Harvard University Reviews

Updated August 26, 2015
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  1. Great Place to Work

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Pay, Benefits, Opportunities for Growth

    Cons

    Attitudes of Colleagues sometimes stuck Up


  2. GSD Research Assistant

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

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

    Pros

    Work with fascinating scholars researching cutting edge topics that cross many disciplines at the Graduate School of Design. The school's resources (especially libraries) are unparalleled.

    Cons

    Student research positions are limited in hours (part time) and usually do not extend beyond graduation. There are no benefits (health insurance, 401k etc)

    Advice to Management

    In order to get a research position you generally have to know a professor. It would be nice if there was some kind of interface where students could learn about different projects being conducted at the school.


  3. Great Place, wish work culture was better

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Staff Assistant III in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Staff Assistant III in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at Harvard University full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, University has excellent resources, interesting and educated colleagues

    Cons

    Corporate culture (in the negative) has infiltrated in the last several years, it is noticeably different from when I started 14 years ago, very little upward mobility, Many long-time employees jumped ship when I was there working for the libraries.

    Advice to Management

    Your long-time employees want Harvard to be better. Communicate openly and honestly. If you want feedback from them, you have to re-earn their trust.


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  5. Harvard - what you've heard is probably true

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Resources. Unfortunately the prestige of the name does open some doors. Resources.

    Cons

    The community as a whole can be less than collegial, but not exclusively so, there are individuals that are exceptionally collaborative and sincere. The resources are in part wasted on excessive administration.


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    Harvard Global Health Institute

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    Former Employee - Senior Project Coordinator in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Project Coordinator in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    fast paced, highly organized, good working environment

    Cons

    high turn over, spread thin


  7. Great Place

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Harvard University (More than a year)

    Pros

    World class research facilities and very smart students and scientists

    Cons

    Faculties have huge ego, the low is very low.


  8. 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


  9. Program Intern

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Harvard University full-time

    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!


  10. Professor

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Professor in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Professor in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great place to work. Highly respected. Excellent benefits

    Cons

    Salaries are low compared to non-academic sites

    Advice to Management

    None


  11. Administrative Assistant

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant
    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.



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