- M.I.T22.Dec 2015
Co-workers were uniformly highly motivated and talented individuals. Company culture was to push fast and hard to achieve goals.
Support from management
Most group leaders are exemplary, thoughtful planners who take care of their group members.
Most of my co-workers were wonderful. Along the way there were a handful who extremely competitive, secretive, or otherwise unwilling to work as a team with others.
Freedom to work independently
I had nearly complete freedom to work as I wished, as long as I fulfilled my role on the team. Work on my own interests was encouraged when time and resources permitted.
Women were strongly encouraged, yet still a relative minority in many science/tech areas.
Attitude towards older colleagues
Older colleagues are held in high regard, and are often known for their contributions to their field.
Highly competitive environment requires aggressiveness and perseverance to move ahead. Without these, your career will likely plateau. Also, only three grades of research workers available, and while I was there, the institute decided to not promote anyone beyond the second level. Unknown when this will change.
Overall compensation for your work
Salaries are average for academics, and well below commercial industry standards for a person of the same qualifications and experience. Many superb researchers would love to have your job. The employer is in total control in this area. Benefits, however, were excellent, and better than at many other world-class institutions.
Office / Work Environment
Overall very good. Sometimes competition for research funds and resources with other groups could be an aggravation.
Generally very socially aware and active, but sometimes could spend large amounts of time and effort on fashionable topics with little real impact.
Strong tendency for younger to mid-life people to sacrifice quality family time to their career, and then regret it later in life.
Generally speaking, most people are very happy to work at M.I.T.
Being a research institution, things tend to be stable except in times of federal budget cuts, when scienctific research programs are the first to feel the budget ax. Jobs can vanish, although this is usually the exception rather than the rule.
Many options exist to provide accessibility.
By and large, yes, and M.I.T. spends a lot of money retrofitting older buildings to comply with new safety regulations.
Challenging and fascinating -- a world-class leader in nearly every scientific and technical field or area of inquiry
Inclusive / Diverse
HIgh degree of emphasis on inclusiveness.
The following benefits were offered to me
- Are you a Current or Former Employee?Former job since 2015