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Harvard Medical School Reviews

Updated November 12, 2017
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  • Extremely competitive, lack of good work/life balance (in 10 reviews)

  • The biggest drawback of working in Harvard is the cost of living in Boston (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Fantastic environment to learn and grow"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Harvard Medical School full-time

    Pros

    Great opportunities to learn and advance one's career

    Cons

    It could overwhelming and highly competitive


  2. "Neuroscience Department at HMS"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Student in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Graduate Student in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Harvard Medical School full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Cutting edge science, diverse areas and ideas, great collaboration across labs and with main campus as well as with MIT.

    Cons

    Graduate students do not have dental insurance. Can be extra-competitive.

  3. "Postdoc research fellow"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Explore the beauty of life sciences and make a contribution to relieving the suffering of patients.

    Cons

    I feel that everything is good at HMS. The only cons might be the quality of dinner need to be optimized.

    Advice to Management

    They should pay more attention to the safety around the Quad-yard. As there are so many tourists visiting every day.


  4. "Great Environment (Harvard Health Publications)"

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    Current Employee - Digital Artist in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Digital Artist in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Harvard Medical School part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    It is a friendly, professional environment. Generally, everyone there is working toward common goals and everyone is willing to hear your perspective. My position allows for a lot of independence and personal responsibility, which I value. Pays competitively.

    Cons

    There was one instance where I felt that my voice wasn't valued and that someone wasn't working with me cooperatively. But that incident is not representative of the overall culture.

    Advice to Management

    As a part-time worker who works from home most of the time, I don't have much to say to management. But I love working here.


  5. "Postdoc"

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

    I have been working at Harvard Medical School full-time

    Pros

    Network and resources, smart people, opportunities to grow outside of academia (but need to be proactive)

    Cons

    publish or perish. Temporary position with view exit opportunities into academia. To remain in science (e.g. industry) need to be proactive in making connections

    Advice to Management

    Help employees grow into careers outside of academia


  6. "Operations Analyst/Project Manager"

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    Current Employee - Operations Analyst/Project Manager in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Operations Analyst/Project Manager in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work/life balance and culture

    Cons

    Lack of upward mobility, career opportunities


  7. "Not as much of a viper pit as elsewhere at Harvard"

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    Current Employee - Staff Assistant in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Staff Assistant in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    People here care about improving people's lives and levels of health. Much less drama & cliquey office politics than other parts of Harvard (e.g., Central Administration). My boss actively mentors me and other staff in playing to our strengths and fulfilling our highest potential.

    Cons

    The culture here has a tremendous work ethic and much of that work seems to be done in isolated silos. I have had to actively make efforts to get people to learn how to collaborate and connect.

    Advice to Management

    Take note of whether your people on-the-ground are thriving or suffering silently. I have heard some unflattering stories from staff in other departments.

  8. "Coordinator"

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    Current Employee - Coordinator in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Coordinator in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Harvard Medical School full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    School has great benefits including union representation and healthcare; your are surrounded by intelligent, fun, creative and social people; you work for a top rated medical school; and have potentially flexible hours.

    Cons

    Salary is average; commute can be challenging to the medical area; many internal candidate compete for posted internal positions.

    Advice to Management

    More flex time to work from home


  9. "Postdoc at BIDMC"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Boston, MA
    Recommends

    I have been working at Harvard Medical School full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Cutting-edge science, guarantee of high impact paper if you work hard.Labs are well funded for research so enough money to do the best research.

    Cons

    Mentorship is very variable by PI, if you get a PI that encourages you good. Don't get raises by NIH standards, hours are long and gruesome, but flexible. Lots of pressure to publish, high standards lots of big egos and competition among peers. Very high paced science!

    Advice to Management

    Havard and hospital affiliates needs better (at least NIH level) Salaries! Also increased benefits, increased exposure to career planning in alternative careers, childcare services, discounts for comuter equipment/programs, and reduced prices housing in the boston area reserved for graduate students and postdocs or else impossible to live.


  10. "postdoctoral fellow"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Harvard Medical School full-time

    Pros

    good platform, fair benefits, plenty of resources

    Cons

    salary is average, high Preusser


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