Harvard University Reviews

Updated August 26, 2014
Updated August 26, 2014
479 Reviews

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Pros
  • For administrative positions, the work/life balance is decent because staff are unionized (in 44 reviews)

  • Lots of freedom, interesting work, great benefits, unbelievable resources (in 48 reviews)


Cons
  • bad work/life balance, low pay, minimal training unless actively sought out (in 14 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.  

    Harvard is an excellent place to work

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

    I have been working at Harvard University full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - top-notch benefits
     - smart management
     - good facilities
     - competitive compensation
     - get to work with some of the very best people
     - probably a good thing to have on your resume going forward

    Cons

    - institutional inertia and red tape
     - a small number of students are inappropriately demanding
     - perhaps too much bureaucratization risks losing sight of academic mission

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don’t forget your first priorities is education.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    The best and brightest

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Harvard University

    Pros

    The drive for science is incredible

    Cons

    People are underpaid for their intelligence level.

  3.  

    Best place for research

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Harvard University

    Pros

    location is great, flexibility of time, smart people

    Cons

    competitive, stressful, low salary, requires high level of independence

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    Postdoctoral Research Fellow

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow

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

    Pros

    The salary and benefits are competitive, and everything is taken care of efficiently. There is also plenty of room for engagement (academic and otherwise) in areas other than your specialty, since the school excels in every area.

    Cons

    The weather sucks. Public transportation is OK, but there are lots of place in Cambridge that are nice and not too accessible by public transportation.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Harvard University Student Dorm Crew

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    Current Employee - Dorm Crew  in  Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Dorm Crew in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at Harvard University part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Best paying job on campus, easy to apply for, schedule your own hours, easy to fit in minimum hours per week, get a raise every consecutive semester you work.

    Cons

    Cleaning bathrooms is not exactly fun, some captains are more strict about cleaning than others which depending on your work style can affect your experience.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Professional staff

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    Former Employee - Library Professional  in  Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Library Professional in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at Harvard University full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Outstanding benefits, some very innovative individuals and departments. It's an inspiring, intellectually stimulating environment with great promise for staff. In the ten years I worked there, the professed ideals always inspired me.

    Cons

    Ineffective and unchecked middle-management. The university's exceptional ideals vary wildly within schools. Ability to take advantage of opportunities is dependent upon immediate supervisor's decision. One's immediate supervisor can effectively ignore the professed cultural standards for work life balance and institute a factory-like feel. That the majority of staff are happy and fulfilled make one's situation with a poor manager stand out all the more.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Enact 360 reviews across the board--especially for middle management who become promoted often due to years of service or technical skill but who have no managerial training.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Fantastic Work Environment

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Harvard University

    Pros

    Awesome all of the staff are enthusiastic

    Cons

    Small offices with low pay

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More offices

  9.  

    Conflicting priorities

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

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

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, independence. The exact situation may depend on your local environment and people. It may be excellent or not.

    Cons

    Office politics, management layers may not conducive to producing results, since they are possibly working with divergent goals.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage people with hands-on the job to work with each other to solve problems.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Good for family life. Poor for career growth.

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    Current Employee - Nurse Practitioner  in  Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Nurse Practitioner in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at Harvard University full-time

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, time off. Reasonable, but below average salary.

    Cons

    Little growth potential within the organization for a given role.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow  in  Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    no a single one. No one cares about anything outside the lab

    Cons

    All the narcissist PI's with delusions of time

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get trained

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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