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Updated May 11, 2017
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Pros
  • Great work life balance and benefits (in 76 reviews)

  • Great benefits and the overall work environment is good (to great) depending on which school/department/tub you work for (in 106 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance could be difficult (in 40 reviews)

  • relatively low pay compared to industry (in 26 reviews)

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  1. "Harvard is the best place to learn and sharpen new skills and leadership"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Harvard University full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Freedom to think, design and pursuit your dreams

    Cons

    Sometimes, you have to deal people with the lowest level of work ethics


  2. "Always opportunities for growth"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Project Manager in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - IT Project Manager in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and a feel-good mission. It's energizing to know that your contribution is improving the greater good, not someone's bottom-line dollar signs.

    Cons

    Higher-Ed is, at it's core, bureaucratic, and not for everyone. If you are willing to help the institution improve, and not expect improvement to be mandated from the top down, then you'll get along just fine. It can take an adjustment period for employees coming fresh from a corporate environment.

    Advice to Management

    Like most of the education sector, there is an opportunity to improve IT governance as well as maturity around project and portfolio management. Balancing creative ideas and new technologies with strategic alignment is key to sustainability.


  3. "Analyst"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Analyst in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, brand name, good location

    Cons

    Not a lot of growth opportunities


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  5. "Assistant Director"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Director in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Assistant Director in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent benefit, superb learning opportunities amongst world's best mind.

    Cons

    Financial budget could be greatly affected by government policy


  6. "Research Associate"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Harvard University (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great academic resources and networking opportunities, good benefits and work/life balance

    Cons

    Bureaucracy of a large organization, relatively low salary which is largely dependent on soft money


  7. "Project Manager"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    -Ability to hire and train your own team
    -Solid graduate students to hire
    -Autonomy and flexibility
    -Good benefits (including vacation)

    Cons

    -Not a lot of room for growth
    -Don't offer competitive salaries
    -Decision making is lackluster
    -Antiquated processes

    Advice to Management

    -Help solid employees grow in their jobs
    -Need more action oriented decisions and progress


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    "Program Coordinator - Harvard Chan School"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Coordinator in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Program Coordinator in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Harvard University full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Holiday pay/time, low health insurance costs, MBTA subsidy

    Cons

    Zero autonomy or flexibility for front desk staff down to having to send managers drafts before sending out even the most mundane emails. Hierarchical resulting in more tenured staff having assistants or programs coordinators file folders or make copies for them just because they seemingly can. Workflow can be dependent on what managers want to delegate to you on any given day - some roles have no defined set of duties or tasks built in. Managers promoted to that level without a management background or it being determined that they can manage people. Strict on the 9-5 schedule for some but not others with no rhyme or reason associated with it (not based on actual staffing or student needs).

    Advice to Management

    Hire people with actual management skills or capabilities. Before posting new positions think about whether you actually need someone in a full-time role for a particular department. Require managers to post job descriptions that accurately reflect what the job is including dotted line managers, workflow, etc. Revisit job titles - one school cannot possibly have this many 'deputy' and 'assistant' directors.


  9. "nice environment for researches"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    nice colleagues from the world

    Cons

    too expensive house rents and too competitive environments


  10. "HSPH"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excelent benefits, great idea's sharing, great working environment

    Cons

    Winter in Boston is quite hard


  11. "Postdoctoral Research Fellow"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    -Supportive mentor who is at the top of her field
    -Many seminars and workshops for career development and to keep up to date to the latest research
    -Provide free lunch at seminars to encourage people to attend
    -Easy access to the best equipment and reagents
    -Socializing is encouraged through beer hours and parties
    -Subsidized/free taxi rides for those working at late hours

    Cons

    -Too many different projects going on so there is no time to go to the seminars and workshops mentioned above
    -Sometimes relationships with other co-workers become intense and competitive
    -Low salary

    Advice to Management

    -Make salary more competitive


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