Harvard Business School Reviews

Updated June 30, 2015
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  1. A Fine Way to enter Harvard

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

    I worked at Harvard Business School full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    I appreciated that this job was entry-level but gave me plenty of time to get used to the Harvard system and opened up lots of opportunities outside of HBS.

    Cons

    There was no upward mobility in my position, so I opted to leave. I also don't think I was a good fit for the culture at HBS, which is very focused on presentation and appearance.


  2. Great Facilities but VERY Cliquey

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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Operations in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Operations in Boston, MA

    I worked at Harvard Business School full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Attractive campus, nice facilities (gyms, cafeterias)

    Cons

    The department that I worked in (Operations) was very cliquey. Most of them have worked their for years and are from the same college. Very tough department to be the new guy. I've never had any issues with any other place I worked for but that was not the case here. Management was very unfair never given me any support or feedback and then without warning let me go after less than a year. My supervisor who was supposed to train me left for maternity leave 2.5 months after I started for 3 months then not long after she came back I was let go....real fair. Again, never had any issues any other place that I ever worked. Always was a high performer and well liked. Beware of Operations dept.

    Advice to Management

    Be fair to your employees! Hold your manager responsible for their decisions too. I was the 4th person in that position within a period of 4 years. That says something about the hiring manager doesn't it?


  3. Awful work culture and lack of team oriented attitude

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Harvard Business School full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Working in development at HBS undoubtedly opens doors to work in other areas of Harvard and provides resources to see what opportunities your interests.

    Cons

    The impersonal office culture, lack of a supportive and trustworthy team, unclear job responsibilities and hierarchical management structure are just a few of the cons in HBS' development office.

    Advice to Management

    When hiring new employees make their job responsibilities and path for internal growth crystals clear. In 1:1 meetings make sure to listen to what your colleague is saying instead of taking over them and needing to get the last word in.


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    more corporate environment

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Harvard Business School (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Nice environment to work where the faculty mostly have management experience. RA work typically ranges from case writing to analyses, depending on which department worked for. My projects have been engaging as far as RA work goes.

    Cons

    Not a position that's meant for people who want growth long-term. There's a max of 5 years that one can hold the position, but this is ideal for people looking to move on to a graduate program or who are in career transitions.

    Advice to Management

    More career building workshops might be nice. Some introductory training is required in case writing, but it may be good to incorporate more training beyond for those who don't do case writing.


  6. Great place to work

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Harvard Business School

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    I've really enjoyed working at HBS. Great colleagues, challenging work. The environment is collegial and welcoming. I would recommend HBS as an employer

    Cons

    Cons are subjecting. I've seen some reviews say that administration is rigid and controlling, I have not had that experience.


  7. Research Associate

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Harvard Business School full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Flexible, Good Benefits, Diverse Projects

    Cons

    Everything depends on which professors you work for. Some are great, others can be tough to work with.


  8. Smart, interest employees

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Program Manager in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - IT Program Manager in Boston, MA

    I worked at Harvard Business School full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    The people you work with will be amazing. It's a top-notch team. There is also plenty of funding for projects to get what they need to be successful.

    Cons

    The environment is political and hasn't grown or changed in many years.

    Advice to Management

    Innovate and add real value in IT


  9. Don't get roped in

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Harvard Business School

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great exposure to research. Sometimes there is free coffee.

    Cons

    Professors don't make good managers, even at a business school. Don't expect to move up anywhere. Administration is rigid and very controlling. You are an outsider and you're made to know it.

    Advice to Management

    Set better boundaries. Professors can end up working kids fresh out of school 80+ hours a week with little direction or support for one month, and then have absolutely nothing for them to do the next.


  10. Unhappy with loss of benefits for PT employees

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Consultant in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Harvard Business School

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great colleagues and used to be good benefits

    Cons

    Given the resources of the school and the larger university, eliminating benefits for PT employees as of Jan 2014 was a lousy move.


  11. Great company to work for.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Boston, MA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The professor I worked for was very nice and I had a super flexible schedule, which was nice considering I was a Harvard undergrad.

    Cons

    I can't think of any real cons here. The work I did was a little boring but it was a research job digging through databases.



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