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Updated February 16, 2018
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  1. "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.


  2. "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

  3. "Admin"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA

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

    Pros

    Great benefits. Did I say great benefits?

    Cons

    You have to adjust to the " culture"


  4. "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.


  5. "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


  6. "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.


  7. "Leave Academia As Soon As You Get That PhD"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Access to knowledge in the wider community
    Networking
    HMS on yourCV opens all kinds of doors

    Cons

    Painful social interactions mean a lab in Harvard really is not a fun place to be
    Poor salary
    Poor work/life balance
    No job security
    Zero help in relocation efforts for staff, particularly difficult when moving from another country
    Their HR is run by Partners, a money making insurance company. I think that says it all

    Advice to Management

    Care about your postdocs. They do science because they love it and have taken a huge hit in finances to be there...otherwise they would have gone in to industry for double or triple the wage.

  8. "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 wages/benefits for an entry-level research assistant

    Cons

    Very antisocial environment, zero training and a lot of pressure. Getting through the 90-day review period was very stressful


  9. "Depends on what’s important to you"

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

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

    Pros

    Reputation - #1 Medical School
    Types of research being done here
    Generous time off benefits
    Retirement plan contribution
    Competitive pay
    Tuition benefit

    Cons

    Commute
    Dysfunctional leadership
    Too many silos
    Lack of respect
    Work/life balance unequally distributed
    Health benefits have declined in recent years

    Advice to Management

    Start acting like a unified team.
    Communicate more and stop playing favorites.


  10. "Data scientist postdoc"

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

    You get to work with the newest topic for research

    Cons

    visa sponsorship , very low income


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