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A great place to work.

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

I have been working at Harvard University

Recommends
Approves of CEO
Recommends
Approves of CEO

Pros

So many lifers - it's impressivre. Great benefits, great training and upward movement possibilities. You make more in higher ed if you're at Harvard.

Cons

Because of the economy, there have been layoffs, so most departments are at max capacity.

Advice to Management

Dress-down Fridays, please.

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  1. Helpful (2)

    No account or computer to work on but results are expected immediately

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

    I worked at Harvard University

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits, for the name (since it's Harvard)

    Cons

    Low salary, high pressure job

    Advice to Management

    work environment improvement, balance work and life


  2. Recent downsizing leaves good people unemployed

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Human Resources Professional in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Human Resources Professional in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at Harvard University

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Up until recently, long term employment potential. Overall a great place to work. There are just about any job function one could imagine which falls outside the realms of strict academia: from marketing, IT, to finance and accounting. A great place for people to find a long career if their department is well funded. Work life balance is excellence. Most non-Union roles are allowed 4 weeks of vacation, Christmas recess, personal days, holidays and sick days. Excellent access to further education: Harvard Extensions courses at $40 each means one can get a degree for less than $3,000 Convenient on bus and subway lines; *excellent* benefits package Smart coworkers who seem to care about their jobs Career mobility and development is largely dependent on the school/business unit one works in and the skill of the person's manager. You make your career happen here. Harvard's Center for Workplace Development (CWD) offers great programs for professional growth

    Cons

    Recent reactions to the economic climate meant that many good people were forced to leave. A lot of focus is put on the HUCTW jobs that were lost because they have strong advocacy. For those who are not affiliated with a union, Very slow to change. It takes a mountain to convince the system that things could be done more efficiently/effectively. Innovation is not a driver to success. Decentralization means that the schools and business units operate in their own way so there is little consistency across the universtiy. There are no rules here, only recommendations. A nod to the highly decentralized format

    Advice to Management

    Apply a touch of business strategy to how things run to unite the school. But don't cram centralization down the throats of employees in one fell swoop. It hurts the entire organization when top down decisions are made.


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