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"Dysfunctional office management at Harvard"

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Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Cambridge, MA
Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Cambridge, MA
No opinion of CEO

Pros

The benefits are excellent. Many of the people are nice. You have the opportunity to work with some very intelligent and accomplished people.

Cons

There is a great deal of in-fighting and jockeying for position. The standards are inconsistent, promotions are subjective, and not necessarily based on merit.

Advice to Management

Although a person may be distinguished in his or her career, that does not guarantee that they manage people well. I worked in an extremely dysfunctional office, where one person was allowed too much power to get rid of anyone she disliked. Since the only person she liked was her own Assistant, that Assistant ended up doing the work of a couple of people. The Director should not have allowed this woman to have so much power -- but it was easier for him to rely on her than to step up and manage the office properly. There was a great deal of Department-wide anger and annoyance regarding this woman's power.

Other Employee Reviews for Harvard University

  1. "Great place to do PhD Research"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Expert faculty and tremendous resources. Entrepreneurial environment with respect to commercializing research as well as managing one's own project.

    Cons

    Sometimes a lack of guidance can be a problem. Must be a self-starter and able to think creatively.

    Advice to Management

    Do a better job checking in with graduate students. Make sure to put in the time to understand their projects. Otherwise, you aren't particularly helpful as a mentor.


  2. "Extremely directed and intense but enjoyable and rewarding"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    At Harvard, you will be surrounded by intellectuals who share similar goals. Competition is not in the culture but rather is more internal and personal because of the rigorous academic setting. The setting is motivating, not intimidating.

    Cons

    The compensation is very bureaucratic and takes a nearly unacceptable amount of time to issue reimbursement. It is a minimal but annoying con.

    Advice to Management

    Some more feedback would be great but it is not very feasible- everyone is so busy with work and that is completely understandable.

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