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Harvard University Reviews

Updated 17 September 2014
Updated 17 September 2014
488 Reviews
4.0
488 Reviews
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Harvard University President Drew Gilpin Faust
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • For administrative positions, the work/life balance is decent because staff are unionized (in 44 reviews)

  • Lots of freedom, interesting work, great benefits, unbelievable resources (in 48 reviews)


Cons
  • bad work/life balance, low pay, minimal training unless actively sought out (in 14 reviews)

  • low pay, ceiling/plateau for researchers, no clear path for researches in public health, isolating environment (in 13 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great part-time experience for students

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Student Computing Technician
    Former Employee - Student Computing Technician

    I worked at Harvard University part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Colleagues are all super smart - they are all Harvard students
    - Cordial working environment
    - Quick promotion: I was able to move from tier 1 to tier 3 in a 3-tier role within 3 semesters
    - Best pay on campus
    - Flexible work schedule

    Cons

    - Bureaucratic structure means that sometimes things get lost in the weeds
    - Cases that are more difficult and thus more exciting need to be escalated to supervisors

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Teaching Fellow

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Harvard University

    Pros

    Great students, good textbook and classroom technology

    Cons

    Expensive living in Boston area in general

  3.  

    Harvard is a complicated, but great, place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - University Administrator  in  Cambridge, MA (US)
    Current Employee - University Administrator in Cambridge, MA (US)

    I have been working at Harvard University full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Competitive pay, amazing benefits, flexibility in schedule

    Cons

    Dealing with elitist personalities, academics who don't know how to manage properly

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more attention to the staff who supports what everyone does - they are the lifeline!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    PhD student

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Harvard University full-time

    Pros

    Great people and broad mentorship

    Cons

    Intensive, need to self navigate

  6.  

    Very intellectual and international community

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Assistant  in  Cambridge, MA (US)
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Cambridge, MA (US)

    I worked at Harvard University full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Working with very dedicated and motivated people. Very good benefits. Opportunity for taking classes for free.

    Cons

    These are only cautions not really cons. It is a very demanding environment. It is typical for an institute at that level. A research assistant may need to work extra hours on many days to keep a good progress.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It varies from lab to lab. Research assistances should be more included in post-doc/graduate student seminars.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    10+ Years at Harvard...

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director  in  Cambridge, MA (US)
    Former Employee - Director in Cambridge, MA (US)

    I worked at Harvard University full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Intellectual atmosphere...mission driven...innovative people (depending on which part of Harvard you're working in...)...Promote from within...good job opportunity and security...great benefits...

    Cons

    Challenging environment for someone who is highly ambitious - which is funny since it is a place full of ambitious people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    As you climb the ladder it becomes very challenging to compete with the "authority" that faculty have, which is understandable since it is a university. But - if they want to retain more ambitious administrators that have strong content knowledge then there needs to be more room on the ladder for them to climb.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Harvard has been a great place for me to start my career

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Cambridge, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA (US)

    I have been working at Harvard University full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    health care, special benefits, PTO, internal development, retirement, work/life balance, location, training

    Cons

    salary, limited budget, bureaucracy, space issues

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Offer more competitive salaries

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Excellent Experience

    Current Employee - Student Computing Technician  in  Cambridge, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Student Computing Technician in Cambridge, MA (US)

    I have been working at Harvard University part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Best Job on Campus
    Laid Back
    Great Opportunity to Learn

    Cons

    Sometimes it gets a little disorganized
    Competitive School

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the Great Atmosphere

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    I am a fifth year PhD candidate at Harvard, located at the medical school.

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    Current Employee - PhD Student  in  Boston, MA (US)
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Boston, MA (US)

    I have been working at Harvard University full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    World-class training, impact, and equipment. You are surrounded by intelligent people and have opportunity to meet many of them at seminars or though collaboration.

    Cons

    This is a high stress, high pressure, competitive environment in which to work. Lab work is tough and it is not made easier by the judgment and politics of coworkers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There needs to be a more supportive and fun environment with less politics. This could be resolved by changing the outlook of principal investigators and postdoctoral fellows.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Smart people to work with, nice working environment

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Harvard University

    Pros

    Great place to learn cutting edge knowledge, to do research

    Cons

    high expectation, high pressure. No work-life balance

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