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Dysfunctional office management at Harvard

Executive Assistant (Former Employee)
Cambridge, MA

ProsThe benefits are excellent. Many of the people are nice. You have the opportunity to work with some very intelligent and accomplished people.

ConsThere is a great deal of in-fighting and jockeying for position. The standards are inconsistent, promotions are subjective, and not necessarily based on merit.

Advice to Senior ManagementAlthough a person may be distinguished in his or her career, that does not guarantee that they manage people well. I worked in an extremely dysfunctional office, where one person was allowed too much power to get rid of anyone she disliked. Since the only person she liked was her own Assistant, that Assistant ended up doing the work of a couple of people. The Director should not have allowed this woman to have so much power -- but it was easier for him to rely on her than to step up and manage the office properly. There was a great deal of Department-wide anger and annoyance regarding this woman's power.

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    Teaching is not a priority

    Graduate Student (Current Employee)
    Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at Harvard University


    Pros: The name opens doors going forward Cons: Teaching is clearly not a priority, both in class itself and… Advice to Senior Management: It seems to be in a state of transition, but historically… No, I would not recommend this company to a friend More
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    Extremely directed and intense but enjoyable and rewarding

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at Harvard University


    Pros: At Harvard, you will be surrounded by intellectuals who share similar goals. Competition is not in the culture… Cons: The compensation is very bureaucratic and takes a nearly unacceptable amount… Advice to Senior Management: Some more feedback would be great but it is not very… Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend More
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