Harvard University
3.9 of 5 461 reviews
www.harvard.edu Cambridge, MA 5000+ Employees

Harvard University Reviews

Updated Jul 1, 2014
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3.9 461 reviews

                             

91% Approve of the CEO

Harvard University President Drew Gilpin Faust

Drew Gilpin Faust

(212 ratings)

84% of employees recommend this company to a friend
461 Employee Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "25 gym membership), work life balance and higher salaries than most universities"
    in 42 reviews
  • "Lots of freedom, interesting work, great benefits, unbelievable resources"
    in 48 reviews
Cons:
  • "bad work/life balance, low pay, minimal training unless actively sought out"
    in 14 reviews
  • "low pay, ceiling/plateau for researchers, no clear path for researches in public health, isolating environment"
    in 11 reviews
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    Harvard is an excellent place to work

    Postdoctoral Fellow (Current Employee)
    Cambridge, MA

    Pros- top-notch benefits
     - smart management
     - good facilities
     - competitive compensation
     - get to work with some of the very best people
     - probably a good thing to have on your resume going forward

    Cons- institutional inertia and red tape
     - a small number of students are inappropriately demanding
     - perhaps too much bureaucratization risks losing sight of academic mission

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon’t forget your first priorities is education.

    Yes, I would 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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    Conflicting priorities

    Research Officer (Current Employee)
    Cambridge, MA

    ProsExcellent benefits, independence. The exact situation may depend on your local environment and people. It may be excellent or not.

    ConsOffice politics, management layers may not conducive to producing results, since they are possibly working with divergent goals.

    Advice to Senior ManagementEncourage people with hands-on the job to work with each other to solve problems.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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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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    Good for family life. Poor for career growth.

    Nurse Practitioner (Current Employee)
    Cambridge, MA

    ProsExcellent benefits, time off. Reasonable, but below average salary.

    ConsLittle growth potential within the organization for a given role.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Benefits, benefits, benefits

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsHarvard University's benefits are unparalleled. Full access to their facilities--including their libraries, gyms, and museums--makes any employee feel like a part of the academic experience, like a golden ticket has been handed to you. Growth (particularly academic growth) is encouraged, and many partake in their generous tuition remission program, which covers both Harvard courses AND non-Harvard courses. If you're looking to add a master's or professional certificate to your repertoire, there's no better place to be. Colleagues are intelligent, supportive, and motivated.

    ConsGiven their emphasis on achievement and higher learning, it may be difficult to advance (into some roles) without a master's degree.

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

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    The best and brightest

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThe drive for science is incredible

    ConsPeople are underpaid for their intelligence level.

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    Best place for research

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Proslocation is great, flexibility of time, smart people

    Conscompetitive, stressful, low salary, requires high level of independence

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    Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Former Employee)

    ProsThe salary and benefits are competitive, and everything is taken care of efficiently. There is also plenty of room for engagement (academic and otherwise) in areas other than your specialty, since the school excels in every area.

    ConsThe weather sucks. Public transportation is OK, but there are lots of place in Cambridge that are nice and not too accessible by public transportation.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Harvard University Student Dorm Crew

    Dorm Crew (Current Employee)
    Cambridge, MA

    ProsBest paying job on campus, easy to apply for, schedule your own hours, easy to fit in minimum hours per week, get a raise every consecutive semester you work.

    ConsCleaning bathrooms is not exactly fun, some captains are more strict about cleaning than others which depending on your work style can affect your experience.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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