Harvard University
3.9 of 5 426 reviews
www.harvard.edu Cambridge, MA 5000+ Employees

Harvard University Reviews in Boston, MA

Updated Apr 13, 2014
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3.9 97 reviews

                             

85% Approve of the CEO

Harvard University President Drew Gilpin Faust

Drew Gilpin Faust

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85% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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A great learning experience

Research Associate (Former Employee)
Boston, MA

I worked at Harvard University full-time for more than a year

ProsAccess to many proprietary resources, Learning and working with some of the best in their fields, Many opportunities for networking and making new connections

ConsIn any academic environment the pace is much slower and this takes adjustment. In research showing your worth is not always seen as important and the investigator's time is very limited so you must be proactive in managing your career.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Pretty good

Graduate Student (Current Employee)
Boston, MA

I have been working at Harvard University full-time for more than 3 years

ProsStrong academic and research environment

ConsVery busy work! Lots of people breathing down your neck.

Advice to Senior ManagementHarvard needs more centralization.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Harvard University and Children's Hospital

Research Fellow (Former Employee)
Boston, MA

I worked at Harvard University full-time for more than 5 years

Prosinfrastructure and culture and value and T

Conscompetition, competition, competition, competition, competition

Advice to Senior ManagementSalary is too low considering one of the highest housing and rent market in the area

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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very extraordinary place for collaborations

Research Fellow (Current Employee)
Boston, MA

I have been working at Harvard University full-time for more than 5 years

Proshave the chances to meet the world most talent scientists and young scholars; highly enriched top rank scientists; fabulous resources, seminars.

Consvery tough for junior and young researchers; very competitive and may be very stressful.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Full of from intellectual community..

Research Fellow (Current Employee)
Boston, MA

I have been working at Harvard University

ProsScientific environment to work.
Cutting edge research
Wonderful community of peers and private investigators
International reputation
Limitless supply of researchers and collaborators that make research a lot easier to perform

ConsAn overall cut-throat environment with high expectations and even higher levels of competition.
A poorly defined path for promotion
Poorly defined mentoring program for junior faculty.
A poorly defined path for promotion
Poorly defined mentoring program for junior faculty.

Advice to Senior ManagementProvide tangible policies that put in place mechanisms for active mentorship and highlight specific requirements for career advancement within and outside the institution.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great place to do cutting edge research, O.K. place to work.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Boston, MA

I have been working at Harvard University

ProsCutting edge research
Wonderful community of peers and private investigators
International reputation
Limitless supply of researchers and collaborators that make research a lot easier to perform

ConsAn overall cut-throat environment with high expectations and even higher levels of competition.
A poorly defined path for promotion
Poorly defined mentoring program for junior faculty.

Advice to Senior ManagementProvide tangible policies that put in place mechanisms for active mentorship and highlight specific requirements for career advancement within and outside the institution.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great work environment, strong benefits package.

Research Associate (Former Employee)
Boston, MA

I worked at Harvard University

ProsLeading research university, with many opportunities to learn and work with leaders in every field. Excellent benefits including subsidized or free classes at the extension school and elsewhere in the University. Especially useful in improving skills either for career or academic development. I loved working there and the people were always interesting to talk to and easy to work with.

ConsLarge organization, with sometimes cumbersome bureaucratic bottlenecks.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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One of a kind

Graduate Student (Current Employee)
Boston, MA

I have been working at Harvard University

ProsIts Harvard! But seriously, an amazing collection of people

ConsNot much of a community, need to be self motivated.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great learning opportunities but not much room to move up

Senior Software Developer (Current Employee)
Boston, MA

I have been working at Harvard University

Prosbenefits, training opportunities, competent and nice coworkers, cutting edge technology, great resources and interesting projects, ability to move laterally within the university.

Consnot a lot of opportunity to move up into management since there is not a lot of turnover, and there is a pretty solid hierarchy in place
some red tape. salaries might not be as competitive as in the outside world- but the benefits are good.

Advice to Senior ManagementSometimes I wish they would stop focusing so much on making new layers of management and levels of bureaucracy. there is certainly a sense that managers think they are a bit more clever than the rest.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great benefits & perks

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Boston, MA

I have been working at Harvard University

ProsGreat benefits and perks such as discounts, tuition reimbursement and ability to take classes at Harvard Extension School

A culture in which people are polite towards each other regardless of any negative feelings they may harbor towards a person

Working for a prestigious institution - which looks great on a resume

Ability to leave a little early when it's very slow in an office yet still be paid

ConsThere are a few in management positions who are incompetent therefore they become micro managers.

The culture of Harvard is polite towards all but faculty members & those in top positions are treated with more respect than others.

Being hired in an office in which most of coworkers are older ladies who have been working together for several years means being left out within their circle - this includes not being told very important work related information

In my personal experience with my direct supervisor - but not certain whether this is typical - there's favoritism. The favorites' request are granted many times, yet when I make the same request once, I'm given a hard time.

Advice to Senior ManagementBefore promoting a person to a management position, make sure they are competent with emotional & cognitive intelligence, or else the people they supervise will be miserable and it'll be a poor reflection on Harvard, that is allegedly a good place to work.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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