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"Decentralized Bureaucratic Nightmare"

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Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Cambridge, MA
Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Cambridge, MA
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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

Pros

There are some brilliant people around, who can be very inspiring. The university also has one of the best library systems in the world, which is a true perk of working here. There are also lectures on every conceivable topic all the time, so it's a great place to be if you believe in lifelong education.

Cons

For every brilliant academic at the university, there are 10 arrogant ones who blatantly disrespect each other and the staff. Nothing works efficiently at the university, and there is a real lack of communication among people, departments, programs, etc. It's a real nightmare at times.

Advice to Management

Centralize decision making and reduce redundant positions.

Other Employee Reviews for Harvard University

  1. "Great organization to work for."

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    Former Employee - Office Manager in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Office Manager in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Harvard University full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great work/life balance and benefits. Pay that leads higher education compensation in the area.

    Cons

    Still just compensated at a higher education level


  2. "postdoc"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Harvard University full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    flexible work
    great resource
    friendly coworkers
    lots of chances to improve self

    Cons

    feel stressful
    uncertainty on career development
    competitive environment

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