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Hard but fulfilling work

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Current Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in Cambridge, MA (US)
Current Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in Cambridge, MA (US)

I have been working at MIT part-time (More than a year)

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

Pros

If you like hard but meaningful work, this is the right place. Knowing that you are at the cutting edge of research is exciting. Graduate stipend is good enough to live on, and health benefits are great.

Cons

As other people have pointed out, you are working with the best and brightest, so it is easy to get down on yourself if you aren't "perfect." Sometimes the hours are very long--expect to work 50+ hours a week for a "part-time" RA.

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  1. Administrative

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at MIT full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    great benefits
    academic environment
    fun people

    Cons

    not a great salary grade for support
    hard to move up without moving to a new dept

  2. Good PR, Rigid Bureaucratic Institution

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    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - Visiting Scientist in Cambridge, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Visiting Scientist in Cambridge, MA (US)

    I have been working at MIT full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    This is an amazing place to undertake consulting and depending on whom your PI is it can be a very good opportunity.

    Cons

    Boston/Cambridge is expensive. You need to supplement your income. MIT does not pay well because there is a 50% tax that goes to the MIT bureaucrats. There are probably at least 3 of them controlling what you do who contribute to the overhead expenses. There are a lot of "Queens and Kings" in every department because of poor leadership from the directors, deans and department heads.

    Advice to Management

    MIT desperately needs management and mentorship towards its employees and students.

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