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Current Employee - Research Associate  in  Boston, MA
Current Employee - Research Associate in Boston, MA

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

Pros

accesrlds to top researchers and the best university in the world

Cons

most positions of this type relies on soft money

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no advice

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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 for 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.

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    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.

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    Probably one of the best places to do postdoc, but think twice before continuing with postdoc fellowship

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

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

    Pros

    Most Harvard postdocs are smart people, thus it creates engaging environment. The funding situation varies between labs, but most labs are usually in good funding situation.

    Cons

    Too much competition, lack of mentoring, some indifferent colleagues, uncertain future.
    Low pay, which is typical of postdoc positions. We're told that we are sacrificing for the future. Still, 40K after 4-6 years of training (graduate) doesn't justify that. High cost of living in Boston area doesn't help.

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