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Harvard University Reviews in Boston, MA

Updated January 23, 2015
Updated January 23, 2015
551 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • For administrative positions, the work/life balance is decent because staff are unionized (in 47 reviews)

  • Lots of freedom, interesting work, great benefits, unbelievable resources (in 51 reviews)


Cons
  • bad work/life balance, low pay, minimal training unless actively sought out (in 18 reviews)

  • low pay, ceiling/plateau for researchers, no clear path for researches in public health, isolating environment (in 15 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great opportunities

    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Harvard University

    Pros

    Excellent way to be exposed to research

    Cons

    Hard to understand all the components of the lab

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Depends on laboratory

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Researcher

    Former Employee - Researcher in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Researcher in Boston, MA

    I worked at Harvard University full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    laidback relaxing working environment. Very freindly people very nice campus good drink adn food

    Cons

    too slow. low pay. not very active not exciting no fun

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    increase salary, inprove the quality of life

  3.  

    Great place to work, extremely inspiring

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Harvard University full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    You are surrounded by so many extraordinarily smart people, you can take Harvard classes for very little money, the time off is that of a university so...great

    Cons

    postdoc salaries aren't that exciting, competitiveness is high and everyone seems to be very fond of themselves

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    more affordable housing would be nice, also better transportation between different campus locations

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Silver handcuffs

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Harvard University

    Pros

    Job security, benefits, lots of time off, high pay relative to other higher ed and not-for-profit sector employers

    Cons

    Slow progression, lots of bureaucracy, low pay relative to private sector employers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create more opportunities for motivated individuals to climb quickly and reward top performers with more bonuses and merit-based salary increases

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great place to work and collaborate...busy!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Harvard University full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Always interesting and stimulating to talks to attend-- most often about topics of great relevance to todays challenges. Students, staff and faculty are more approachable and friendly than you would assume.

    Cons

    A lot is expected from you. There is a culture of always "being busy" or "looking busy" that sometimes I wonder how productive people really are, or how much are they really contributing.

    Positive Outlook
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Excellent benefits, some great departments and people, can be sluggish and hierarchical.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Coordinator in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Coordinator in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    I like the academic atmosphere, hours and benefits, paid time-off, etc. Being part of the inner-workings of a world famous institution is sort of fun. Lots of opportunities for training within the University (computer classes, discounted extension courses, etc.).

    Cons

    Depending which office or school you work for, the culture can be stuffy, sluggish, overly hierarchical, bureaucratic, tough to get ahead or move around, get things done, etc. Parking is tough for car commuters.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great employer

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Coordinator in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Program Coordinator in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    Great people, excellent benefits, great setting.

    Cons

    Hard to move up within the company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Research Intern - High School

    • Work/Life Balance
    Former Employee - Research Intern in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Research Intern in Boston, MA

    I worked at Harvard University as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    flexible work arrangements very possible. Fantastic research teams with brilliant people in every department of the university. Great company overall

    Cons

    Occasionally focused on things other than the real objective at hand. Can be rather bureaucratic at times but overall not too bad compared to other universities.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    Lack of diversity, career development opportunities

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Program Coordinator in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Program Coordinator in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    Amazing paid time off, tuition reimbursement, OK health benefits, matching 403b, HLS has some good social events for employees, union representation at many job grades

    Cons

    Poor management skills (academics are terrible people/organization managers), lack of transparency, decision by committee, slow to change, low pay, almost complete lack of career mobility - you must leave and come back to move up

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Succession planning, mandatory management training for people in charge of people, fail fast

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Academic Opportunity with Administrative Disconnect

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

    I worked at Harvard University

    Pros

    A person can meet and worth highly talented persons across many fields.

    Cons

    An authoritarian attitude exists among some administrators and junior level staff may get away with disrespectful treatment of academic staff including those far more senior. Collegiality exists in the school, but can often be overshadowed by competition and rivalry, where teamwork, cooperation, and collaboration are called for.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Shift your riveted focus on the bottom line to helping the profesional academic staff carry out the mission of the university, at least keep from letting bureacracy get in their way.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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