Harvard University Reviews

Updated March 29, 2015
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Harvard University President Drew Gilpin Faust
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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. One of the best if not the best job I've ever had.

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    Former Employee - Information Technology in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Information Technology in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at Harvard University

    Pros

    People are great. Work is fun.

    Cons

    Some professors are very rude and think they are better than everyone else.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep praising employee's, they work hard for Harvard.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. Great place and great environment

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

    I worked at Harvard University

    Pros

    very creative and a lot of opportunities for developing your startup

    Cons

    No Cons, my experience has been only 1.5 years

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. Operations Supervisor- Office of Event Scheduling and Support

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    Former Employee - Operations Supervisor in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Operations Supervisor in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at Harvard University

    Pros

    Super fun job, lots of interaction with students, staff, catering, facilities, etc. It's a nice first step for anybody who's interested in event planning.

    Cons

    Quick employee turnaround. When I was working there, the office was primarily comprised of temporary employees so people were joining the team and leaving within a matter of months

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  5. The best job

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Harvard University

    Pros

    Everyone is so nice and willing to help

    Cons

    Gets dull and you stop learning

  6. postdoc research fellow

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Harvard University

    Pros

    A good place to do research.

    Cons

    almost no Cons to complain about.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    no

    Recommends
  7. Harvard

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Harvard University

    Pros

    Very collaborative with flexible work hours

    Cons

    Very big business feeling enviroment

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. Harvard University Information Technology (HUIT)
    Software Engineer

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer

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

    Pros

    Good vacations
    Ok benefits
    Great location
    Opportunities to make a difference in one of the most prestigious universities in the world
    Opportunities to work with great people

    Cons

    No advancement track for technical personel
    Leadership skills severely lacking
    Managers manage up only
    Technical experience not respected
    Managers will go all year without talking their employees and then give a year review
    Some act as project managers whose reports are just a status symbol and not a responsibility

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    As a manager, you don't have to be a leader, but you do have a responsibility to the people that report to you.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. It was a rewarding experience.

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    Former Employee - Video Manager
    Former Employee - Video Manager

    I worked at Harvard University

    Pros

    Get to interact with bright students, staff, and faculty.

    Cons

    There are no big cons I can think of!

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10. So you've made it to prestigious Harvard. My condolences...

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    Current Employee - Post Doctoral Fellow in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Post Doctoral Fellow in Cambridge, MA

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

    Pros

    Harvard is highly prestigious and as such would make a great addition to your CV. It is also a very good place to make a lot of good connections, if you play it right.

    Cons

    Probably the worst university I've been to, by far. All the PIs are used to get talented and bright people to work in their groups because Harvard's reputation is a good magnet for such, however as a result the PI don't know how to guide you. In fact, they don't really feel responsible or care for you, so if you don't like it or don't get the results they want, there are many others out there waiting to replace you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful

    Great Place To Work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Harvard University (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Harvard is a large institution, so, if you want to, you can move within the institution.
    Benefits are good.
    Colleagues are bright and engaged.

    Cons

    As with any place, your own individual manager can be great or difficult.

    Recommends
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