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Decent Salary, Great Benefits!

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Staff Assistant III  in  Cambridge, MA
Current Employee - Staff Assistant III in Cambridge, MA

I have been working at Harvard University

Pros

Great benefits package. 15 vacation days + 3 personal days (18 total) to start! After 5 years of service, earn 20 vacation days, plus personal days, per year.
Great discounts on Harvard courses - take Harvard Extension School courses for $40 each (currently) - up to two per semester (spring, fall, and summer).
I don't know what will happen in this economy, but there have been up until summer 2009 great yearly pay raises (4 to 5 %) - negotiated by the Harvard Clerical and Technical Workers Union.
A lot of professional career-development and skills-development trainings and workshops.
An environmentally friendly environment.

Cons

For some, the salary may not be as high as could be earned elsewhere.
Harvard, surprisingly, will not give free tuition to the children of its employees!

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Work with the union to make sure that pay raises for non-management are not frozen as they were for management staff last year, or horribly reduced.

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    Great place to work, terrific peers.

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    Former Employee - Research Support  in  Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Research Support in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at Harvard University

    Pros

    I am sure the specific professors and/or doctoral students you work with will determine the relative success of your time at HBS. But, my time was made immeasurably better by having a great doctoral student and professor to work with/for.

    Cons

    Not many cons other than the Business School Campus is not terribly easy to commute to, without a car, as most of the surrounding housing is for students at Harvard/HBS.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good job. Then again, at HBS there are high expectations to be met in terms of management.

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  2.  

    Recent downsizing leaves good people unemployed

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Human Resources Professional  in  Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Human Resources Professional in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at Harvard University

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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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