Harvard University
3.9 of 5 463 reviews
www.harvard.edu Cambridge, MA 5000+ Employees

Harvard University Reviews

Updated Jun 23, 2014
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3.9 463 reviews

                             

91% Approve of the CEO

Harvard University President Drew Gilpin Faust

Drew Gilpin Faust

(214 ratings)

84% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    I had an opportunity to work with very smart people.

    Research Associate (Current Employee)
    Cambridge, MA

    Prosgood facilities, smart people, nice campus

    Conshard to balance life and work
    tough and competitive

    Advice to Senior Managementno advice

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great place to work, but lots of bureaucracy

    Research Associate (Current Employee)
    Cambridge, MA

    ProsThere are lots of reasons to love working at Harvard: wonderful hours (9-5PM on the staff side), intellectually stimulating work, brilliant people, lots of resources, Thanksgiving/Christmas vacations free, pay is good.

    ConsThere can be a lot of bureaucracy depending on which department you work in. There is very little opportunity for more than a standard 2% raise or a bonus unless you are near the top of the department, so you should definitely negotiate high when you come in. While I think there may be opportunities to bounce around to different jobs at the school, I have personally seen few people advance from within in my department.

    Advice to Senior Management1.) Create a promotion friendly environment within departments
    2.) Reward hard work with raises or bonuses

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Positive experience

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat faculty, research opportunities, and peers.

    ConsYou are left alone a lot, and professors are extremely busy. Plus, it's hard to save for retirement because you are not officially making income as a PhD student

    Advice to Senior ManagementI would encourage management to create systems to help PhDs develop financial security. For instance, allowing them to invest in retirement accounts if they are saving money from their stipends. Additionally, there need to be formal tracks that PhDs can get plugged into - some kind of lab model for the social sciences.

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    postdoc in biology

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Proschallenging project, you can learn a lot in academic research

    Consno promotion; low salary; hard to find a job

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    Great place to work. Certainly a stepping stone.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThe people and the benefits.

    ConsLow pay for union employees.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBecome less decentralized.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great place, limited growth internally.

    Research Computing Specialist (Current Employee)
    Cambridge, MA

    ProsGreat place to work, amazing relaxed culture, great area, and working in Higher Ed/Research I find personally very rewarding. Great benefits too!

    ConsAs a non-academic, I've found I've already (31 years old, 7 years @ Harvard) hit the "only has a BS" wall. I've been personally told that while I'm qualified for advancement and deserve it, at the upper levels its just not possible with ONLY a bachelors and 10 years of experience. My boss and I talked about raises/advancement over a year ago, and even with monthly prodding, Its got me no where. Best/only way to get promoted (others have backed this up), is to leave or change schools within the university.

    Harvard is VERY decentralized, and disorganized, but magically functions as well as it does. Its an...amazing place.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMore structure, defined growth for employees, and you've got to pay better, at least within the IT world, if you want to stop the non-stop decades long turn over than has nearly crippled IT at Harvard Multiple times. Regardless of how nice it is to be at Harvard, turning down offers for 10-30K more gets pretty hard, and its why everyone in Harvard IT community leaves if they are any good. I have purchased multiple employees worth of equipment with little need for justification, but getting a raise or more staff if nearly impossible for less total $$.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Awesome place to work!

    Library Assistant (Current Employee)
    Cambridge, MA

    ProsGreat people, very flexible and caring!

    ConsNot too much growth here!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    excellent collaborative environment

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThe mentorship and training are invaluable

    ConsThe pay is low and it's a very long process to progress through the system. You must be persistent

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    Amazing

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsA great environment and a great team

    Conslow pay but was worth it

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    Great place to build a career!

    Postdoctoral Fellow (Current Employee)
    Cambridge, MA

    ProsThere are many smart people. Therefore, you can easily help each other.
    It is very competitive environment.
    Culture is flexible in general.

    ConsDoes not compensate well as compared to other academia.
    Health benefits do not cover many area, although health care teams are very professional.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNeed to compensate better for their employee.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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