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Good place to start career
Research Associate (Current Employee) –  Boston, MAFebruary 24, 2019
It's a good place to start your career as a scientist. You learn a lot from coworkers and other higher up scientists due to many joint lab meetings. You also get to work with up and coming technologies.

However, there could be a lot of competition and gossip for job security.
Pros
Free lunch sometimes, good working environment overall, good first step, learn a lot
Cons
Highly competitive
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Great place to work
Sr. Research Associate II (Current Employee) –  Cambridge, MAJanuary 15, 2019
Broad provides a lot of career development opportunities for its employee. I learn a great deal from the incredibly bright and kind people, from many science seminars and different projects.
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Perfect environment for scientist
PostDoc Research Fellow (Current Employee) –  Cambridge, MANovember 7, 2018
The Broad cultivates a very open, communicative and friendly atmosphere. There are not many hierarchies and the support is great. Benefits, feedback, resources are perfect and the administration is doing a good job so that you can focus on your science.
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Diverse and fun place to work
Reasearch Associate\Lab Assistant (Former Employee) –  Cambridge, MAOctober 12, 2018
Excellent work environment with equal opportunities to conferences and talks.
The diversity is quite impressive. I do think it's the most diverse company in the state.
Pros
a chance to attend to great talks
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Smart scientists, not so good for software dev
Senior Principal Software Engineer (Former Employee) –  Cambridge, MAOctober 11, 2018
Broad Institute is a cool place - lots of scientists, lots of interesting experiments and data analysis going on, many opportunities to
attend interesting lectures about science and statistics.

But ... the software developments are maybe 5-10 years behind the state of the art in industry. And what might be worse is that the people managing the software developments don't seem to be aware of that fact.

And they're looking to get work done by inexperienced postdocs on $45K/yr, which leaves a software veteran feeling like a square peg in a round hole trying to explain what would be obvious in a more normal environment.
Pros
Terrific benefits (100% match on 401K, cheap health insurance etc)
Cons
No bonus or equity; software is secondary to science.
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Its great
Postdoctoral Associate Scientist (Current Employee) –  cambridgeAugust 22, 2018
awesome place its great, fun culture and productive environment. awesome collaborations and research. Love working here and would strongly recommend people to look for careers here.
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Not the best for career advancement or independence
Research Associate (Former Employee) –  Cambridge, MAAugust 21, 2018
Great resources, very smart scientists, flexibility schedule and lots of company perks. However, as a lower scientist (research associate), there is not a lot of resources for successful management, autonomy and moving up.
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Productive, Easygoing, Flexible
Research Associate I (Former Employee) –  Cambridge, MAFebruary 21, 2018
Won't find many companies better to work for. Culture is laid back, people are great, and company really takes care of their employees. It takes some time to move up the ladder.
Pros
Fantastic benefits
Cons
Salary lower due to non-profit funding
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Great place to learn
Consultant in the DSDE Group (Former Employee) –  Cambridge, MAFebruary 20, 2018
Great place to learn cutting edge technology but little or no job advancement. In the forefront of bioinformatics, handling an interpreting DNA data. Very collaborative environment.
Pros
Cutting edge tedhnology
Cons
salary
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Relaxed work environment but little growth opportunity
Process Development Associate II (Current Employee) –  Cambridge, MAFebruary 11, 2018
I like working for the Broad, however due to my low salary compared to other companies for my experience, where the company is located, and the lack of opportunity to grow at a steady pace, I am looking to leave and find another place of employment that appreciates my skill set more.
Pros
A lot of vacation time
Cons
low salary
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Great Mission and Culture
Software Engineer I (Current Employee) –  Cambridge, MAJanuary 25, 2018
I've worked here since 2002, since before it was called the Broad Institute and have grown with it as it has evolved into the institute it is today.

Working here you will interact with some wonderful, intelligent, kind and supportive people. In general, the culture and benefits are two of the greatest draws. They do put a lot of effort to make minorities feel welcome and accepted which I appreciate.

