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Over educated babies with no interpersonal skills - makes working there difficult.

  • Work/Life Balance
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Former Employee - Staff Assistant in Cambridge, MA
Former Employee - Staff Assistant in Cambridge, MA
Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

I worked at Harvard University full-time (More than 8 years)

Pros

Connections. There are so many alums.

Cons

Selfish, arrogant people in all staffing levels - who don't know how nor really want to do work.

Advice to Management

Leave.

Other Employee Reviews for Harvard University

  1. Helpful (1)

    lots of variability in treatment

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you're interested in working with smart people, this is the place to be. First place I've been where I didn't have to worry about threatening people with ideas. Great benefits, if you get a chance to use them; e.g. too busy to vacation

    Cons

    Huge politics depending on where in the organizational hierarchy you fit. There is great variability in the "happiness index" depending on who your direct supervisor is. And again, highly variable to the department you work in, you might be on call all the time, as to be answering emails at 11pm at night and have a full inbox by 8 am anyway.

    Advice to Management

    Give more than lip service to work/life balance. Actually do something about supervisors who do not allow for sick days and vacation time that does not require checking in throughout the day.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Great place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Harvard University full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, flexible work schedule, supports work life balance, good pay and time off. Has a union for non-exempt employees which is an added plus. Many positions have a 35hr work week as opposed to a 40hr which works well for some but not for others. The fact that you can take classes at the Extension School for a small $ amount is another added extra.

    Cons

    University is very had to get into.... very difficult when applying for jobs or referring someone who is qualified. The University almost never responds. I have referred individuals on many occasions and they were never notified. ITS ALL ABOUT WHO YOU KNOW! Very hard to move around within Schools. The possibility of being rehired if you've left the University and want to return is little to none, unless you are in Management (first hand knowledge of managers who left a few times and returned only to be rehired into new positions. Not so with the employees...not in every case, but in some). Overall, people leave for various reasons both good and bad, but the University seems to frown upon people who leave and want to return. They make it very difficult to do this! Also, just because you've been laid off doesn't mean that you are placed at the top of the list to be rehired, or given preferential treatment. Good luck if you can find another position that will pay what you made previously. Your likely to have to take a reduction.

    Advice to Management

    You should put yourself in the shoes of the employees and those trying to move around and explore new opportunities within the University....especially those who have been laid off. It just may help you understand what they are experiencing and what its like to be on the other end of the job search. A lot more sensitivity, understanding and effective communication would go a long way. If employees are happy, the morale will be higher and performance will be better. If not, you'll get the complete opposite.


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