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Harvard University Boston Reviews

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 105 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. "Great academic community"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Harvard University full-time

    Pros

    Excellent academic community.
    Generous stipend.
    Possibility of making a good network for collaboration given you are surrounded by several top research institutions.

    Cons

    Work pressure can be huge


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    "Great benefits, family friendly"

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

    I worked at Harvard University (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Hard to beat pay among other universities - transparency with pay grades and clarity on what's within reason for negotiation is great
    Flexible work arrangements
    100% employer matching on 403(b)
    Generous paid time off
    Professional development opportunities - Harvard classes with 90% reimbursement, Extension School courses for a minimal fee

    Cons

    As with most higher ed, there can be a lot of bureaucracy. Depending on your department (if it's very small), growth opportunities may be limited, but I have had colleagues make moves between departments for promotions.


  3. "Expected Pros and Cons of working for a large organization"

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

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, smart people, lots of room for moving around within the university, doesn't have a corporate feel. Great work/life balance.

    Cons

    It's still a large, bureaucratic organization.


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  5. "Good place"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Lab Technician II in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Lab Technician II in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good place to learn and grow, you can meet the most smart coworkers here

    Cons

    lab work is a little boring sometimes


  6. "Staff Assistant"

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

    Pros

    great colleagues, amazing work/life balance

    Cons

    none so far at the moment.


  7. "Harvard University"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • 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

    Pros

    great benefits, smart people, fast pced

    Cons

    soft money, not much security for scientists


  8. "Project Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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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

    Pros

    Great place to work, highly academic

    Cons

    no maternity leave policy, and little vacation when you first start

    Advice to Management

    time to upgrade benefits for employees


  9. "Great place to do a PhD in biology"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great resources and PIs to work with

    Cons

    Tons of bureaucracy at Harvard and lots of pressure

    Advice to Management

    Try not to try and eek out as much money from labs on campus as possible


  10. "Teaching Fellow"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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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 part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Incredible people to work with - both the professors you work for and the students you in your class

    Cons

    Many professors are stretched thin and won't do a great job of telling you what they need from you - it helps if you can anticipate their needs without them asking, which can take a bit of practice


  11. "Researcher"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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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
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Scientific rigor is amazing. People are hard-working but also understand the need for work-life balance.

    Cons

    Some people have outstayed their welcome but remain employed.


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