Harvard University - As far as higher-ed fundraising goes, it's the best in the business, but management leaves a lot to be desired. | Glassdoor
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"As far as higher-ed fundraising goes, it's the best in the business, but management leaves a lot to be desired."

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Current Employee - Assistant Director, Fundraising in Cambridge, MA
Current Employee - Assistant Director, Fundraising in Cambridge, MA
Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook

I have been working at Harvard University full-time (More than 3 years)

Pros

Amazing benefits, great colleagues, unparallelled work-life balance, great to be here if you are interested in higher education, or generally academia.

Cons

Terribly disorganized management and internal governing structure. A lot of inefficient workers who tend to stay around for many years, because the environment is so different from a corporate, for-profit atmosphere. Not a lot of money, but it's technically non-profit, so no surprise.

Advice to Management

Focus on internal hiring and promoting, lots of misguided promotions and hires from outside of higher ed development, and even outside of fundraising is not a good way to build morale or boost numbers.

Other Employee Reviews for Harvard University

  1. Helpful (2)

    "Very rigid environment and unorganized planning, especially in IT"

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    Former Employee - In IT in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - In IT in Cambridge, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay and excellent benefits

    Cons

    They squeeze out every possible ounce of work from you and expect you to constantly go above and beyond for them. Forget about work/life balance, if you work for certain managers that is simply out the window. They also sometimes make rash and last minute decisions, expecting staff to scramble and figure things out on the fly. In IT, it's always better to actually p-l-a-n rather than redo or undo.

    Advice to Management

    Implement work/life balance for your IT employees. You expect way too much all of the time from them. Plan out your strategy in advance and don't just implement short-range thinking on the fly.


  2. "Harvard: Great Workplace"

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    Current Employee - University Representative: Tour Guide in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - University Representative: Tour Guide in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Harvard University part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    access to outstanding academic community
    competitive pay rates
    opportunities for personal development
    on-campus opportunities for current students extensive

    Cons

    It's actually a pretty awesome workplace... I don't like this section. If I had to think of things wrong with it...
    bureaucracy
    very quick pace of life can lead to difficulty balancing

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