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Harvard Business School Reviews

Updated November 13, 2018
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Pros
  • "Excellent work-life balance/flexibility and autonomy of work" (in 12 reviews)

  • "Harvard also has great benefits with health insurance," (in 13 reviews)

Cons
  • "No career path-- but many former RAs go on to grad school and other good jobs" (in 3 reviews)

  • "Quality of the experience depends on the professor with whom you work" (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Great environment"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Program Manager in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - IT Program Manager in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Salary, smart peers, challenging work

    Cons

    Horrible internal business customers (one in particular)


  2. "Research Associate position"

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    Current Employee - Research Associate in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Boston, MA
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    -Opportunity to write teaching cases and gain experience in research
    -Often some opportunity to travel
    -Reading a lot of teaching cases and learning about companies in a variety of fields
    -For research associates, some flexibility in scheduling / working from home, depending on the professor you work for
    -In my case, I have a great boss who has been appreciative and given me increasingly more responsibility as time goes on
    -Lots of free food
    -Amazing gym with lots of classes
    -Ability to take classes at the Harvard Extension School for $50 (as opposed to thousands)
    -Can lead to a number of future jobs depending on your interests
    -Pays well

    Cons

    -Job quality greatly depends on who you work for. Many RAs split their time between two professors, and there can be tensions in coordinating between the two and meeting deadlines for each of them
    -Can be repetitive. If you are not ok with revising the same draft 20 times, this job may not be a good fit for you
    -Little natural sunlight in some of the offices
    -Can be lonely. There are RA lunches and get-togethers, though, so this depends on your personality and willingness to take initiative in interacting with people
    -There isn't a clear path for advancement. RA positions are limited to 5 years. That beings said, you can always apply for other jobs at Harvard, there just isn't a clearly delineated "next step." I think most RAs are expected to be on the road to grad school, in business or otherwise.

    Advice to Management

    Provide more natural light in offices
    Fix the Word case template, which is very buggy

  3. "Well-funded doctoral program with excellent scholars"

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    Current Employee - Doctoral Student in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Doctoral Student in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of great scholars
    Incredible funding (for a doctoral program)

    Cons

    Poor at mentorship
    Decision-making is very dispersed


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Faculty Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Harvard Business School full-time

    Pros

    HBS was a great place to work.

    Cons

    I do not have anything negative to say about HBS!


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to start a research-oriented career"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Harvard Business School full-time

    Pros

    - Excellent exposure to world-class thinkers and leaders in and outside of Harvard
    - Works can be very interesting and impactful
    - Competitive salary+benefit packages compared to similar roles in other institutions. Many perks of being a Harvard staff.
    - Excellent work-life balance/flexibility and autonomy of work
    - Very supportive research services staff and tremendous resources available
    - Beautiful campus and work environment

    Cons

    - Limited upward career mobility inside HBS. But good exit options: most research associates stay for a couple of years before going to top MBA/grad schools/PhD programs/the private sector.
    - May not be appealing to more experienced professionals


  6. "Great Culture with Smart People"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Harvard Business School full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great culture with smart people. Reasonable pay even though it is technically non-profit.

    Cons

    Very slow advancement in administrative roles since people don't leave


  7. "Staff Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Winter break, access to classes

    Cons

    Difficult to network, not diverse

  8. "Senior Lecturer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Harvard Business School full-time

    Pros

    Interesting work, bright students, wonderful colleagues.

    Cons

    Absence of HR policy, short-term focus.

    Advice to Management

    Treat Senior Lecturers like valued members of the HBS community.


  9. "Great discipline"

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    Former Employee - Financial Assistant
    Former Employee - Financial Assistant
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Harvard Business School part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great job of motivating through big picture idea

    Cons

    Work load given was somewhat repetitive


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Research Associate for senior tenured professor"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Boston, MA

    I worked at Harvard Business School full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Working for the right professor can really make an experience and involve opportunities for travel and growth. Many people have turned their RA role into a springboard for a meaningful career.

    Staff community are exceptionally friendly and professional.

    Really nice gym!

    If you want a job, try to connect with your targeted professor - the RA management office is largely perfunctory and has little power.

    Cons

    Opportunities for advancement are limited and only offered after many years of work.

    RA work can feel remote or isolating, depending on where your desk is placed.

    The quality of your job experience depends heavily on which professor you work for. Mine took no interest in my professional satisfaction or growth, which left me feeling like a research minion and nothing else. My professor also chose to put other professors' name as the lead author on pieces that I wrote, and in which the listed authors had almost no involvement. Other RAs have had more positive experiences.

    Also, the general culture of service every professorial whim can feel a bit feudal and excessively hierarchical - service and loyalty are valued above innovation and creativity throughout the organization.