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"very extraordinary place for collaborations"

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Current Employee - Research Fellow in Boston, MA
Current Employee - Research Fellow in Boston, MA
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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

Pros

have the chances to meet the world most talent scientists and young scholars; highly enriched top rank scientists; fabulous resources, seminars.

Cons

very tough for junior and young researchers; very competitive and may be very stressful.

Other Employee Reviews for Harvard University

  1. "Great place to work."

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    Current Employee - Senior HRMS Business Analyst in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Senior HRMS Business Analyst in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Harvard University full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Challenging work environment
    Intelligent, forward-thinking co-workers
    Great sense of community
    Flexible work schedules

    Cons

    Stodgy, difficult to introduce change
    Very bureaucratic, all decisions made by consensus (or not made at all)
    Definite class system between faculty and staff

    Advice to Management

    Bridge the gap between faculty and staff
    Continue working on flexible work schedules


  2. Helpful (2)

    "A mixed bag, each school is different, and it all hinges on your immediate supervisor"

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    Current Employee - Administrator in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Administrator in Cambridge, MA
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The name
    Terrific benefits--love the HUGHP health insurance (the cost is outstanding)
    Terrific perks (like discount event tickets, center for wellness, etc.)
    Opportunities for more office training (Center for Wellness)
    A great place for those who love intellectual life
    Salaries are great for higher ed (much better than BU or BC)

    Cons

    Incredibly political and cutthroat environment at times, FAS especially so compared to other schools
    Very gossipy (FAS, I am looking at you) and a rampant rumor mill
    If you have a faculty boss, your chance of a positive and fulfilling work life drops dramatically--there are wonderful faculty, I've worked with 7 total, all but 1 had aggravating moments, 3 were fatally terrible (2 of which are why I am leaving!)
    Faculty managers are appointed based upon distinguished research or careers outside higher ed, but are often notoriously terrible managers
    No connection with performance to reward
    Performance reviews are sporadic (good luck convincing your faculty to give you 30 minutes of their time to review you once a year)
    Union jobs = often equals a bunch of lazy people coasting with lacking skills (especially the multiple decade veterans) and will hold you back from advancement since taking on more to work your way up is verboten (can't make the former look bad!), will be chained to desk for set hours (less flexible) but will leave on time (they don't like to pay overtime)
    Salaried jobs = work/life balance evaporates entirely, will get worked many, many hours
    No dependent or spouse educational benefit
    Students can be snooty, entitled, rude, and lack common sense (more so than BU which didn't have this issue when I worked there). Lots of student hand-holding.
    Senior management will not discipline or replace incompetent faculty in administrative roles--even if you are right, you have to get along with them or leave

    Advice to Management

    Just because you have a PhD doesn't make you a good manager. We all have to do our work. The faculty, if they choose to take on an administrative role, need to put on their big boy/girl panties, and get back to people, give reviews, and held accountable!

    Book smart people are a dime a dozen at Harvard. Surely you have some faculty and staff with people skills as well, eh?

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