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"Great growth experience"

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Former Employee - Marketing Coordinator in Boston, MA
Former Employee - Marketing Coordinator in Boston, MA
Recommends
Positive Outlook
No opinion of CEO

I worked at Harvard University full-time (More than 5 years)

Pros

Benefits, easy schedule, Access to education

Cons

Low Salary, No room from growth, Union

Advice to Management

Pay your employees more.

Other Employee Reviews for Harvard University

  1. Helpful (1)

    "Politics and bureaucracy aside, Harvard provides"

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    Former Employee - Staff Assistant in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Staff Assistant in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Harvard University full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Fantastic benefits and perks, free courses, paid time off on all major US holidays (depending on your job responsibility, excellent training, enormous resources available to all such as the libraries, athletic facilities, museums. The students and staff are amazing. There are so many fulfilling opportunities for anyone regardless of their rank or affiliation. It's all there, whether you're a Dean. a staff assistant, or custodial staff.

    Cons

    Politics. Complaints or about higher level managers tend to fall on dead ears. While it may seem that your voice is heard, very little if anything changes. This is not necessarily always true, of course, but there does seem to be some level of immunity at the exempt level. An institution like Harvard can be set in its ways to the extent that it's more comfortable to let things be rather than rock the boat.

    Harvard needs to provide its employees with better merit based rewards. The Union increases are ok, but they don't recognize excellence since everyone gets them. Merit based raises and job reclassification do exist, however it seems that most managers are hesitant to initiate the process for all sorts of reasons.

    Pay could be better, but when you factor in all the PTO, insurance options, and everything else, it's hard to complain.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your staff. They work hard and make your jobs possible, often times taking little or no credit for t. Take the time to really understand what their jobs entail and offer flexibility. The REALITY and your EXPECTATIONS of what an employee does usually differs from their job description, more often than not warranting reclassification/change of title (not necessarily with a raise); reclassification of a staff position is not a bad thing. It can only reflect on you in a positive way, and I guarantee you would get even better performance as a result.


  2. "Graduate Student"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Student in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Graduate Student in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Provide good resource, good place to learn new techniques, good research scientists around, plenty hospital around

    Cons

    Stressful, researchers are busy in general, hard to find a time to talk with, high rental to live nearby the school,

    Advice to Management

    NA

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