Harvard University Reviews

Updated September 3, 2015
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Harvard University President Drew Gilpin Faust
Drew Gilpin Faust
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Pros
  • Good opportunity for work-life balance (in 47 reviews)

  • Harvard University have a wide array of great benefits such as retirement plan and subsidized education at several Harvard coursed (in 51 reviews)

Cons
  • Finding a work-life balance can be tough (in 18 reviews)

  • low pay per hour (considering Boston is such a high-cost place) (in 15 reviews)

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  1. Everything is great

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    Current Employee - Web Site Maintenance in Everett, MA
    Current Employee - Web Site Maintenance in Everett, MA
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Friendly environment, everybody is nice and everybody wants to help you! They love to cooperate! An extra advantage is that there are ping-pong tables all over the place to help you have a ''Healthy mind in a healthy body''!

    Cons

    There are only advantages at this job


  2. My job

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good job, everybody was nice. I love it overall

    Cons

    Nothing everything was good. Hours, pay rate

    Advice to Management

    It is growth and opportunities with the company


  3. Research Assistant

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends

    I have been working at Harvard University (More than a year)

    Pros

    The university provided a great environment to work in and a very international culture. Great facilities around the campus for sports as well.

    Cons

    The personnel in laboratories rotates quite often, so you have to be comfortable with meeting new people and getting along with new team members.


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  5. Wonderful place to work

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    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Amesbury, MA
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Amesbury, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Harvard University (Less than a year)

    Pros

    cutting edge technology, agile methodology, good collaboration, cross functional teams

    Cons

    building was 15 minute walk from the centralized campus, travel to and from meetings could be a challenge. compartmentalized support rather than centralized.

    Advice to Management

    centralize the updating of applications so there is a consistent look and feel to the updated applications. Consider release management as well as change management policies.


  6. Grad school

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Grad school - pretty much the same everywhere. Good stipend rate overall, better than MIT and other Boston area schools. Depends heavily on which group you work in.

    Cons

    Stipend rate is low for Boston cost of living. Increases 3% per year, but Boston area cost of living is growing at ~5-6%. People with egos, professors that don't care about the students, etc.

    Advice to Management

    Talk to your students.


  7. Accounting outlook

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Harvard University full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Excellent benefits plus learning atmosphere

    Cons

    Slow growth and works like Washington


  8. research resources

    Current Employee - Visiting Scientist in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Visiting Scientist in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at Harvard University (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits and abundant resources for researchers

    Cons

    I cannot think of any drawback of this place!


  9. IT Specialist

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    Current Employee - IT Specialist in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - IT Specialist in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great working environment, excellent benefits, flexible hours

    Cons

    Traffic to & from Cambridge. Parking is expensive.

    Advice to Management

    Management should provide better mentorship, training and a true rewards & recognition program.


  10. Staff

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Interesting people to work with

    Cons

    parking is limited and is expensive


  11. I was invisible

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    Current Employee - Preceptor in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Preceptor in Cambridge, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I had a lot of autonomy in teaching my own classes. My schedule was completely flexible and I was not overworked. The community of teaching staff was starting to cohere and things should improve.

    Cons

    The tenured faculty ignored me after my interview since I was 'just' teaching. No one really cared what I did. I can't imagine what would have gotten me fired. I would have liked to have more influence over department curriculum and concentration requirements.

    Advice to Management

    Treat those teaching the majority of the students with more respect and listen to their advice. Tenured researchers who don't teach shouldn't impose an iron grip on education.



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