Harvard Student Agencies

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Harvard Student Agencies Reviews

Updated October 17, 2014
Updated October 17, 2014
14 Reviews
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14 Reviews
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  1.  

    Working at HSA was a very flexible, convenient job to have.

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    Current Employee - Tutor in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Tutor in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at Harvard Student Agencies part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The hours are very flexible, great for a student. I can select which hours I wish to work, and the managers are very friendly and willing to work with you. Furthermore, it is a good way to gain some valuable experience that can be applied to a professional job in the future.

    Cons

    The pay is not too great, but then again it is not a full-time job, and many other jobs with similar flexibility pay even less. Also, sometimes it may seem hard to balance work and academics.

    Recommends
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  2.  

    Incredible opportunity for students to get hands-on business experience!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Harvard Student Agencies part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    - One of very few opportunities for students to actually run businesses.
    - Great network of individuals.
    - Offers extensive mentorship.

    Cons

    - Balancing work with student life can be challenging.

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  3.  

    Unprecedented business experience.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Managing Director in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Managing Director in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at Harvard Student Agencies part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    I get exposure to all aspects of running a company while in college. Since the businesses are established, you can dive deep into the management and not have to worry about starting it. The people at HSA are one of it's main attractions, I have made some of my best friends and genuinely look forward to coming into work.

    Cons

    It is a lot of hours during the school year, but worth it. This will definitely be your main extracurricular activity.

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  5.  

    Great opportunity to get valuable experience, but be prepared for the high stress workload.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at Harvard Student Agencies (more than an year)

    Pros

    Getting management experience in college is pretty hard to come by, so management jobs at HSA can be a great opportunity. Learn valuable skills and face real world business challenges

    Cons

    Office culture was stiff, but improvements are trying to be made in this area. Very challenging to manage your time between HSA work and schoolwork.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make summers at HSA a more enjoyable work experience.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great place to work with - flexible hours, good pay, and great people.

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    Current Employee - Distributor in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Distributor in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at Harvard Student Agencies part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    flexible hours, good pay, and great people.

    Cons

    Late notice when they need you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    For distribution, let the employees know whether or not they will have to deliver earlier.

    Recommends
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    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Meh

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Harvard Student Agencies as a contractor

    Pros

    great work experience, learn a lot, real life business experience, take ownership of your company, gain respect

    Cons

    awful culture, long hours, hard to balance school and work, upper management is detached from agencies, compensation no longer competitive

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get your act together

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great Experience

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Harvard Student Agencies part-time

    Pros

    Reasonable salary, free reign on an agency, meet lots of ambitious and talented students, summer plans solidified early on in the year.

    Cons

    Poor communication sometimes, long hours during the week, balancing school work and HSA work can be tough, working with strong-minded people can be difficult.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring out the best of HSA culture!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great place to get entry-level management experience.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at Harvard Student Agencies

    Pros

    Great place to work with solid management community, compensation and mentorship. Also provides great opportunity for professional development and networking.

    Cons

    Sometimes the hard-working culture makes work life balance ridicule. Specifically, it is difficult to balance school and management responsibilities. Also must learn to manage friendship and work relationships professionally.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    A place to learn, grow, network, and innovate, such that your ideas can become reality with the right work ethic.

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    Current Employee - Founder/Manager/Head Talent Agent At HSA Talent in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Founder/Manager/Head Talent Agent At HSA Talent in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at Harvard Student Agencies

    Pros

    The people you meet are incredible. The opportunities for innovation and entrepreneurship are outstanding. Everyone wants to help and is more than willing to meet and talk with you. And, best of all, it is a vibrant and fun work environment where everyone more or less loves the work they are doing.

    Cons

    The pay is not the best, but it is only a part-time job. Sometimes, you will have to work a ton in a given week and earn way more than you are paid whereas other weeks it may be slow and you may not work as much. Overall, it balances out though.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A bit more recognition for a job well done. The status quo is hard work at HSA, but it helps when you are told that the work you are doing is appreciated.

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  11.  

    HSA is simply the best business experience offered to college undergraduates anywhere in the world.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at Harvard Student Agencies

    Pros

    -Run a multi-milliondollar business with other teenagers and young adults
    -Earn more than in any other job as a student
    -Gain easy access to HSA alums, HBS professors, and other prominent business people
    -Have an incredible summer and a blast throughout the year

    Cons

    Because of the many different student-run agencies within HSA, the hierarchy of the company in general could be more transparent. Also, the most interesting parts of HSA (million-dollar deals, etc) are really only known by upper management and their select confidantes, while most managers are not privy to the coolest things about the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make the company's hierarchy and inner workings more transparent. This would increase loyalty to the company and provide even better business experience to the students, which is the company's very mission.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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