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Former Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Cambridge, MA
Former Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Cambridge, MA

I worked at Harvard University as a contractor (more than an year)

Pros

Looks great on your resume! People very nice...initially.

Cons

Management disorganized. Data silos. Customers inaccessible. Little direction, if any, from lower level management. Very long time frames for any decision, including project timelines.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Figure out how to eliminate the politics, especially among the IT staff. It's not a contest...it's a team. I've worked in multiple Harvard schools/departments, and have the same advice for each.

Doesn't Recommend
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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    Decentralized Bureaucratic Nightmare

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at Harvard University full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    There are some brilliant people around, who can be very inspiring. The university also has one of the best library systems in the world, which is a true perk of working here. There are also lectures on every conceivable topic all the time, so it's a great place to be if you believe in lifelong education.

    Cons

    For every brilliant academic at the university, there are 10 arrogant ones who blatantly disrespect each other and the staff. Nothing works efficiently at the university, and there is a real lack of communication among people, departments, programs, etc. It's a real nightmare at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Centralize decision making and reduce redundant positions.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    postdoc

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Harvard University full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    flexible work
    great resource
    friendly coworkers
    lots of chances to improve self

    Cons

    feel stressful
    uncertainty on career development
    competitive environment

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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