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Politics and bureaucracy aside, Harvard provides

Staff Assistant (Former Employee) Cambridge, MA

ProsFantastic benefits and perks, free courses, paid time off on all major US holidays (depending on your job responsibility, excellent training, enormous resources available to all such as the libraries, athletic facilities, museums. The students and staff are amazing. There are so many fulfilling opportunities for anyone regardless of their rank or affiliation. It's all there, whether you're a Dean. a staff assistant, or custodial staff.

ConsPolitics. Complaints or about higher level managers tend to fall on dead ears. While it may seem that your voice is heard, very little if anything changes. This is not necessarily always true, of course, but there does seem to be some level of immunity at the exempt level. An institution like Harvard can be set in its ways to the extent that it's more comfortable to let things be rather than rock the boat.

Harvard needs to provide its employees with better merit based rewards. The Union increases are ok, but they don't recognize excellence since everyone gets them. Merit based raises and job reclassification do exist, however it seems that most managers are hesitant to initiate the process for all sorts of reasons.

Pay could be better, but when you factor in all the PTO, insurance options, and everything else, it's hard to complain.

Advice to Senior ManagementListen to your staff. They work hard and make your jobs possible, often times taking little or no credit for t. Take the time to really understand what their jobs entail and offer flexibility. The REALITY and your EXPECTATIONS of what an employee does usually differs from their job description, more often than not warranting reclassification/change of title (not necessarily with a raise); reclassification of a staff position is not a bad thing. It can only reflect on you in a positive way, and I guarantee you would get even better performance as a result.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Brilliant but bureaucratic

    Research Assistant (Former Employee) Cambridge, MA

    I worked at Harvard University part-time for more than a year


    Pros: There are bright, accomplished scholars to work for, Cambridge is… Cons: Brilliant scholars not always accessible, not a clear path for… Advice to Senior Management: More professional development opportunities for Research Assistants. Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend More
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    Graduate Student (Current Employee) Boston, MA

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


    Pros: Provide good resource, good place to learn new techniques, good… Cons: Stressful, researchers are busy in general, hard to find a… Advice to Senior Management: NA Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend More
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