Harvard University Reviews

Updated 29 July 2015
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Harvard University President Drew Gilpin Faust
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Pros
  • Good opportunity for work-life balance (in 47 reviews)

  • Harvard University have a wide array of great benefits such as retirement plan and subsidized education at several Harvard coursed (in 51 reviews)

Cons
  • Finding a work-life balance can be tough (in 18 reviews)

  • low pay per hour (considering Boston is such a high-cost place) (in 15 reviews)

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  1. Great part-time experience for students

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

    I worked at Harvard University part-time (More than a year)

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

    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


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    Great and fine institution of higher learning

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager of Network and Linux Systems in Cambridge, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Manager of Network and Linux Systems in Cambridge, MA (US)

    I have been working at Harvard University full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits, flexibility and Job security. 35 hour work week. Continued education.

    Cons

    Lack of upward mobility. No rapid growth. Stagnant organization. Can be career suicide.

    Advice to Management

    Reduce management layers. More boots on the ground.


  3. Great school

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow

    I worked at Harvard University (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great school with tremendous resources/opportunities either for looking for jobs or for doing research.

    Cons

    Peer pressure if you count this as a con. You need to work hard to stand out or be competitive to your collages.


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  5. Staff Assistant III

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    Current Employee - Staff Assistant III in Brockton, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Staff Assistant III in Brockton, MA (US)

    I have been working at Harvard University

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

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, generous time off, annual raises for union, my supervisor is very flexible with schedule

    Cons

    None come to mind - if I had to commute to Boston that would be a con for me.

    Advice to Management

    I am located off campus so can't really comment on this.


  6. Harvard graduate student

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Harvard University

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great place to do PhD studies. I am currently learning a lot from my advisor.

    Cons

    Research can be pretty intense. Many people work long hours. It's hard sometimes because not all experiments work the way you want it to.


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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Harvard University full-time

    Pros

    good nice professional leadership nice environment

    Cons

    work load fatigue people and so


  8. A hedge fund with a college on the side for tax purposes

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Harvard University part-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    -- Reputation -- Resources -- Decent location (not North Dakota)

    Cons

    -- Systematically undercompensates non-management/non-admininstrative staff to the point where everyone talented leaves and things like tech support are a true disaster & embarrassment for an institution this moneyed -- Tradition & conservatism mean segmented/partitioned offices/departments that don't work well with each other (horizontally or vertically) and are SSLLOOWW to change, even when decades behind other higher ed institutions

    Advice to Management

    Equalize pay; cut out the administrative self-serving and start to take seriously your responsibility to measure up to other universities, like the many huge public ones that are running much more smoothly.


  9. Lab Technician Review

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Harvard University

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Excellent work/life balance, great benefits, regular raises, and a decent retirement plan.

    Cons

    I can't think of any cons. It's awesome working here.


  10. Pleasant place to work

    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Cambridge, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Cambridge, MA (US)

    I have been working at Harvard University full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great people Fun work (most of the time) Focused on learning / professional development Great benefits (ex. medical, dental, discounts with local merchants) Flexible work hours (aka nice work / life balance options) Events showing appreciation to employees at least once a quarter Casual side of business casual dress Pretty location (if on main campus) Great reputation

    Cons

    Slightly lower salary than private industry


  11. Great opportunities

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Harvard University

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Human Resources is pretty friendly and efficient

    Cons

    Very intense environment, which is sometimes good, sometimes bad



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