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Harvard University Reviews in Boston, MA

Updated December 16, 2014
Updated December 16, 2014
533 Reviews
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Harvard University President Drew Gilpin Faust
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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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    Researcher

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    Former Employee - Research Associate in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Boston, MA

    I worked at Harvard University full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Reputation world famous top school

    Cons

    Low pay, exploitation, cut throat competition

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More pay

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    good working environment

    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Student Ambassador in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Student Ambassador in Boston, MA

    I worked at Harvard University part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    i am a student there

    Cons

    good co-workers, good working environment and good management

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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    Research Associate

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    Former Employee - Research Associate in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Boston, MA

    I worked at Harvard University full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Fantastic colleagues and a research environment that is second to none worldwide. Boston is a great place to work and live.

    Cons

    Expected time commitment exceeds that at similar institutions.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Research Assistant

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

    I have been working at Harvard University part-time

    Pros

    Learn cool and new ideas from the most brilliant people.

    Cons

    Low pay and stressful working environment.

  6.  

    Excellent academic environment but not immigrant friendly

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    I worked at Harvard University full-time

    Pros

    Execellent failities and equipments to work

    Cons

    Not supportive to immigrants - even at time hostile to them..

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    A good opportunity to get into this field

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    Current Employee - Regulatory Intern in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Regulatory Intern in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Harvard University as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Actually it is an unpaid intern job, but experience is much more important than pay.

    Cons

    Interns are not easy to be promoted to be real staff due to fund limitation.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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    research associate

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

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

    Pros

    accesrlds to top researchers and the best university in the world

    Cons

    most positions of this type relies on soft money

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    no advice

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    post doctoral fellow at Harvard Medical School

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Harvard University (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    great network opportunity. great mentors, best science ever, great projects,

    Cons

    no great benefit, no extra compensation for extra hours of work, low salaries compared to others universities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great environment with lots of opportunities

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    - Stimulating environment with access to interesting data and projects
    - Ample opportunities to collaborate, take courses, and learn
    - Great colleagues and mentors
    - Reasonably well compensated and good benefits

    Cons

    - Lack of job security due to lack of stable funding
    - Very competitive environment

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Harvard is a great place to work.

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    Current Employee - Development in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Development in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    Interesting people, fantastic benefits, many opportunities for professional development.

    Cons

    Decision making can be opaque.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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