Harvard University
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www.harvard.edu Cambridge, MA 5000+ Employees

Harvard University Reviews in Boston, MA

Updated Jun 21, 2014
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83% Approve of the CEO

Harvard University President Drew Gilpin Faust

Drew Gilpin Faust

(41 ratings)

81% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Research Associate - HBS

    Research Associate (Current Employee)
    Boston, MA

    ProsLots of freedom, interesting work, great benefits, unbelievable resources.

    ConsExperience highly dependent on the professor for whom you work. It's a career pause.

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    PostDoc at Harvard

    Postdoctoral Fellow (Current Employee)
    Boston, MA

    ProsThe only long term benefit might be the brand name to help find a job and advance in your career later.

    ConsHarvard pays a very low salary. The work condition and the equipment is mostly old and miserable.
    The work environment is horrifying.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great times and Interesting times

    Assistant Director (Current Employee)
    Boston, MA

    ProsBenefits are great. You can meet a lot of nice people and learn things.

    ConsSome managers are good some aren't. there is lack of communication with staff.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    I am a graduate student at Harvard University.

    Graduate Student (Current Employee)
    Boston, MA

    ProsHarvard is prestigious and well-known. On the other hand, their programs are large and impersonal. The research is great, of course.

    ConsThe advising is not great, impersonal. Not investing enough in training students - you really are a cog in a giant machine as a graduate student in the sciences at Harvard.

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    Great place to work

    Web Developer (Current Employee)
    Boston, MA

    ProsGenerous benefits, interesting projects. It is important that you can work on the project independently from start to finish. I like the ability to take classes for free or very cheap. It provides opportunity to advance in your profession. Environment is great, people are friendly, educated. I also like the fact that I have a chance to interact with people who came from different parts of the world.

    ConsSalaries may not be as high as in some commercial companies, but I consider this a trade-off for the less stressful environment.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGood job.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    An excellent University to conduct research

    Postdoctoral Fellow (Current Employee)
    Boston, MA

    ProsBeautiful campus, endless resources available

    ConsWork-life balance, obtaining additional funding opportunities can be challenging

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Postdoctoral Fellow (Current Employee)
    Boston, MA

    Prosno a single one. No one cares about anything outside the lab

    ConsAll the narcissist PI's with delusions of time

    Advice to Senior Managementget trained

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Review of Department of Biostatistics, Harvard School of Public Health

    PhD Candidate (Former Employee)
    Boston, MA

    ProsAfter you graduate, people will think that you are smart and it will be (hopefully) easy to get a job.

    Cons- While the professors do great research (on their own), they do not want to teach students, and are therefore terrible teachers
    - The staff is incredibly unprofessional and will insult and intimidate students
    - Many students were not paid at least once or twice during their time at Harvard
    - Students are required to be teaching assistants for free, even if they are externally funded
    - All absences relating to personal illnesses or family crises/illnesses/death are treated as failure to show with regard to the written qualifying exams (you will not be told this in advance!)
    - The classes are pretty low level and poorly taught. Expect to learn everything you need to know off the internet or from textbooks

    Advice to Senior ManagementHire people who want to teach and don't hate students

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Research in one of the professional schools

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Boston, MA

    ProsThe benefits package is generous, it is an intellectually stimulating environment, there is an energy here being surrounded by students, many interesting speakers come to visit campus and give cutting edge lectures, you have access to all the resources of the entire university including libraries, theatre, and other facilities.

    Conslow pay, ceiling/plateau for researchers, no clear path for researches in public health, isolating environment.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCreate more ways for those at the master's level to advance; create better working conditions for researchers; the "equity" review only keeps people down to the level of the lowest paid employees rather than help raise others up. I have experienced cases where we have been able to bring in external funding and those funders have approved certain salaries for research staff that the university has denied on the basis of equity. we have lost good researchers due to this. it is the antithesis of an incentive and does not conform to the "every tub on its own bottom" theory.

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    Great environment and fantastic benefits

    Research Associate (Current Employee)
    Boston, MA

    ProsHarvard University have a wide array of great benefits such as retirement plan and subsidized education at several Harvard coursed. In most of cases you either pay around 60.00 for tuition or 10% of course. Also, Harvard offer a very good health plan and some money that you can use towards gym membership in addition to a steeped subsidized gym at Harvard campus.

    ConsThe major con at Harvard is the bureaucracy.

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

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