Harvard Business School Reviews

Updated May 17, 2020

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Harvard Business School Dean  Nitin Nohria
Nitin Nohria
30 Ratings
Pros
  • "Very professional PM and Developer team; Interesting and challenging job; Great opportunity to work with HBS faculties(in 16 reviews)

  • "Great Benefits, Faculty, Staff, Perks(in 14 reviews)

Cons
  • "I have nothing negative to say about HBS(in 13 reviews)

  • "RA work can feel remote or isolating, depending on where your desk is placed(in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Great job, tons of learning, opportunity to pursue PhD programs at Harvard"

    5.0
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    Former Employee - Research Associate in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Harvard Business School full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Intellectually stimulating environment - Tons of leaders at private corporations, government, and non-profits visited to discuss and share ideas

    Cons

    - Long hours - Socially isolating - Pay of an academic researcher

    Harvard Business School2020-05-06
  2. "HBS would just be BS without the H"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Research Associate in Allston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Harvard Business School full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    If you know what you are doing, you can turn this role into a big value-add for your career. Statistically speaking (looking at previous RAs), this is highly unlikely.

    Cons

    From an academic perspective, a lot of HBS faculty are far from stellar, very different from top notch academic departments elsewhere. This isn't to say there aren't exceptions, obviously. However, odds are you will be working on second- or third-tier academic work. I also echo other comments here around having professors who contributed zilch to a case be placed ahead of you as authors (because, yes, you're at the bottom of the totem pole, despite technically being the lead author). The feeling of being a back-office worker pervades the institution. One time, I wanted to show a friend the library, and was told that RAs weren’t allowed to bring guests in (who on earth came up with that rule). When you go to Spangler to buy your lunch, you will be reminded that “staff,” the umbrella term for RAs and non-faculty, have to pay taxes for their meals, while students do not. Your card access will be very restricted, granting entry to the building you are working in and Baker Library only, making it difficult to get into other parts of the campus even when your work requires it. Amongst RAs, the culture is one of meekness, lack of big-picture thinking, and muted ambitions. In general (there are exceptions), there is a weird sense that no one really wants to be an RA, but are just doing it as a stepping stone in their careers or because they didn't know what else to do. There are also truly disappointing feelings of envy and secretiveness about people’s next steps. One RA hid which graduate programs he was accepted at, others feel jealous when someone gets a good job and is leaving sooner than expected. All-in-all, if you are/were a top student at another elite school, do not be fooled by the Harvard logo. You have nothing new to learn here. Be confident and apply to that graduate school straight away instead of thinking to yourself “HBS would look good on my resume and the letter of recommendation would help me out a lot.” If you are going to get into a top program, you will get in regardless. Likewise, if you are thinking “I could leverage this experience into a great position in industry,” I highly recommend that you do that straight away instead.

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    Harvard Business School2020-05-17
  3. "Great institution to work at."

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Managing Director in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Harvard Business School full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The intellectual capital is amazing. The opportunity to learn and grow every day.

    Cons

    The administration pace is overly cautious.

    Harvard Business School2020-03-17
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    "Great Place to Work"

    5.0
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    Former Employee - Associate Director of Communications 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Harvard Business School full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Brilliant colleagues, faculty, and students; strong leadership; constant flow of inspiring projects and information; excellent work/life balance and amenities.

    Cons

    Almost none. Only challenge is roles can be a bit overly specific and not allow a ton of room for additional collaboration. But this varies from department to department.

    Harvard Business School2020-02-12
  5. "Average Place to Work"

    3.0
    Current Employee - Communications, Finance and Administration Manager 

    I have been working at Harvard Business School full-time

    Pros

    Not a hard job depending on your faculty

    Cons

    Terrible pay with no option to negotiate a raise or incentive to work hard (everyone gets a union 3% raise each year). Management is unhelpful

    Harvard Business School2020-01-23
  6. "Great Place to work at"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Research Associate in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Harvard Business School full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Flexible working time and competitive compensation

    Cons

    Not find yet, it's a good place

    Harvard Business School2019-12-19
  7. "Work/Life Balance"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Associate Director in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Harvard Business School full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Vacation time, hours, medical care

    Cons

    Lower salaries than in industry

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    Harvard Business School2019-12-17
  8. "Positive experience at HBS"

    5.0
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    Former Employee - Research Assistant 

    I worked at Harvard Business School part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    interesting research where I actually had an impact

    Cons

    most of the work was individual

    Harvard Business School2019-12-15
  9. Helpful (1)

    "Corporate, rigid, terrible management"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Project Coordinator in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Harvard Business School full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Colleagues were very nice and supportive, good benefits

    Cons

    Management is completely out of touch with workers, constant micromanagement, passive aggressive, if they don’t like you, they will find a way to push you out, high turnover, HR does not have your back

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    Harvard Business School2019-09-08
  10. Helpful (4)

    "Not the greatest place to work at Harvard"

    2.0
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    Current Employee - FSS in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Harvard Business School full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Benefits, furthering education for almost free. Also, if you get the right faculty to work for, your job will be awesome.

    Cons

    Managers and the system as a whole. Because there is an incredible turnover here, managers basically promise the moon to potential hires but don't come through with the goods when the person is hired. Most of the faculty are decent people, but there are a few who are absolutely out of control. And as the saying goes, one bad apple can ruin the whole bunch. Also, managers try to come across as being supportive when problems arise (and they always do) but their job is really to keep faculty happy. The moral here is very low right now, campus-wide. Hope they can get back on track as it has at times been a very nice place to work.

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    Harvard Business School2019-08-01
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