Harvard University - Great place to work, but very ossified hierarchy" | Glassdoor
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"Great place to work, but very ossified hierarchy""

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Former Employee - Bibliographic Assistant in Cambridge, MA
Former Employee - Bibliographic Assistant in Cambridge, MA
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I worked at Harvard University full-time (More than 5 years)

Pros

I worked in Technical Services for the Library System (buying books, essentially): Wonderful lifestyle, great place to be, nice benefits. I'm happy to have started my career there, but it's not an atmosphere that is easy to rise up in or gain more management experience.

Cons

The pay was low. Granted I was working in a Humanties field within academia, but a lot of pressure from changes in the education business really put the squeeze on headcount, overall job-enjoyability, etc.

Advice to Management

Nurture talent better.

Other Employee Reviews for Harvard University

  1. "Worthy of a Harvard Business School Case Study"

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    Former Contractor - Senior Business Analyst in Cambridge, MA
    Former Contractor - Senior Business Analyst in Cambridge, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Looks great on your resume! People very nice...initially.

    Cons

    Management disorganized. Data silos. Customers inaccessible. Little direction, if any, from lower level management. Very long time frames for any decision, including project timelines.

    Advice to Management

    Figure out how to eliminate the politics, especially among the IT staff. It's not a contest...it's a team. I've worked in multiple Harvard schools/departments, and have the same advice for each.


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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.

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