Harvard University Reviews

Updated July 3, 2015
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Harvard University President 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. Helpful (1)

    Harvard Global Health Institute

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Project Coordinator in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Project Coordinator in Cambridge, MA

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

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    fast paced, highly organized, good working environment

    Cons

    high turn over, spread thin


  2. Great Place

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

    I worked at Harvard University (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    World class research facilities and very smart students and scientists

    Cons

    Faculties have huge ego, the low is very low.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Research Assistant III

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Harvard University full-time

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, inc. transportation subsidy, paid vacation and sick leave, discounts on university courses, professional development opportunities, etc.

    Cons

    Difficult to negotiate for salary changes due to somewhat rigid academic payscale system


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  5. Program Intern

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Harvard University full-time

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

    Pros

    Great time, gained a lot of experience

    Cons

    Not the best for those people who don't do well in fast paced environments

    Advice to Management

    Great, just remember we are people too!


  6. Professor

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    Current Employee - Professor in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Professor in Boston, MA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great place to work. Highly respected. Excellent benefits

    Cons

    Salaries are low compared to non-academic sites

    Advice to Management

    None


  7. Administrative Assistant

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant

    I worked at Harvard University

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

    Pros

    Great working environment and nice nice people. Leadership very concerned about well being of employees. salary was competitive and raises were fair.

    Cons

    As always you can't pick the people you work with. There is always one to spoil it for the bunch. Would not let people go for any reason.

    Advice to Management

    Management did a great job. I really could not say anything bad. They were very concerned bout well being of all employees.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Director

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, interesting work, great benefits

    Cons

    slow to change, hard to advance


  9. Helpful (1)

    Coordinator

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Harvard University full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Great atmosphere, lots of freedom.

    Cons

    Little room for growth.


  10. Admissions Assistant

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Harvard University

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

    Pros

    Good environment to work in. Health, Eye, and Dental benifits. Awesome Tuition Assistance Program.

    Cons

    Lack of upward mobility
    Political


  11. Helpful (1)

    Coordinator II

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    Current Employee - Event Planner/Program Coordinator II in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Event Planner/Program Coordinator II in Boston, MA

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

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

    Pros

    Lots of flexibility, great benefits, union perks.

    Cons

    Difficult to grow in your position, work environment is stagnant.

    Advice to Management

    Work to help your team members grow as employees. promote from within!



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