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Dysfunctional office management at Harvard

  • Work/Life Balance
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Cambridge, MA
Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Cambridge, MA
No opinion of CEO

Pros

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

Cons

There 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 Management

Although 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.

Other Employee Reviews for Harvard University

  1. Teaching is not a priority

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Graduate Student in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Graduate Student in Cambridge, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The name opens doors going forward

    Cons

    Teaching is clearly not a priority, both in class itself and even guidance from advisors often leaves a lot to be desired.

    Advice to Management

    It seems to be in a state of transition, but historically there has not been strong leadership particularly in the engineering department


  2. Great work environment, strong benefits package.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Leading research university, with many opportunities to learn and work with leaders in every field. Excellent benefits including subsidized or free classes at the extension school and elsewhere in the University. Especially useful in improving skills either for career or academic development. I loved working there and the people were always interesting to talk to and easy to work with.

    Cons

    Large organization, with sometimes cumbersome bureaucratic bottlenecks.


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