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Harvard University Reviews in Boston, MA

Updated January 28, 2015
Updated January 28, 2015
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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 Part Time Job for Students

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Fung Library Circulation Desk in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Fung Library Circulation Desk in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at Harvard University

    Pros

    There is not much foot traffic so there is not much "work" to do, which leaves plenty of time for studying. It is a great part time job.

    Cons

    The questions you get can be very specific and often will never be asked again. Pay is less than some other on campus jobs, but you also can't do homework at most of them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management is great.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    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
  3.  

    Great work for an administrator if you're with a good department, have a great work ethic, and are a patient person.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Administrator, Middle Manager in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Administrator, Middle Manager in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at Harvard University

    Pros

    Benefits are great. Tuition assistance, health, dental, retirement, etc. for anyone who works 17.5 hours a week or more. Relatively easy to get promoted if you put in the work.

    Cons

    It depends on what department you work for. The more central the department, the greater the politics. Very hard to institute change here-- you must be in it for the long haul. You MUST be able to create a support network. Faculty members can be challenging to deal with. You MUST be able to build consensus and use informal authority or you will have very little impact. Central administration tends not to understand this, so they don't communicate enough and you have to be able to read between the lines to see what the priorities of central are.

    Very hard to get hired here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Central administration could do a better job of reaching out to departments and schools so that initiatives are as helpful to schools and departments as possible. Often, aspects of projects that would produce significant ROI in departments are sidelined because they would bring the project over budget at the central level. This is bad for the whole university, as well as the departments.

    Central could also do a better job of identifying, focusing, and communicating University priorities to staff as a whole. In this Harvard cannot do everything in this resource-constrained environment. Let people know why HU is investing in certain things and cut things that are not central to Harvard's mission.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Visiting Scholar

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    Former Employee - Visiting Scholar in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Visiting Scholar in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at Harvard University

    Pros

    A prestigious and consistent institution with a strong record for constant achievements and solid salaries and benefits

    Cons

    A very challenging and demanding institution

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Many bright people trying to do the best work in a broken environment.

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    Current Employee - Office Administrator in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Office Administrator in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at Harvard University

    Pros

    Exciting projects. Fast paced environment with good budgets.

    Cons

    Quite a bit of turnover in the ranks. Management doesn't change often. Sometimes you can be in the dark about reasons for events.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't think anything can change in this environment. The place is full of itself and not looking at the wider world for answers or solutions.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    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

  8.  

    Great Student Job.

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    Former Employee - Mathematics Course Assistant in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Mathematics Course Assistant in Cambridge, MA

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

    Pros

    The opportunity to help teach a math course really helps you gain a deeper understanding of the course material and serves to improve your technical communication skills. You also get to interact with incredible students and wonderful professors, which is a great plus.

    Cons

    A substantial portion of a course assistant's workload consists of holding review sessions and grading exams, so the time commitment is heaviest when you need time to study for your own exams.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    Great place to work, extremely inspiring

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    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 a 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
  10.  

    Silver handcuffs

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    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
  11.  

    Smart dedicated colleagues, pay low

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at Harvard University

    Pros

    resources and colleagues are awesome.

    Cons

    low compensation, people are overworked

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    mire opportunities to meet others would be valuable

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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