Unavailable (Current Employee) – Cambridge, MA – August 2, 2013
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 in your 20s, and really I'd rather have the cash to invest.) Work life balance is non-existent.
Instructor (Current Employee) – Cambridge – July 11, 2012
No chance of advancement if you are technical. I spoke with HR about and they told me that the track is a dead end. If you are an administrator and don't kill anyone you will advance. Medical "benifits " for a family cost $700 a month, now with a $10 per visit copay. Yes you pay for perscriptions Parking permit at work is over $1000 a year , no you are not guaranteed a parking spot.
Each department is indepenent. Some treat employees better than others.
Administrative Assistant (Former Employee) – Cambridge, MA – May 10, 2013
I enjoyed working at MIT as an administrative assistant in one of the departments. The professors that I supported were nurturing and kind. They placed a high value on training and development so I was able to get a lot of exposure to various areas of the department and their research. They included me in as much as possible to assist me in learning what they did so that I could best support them. I wouldn't hesitate to return to work there.
Postdoctoral Research Associate (Current Employee) – Cambridge, MA – May 6, 2013
MIT is an excellent workplace. A typical day is very challenging often, productive and collaborative. Learnt a lot of new techniques and new instrument operations. Being a safety office in the lab, I have learnt and been responsible for quite a lot about safety issues in lab environment. Co-workers here are extremely helpful and always looking for collaboration which increases productivity indeed. The hardest part is to live up to the expectations of the huge pharma company collaboration. The most enjoyable part is the challenges that I am faced with everyday.
Office Assistant (temporary) (Former Employee) – Cambridge, MA – February 19, 2013
Filing scholarly journal articles, faxing, copying and mailing documents and maintaining an organized office. I enjoyed working here because the people were helpful and friendly. I enjoyed filing because I sometimes paused to read the abstracts and therefore learned a lot about the research that was being conducted by the principal investigator. I was introduced to the scholarly journal, PNAS. This exposed me to a wonderful resource for scientific research. The hardest part of the job was that is was only temporary; I wish the administrative assistant whom I was filling in for needed a personal assistant!
working at an academic and scientific institution; friendly and helpful people
Telecom/Network Specialist (Former Employee) – Lexington Ma – October 19, 2012
Worked as a team member on the Communications Infrastructure Upgrade Project that replaced all MIT Lincoln Lab existing wiring with new High Speed Single and Multi mode fiber optic cable. Recent experience has afforded me with the occasion to oversee the Leaf Laser Fiber Optic GlowNet project from MIT Campus to Millstone Radar in Westford. Worked for MIT Lincoln Lab Group 65 with Terabyte speed laser test installation. Installed fiber optic wiring at the MIT Millstone Radar for the Air Force Space Command multi-array BossNet project. Worked with KG-194, STE, STU and L3 secure systems. Worked with Verizon, Rotman Electrical, Quest and Cheyenne Mountain S.A.C. Interfaced with Security Department for contractors and vendors needing access to secure areas.
Ph.D. Research-MIT Biology Program (Former Employee) – Cambridge, MA – October 22, 2013
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 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.
requires self-motivation, can be frustrating and requires extreme passion and endurance
Would never recommend any sane person to work @ MIT!
M.I.T.Office of the Registrar - Coordinator (Former Employee) – Cambridge, MA – March 29, 2014
MIT is by far the worst employer I have worked for. You are a "nobody" there unless you kiss serious butt! That's no bull. They lie to you, keep you in the dark, and are so uncaring about their employees. I for one, am so glad that I was laid-off!
Accountant (Current Employee) – Cambridge – November 6, 2013
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.
Research Methods Consultant (Current Employee) – Cambridge, MA – June 4, 2012
I love this place. Everyone is smart, efficient, kind and friendly. It's easy to make it to work because it's conveniently located on the red line. There are endless resources, fantastic benefits and you can tell you're surrounded by greatness.
high pay, everyone is awesome
lots of gratifying work - but seriously who cares.
Postdoctoral associate (Former Employee) – cambridge, ma – December 25, 2013
• Synthesized novel compounds that damage DNA, used for the treatment of cancer and infectious diseases; Developed alternate synthetic methods for maximizing yield. • Synthesized nucleic acid-genotoxin adducts. • Performed synthesis of radiolabelled compounds.
MIT: Intellectually Challenging Workplace Where It Really IS Rocket Science!
Director of Communications & Outreach (Current Employee) – Cambridge, MA – July 27, 2012
The culture at MIT is one of constant improvement and innovation; in that respect it reflects the profession of engineering in general. At MIT, I work with incredibly smart, driven people who--while they may not be the most adept at interpersonal skills--more than make up for this deficit with their commitment to collaborate and work productively in teams.
As a professional communicator, the biggest challenge I face is earning respect for the important role of outreach, dissemination, "marketing" (a word we don't use here!), and public relations.
To address that challenge, I demonstrate my value every day: Whether it's delivering high quality collateral, for print or online, on time, on budget, and to specification, or sharing quantifiable analytics (website visitation, for example).
smart, motivated students and co-workers; challenging work; relatively relaxed culture; excellent benefits