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Harvard University Boston Reviews

Updated January 9, 2018
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Boston, MA

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85 Ratings

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Pros
  • Excellent benefits and work life balance (in 85 reviews)

  • Plus it has the best pay out of all the colleges/universities in the area and great benefits (in 124 reviews)

Cons
  • You have to be prepared to give up work-life balance to get the most out of it / meet the job requirements (in 49 reviews)

  • I agreed to work for a low pay rate because of the prestige of the position (in 31 reviews)

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  1. "great place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Research Scientist in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Research Scientist in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    health benefits offered are great.

    Cons

    there is really no cons.


  2. "You get what you give"

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Access to some of the most innovative thinkers and research in the world

    Cons

    You have to be prepared to give up work-life balance to get the most out of it / meet the job requirements

  3. "Postdoctoral Research Fellow"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Fellow/Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Research Fellow/Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Active, free atmosphere, dynamic, and international.

    Cons

    Boston is very cold, and the food in Harvard University is not good.


  4. "Research Assistant"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Undergraduate Research Assistant in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Undergraduate Research Assistant in Boston, MA
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Good to know people, networking

    Cons

    the payment well...for undergraduate research assistant it's almost always like this


  5. "Visiting Scholar"

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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

    I worked at Harvard University full-time

    Pros

    Great place to work, collaborative culture

    Cons

    None at all, everything's great at Harvard

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing the good work


  6. "Sales Rep"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Outside Sales Representative in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Outside Sales Representative in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Harvard University full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    innovative and current in research

    Cons

    political but management is fair

    Advice to Management

    be aware


  7. "Graduate Student in Biology and Biomedical Sciences"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    High quality of training

    Cons

    Low pay, long working hours

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Competitive, judgmental work environment with few benefits and many drawbacks"

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Harvard University full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Healthcare and benefits for staff are good

    Cons

    This review pertains to the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

    Job Work/Life Balance and Job Culture:

    * Stressful, competitive, judgmental work environment.
    * People evaluate each other based on how many hours per day they can see each other at the office or lab, which makes no sense for academic researchers.
    * Success is discounted, failure is emphasized. Peers are excessively critical and not supportive. They would rather establish superiority over one another than work together.
    * Tenured professors can act however they want, with minimal accountability.
    * Toxic behaviors like smoking and binge drinking are prevalent.

    Compensation/Benefits:

    * Salaries are low but typical for academia.
    * Healthcare benefits are good.
    * HSPH preaches the importance of fitness and physical activity, but doesn’t provide fitness facilities for their employees. There is no yoga room. There are no stationary bikes. They do provide partial reimbursement for gym memberships, but there are few options to keep yourself active during the work day.

    Job Security/Advancement:

    * Grant funding can come and go.
    * Opportunities for advancement are limited.
    * Employees can be fired simply because an administrator above them in the hierarchy doesn’t like them.

    Management:

    * Bloated, inefficient Harvard hierarchy and bureaucracy.
    * It is very difficult to change anything, because the convoluted network of complacent administrators would prefer not to be challenged.
    * Harvard is now known as “The Stanford of the East” because they have failed to evolve and innovate.
    * HSPH attempts to engage in basic research, but does not have adequate infrastructure for basic research labs.
    * HSPH’s facilities are architecturally awkward and outdated. They have four buildings that don't go together and aren't connected well, and the rooms are not well designed. They put a tremendous amount of money into retrofitting their facilities, when they should just be torn down and rebuilt.
    * IT support is poor.


  9. "Academic Technologist"

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    Current Employee - Academic Technologist in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Academic Technologist in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours, great team environment

    Cons

    Sometimes have to work evenings

    Advice to Management

    Good balanced team


  10. "Program Manager"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Healthy work environment, excellent benefits, intellectually stimulating colleagues and projects.

    Cons

    I don't see any cons...

    Advice to Management

    Fantastic - no complaintss


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