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. Nice place to work. Flexible timetable and can work from home with the research. Great people to work with

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Harvard University

    Pros

    The best things are you get to know awesome co-workers and in general the working environment is very friendly.

    Cons

    Challenges are some projects have been there for quite a few years and different person have worked on it, which sometimes makes keeping record and management a bit hard

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 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
  9. 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
    Approves of CEO
  10. Amazing experience

    Former Employee - Producer in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Producer in Cambridge, MA

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

    Pros

    Student jobs are great, compensation is great, get to work with the management and people much higher up than you right from the beginning

    Cons

    Working while a student is difficult because of time management. Beyond that, I have no complaints and everything is awesome

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. It's a big place and it can be very different depending on where you in it.

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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 a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits, lots of potential for lateral movement.

    Cons

    Not much upward growth potential. I am sure this depends on your job track, but raises are generally capped, and at least for me, there isn't a way to become more senior to improve salary.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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