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Updated 22 January 2019
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Pros
  • "Work / life balance seems like a high priority" (in 46 reviews)

  • "Unrivaled density of smart people working on challenging problems across many problem domains" (in 29 reviews)

Cons
  • "Raises are kind of arbitrary and really depend on how much your Group leaders want to push for you when they all get together to determine the ladder" (in 12 reviews)

  • "At least for System Administrators (and I believe most of the technical staff/researchers) prepare for SOUL-CRUSHING micro-management" (in 10 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (6)

    "Good for early and late career"

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    Former Employee - Technical Staff
    Former Employee - Technical Staff
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at MIT Lincoln Laboratory full-time

    Pros

    Academic focus, broad mission areas, ability to move internally, lots of effort to retain employees. Try to keep stable workforce and avoid layoffs, mostly successfully.

    Cons

    Seeking growth in constrained environment. Prioritizes managing up instead of technical development. Lots of marginal utility programs and work pushed down to Group Leaders and staff. Staff members are facing more and more work for little gain.

    Advice to Management

    Reevaluate growth strategy - the lab isn't handling it well.


  2. Helpful (5)

    "Great if you want to go to grad school"

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    Former Employee - Assistant Staff in Lexington, MA (US)
    Former Employee - Assistant Staff in Lexington, MA (US)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at MIT Lincoln Laboratory full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The people here are very smart and generally friendly to work with. This is a place that values learning and you will learn a lot, especially if you are coming straight out of undergrad and haven't made a deep dive into anything technical yet. And, depending on your group leadership, you can have a lot of autonomy and freedom in what you work on.

    Cons

    Management and communication are not great here. They promote people to management positions based on their technical skills, not on their management skills, which sometimes leads to very ineffective managers. People tend to work individually and not communicate very well, even within the same group. You really have to be proactive about communication here. There is also very little opportunity for advancement besides going to grad school and coming back.

    Advice to Management

    Let people advance with experience, not just because they went back to school.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "30 Years at Lincoln Laboratory"

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    Current Employee - Associate Director in Lexington, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Lexington, MA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at MIT Lincoln Laboratory full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    You can work from concept and technology development all the way to full-scale system design and build and take your work to the field for testing and then see your efforts result in new capabilities for national defense.

    Cons

    The greater Boston area is a bit expensive


  4. "Smart people / strong engineering focus"

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    Former Employee - Staff in Lexington, MA (US)
    Former Employee - Staff in Lexington, MA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at MIT Lincoln Laboratory full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Many world class experts there

    Cons

    Hard to strive in small projects


  5. Helpful (5)

    "Interesting and exciting work"

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    Current Employee - Technician in Lexington, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Technician in Lexington, MA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at MIT Lincoln Laboratory full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Some of the smartest people in the world to learn from. Well paid with great benefits.

    Cons

    The bureaucracy can be soul crushing and figuring out who can help takes longer than just doing things yourself.

    Advice to Management

    Stop promoting great scientist's to management! They can't manage!


  6. "4 Starts"

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    Current Employee - Assistant Technical Staff in Lexington, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Assistant Technical Staff in Lexington, MA (US)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at MIT Lincoln Laboratory full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Lots of interesting problems to solve.

    Cons

    You either get lucky or unlucky in your career.


  7. "Great Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Exciting and challenging technical work and technology in support of national security mission.

    Cons

    Pay and benefits need improvement

  8. "Subcontractor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MIT Lincoln Laboratory full-time

    Pros

    - Super smart people
    - Interesting Projects
    - Opportunity to learn a lot

    Cons

    - Politics can get in the way of project peogression


  9. "Special Progama"

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    Current Employee - Securtiy Officer in Lexington, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Securtiy Officer in Lexington, MA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at MIT Lincoln Laboratory (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Work life balance is good.

    Cons

    Department senior leadership does not care about employees.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great Place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at MIT Lincoln Laboratory full-time

    Pros

    Great support and really great people to work with.

    Cons

    Compartmented environment. Relatively rigid hierarchy.