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Harvard University Boston Reviews

Updated December 5, 2017
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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 125 reviews)

Cons
  • Workplace culture does not value work-life balance (in 47 reviews)

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

More Pros and Cons

  1. "Great place to start out"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Higher Education Coordinator in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Higher Education Coordinator in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great for starting your career and padding your resume. The amount of experience I have gained here is beyond valuable.

    Cons

    Management and communication between many different part of the university can be difficult and frustrating at times.


  2. "Designer"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Architectural Designer in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Architectural Designer in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    The boss pay very good.

    Cons

    You need to manage everything.

  3. "Current Helpdesk Intern"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - User Services Technician in Boston, MA
    Current Intern - User Services Technician in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Harvard University as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great place to work if you enjoy school settings
    Good work environment
    Worklife Balance

    Cons

    Work politics
    Very hectic at beginning of semesters

    Advice to Management

    Don't get sucked into the work politics


  4. "Research Assistant, Great Experience"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Research Assistant in Boston, MA
    Former Intern - Research Assistant in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Harvard University as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Being a research assistant at one of the schools allows you to make great connections and to gain the experience you might need for a job in the field. It can also allow you to find research leads, and possible advisors for theses and dissertations.

    Cons

    A lot of these positions pay very little and consist of a large work load, so it is very easy to determine whether you are passionate or cut out for that line of work.

    Advice to Management

    Have check-ins with the research assistants to make sure that they are getting the best out of their research experience.


  5. "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
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Excellent facilities, resources, and collaborators

    Cons

    Poor salary for research personnel, extremely competitive, poor work life balance


  6. "Basic Review"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Development Associate in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Development Associate in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Very collegial environment with great colleagues

    Cons

    Non profit, so salaries and professional development opportunities are limited


  7. "Great place to start your career"

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

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

    Pros

    Work with the best minds of the world, plus interaction with leaders and opportunities to learn. Flexible hours and mindset in productivity rather than time at work. Best benefit package and amazing cafeteria. One of best environment for collaborative and team work as well as individual work.

    Cons

    Compensation for non-faculty researcher are lower versus private sector as any place in academic setting. Pressure to get extra-mural funding increases the overall level of stress.

  8. "postdoctoral research associate"

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    • 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
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    You can work with smart people.

    Cons

    It depends on the lab but sometimes very competitive,

    Advice to Management

    nothing


  9. "Athletics Events and Operations Intern"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Events and Operations Coordinator in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Events and Operations Coordinator in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with

    Cons

    Work life balance could be difficult

    Advice to Management

    Great job


  10. "Research Fellow"

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

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

    Pros

    Great Research facility and environment, Excellent collaboration and networking opportunity

    Cons

    Employee benefits is not very handsome

    Advice to Management

    Be more proactive getting feedbacks from employee, Researchers


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