I've been fortunate to work for an excellent manager who supported my career transition to a software engineer. I don't know if every manager here has a similar disposition, however, so your mileage may vary.

You will get to work on some interesting projects with goals that anyone can get behind, whether it's related to cancer research or creating resources to help scientists deal with infectious disease.

The main downside of working here is the salary. If you are lucky enough to not have to worry about that, I highly recommend working here. Benefits are great, you can get up to 5,250 in tuition reimbursed and their is ample time-off. Work-life balance is excellent.

Additionally, it's very easy to get too comfortable in your position here, and before you know it, you've allowed five years to pass without focusing enough on your career growth.
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Very nice and collaborative coworkers
Research scientist (Current Employee) –  Cambridge, MAJanuary 19, 2018
Great science ongoing, great scientific talks around, a lot of free food. Variable sitting areas that provides a relaxed and focused studying and working environment. Great place to work at!
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Cut-throat competition with tons of Institute funding but 0 prospects of career advancement.
Computational Biologist (Former Employee) –  Cambridge, MANovember 28, 2017
Broad was probably the worst place I have ever worked for. Every PI is out for their own skin, not even their employees' skin, there's no collaboration or teamwork and everyone in there is super-pleased with themselves without really being all that. Moreover there are 0 chances of career advancement as one can be there for 5-7 years and have 0 publications or help from the PI to advance in academia. The one pro while being there: due to the insane amount of money flowing into the Institute there was always happy hours and free food lying around. Finally the relaxed work ethic of the place was quite laughable too, people would show up after 9.30am and leave well before 4.30pm, always for some weather or personal reason.
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Excellent cutting edge facillity.
UNDERGRADUATE ASSOCIATE RESEARCHER (Former Employee) –  Cambridge, MASeptember 7, 2017
I was an unpaid affiliate, I did not perform any experiments, I juts enjoyed the lecture atmosphere. I would recommend the broad institute to anyone that is interested in participating in cutting edge research.
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Wonderful
Process Development Associate (Current Employee) –  Cambridge, MAJuly 31, 2017
Absolutely wonderful experience. Each team within the larger schema of this non profit work amazingly individually and as a team to achieve greatness.
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Inspiring Research Institute
Research Associate (Former Employee) –  Cambridge, MAJune 23, 2017
A lot of incredible research and publications are produced at the Broad, and it is definitely an inspiring place to work. The work-life balance depends a lot on what group you work with; in my experience, some are better than others. Great culture, very inclusive, and lots of affinity groups are available. Lots of cross-collaboration. Tons of benefits, but not the most competitive salaries. Career paths are not very straightforward, but has been a wonderful experience for me as a recent college graduate.
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Benefits
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Salary
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No clear career path for those not in graduate school
Research Associate I (Former Employee) –  Cambridge, MAApril 27, 2017
Benefits package is excellent though pay is less than industry. Great career development courses for those interested, but management is not great. For those not in graduate school or doing a post-doc there is no clear path forward and not all managers are supportive of advancement.
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Productive, but relaxed place to work. Social hours on Fridays were a nice way to relax after a long week.
Senior Administrative Assistant (Former Employee) –  Cambridge, MAApril 19, 2017
Hardest part of the job was managing the director's email. His schedule was so busy that it was hard to go over what was actually important. The most enjoyable part of the job was the culture and team environment.

A fun, collaborative place to work. Good work/life balance. Good benefits and vacation (a week off between Christmas and New Years). Lots of ways to enrich one's career via trainings/lectures offered.
Pros
Work from home
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Great place to learn and to collaborate with
Project Manager (Current Employee) –  Cambridge, MAApril 19, 2017
There is no typical day, which is the best part! Every day presents itself with new challenges. There are a ton of various training sessions available to help grow and develop ones career.
Pros
Always free food and training classes available
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Cutting edge science, nurturing environment
Postdoctoral researcher (Former Employee) –  Cambridge, MADecember 27, 2016
Broad is the place to grow scientifically and be exposed to the research of tomorrow. There are many ways to learn as well as to provide your own expertise.
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