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Harvard University Reviews

Updated September 30, 2014
Updated September 30, 2014
495 Reviews
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Harvard University President Drew Gilpin Faust
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • For administrative positions, the work/life balance is decent because staff are unionized (in 46 reviews)

  • Lots of freedom, interesting work, great benefits, unbelievable resources (in 49 reviews)


Cons
  • bad work/life balance, low pay, minimal training unless actively sought out (in 16 reviews)

  • low pay, ceiling/plateau for researchers, no clear path for researches in public health, isolating environment (in 13 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great place to work

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Harvard University

    Pros

    Pros include high salary, great benefits, great culture

    Cons

    I have not encountered any cons

  2.  

    Good for a year or two, bad for more- I worked as a research assistant

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Harvard University

    Pros

    Flexible hours, access to faculty, ability to take Friday offs during the summer and work more during the week, good benefits,

    Cons

    Sometimes you don't get enough feedback on your work, inconsistency in how much work you're given each week sometimes you're overworked sometimes underworked

  3.  

    7 months working here

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Harvard University

    Pros

    Great teammates, good work environment and culture

    Cons

    Not many positions available so advancement can be slow

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  5.  

    Excellence, recognition, and opportunity

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow  in  Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Boston, MA

    I worked at Harvard University full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    You are surrounded by motivated and high-achieving researchers; both yourself and your work receive extra recognition merely because of your affiliation; you are continually exposed to opportunities to grow your network and career, both through colleagues at the university and through people met at social functions - it's a happening city.

    Cons

    Poor monetary compensation when compared with other universities internationally; frustratingly lethargic administration - even by university standards (particularly finance and IT); complex organisational hierarchy.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Lively, academic environment stuck in a time warp

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Harvard University part-time

    Pros

    I really enjoyed working at the circulation desk at one of Harvard's many historical libraries. You learn a lot about historical upkeep as well as customer service and confidentiality. Scheduling was very convenient.

    Cons

    Very stuck in their ways, very archaic systems, sometimes not very efficient or willing to change protocols. Some of the people are very inspiring and fun but people seem scared to even suggest changes. Very silent.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Good benefits, 300 year old bureacracy

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    Current Employee - Lab Manager  in  Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Lab Manager in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at Harvard University part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    You work with the best and smartest people. At every level, you have great talent and everyone is competent whether it's in academia or not. Once you work here everyone knows you and you'll form great connections. Plus the benefits are good even if you work part time. Just make sure you fill out the forms...

    Cons

    Bureaucracy sucks. It's taken them at least 3 months to get paid. If you're involved in teaching you'll have to deal with undergrads who are needy and graduate students who think their work is more important than yours. Depending on your position there isn't too much mobility.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Seriously, fix the bureaucracy. It's a sad day when I consider it a success that my 3 month overdue check will be issued 2 days early but only after talking to 4 or 5 different people.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Teaching Fellow

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Harvard University

    Pros

    Great students, good textbook and classroom technology

    Cons

    Expensive living in Boston area in general

  9.  

    Harvard is a complicated, but great, place to work

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    Current Employee - University Administrator  in  Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - University Administrator in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at Harvard University full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Competitive pay, amazing benefits, flexibility in schedule

    Cons

    Dealing with elitist personalities, academics who don't know how to manage properly

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more attention to the staff who supports what everyone does - they are the lifeline!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    PhD student

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Harvard University full-time

    Pros

    Great people and broad mentorship

    Cons

    Intensive, need to self navigate

  11.  

    Very intellectual and international community

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant  in  Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at Harvard University full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Working with very dedicated and motivated people. Very good benefits. Opportunity for taking classes for free.

    Cons

    These are only cautions not really cons. It is a very demanding environment. It is typical for an institute at that level. A research assistant may need to work extra hours on many days to keep a good progress.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It varies from lab to lab. Research assistances should be more included in post-doc/graduate student seminars.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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