Harvard University
3.9 of 5 462 reviews
www.harvard.edu Cambridge, MA 5000+ Employees

Harvard University Reviews

Updated Jul 10, 2014
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3.9 462 reviews

                             

91% Approve of the CEO

Harvard University President Drew Gilpin Faust

Drew Gilpin Faust

(213 ratings)

84% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Great but some iLab staff aren't professional

    Graduate Student (Former Employee)

    ProsResources, access to talent, workshops.

    ConsSome of the Asst Dir iLab frankly have no place bring there. They've never formed a company, cannot recruit top talent for workshops, and not professional when things get complicated. Doesn't understand that startups are nimble and you have to be flexible with things that go on with the team, product, etc. preferential treatment given to HBS only team vs others.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't rest on your laurels and really talk to in house teams... When receiving feedback, do something about it after you've gathered it.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Sloooow

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Pros-Flexibility
    -Great benefits
    -Great energy in H. Square
    -A lot of smart people
    -Potential for interesting issues and work

    Cons-Variable leadership
    -Not enough work to do, a lot of staffing (and some people abuse the flexibility)
    -Also lot of smart people -- makes it very hard to distinguish yourself
    -Overly-academic approach

    Advice to Senior Management-Borrow more practices from the business world in running an office
    -Find more stuff for your staff to do! Not busy work

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    Politics....

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsIt looks greats on a resume. The benefits are great. You work with some wonderful colleagues.

    ConsManagement do not listen to their talent - only management. It is very unfortunate.

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to your talent and people with core competencies. Stop hiring contractors just because you have the money to do so.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Mixed feelings. Overall, OK experience.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsStimulating environment. Intelligent and inspiring colleagues. Good benefits. Good resources.

    ConsPoor salary. Very long hours. Internal competition. Poor management.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIt's academia so people tend to live in their own heads to perhaps greater extent than elsewhere.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    I am a graduate student at Harvard University.

    Graduate Student (Current Employee)
    Boston, MA

    ProsHarvard is prestigious and well-known. On the other hand, their programs are large and impersonal. The research is great, of course.

    ConsThe advising is not great, impersonal. Not investing enough in training students - you really are a cog in a giant machine as a graduate student in the sciences at Harvard.

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    Conflicting priorities

    Research Officer (Current Employee)
    Cambridge, MA

    ProsExcellent benefits, independence. The exact situation may depend on your local environment and people. It may be excellent or not.

    ConsOffice politics, management layers may not conducive to producing results, since they are possibly working with divergent goals.

    Advice to Senior ManagementEncourage people with hands-on the job to work with each other to solve problems.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good for family life. Poor for career growth.

    Nurse Practitioner (Current Employee)
    Cambridge, MA

    ProsExcellent benefits, time off. Reasonable, but below average salary.

    ConsLittle growth potential within the organization for a given role.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    The right job is everything

    Staff Assistant I (Current Employee)
    Cambridge, MA

    ProsBenefits are fantastic, and union membership is a huge plus. The pay is very good, considering how easy my job is.

    ConsMy particular position has absolutely no opportunity for growth, or even expanded responsibilities in the role, because my office fights to justify every one of its staff to a department that seems to think we're unnecessary. My job is permanent, but has a mandatory 8-week absence every summer, and it is the lowest pay grade at the University. I have interviewed for several other jobs elsewhere at the University, with no success, in spite of my extensive resume. Internal competition for other jobs here is fierce.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Graduate Research Assistant (Current Employee)
    Cambridge, MA

    Prosbeautiful campus, flexible work times, friendly co-workers,

    Consbad work/life balance, low pay, minimal training unless actively sought out

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great for stability and benefits; not great you are looking to grow professionally

    Staff Assistant II (Current Employee)
    Cambridge, MA

    Pros- Good benefits
    - Flexibility and work life balance
    - Positive co-workers
    - Low stress

    Cons- Growth limited. Ability to take on roles in management determined by degree.
    - Cost of living raise only.
    - Management is change-adverse.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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