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Updated October 17, 2014
Updated October 17, 2014
510 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 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 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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    Intern at Nanoscale Systems

    Former Employee - Center for Nanoscale Systems
    Former Employee - Center for Nanoscale Systems

    I worked at Harvard University as an intern

    Pros

    Easy work, good pay. Very relaxed environment. Free food such as pizza and donuts weekly.

    Cons

    Superiors are catty and confrontational with each other. Superiors all spend time shopping online at work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Good place to work as long as you do not upset the apple cart

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Harvard University full-time

    Pros

    Good work life balance and benefits

    Cons

    Culture does not foster innovation and accountability

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    I have a great English supercomputing boss.

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    Current Employee - Research Computing Specialist in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Research Computing Specialist in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    I have a rugged looking Englishman as a boss. He laughs a lot and uses strange slang from something called 'Blighty'. Adds a great atmosphere around the computing lab.
    He lets me toy around with a lot of hardware putting it in racks. The lights blink a lot and that makes me feel warm and fuzzy.

    Cons

    I believe I've been told I've been going pear-shaped. I thought this was an insult on my hips but I think it has something to do with his slang terms.
    Even though he laughs a lot he looks like firemarshall Bill from In Living Color when he does that.

    The UPS system makes funny sounds and sometimes smells like battery acid.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think you should consider cloud computing approaches or maybe something with hadoop.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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    Student Research positions

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    Current Employee - Research Associate (Student) in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Research Associate (Student) in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Harvard University full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    work with the best in the field of Public Health; great exposure; good chances of publications; overall, a great experience

    Cons

    low pay per hour (considering Boston is such a high-cost place)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    please think of revising student pay rates

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Mixed - day to day experience often a function of immediate work group which can change a lot

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

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

    Pros

    Interesting people, vibrant setting, anything is possible

    Cons

    It really depends on the immediate working group - some are incredible, some less so. While anything is possible, getting things done can be like pulling teeth because it sometimes feels like everyone has to have or wants to have an opinion even when they don't really need to; this can be tiresome. There are sometimes trust issues, 2nd guessing etc....

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Experience

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    Former Employee - Student Worker in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Student Worker in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at Harvard University part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Gained experience from working professionals in a very elite environment

    Cons

    Due to the academia of it all, the wages were pretty low... considering the HUGE endowment and all.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Positive experience at Harvard Kennedy School as a researcher

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

    I worked at Harvard University as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Relatively good pay, smart colleagues, opportunity to work with top professors. I was give lots of flexibility to fit work around my studies.

    Cons

    Some duplication of efforts. Limited collaboration happening. I discovered two other departments that were working on similar projects to mine but didn't know about one another's work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look for more ways to connect professors who are working on similar research.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Worked as a research assistant at Harvard School of Public Health after completing my BA.

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

    I worked at Harvard University full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Very satisfying work, excellent colleagues, good pay and benefits

    Cons

    Depending on the nature of the work you get assigned to, it can get very lonely (for example, if all you do is literature reviews).

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Fantastic!

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

    I worked at Harvard University full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    You meet the most intellectual groups of people in the world. You may work on serious projects with industry.

    Cons

    Too many snobs. Takes too much time to publish papers, usually starting publishing only after first year for most disciplines.

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    I had an opportunity to work with very smart people.

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    Current Employee - Research Associate in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at Harvard University full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    good facilities, smart people, nice campus

    Cons

    hard to balance life and work
    tough and competitive

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    no advice

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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