – November 6, 2013
Cons: outdated equipment
I'm a current "back office" employee. We work on a very outdated equipment - I have 15" monitor. We just heard today from management that we cant wear headphones (some of us like to listen to music) during work hours. Flexible work hours, that MIT proudly advertises- just a theory... wont get approved. Big dissapointment.
Ph.D. Research-MIT Biology Program (Former Employee), Cambridge, MA – October 22, 2013
Pros: excellent education
Cons: requires self-motivation, can be frustrating and requires extreme passion and endurance
PhD at MIT in Biology is great education for an academic career. Many resources are in place to transition to industry as well. The situation is very lab-dependent. Choose a lab carefully. The Biology Dept. is very supportive to its PhD candidates as a whole and once accepted the program is geared to assist you as much as possible toward having a healthy – more... and strong experience. There are many friendly faculty members, all very ambitious and require a lot of hard work. You will be humbled, but you will come out a much better scientist. Again, choose a professor you communicate well with. Do not just choose based on research. So much of the learning process occurs depending on the atmosphere of the specific laboratory. – less
Financial Coordinator (Current Employee), Cambridge, MA – September 22, 2013
Typical day at work Reconcile expenses, review personnel info, manage core facilities charges, crate budgets, forecasts What you learned: accounting. Management: my manager is the best manager I ever had. She knows everything, and is willing to listen to my opinion/suggestions, and gives me a chance to work on my own. Co-workers: my co-workers are very – more... nice people. It's pleasant to come to work everyday and see them. Hardest part: sometime it can get busy (but not too overwhelming) Most enjoyable part: I like to work with numbers, and I like to fix things, and to know that everything is in order, when I achieve it, I'm happy! Overall this Lab is the nicest place I've ever worked. – less
Loved the faculty and students, but a few bad apples...
Director, Office of Student Citizenship (Former Employee), Cambridge, MA – September 19, 2013
Pros: amazing students, faculty, and colleagues
This was very interesting work and required partnering with amazing people across the Institute. Everything my staff and I did had direct impact on people, and I learned so much about the different cultures that make up a complex organization. I would have loved this job except for a few people who, after 2 years, were clearly never going to change – more... or understand the work being done. This limited what I was able to accomplish, hurt the work of the office, and directly limited the offerings to the larger community. – less
Research Assistant (Former Employee), Cambridge, MA – August 14, 2013
The Pavilion at McLean is wonderful and played a key role in diagnosing my brother with Type 1 Diabetes and mental issues. Dr. Kleinschmidt was outstanding, and helped him through some of the toughest times in his life. Unfortunately, Dr. Vuckovic was not compassionate to my brother on any level and did not believe that he had a real problem (I have – more... reviewed him separately). Overall I would recommend the Pavilion as it changed my brother's life for the better. – less
Unavailable (Current Employee), Cambridge, MA – August 2, 2013
Pros: job security
Cons: see below
Job security is good, those who can leave do so as quickly as possible; so there is always hiring.
Salary is middle to low and you are unlikely to see any significant increase. Advancement is minimal, managers and senior staff are on the whole middle aged and up - clinging on to get that pension (a good benefit although don't expect to see it if your – more... in your 20s, and really I'd rather have the cash to invest.) Work life balance is non-existent. – less
desk clerk (Former Employee), cambridge, MA – July 11, 2013
assisting students, sorting mail, secretarial duties, checking students into rooms, checking students out of their rooms, closing station at end of shift, opeening at beggining of shift. 450 memorial drive
Efficient high performing and collaborative working environment
Contract Administrator (18 month Term Position) (Former Employee), Cambridge, MA – June 5, 2013
Pros: work life balance
A typical work day at MIT-OSP is fast paced, deadline driven, and consistently challenging. There is significant variety in the workload, in terms of the sponsors types, agreement/contract negotiations, awards, and questions/concerns from the departments/laboratories/centers.
Staff are very busy with their own portfolios, but try to maintain a friendly – more... and collaborative working environment.
Management are supportive and provide professional development opportunities to their staff. – less