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Dysfunctional office management at Harvard

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Former Employee - Executive Assistant  in  Cambridge, MA
Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Cambridge, MA

I worked at Harvard University

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 ManagementAdvice

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.

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    Competitive and rewarding.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at Harvard University

    Pros

    Prestige, great benefits, awesome intellectual environment

    Cons

    competitive and demanding with lower pay than comparable universities

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    Great!

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral  in  Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at Harvard University

    Pros

    abundant resources and support fully

    Cons

    low payment for post-doc researcher but expect a lot

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    You should be motivated and actively work

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