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I have a great English supercomputing boss.

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Current Employee - Research Computing Specialist in Boston, MA
Current Employee - Research Computing Specialist in Boston, MA

I have been working at Harvard University full-time (More than 3 years)

Recommends
No opinion of CEO
Recommends
No opinion of CEO

Pros

I have a rugged looking Englishman as a boss. He laughs a lot and uses strange slang from something called 'Blighty'. Adds a great atmosphere around the computing lab.
He lets me toy around with a lot of hardware putting it in racks. The lights blink a lot and that makes me feel warm and fuzzy.

Cons

I believe I've been told I've been going pear-shaped. I thought this was an insult on my hips but I think it has something to do with his slang terms.
Even though he laughs a lot he looks like firemarshall Bill from In Living Color when he does that.

The UPS system makes funny sounds and sometimes smells like battery acid.

Advice to Management

I think you should consider cloud computing approaches or maybe something with hadoop.

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  1. A valuable experience where I was able to pick up job training.

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    Former Employee - Staff Assistant in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Staff Assistant in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at Harvard University part-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Very professional attitudes when in the work place. I felt as if my performance was noted. If I had stayed on, I feel as if I could have easily transitioned to more roles.

    Cons

    Payroll was not properly integrated, and it took weeks for changes to be made. Luckily I had other sources of income.

  2. Intellectually stimulating environment with many layers of bureaucracy

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    Current Employee - Executive Assistant
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant

    I have been working at Harvard University full-time

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Harvard provides incredible benefits. A Harvard employee can take a class at Harvard Extension School for only $40! Harvard also has a variety of unions, including HUCTW, that work relentlessly to make sure that staff are treated fairly. Employees have access to limitless libraries and incredible speaking engagements.

    Cons

    Personal growth is limited, internal candidates are not valued. Employee retention is not their strong point, and many staff are stretched incredibly thin. Layers of bureaucracy and out-dated processes can make simple procedures daunting.

    Advice to Management

    Improve employee retention by providing more management development trainings.

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