Harvard University Reviews

Updated June 29, 2015
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  1. Instructor

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Intellectually stimulating, harvard brand recognition

    Cons

    Competitive, scarcity mentality environment

    Advice to Management

    adopt the Harvard Business School model of faculty support


  2. Good experience

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

    I have been working at Harvard University

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

    Pros

    Great students, libraries, facilities, benefits like health insurance and dental insurance

    Cons

    Too decentralized, too much emphasis on administration


  3. Undergraduate Research Assistant

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


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  5. Pleasant atmosphere

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  6. 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.


  7. Postdoctoral researcher

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    excellent research facility, collaborative work environment, intellectual autonomy

    Cons

    getting everybody on the same page with your project, publication rate, intellectual autonomy


  8. Ph.D. Candidate

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

    I have been working at Harvard University full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent institutional reputation; strong academics in just about every field available; good life sciences research base, with well-known and well-respected faculty; strong placement of former students and research employees in future positions.

    Cons

    Overwork and frequently unreasonable expectations; very high pressure to publish in high-impact journals for faculty; poor tenure-track promotion system that seems to pay more regard to university politics than to research or teaching performance of the faculty member in question.

    Advice to Management

    Improve young faculty recruitment systems by cleaning up the tenure promotion system. Provide more fair evaluation of faculty based upon their publication and teaching records, and less based on non-professionally-relevant characteristics of the individuals. I've seen multiple incredibly talented faculty turned away in favor of others who are worse teachers and researchers. At least in the life sciences, this leads to poor faculty and student culture and will make it harder to recruit talented faculty and students due to the overall weaker research and teaching programs.


  9. I love working for Harvard. Great environment, great people, great opportunities to learn what interests you

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lab Manager
    Current Employee - Lab Manager

    I have been working at Harvard University full-time

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

    Pros

    Great work environment. Diversity and culture is very strong. Harvard offers great benefits and an excellent work life balance. The discount on higher education is also a strong plus.

    Cons

    The salary would probably be better at a private company, but it is worth the exchange for flexibility and the work life balance.

    Advice to Management

    Please keep up the good work. Management does a great job of listening to the faculty, staff and students to make improvements where needed. The town hall events are great to make this workplace have a strong sense of community.


  10. I enjoyed the intellectual atmosphere at Harvard. I was always surrounded by ambitious people.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern
    Former Employee - Intern

    I worked at Harvard University

    Pros

    The challenge by being around so many smart people was a huge benefit. It made me always strive to be the best I could.

    Cons

    Being around so many smart people can also have its drawback. I was often ran to dry because I had to stay on top of my game. But overly it was a pleasant experience.

    Advice to Management

    There is room to make the atmosphere a little more inviting for students who are not from very wealthy families. The management is currently expending efforts on that and it should be encouraged and continued.


  11. One of the best if not the best job I've ever had.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Information Technology in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Information Technology in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at Harvard University

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

    Pros

    People are great. Work is fun.

    Cons

    Some professors are very rude and think they are better than everyone else.

    Advice to Management

    Keep praising employee's, they work hard for Harvard.



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