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Updated April 23, 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. Intro to Finance Grader

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Grader in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Grader in Cambridge, MA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice to work with smart professors. All the students I met were very driven. Cool to be a part of something big.

    Cons

    You sometimes have to deal with a good amount of bureaucracy. Particularly when it comes to administering exams and whatnot

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work! Try to cut out some inefficiency though. There are so many administrators at that school that do so little.

  2. Technical Scientist

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Harvard University part-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Boss was great, job was great.

    Cons

    There are not cons that I can think of.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing.

  3. Positive Grad Student Experience

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Harvard University full-time

    Pros

    All students have the same stipend, so there is no competition. Professors and fellow students are brilliant and helpful.

    Cons

    You have to carve your own path for the most part. Professors are willing to give you their time, but you have to ask for it and often have to wait for a while. No one will be holding your hand along the way.

    Advice to Management

    I like the peer mentors system and being assigned an adviser as an incoming first year grad student. More support could be given during the dissertation stage.

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  5. Visiting Scholar

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assistant Professor in Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Assistant Professor in Miami, FL

    I worked at Harvard University part-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Enormous research facilities, time to use the libraries, peer contact

    Cons

    Little time for balance between professional and personal life

    Advice to Management

    Improve internet communications

  6. Accounts Payable Analyst

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Accounts Payable Data Entry Clerk in Cambridge, MA
    Current Contractor - Accounts Payable Data Entry Clerk in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at Harvard University as a contractor

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great environment, great people, workload feasible. Very patient and Understanding!

    Cons

    policies about hiring contract employees is very stringent. They should allow Department heads to Hire Candidates qualified or at least introduce them to the union department to fill any position available.

    Advice to Management

    Create Opportunity for temps to be in the union

  7. Research Fellow

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Fellow in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Research Fellow in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at Harvard University full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fantastic resources, outstanding libraries. An atmosphere that prides itself on supporting fellows to produces gold-standard research. You are surrounded my passionate and interesting people and there are so many fantastic lectures and events to attend.

    Cons

    I really struggles to think of anything. This might be the best place to undertake research, it is fully equip to deal with any research need.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to do what you do. I can only thank you for my wonderful experience and hope that others will be given the same opportunities.

  8. Admissions

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Harvard University full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Admissions - Busy position, but ample room for growth

    Cons

    Admissions - Lots of hours and high expectations

    Advice to Management

    Admissions

  9. Undergraduate Research Assistant

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Harvard University part-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Quiet work space, Boss gave me plenty of room to just do my job, and trusted I'd get it done. Free feminine hygiene products in the bathrooms was a plus.

    Cons

    As I was part time, none of my shifts were at the same time as other Research Assistants on the study, so I always worked alone with just my boss a few cubicles over if I had any questions.

    Advice to Management

    Would have been nice to work more in a team setting, or if the department had budgeted for more hours/ to keep me on longer, since I had to leave before the study was done due to budgeting.

  10. great benefits, great location

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Harvard University part-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Interesting work, great place to be, lots of access to various activities, casual dress code, flexible working hours. Lots of history.

    Cons

    Entitled students, prestige is considered a part of the paycheck, faculty divas, many positions have soft (temporary) funding, institution panics when the market goes down even though their wealth is boggling to the ordinary mortal.

  11. Pleasant atmosphere

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff Assistant in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Staff Assistant in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at Harvard University full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Benefits are pretty good. Can take classes at the Extension School at a discounted rate

    Cons

    Health Benefits are catching up with other companies. Employee pays more.

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