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Harvard Medical School Reviews

Updated June 13, 2018
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Pros
  • "Great benefits, but not much mentoring for PD" (in 23 reviews)

  • "Flexible work environment, great exposure to latest research in biotech" (in 16 reviews)

Cons
  • "Work life balance as software engineer should be balanced" (in 13 reviews)

  • "Low pay for cost of living, cross-lab communication/comradery low" (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Neuro graduate student"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Student in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Graduate Student in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    has the freedom to do your own research

    Cons

    Pay is extremely low for a decent living

    Advice to Management

    yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes


  2. "Variable experience, depending on lab"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Harvard Medical School full-time

    Pros

    Branding, resources available, famous professors

    Cons

    Bureaucracy, little support for postdocs

  3. "secretary"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    I worked at Harvard Medical School (Less than a year)

    Pros

    friendly atmosphere to work in

    Cons

    compensation does not justify the amount of work


  4. "A great place to work"

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

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

    Pros

    Like many others have said, the benefits are some of the best in the world of higher ed, including for staff. The people I work with are kind, considerate and very professional. No nonsense.

    Cons

    It's such a vast bureaucracy because each department is its own little fiefdom, with Cambridge at the center dictating policy. Also, since little is written down, the information you are provided with to do your job is only as good as the people giving it to you.

    Advice to Management

    hard to break out of silos.

    By the way, Dean Flier has not been acting dean in more than a year... maybe remove his name from this profile as head of the organization?


  5. "HMS"

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    Current Employee - Program Coordinator in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Program Coordinator in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, but not much mentoring for PD.

    Cons

    Understaffed due to budget contraints


  6. "HMS MBIB department review"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at Harvard Medical School full-time

    Pros

    All the research resources you could ever need.

    Cons

    MBIB department is skewed toward very senior/retiring faculty. Needs to replenish the ranks, particularly in bacterial pathogenesis research.


  7. "Good employer!"

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    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great community filled with great people

    Cons

    Tough commute to boston/longwood medical center

  8. "Fine place to work for a few years"

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    The benefits are excellent. There are many paid holidays (including the week between Christmas and New Year's Day) and only a 3-year vesting period. HMS is huge, so there are many interesting projects ongoing. The campus is nice, even if many of the buildings are old. Work-life balance is strongly promoted.

    Cons

    HR is helpful through the hiring process but does very little after that. They've been actually non-responsive to many emails from my colleagues and seem to care much more about Harvard as an institution rather than supporting employees. Most of the people who work at HMS are very smart, but people sometimes get put in management roles before they are ready for that.

    Advice to Management

    Take the time to do 360 reviews rather than the current review process. Those were not taken seriously in my current position, so a great opportunity for growth was wasted.


  9. "Research Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Harvard Medical School full-time

    Pros

    Great place to work, nice people

    Cons

    Adminstration is a bit of a hassle


  10. "Research Technician"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Harvard Medical School full-time

    Pros

    The worklife balance and expectations are exceedingly high. The benefits are fantastic though, definitely a great place to work overall.

    Cons

    There is often a very large descrepancy between the hours worked and the hours paid. There is no such thing as a 35 hr week at HMS.


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