Harvard University

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As far as higher-ed fundraising goes, it's the best in the business, but management leaves a lot to be desired.

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Current Employee - Assistant Director, Fundraising in Cambridge, MA
Current Employee - Assistant Director, Fundraising in Cambridge, MA

I have been working at Harvard University full-time (more than 3 years)

Pros

Amazing benefits, great colleagues, unparallelled work-life balance, great to be here if you are interested in higher education, or generally academia.

Cons

Terribly disorganized management and internal governing structure. A lot of inefficient workers who tend to stay around for many years, because the environment is so different from a corporate, for-profit atmosphere. Not a lot of money, but it's technically non-profit, so no surprise.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Focus on internal hiring and promoting, lots of misguided promotions and hires from outside of higher ed development, and even outside of fundraising is not a good way to build morale or boost numbers.

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook

571 Other Employee Reviews for Harvard University (View Most Recent)

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    Good benefits and great work life balance.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Harvard University

    Pros

    Not that much stress on the job. Great hours and some flexibility. Great insurance benefits, time off, and holidays. Everyone is really nice.

    Cons

    Too hierarchical and things move at glacial pace. Fellow employees tend to stick around for too long causing lack of innovation and updated skills. Management seems to be out there for themselves and no enough for their subordinates.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Strive for less hierarchy and more flat organization. Union and management standoff needs to end as soon as possible. With all the activities going on within the University in terms of growth, the University should be more willing and is able to provide more to its unionized staff.

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    postdoc

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

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

    Pros

    Rich school. Many seminars/workshops with great scholars. Lots of lunch seminars - you may not pay often for lunch!

    Cons

    Great scholars nearby - you might be overwhelmed easily. Some bureaucracy - took a month to get a ID card! Benefits are different per faculty/staff/postdoc/temporary. Parking is horrible.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A - not familiar with upper management

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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